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5 Balls Speech

If you’re not familiar with former Coca-Cola CEO Bryan Dyson and his famous “30 second speech” open another browser tab and Google “Five Balls Speech.” Go ahead – I’ll wait. Ok, now that you’ve read the speech and understand the difference with the work ball let’s have a serious conversation. Are you really happy with what […]

“I Ain’t Serving No Police”

Earlier this week a McDonald’s employee was terminated for refusing to serve a uniformed officer. You can read the story here and while it’s sad that our society has bred this much animosity between groups, I don’t want to make this the theme of this post. I simply am offering an extreme example of being a […]


I am not a patient person – it’s in my nature to stay in motion so I don’t like waiting in line. I don’t like waiting on someone else to get ready. I don’t like waiting in traffic. I definitely don’t like riding behind someone driving slow in the passing lane. (See Urban Dictionary for […]

Liar Liar

Pittsburg, KS High School principal Amy Robertson was fired after journalists at the student newspaper discovered her credentials were bogus. Their work was picked up by many major news outlets including Fox, CBS, NBC, LA Time, the Chicago Tribune. The list went on. Not to mention the hundreds of thousands (or possibly millions) of views […]

Gatorade Shower

The “Salvy Splash” has become a tradition for the Kansas City Royals. It’s an act of celebration for all fans to anticipate and enjoy. Today I want to tell you about a different kind of Gatorade shower. I have been a basketball official for the better part of the past two decades. I work from […]

RIP Ace #30

Life isn’t easy. No promises are made. No day is guaranteed. Today Kansas City is mourning the loss of Yordano Ventura.  Baseball is mourning the loss of both Ace and Andy Marte. It is a time to grieve. Pitchers and catchers report in 21 days. Yesterday leaves a big hole in Surprise that will never be completely […]

Pick up the Pieces

2016 has been a difficult year. This year did not start as hoped which was difficult. I’ve been here long enough to have weathered a few storms, so if that was our only challenge I wouldn’t take the time to write this. Unfortunately this is just the beginning of the story. On February 27th one of my co-workers and […]

Dealing with Grief & Creating Happiness

Losing a job is one life events that cause the most disruption. It’s right up there with divorce, death of a loved one, and major illness. Well meaning friends often say things like “this too shall pass” or “you’ll be fine” thinking that encouragement will help us feel better in the moment. The truth is […]

Being Nice

Last week I wrote a post called “Grandma would not approve.” My advice was to be nice because we need more civility in our community. It’s easy to like people we agree with, unfortunately it’s even easier to dislike, or even hate, those with whom we disagree. If you’re familiar with the Sermon on the Mount you’ll […]

Aptitude vs. Experience

ap·ti·tude (ˈaptəˌt(y)o͞od/) a natural ability to do something / suitability or fitness. ex·pe·ri·ence (ikˈspirēəns/) practical contact with and observation of facts or events / encounter or undergo (an event or occurrence). When you consider these definitions, is aptitude or experience more important when making hiring decisions? Should we place more emphasis on natural ability & […]