along the way

observations on the journey

Bittersweet Symphony

August is here and the season is changing once again. For millions of parents, the annual transition from the lull of Summer to the structure and cadence of Fall’s school days is occurring. For those with children transitioning to adulthood through the college experience, it is a time of mixed emotion as cars are loaded […]

Stop Selling Yourself Short

I recently took a few minutes to sit down to breakfast by myself. In the booth next to me was a relatively young man and a young woman having a breakfast meeting. They were both dressed professionally; the man was sitting with his back to me. The conversation was business-oriented and the guy was doing most […]

Lessons From Interns Unleashed

Can you remember that time in your life when it was all in front of you? A point in your journey where your hopes for the future so far exceeded any baggage you had collected along the way that you were filled with an exuberant sense of possibility? This week, our summer interns will complete […]

Due for a Reboot?

"Please be patient while I reboot the system,” said the voice over the intercom. The flight attendant had been wrestling with the airplane’s video system for about 10 minutes before he determined that only a full reboot would bring the recalcitrant system back online. The plan full of travelers seemed nonplussed by the delay though […]

Avocado Toast and the Nature of Change

Last week, I experienced my first order of avocado toast. Normally, I’m a wheat toast and honey kind of guy. Eggs and bacon or pancakes are far more likely to be on my plate than toasted bread laden with guacamole. Joanna Gaines, Waco’s design luminary planted the avocado toast suggestion during an episode of Fixer […]


Thomas J. Watson, Sr., the founding Chairman and CEO of International Business Machines (IBM) from 1914 to 1956, first wrote the word THINK on an easel in a sales meeting in 1911. He was challenging a group of salesmen from National Cash Register. Later, he made the word an enduring motto for IBM where it […]

Building to Boldness

A few years ago, I had the opportunity to attend Cirque du Soleil during a visit to Disney World in Orlando. The show was a feast for the eyes: dramatic, colorful, daring. For those who have not yet seen a Cirque du Soleil performance, it is a modern spin on the old circus concept with a […]

American Independence: Destiny and Uncertainty

Stationed with his army in New York, General George Washington received a copy of the Declaration of Independence on July 6, 1776. In Philadelphia four days earlier, the Second Continental Congress had voted for independence from Britain and proceeded to approve the Declaration explaining the reasons on July 4, 1776. Though fully convinced that separation […]

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