September 20, 2020

This article originally appeared at MWI Animal Health in print and online! 

As we have all moved through this coronavirus pandemic, practices have been forced to adapt to environment demands, adopt new practices to conform to customer-accepted needs, and live in our “new norm” of today’s society.

When the coronavirus pandemic began, we all started to talk between practices often asking “What are you doing?” or “Have you gone curbside yet?” The initial outbreak created...

June 17, 2020

Man is it not some of the craziest wacko times you have ever seen!?! We have the uncertain times of a virus, and then on top of that, we have the protests, destruction, and occupations taking place. I have always said that we need to pay attention to our surroundings, daily events, and be aware, but the reality is, most of the “noise” out there we can’t change. Reality is, almost all of us don’t have the answers. It’s confusing, and if focused on enough, it is well...

June 10, 2020

In the late ’30s and ’40s, I had two sets of grandparents finding their way in life, in marriage, and beginning to have kids. 70 to 80 years ago they were in the same spot in their life my wife and I are in today. I often think back to them and my parents to compare where we are and what we are doing at similar points in time of our journey’s. I think back now, to when my parents would have been 12 years old, for my dad would have been 1957 and my mom 1958. Both set...

May 6, 2020

There are many things that affect the lifespan of relationships and businesses. We all have had many different friendships and a number of us have been in business for a good number of years or been able to observe businesses. In any relationship, be it a marriage or friendship, or any business where there are partners, the health of those relationships typically ebbs and flows based on one thing. There is one thing that leads to the typical growth and continued dev...

March 15, 2020

So now, the entire country has been under full-blown mass hysteria and anxiety of Coronavirus Covid-19 grips. For many, you haven’t experienced this sort of panic. For some of us, we recall other panic nationwide situations such as the 2001 Trade Towers attack. We are at the same point of 2001 when you couldn’t turn on any tv, newspaper, or website without being fully consumed by the current situation of Covid-19. At this point, you can’t get away from it on the new...

March 4, 2020

Sensationalism sells. Sensationalism is the #1 goal of any news or media organization on the planet, outside of maybe a very select few. If you are over 40 years of age, you have watched the news reporting journey over the course of our lifetimes evolve. Being over 40, most of us can remember when the local news wasn’t all about murders or local drama. We can also remember when NBC Nightly News or The Today Show wasn’t so heavily skewed to the liberal side of though...

February 26, 2020

Who would agree that it seems like we live in a more agitated world today than we did 20 years ago? It seems and feels to me as we all interact every day, people tend to be more easily agitated, more easily upset, and for sure more focused on the negative vs focusing on the positive. All of these things can result in some form of worry or anxiety for some.

Technology and media platforms of today places life, wants, desires, relationships, negatives, and the Jones’s i...

February 20, 2020

Yesterday morning we had our vet meeting as we do every Monday at 7 am, and we got into a discussion on marriage, and the business of life from work, kids, and all things in between. In the nutty chaos of life, we can find ourselves simply crossing paths in the hallway, eating supper standing, and going to bed without taking time to nurture relationships within our own walls.
  
Recently I was working with a young manager who had to work through letting go of a...

February 12, 2020

As good leaders it is paramount that we solicit others for wisdom, advice, or opinions as we make decisions for our teams, families, or organizations. I have recently talked about how we must be careful who we are listening to. We all have many people giving us thoughts and opinions, but for me, I may listen to all of them, but there are very few whom I reach out to for real mentorship. Everyone has an opinion and is willing to share it these days, but whom are you...

January 15, 2020

How many times have you made a mistake? How many times have you said something and when it was all said and done, you realized you just said “too much” or you “said it mean”. I think if we are all honest with ourselves, we can all say we have done it many times. And when we do those things, we often have a sick feeling somewhere inside our soul. Or we at least recognize through some visceral mechanism that the conversation or interaction didn’t go as you would like...

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