Remembering JFK & Thanksgiving

jfkI will never forget that day, Friday, November 22, 1963.  It was 53 years ago at 12:30 pm, when the president of the United States was shot in Dallas, TX.

President John F Kennedy, was shot in the West End district and lived only 30 minutes after that incident.  Our country was in shock.

Almost everyone alive can recall that day.  For me it was a day “frozen-in-time.”  For you, your frozen event might be the day the Challenger exploded, or the 9-11 terrorists attacks.  In each case I bet you remember exactly where you were, what you were doing and who you were doing it with.

For my dad, his frozen moment was the bombing of Pearl Harbor when he was nine years old.  I too was nine when Kennedy was shot.

I was in the 4th grade and I remember right after lunch time when the lady from the office came to my classroom and told us we needed to go to the Spanish room to watch Walter Cronkite on TV.  The girls and the teachers cried.  We were sent home early and schools were closed the following entire Thanksgiving week.  When I got home, my mom was sitting on the living room floor crying in front of the TV.

My wife remembers that day as well and she was only three.  Walter Cronkite interrupted “As the World Turns” as she was sitting at the table eating her lunch.

For our country, it was the most traumatic and shocking wake-up call since the assassination of Lincoln.  Some say it was the end of our country’s innocence, the end of a Camelot story.  And with the Vietnam War escalating, times would continue to be tough for our country during the 60’s.

America though is an amazing country.  Every time we are dealt a blow, we re-group and come back stronger.  Think about it.  After every disaster or tragedy, we come back stronger.  For that I am thankful.

With Thanksgiving this week it is a perfect time to pause, reflect and give prayers of thanks for our many blessings.  We live in the greatest country in the world and sometimes I take for granted how blessed we are.

This week take a moment to hug your kids and grandkids. Tell your loved ones how much you care about them. Let’s all be thankful as we enjoy time with families this Thanksgiving holiday!


Is Live2Lead The Answer?

As we head into year end, you need to ask yourself this one question… “what one single thing did I do during 2016 that made the difference between average success and amazing success in my personal and professional life?”  Well, Live2Lead could be your answer!

Live2Lead will give you a lifetime of valuable wisdom and the initiative to become a better leader for the sake of others.

The event features host John C. Maxwell, the world’s foremost leadership expert and best-selling author of more than 100 leadership books. Maxwell will identify practical principles from his book “The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth” which can be applied in developing one’s personal growth.

Simon Sinek, author of best-selling “Start With Why” will discuss the importance of understanding how to create an ideal environment in which people can be at their best.  An environment where people trust each other.  The best leaders know how to build those conditions – thus, the inspiration for another book entitled “Leaders Eat Last.”

Leadership teacher to executives and emerging leaders around the world, Liz Wiseman will talk about the 5 Key Disciplines that turn smart leaders into genius makers.  These leaders are ‘multipliers’ and they inspire employees to stretch themselves to deliver results that surpass expectations.

Dan Cathy will share the qualities and attributes of effective leadership from his successful career as the President and CEO of Chick-fil-A, Inc. He will talk about the “secret sauce” behind growing Chick-fil-A from one restaurant in 1946, to a $6 billion enterprise, the largest quick-service chicken restaurant in the United States.

John Maxwell says “There is something in the human spirit that drives us to hope.  To believe more.  To dream more. To become more.”  

Live2Lead is a revolutionary event to help you unlock your power to be better.

In our half-day format, you will be challenged, encouraged and inspired as you meet other men and women like you who are learning how to live their lives to lead others.  Live2Lead will equip you to return to your work and your business ready to take action by implementing what you have learned.

Live2Lead Cedar Rapids is sponsored by ActionCOACH Heartland and the Mount Mercy University CRST Graduate Center is our host location.  CLICK HERE for details on the Cedar Rapids event.

Live2Lead is a global event bringing people together from more than 30 countries around the world.  To find the local site in your community CLICK HERE.

My hope is that attending Live2Lead you may find it to be THE one single thing did in 2016 that made the difference between average and amazing.  Attending Live2Lead could be the answer.