July 30, 2014

So long, Ray Lewis, and a tale of two retirements

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If any of you watched the Ravens – Colts football game this past weekend, you were treated to the final home game played by one of the NFL’s all-time greats. Ray Lewis, an iconic figure for over a decade in the NFL, has announced he will retire at the end of this season.

I knew someone who, after spending over 30 years with a company, decided to retire. After a long but unspectacular career, it was time to leave the rat race as just about every single one of us who is not a legendary NFL icon will do. Unfortunately, also unlike those legendary NFL icons, leaving the job with an iota of respect wasn’t in the cards. [Read more]

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NFL’s return to work spells disaster for improvement initiatives

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TweetThanks to a new Collective Bargaining Agreement between the NFL and its Players Union, we can all rest comfortably knowing that American-style football will return to the gridiron this Autumn.  That spells disaster for managers in any workplace looking to take advantage of the lockout and push through some difficult initiatives. Clearly, all those out-of-work [...]

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The Reeds were right

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TweetYet another evening T-ball practice with 6 year olds, and yet another lesson in simplicity…… It’s June.  It’s a little hot an buggy in the evenings, and getting a half-dozen kids ages 4 to 6 to focus on a common goal is nearly impossible. I say nearly, because today I saw that it can be [...]

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Baseball, kids and the imagination

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TweetSo, we’re in the next phase of life now – my son is learning the game of baseball via his first-ever T-ball team.  The league has many of the usual ups and downs – teams that are somehow concocted of the most athletic 5 and 6 year-olds you’ll ever see, driven coaches with crisp, sharp [...]

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Dear NFL, we need to talk.

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TweetWe’ve seen this coming for a long time, and now it’s finally time to get some things out into the open.  It’s bad enough that years have gone by, knowing that past agreements would come to an end and nothing was done to prevent the current situation.  On top of that, you’re cancelling meetings to [...]

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