Never Bet Against Hong Kong

I was sitting at Peet’s Coffee sipping a café latte in Shanghai with China legend Bob Theleen when he leaned in and said, “Never bet against Hong Kong!”

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Kindness, Compassion and Empathy: A Little Goes a Long Way

The last 365 days have certainly been transformative, both personally and professionally. I started a new position as dean of the College of Business at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs (UCCS). I moved my family across the country during a national lockdown and started a new leadership role remotely.

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I Choose to Lead

Disruption, Disarray, Commotion, Uncertainty, Turmoil, Dismay As I reflect upon the challenges of 2020, these are the words that come to mind. I know I am not alone; the COVID-19 pandemic has been disruptive on so many levels for everyone – personally, professionally and emotionally.

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The Value of Team

“Whoever said it was lonely at the top just wasn’t doing it right.” I wrote this down on a piece of paper the other day. I had just experienced a particularly successful shift at the restaurant and driving home felt that glow of wonderment, that all of the many moving parts particular to the restaurant… Read more »

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The Courage to Choose Love in 2021

Last year, within a matter of months, the landscape of our everyday lives changed. Roles shifted, pivoted and reversed. What seemed like a relatively predictable and stable future turned out to be an illusion. Many things happened in 2020 that we simply couldn’t control — the loss of jobs and businesses, quarantine and isolation, illness… Read more »

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Crossroads: America’s Gollum Moment

In the Lord of the Rings trilogy, the character Gollum is entranced by the One Ring of gold. His attention is so consumed by what he calls “My Precious” that he is unable to comprehend how the world is changing around him, the consequences of his actions, or their implications for the future. His focus… Read more »

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How to Save a Life

We are living in what I’ve been calling our brave new world.  The pandemic has forced us all out of our comfort zones as we continue to face unprecedented challenges. Unfortunately, our youth seem to be experiencing the brunt of the fallout. The results from a survey conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and… Read more »

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What I Am Not

What is your name? Not your given name, not the name on your birth certificate. I am referring to the name you are called when a person judges you from the lowest common denominator of their belief system; the place where bias and prejudice are formed and reside.

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