The One Thing

I was invited to speak again this year at Mark Divine’s Unbeatable Mind Academy in Carlsbad, California.   I chose to speak about The One Thing, inspired by that famous scene in the movie City Slickers, in which Curly (played by Jack Palance) holds up one finger to Billy Crystal and tells him that the meaning…

The Slap in the Face

Recently I did something I’ve never done before – I flew across country to attend a memorial service.  In this case, it was for a close friend – Tim Holden – who at the peak of health, energy and vitality (age 64) was suddenly and tragically killed in a bicycle accident. His death was a…

Ignite! Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Stanford

I just completed Stanford University’s Ignite certificate program on Entrepreneurship for Post 9-11 veterans. Thirty two of us veterans spent nearly 4 weeks together, intensely engaged in learning the theoretical and practical aspects of how to take an idea for a product or service, evaluate it, develop it, and then commercialize it to succeed as…

Is the Navy SEAL Ethos still relevant?

The below essay discusses some of the processes and challenges that the SEAL community  continues to have with getting the most bang for its buck out of its very impressive document – The SEAL Ethos. I think that any organization creating an ethos, vision, mission, or purpose statement, can learn important lessons from what the Navy SEALs continue to do with their Ethos.   There is…

Being Good or Living Well?

“What do you mean ‘OR?!’”   This was the response I got when I mentioned the title of this essay to a friend of mine.    My response:  When you are old and nearing the end of your days, would you prefer to look back on your life and say: “I was good –I followed all the…