Don’t Judge a Millennial by their Reputation

April 06, 2016


The millennial generation. They’re lazy, self-absorbed, entitled and have a weak work ethic. If you still believe these stereotypes, you might want to shift your thinking. While these negative traits might hold true for some millennials, there are far more millennials who prove the stereotype wrong, and prove you can’t judge an individual solely by their birth year.

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Florida Sheriffs Rescue One of their Own at Winter Conference

February 25, 2015


Over the 15 years I have been associated with the Florida Sheriffs Association, I have had many occasions to be impressed with the collective character of Florida’s 67 sheriffs.

But never have I been more moved by their actions than during the opening session of the Winter Conference earlier this month. As is tradition, the conference begins with a prayer, presentation of colors and the singing of the national anthem — usually by a deputy from the host Sheriff’s Office.

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The Importance of Creating the Right Conversation

Earlier this month, Florida State University held its annual career fair– Seminole Futures. Seminole Futures is open to all FSU students in search of full-time jobs or internships, or who are looking to network and improve their professional skills. This year, over 100 companies participated in search of potential employees or interns.

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What was the Old Color?

April 11, 2011


Now, before I get all judgmental, I readily admit that I would be very unlikely to recognize a change in a friend’s house color, either. The point is that people often don’t recognize better, they just recognize good – even if they are not sure why.

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The Real Value of Networking

August 25, 2010


My house is having a bad week, and it turned to me for help. Being the handy guy I am, I turned to my phone. There was some water reaching my ceiling from the attic, so I called a roofer, who suggested meeting me at home within an hour, but he was turned away at the last minute by driving rain and a little lightning (wimp). He came first thing the next morning. The problem turned out to be AC-related, so the AC guy came the next day, and his name is on the truck.

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Land of the Lost

September 16, 2009


I was walking through Wal-Mart the other day, when I passed three young kids just kind of messing around. As I zipped pass them on my way to find a phone cord, the biggest one looked around and said, “Hey, where’d Mom go?” After paying attention long enough to make sure they connected with someone, I went on my way thinking about how applicable that question is for business. (Kind of weird, I know.)

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Bad Advice: Columnist Misses Point of Twitter

September 01, 2009


While waiting for my 15-year-old daughter to exhaust the rest of her allowance at the mall (with the help of a friend), I sat in the café area at Borders reading the September issue of “Entrepreneur.” I was pleased to come across an article entitled “The Twittering Class,” about the use of social media tools, but was flabbergasted by how far the article missed the mark.

How many experts out there, much less regular business people, are simply missing the point of Twitter as it relates to business?

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Taking Time for the Fundamentals

August 19, 2009


Running a business well is like riding a bike. Not because you never forget how, but because getting off to a good start does not always ensure long-term success.

Riding a bicycle in a straight line, even pretty fast, is easy to learn, as my son discovered right away. But a couple days ago, we went for a little skills training. Instead of just riding around the block, we spent some time at a nearby cul-de-sac going really slowly and working on fundamentals. I would have him make sharp turns and maintain his balance by shifting his weight, turning the front wheel and pedaling just enough to stay up.

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iPhone Home?

July 23, 2009


I need a new smartphone. My Palm Treo was the victim of an office mishap and needs to be replaced. Even with my insurance, a new phone will be only $100 more, so the search is on. In posting my quandary about whether to stay with Palm (Pre), slide over to Blackberry or make the jump to an iPhone, the response from my online friends has been quite interesting.

Even though I never directly asked for opinions, one group was very vocal about expressing their affection for their mobile device. You could call it iLove.

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The Lure of the Bargain Book

July 01, 2009


Ever notice how many things seem like they should be fun until you actually do them? What is really sad is that we have done most of those things before – and we should know better.

For me, many of those misguided notions of fun involve shopping of some kind. Going to the mall sounds appealing every six months or so, and even yard sales have a certain pull until the reality of sifting through piles of outdated electronics and battered sports equipment while sweating through your shirt sets in.

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