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Something Ralph Kiner Taught Me

Had he not passed away last month, today would have been the first game of the season where Ralph Kiner would have joined Gary Thorne and Ron Darling in the broadcast booth at CitiField in Flushing. To honor his memory I share with you the following poem he taught me: Baseball’s Sad Lexicon These are […]

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The Boss for a Day: Another reason to love my job

In July I had the honor and privilege to deliver 14 sessions at the  customer and partner conference held annually by my company, Sage. In addition to my speaking duties at Sage Summit 2013, I had the opportunity to participate in the third and most likely last performance by an band consisting of Sage business […]

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Doing the Impossible

This week I received the alumni news from my high school, Chaminade, an all-male Catholic institution on Long Island. Photos from this year’s graduation graced the cover dated July 2013. Normal stuff. Then this: [Guy's name] who graduated with a four-year cumulative average of 100 percent, is shown at left… To explain the magnitude of […]

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Leadership Lessons from a Great Mom

So your seven-year old son has been working diligently on his homework sheet due on Friday all during the week. He even got most of it done on Wednesday even because he knew he had baseball practice on Thursday night and would not be able to do it. He decides early Friday morning to add […]

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Flunking My Son’s Report Card

My son, Sean, got his report card last week, oops sorry his “Student Assessment.” I think he did well. I am not 100 percent sure, because with all the education jargon it is difficult to really tell. In fact, in order to decipher the gobbledygook (as my friend Michelle Golden calls it) I was sent […]

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A Modest (Marriage) Proposal

This week the media, traditional and new, have been bursting with conversations about the Supreme Court of the United States taking on both California’s Proposition 8 and the Federal Defense of Marriage Act, both of which attempt to define marriage as between one man and one woman. I wish to offer a libertarian proposal on […]

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A Story about My Grandfather

My grandfather had an expression he used to use on occasions such as a beautiful early Fall evening. “I wonder what the poor people are doing?” Now this might strike you as odd, extraordinarily glib, or even downright insulting. It was not. It was actually meant as a reminder to take pleasure in the wonder […]

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On September 21, 2001

I was blessed in that the only person I personally knew who perished in the terrorist attacks was a friend of my cousin Thomas with whom I have played golf with a few times. For many, I know the tragedy hit much closer to home. This is not to say I was not affected by […]

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On the Occasion of Rob Johnson Leaving Sage

As many of you are aware of by now, my friend and colleague, Rob Johnson has decided to leave Sage and join Avalara (the lucky dogs). Early today, our partner programs team had our last call with Rob at the helm. With their permission, I am sharing some of the content of this call. First […]

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Sesame Street for Knowledge Workers

Last Sunday, my wife and I brought my son, Sean, and daughter, Cara, to the Imagination Movers concert at the Verizon Center just outside Dallas. To coin a phrase, a good time was had by all. For those of you not familiar with the “Movers” (as we in the hip-in-the-know-‘cause-we-have-a-five-year-old crowd like to them) let […]

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