Game Changer!

Clearly, the COVID-19 crisis is the Black Swan event of our business careers and maybe even our lives.  At this writing (April 15th) we are still faced with an unprecedented amount of uncertainty.  For some reason, I found this quote from Stanley McChrystal, US Army General, Retired, comforting.  “If this is your first crisis in life,…

Better Than Nothing

The 2018 Jobs Reports have been great and overall that’s wonderful news for our economy.  Unemployment is at a 50+ year low!  Of course, for business owners, this is a good news/bad news story.  The good news is there are many employed people available to buy our goods and services.  The bad news is finding…

Dog Training and leading people

Mark Twain once said, “The more I learn about people, the more I like my dog.” For hundreds of years, people have compared their fellow human beings to man’s best friend. We just adopted a terrific Miniature Australian Labradoodle named “Harken” from the Labradoodle Corral in Hartford, Wisconsin. http://www.thelabradoodlecorral.com As the Corral’s owner, Jeff Nienhaus,…

A world-class corporate culture

I was honored and fortunate to participate in Harken Inc.’s 50th anniversary celebration – first in Pewaukee, and then on to Italy. Harken enthusiasts traveled from virtually every continent, at their own expense, to help the company mark this golden anniversary with events both fascinating and fantastic. Founders Olaf and Peter Harken are true rock…

Riding the Edelweiss Way

Greetings from Bayeux, France! We are wrapping up a fantastic 12-day motorcycle tour across France with the Edelweiss Bike Travel motorcycle touring company. Starting with two bikes, Werner Wachter and his wife, Coral, founded Edelweiss in 1980 in Mieming, Austria. Today, they have a fleet of nearly 200 bikes, 55 tour guides, 23 office team…

The Recombobulation Area

For most who travel through Milwaukee’s Mitchell International Airport, we see a sign as we exit airport security identifying “The Recombobulation Area.” We probably take that sign for granted – perhaps we shouldn’t. First a little history. Recombobulation is somewhat of a made-up word, wryly invented by Barry Bateman, Mitchell International’s now-retired airport manager. According…