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I came across an article today about Israel being a hub of entrepreneurship thanks to government backing. Now many of you know I am not a fan of government; I just think they suck the life out of anything they touch, and then charge us.

October 2016

One of my jobs as a leader is to inspire the 78Madison Team. I talk about the importance of passion and being inspired often; so much so that an intern of ours asked me if I had particular ways in which I inspire people? Good question. The answer was of course yes, but I had never put them to paper. So here are eight ways I attempt to manage inspiration.

October 2016

I was saddened by the loss of Arnold Palmer. I had the privilege of meeting Arnold several times in my life, the first in 1976 during the Tallahassee Open while I was attending Florida State University.

Now that the KING is gone, what can we learn from Arnold Palmer’s life? Well, I once saw a quote by an unknown source that encompasses it all – Everybody dies, but not everybody lives! Boy did Arnold Palmer live life to its fullest, and that would be my number one takeaway regarding his life.

September 2016

The wife and I just returned from a trip to the Outer Banks, New York City and Connecticut. Each season has its perks, but none quite like the fall. The days where every step we take results in pounds of sweat falling off our bodies are long gone. It's time to relish the crisp, cool weather this time of year brings. It's time to turn off your air conditioners and to open your windows.

We got a glimpse of the season in New York and Connecticut…mornings in the 50’s and 60’s, and the days not getting out of the 70’s. Delicious.

September 2016

When you get down to it, everything I know about business I learned from poker: financials, strategy, education, and culture.

THE guy who wins the most hands is not the guy who necessarily makes the most money in the long run, AND, the guy who never loses a hand is not the guy who makes the most money in the long run. Go for positive expected value, not what’s least risky. You will win or lose individual hands, but it’s what happens in the long term that matters.

August 2016

My son, who is now establishing his own career in New York City asked me recently why I have the title of CEO, noting that it was such a self-serving title. Ouch. I had never looked at myself as a self-serving individual – ever. And frankly, my title of CEO was just that, a title. I had been President of the ad agency I purchased for several years, so with the change in ownership, and a new name, I thought, why not change my title.

So while some immediately peg me as something I am not, as CEO, I see myself as, well, ME.

August 2016

The story goes that a man had a serious brain tumor. His life was in danger. He roamed the land looking for the best brain surgeon to cure him. After a lengthy search, he found just the kind of specialist he had been seeking. The surgeon was highly respected. He had a great reputation. And, he had good news. He told the man that the solution was a simple cut. He had done it successfully many times before. The man was delighted.

August 2016

In his play “Romeo and Juliet,” William Shakespeare wrote: “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” Juliet’s argument was that it doesn’t really matter what people, places, or things are called; it’s what they are that is important.

August 2016

Do any of you remember the AMC reality show called, “The Pitch?” It was billed as a real-life advertising agency pitch-scenario with real agencies and real clients. I think the show only lasted 2 seasons – 2012 and 2013; wow, hard to believe it was that long ago. I was thinking about the show the other day as we prepared for yet another Florida pitch of our own.

Why didn’t the show last? I’m not sure anyone really truly knows.

July 2016

Was chatting with a peer of mine today who was telling me how hard he was working to improve on his weaknesses. He said the task was difficult, but hopefully rewarding. I asked him why he was wasting time on weaknesses versus accentuating his strengths.

He looked at me dumbfounded.