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...

January 29, 2020

It is our job as great leaders to help shape conversations, people, and our environments. I consider everyone leaders or potential leaders. As the definition of leadership is simply, “Positively influencing those around us every day.” And I firmly believe each of us has a tremendous opportunity to seize big hairy audacious goals through modern leadership and bold new ideas in social media and apps, but through thoughtful, deliberate, and intentional approaches, much...

November 13, 2019

Do you find yourself checking your phone while waiting in lines, or while waiting for your food to come at a restaurant? Or maybe you check it on breaks at work or while waiting at the veterinarian’s office. This last Saturday while I was working, a couple came with a couple of pups for vaccinations, and as I observed them, it became apparent to me that both had their phones glued to their hands for every single minute, and with virtually every non-eventful minute,...

October 23, 2019

Most of us have many thoughts every day. We could be thinking about what errands need to run today, or what all activities do our kids need to be delivered to, or what phone calls need to be made today. You then commingle those with the thousand fleeting thoughts a day on your creative and imaginary genius of new ideas creating small positive fires in your mind and soul.

For me, I was able to keep my life its calendar of events, my Rolodex, and to-do lists all in my...

October 9, 2019

A couple of days ago, my son was asking me about how we did things before cell phones, in particular, smartphones. I routinely talk on this subject in the messages I deliver, using the time in college and how we communicated where the action would be on a Friday night. Today, on college campuses everywhere, I’m sure this occurs all through text on finding out what is going on Friday night. But in the fall of 1994 at Fort Hays State University, come Friday afternoon,...

August 14, 2019

It’s a Monday morning and the weekend was either a little longer or you over enjoyed yourself! The alarm clock goes off, and you just can’t bring yourself to get out of bed. You are tired, and just not ready to face the day.  So what do you do, well, you do what many other Americans do, and that is you grab your cellphone and “hit your snooze button! And back to sleep for a whopping 10 minutes because that 10 minutes will save your rear.

But do yoursel...

June 12, 2019

So we just got done yesterday with our vet reviews with two very awesome Rockstar millennial vets!  And after one year for each of them, this is the earliest we have ever pushed on two new grads to learn about leadership.  The learning curve a new veterinary grad is on is steep like climbing Mount Everest, especially the first year.  But the awesome aspect of our culture at this point, with it clean, crisp, full of trust, known high expectations, full of kindness, c...

April 17, 2019

We live in a fast-paced world and the fastest communicating world ever lived in.  You may have experienced or been told about how when you get to a place like New York City it is extremely fast-paced and never stops.  Then most all of us living in a rural area or the south, know there is inherently this slower pace.  We aren’t living in a cement jungle where streets and sidewalks are crowded with people moving in a determined if not rude direction in a hurry to get...

August 15, 2018

Have you ever heard the saying, “You don’t know, what you don’t know.”  I was reminded of that saying last night at a meeting with a community leader and businesswomen, and it took me back to my Dr. Nels version 1.0 days.  And as I tell people, the average human brain doesn’t fully develop until you are 22 or 23, and I was 32 when mine fully developed.  I’m a slow learner and a slow developer!

But it reminds me of social media and platforms such as Facebook...

April 11, 2018

Can you all believe Facebook has been around since 2004!?  I looked back on my own profile to see when exactly I started using Facebook, and it was August of 2008.  And I’ll never forget how I started, it was after I saw one of my best friends, a university professor in California, using it.  Of which is the main reason Facebook started.  It was started by a group of college friends at Harvard as a way to interact socially and network amongst college students at Har...

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