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Making “Fit” Work with 10 Simple Truths

Fitting Quote: “The words of truth are simple” – Aeschylus The best people aren’t just looking for jobs; they’re looking for opportunities to exercise their talents in an environment where they feel they fit. We’ve all seen the statistics on where compensation and role & responsibility rank when choosing a job. What isn’t as well-known […]

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Woodenisms

March Madness is just starting…not too concerned about winning the pool, I just need to make sure I beat my son again! NCAA basketball got me thinking about John Wooden, who is a favorite leader of mine. Great coach and inspiring person. After his death a few years ago (he lived until 100 years old), […]

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Optimism

Fitting Quote: “Turn Your Face Towards The Sun, And The Shadows Fall Behind You.” Year’s end normally brings reflection and optimism for most of us – that includes me. Our New Year renewed optimism is great. I believe, it’s a positive, normal cycle in our lives. It’s a good state of mind to stay in […]

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Begin with Why

Fitting Quote: “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.” – Nelson Mandela Sometimes our greatest lessons are those we must re-learn. 2014 has been that for me. For Brick House Partners, 2014 will close as a decent year in terms of the usual […]

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Is It Safe? (2014)

Quote: “If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.” Take a look at our new website One of my favorite movies is Marathon Man. There is a famous scene where Lawrence Olivier poses a simple question to Dustin Hoffman, “Is it safe?” You probably know the rest of that scene. […]

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Pushing Toward the Gray

FITTING QUOTE “Take advantage of the ambiguity in the world. Look at something and think what else it might be.” –Roger von Oech Marketing’s Needed Partnership with Ambiguity If you asked me a year ago where I thought aspects in my personal and business life would be now, I certainly would not have expected it […]

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Awakening the Spirit Through Mentoring

FITTING QUOTE “I am not a teacher, but an awakener.”— Robert Frost At the beginning of the year I became a mentor for JumpStart , which is a non-profit organization that helps entrepreneurs start and scale their business. I have so much respect for entrepreneurs — it’s been a lot of fun and I have […]

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What’s Different About Marketing and Advertising People?

FITTING QUOTE “The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing.”— Albert Einstein You may read this and feel like I have generalized. I can live with that. I also feel I have generalized accurately. I would be interested in your thoughts and if you would like to do […]

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A New Year’s Resolution for Gratitude… Again

FITTING QUOTE “Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.” — Melody Beattie A couple years ago I wrote […]

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Discovery Candidacy

“Endurance is patience concentrated.” — Thomas Carlyle The last six years at Brick House have revealed many important milestones and learnings. One of the greatest things I’ve take away thus far, is that people and candidates are a mixture of what you want and some of what you don’t necessarily want—and that’s the reality of […]

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