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Do you know who your real friends are?

May 19, 2015

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Fare-weather friends are everywhere. It’s amazing how quickly people sprint in the other direction when their friend has a problem.

At the end of the day it’s easy to be friends with someone when everything’s great. It’s easy to be great when your client is Executive VP with a big budget.…

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8 Questions with David Levy, President of TBS

May 18, 2015

He’s a board member with me for the sports management program at Syracuse University, a great friend and a great guy. David Levy, the President of TBS, has done some incredible things to change the game in sports media. (He also does some tremendous charity work and other projects).

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Do People Really Change?

May 17, 2015

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I come from the school of thought where I always think people can change and that, maybe more specifically, I’m going to be the one to change them. I am the one who is going to get this or that person to finally turn the corner.…

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It’s All About Your I’s

May 14, 2015

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Here they are, the six things you need to do to be able to succeed in business.

I need help.” – always be able to admit it.

made a mistake.” – be honest about it.

don’t know.” – acknowledge it.…

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Two Things I Learned on Tuesday from Jorge Posada

May 12, 2015
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 06:  Jorge Posada #20 of the New York Yankees bats against the Detroit Tigers during Game Five of the American League Championship Series at Yankee Stadium on October 6, 2011 in the Bronx borough of New York City.  (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images) Over the weekend on Mother’s Day, I had a chance to interview Jorge at Yankee Stadium before the Yankees took on the Orioles about some of the highlight moments from his career.

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8 Questions with Dwier Brown

May 11, 2015

Baseball is synonymous with family. Often that means fathers and sons sharing moments together that help forge strong relationships. 

Perhaps no film has sent a more powerful message about fathers, sons and baseball than Field of Dreams, the 1989 film starring Kevin Costner.

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The 10 Best Things My Mother Taught Me

May 9, 2015

My mother was an amazing woman. There are a lot of things she taught me growing up, even as an adult, that still resonate with me today. Here is a shortlist of just ten of those things that you should start doing NOW if you don’t already.

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Advice for the College Graduate: ‘Buy a damn good suit’ and more from recent college grads

May 7, 2015
This is the time of year where college grads start asking for help…a lot of help…and they’re desperate. And that’s where they’re going about it all wrong. 
 
The problem is that most kids try to be independent and when they reach the point where reality is about to set in, the desperation sets in, as well. College students need to ask for the right help at the right time.

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Turn Your Car Into Your Classroom

May 5, 2015

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This is one of my favorite concepts of all-time, brought to me by my good friend Harvey Mackay.

Think about all the time you spend commuting everyday.

One hour?

Two hours?

Three hours? 

Four hours?

According to WNYC, the average commute time in the US is 25 minutes.…

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8 Questions with George Bodenheimer

May 4, 2015
There is something to be said about starting from the bottom and working your way all the way up to the top. It shows focus, determination, commitment and a willingness to learn.
 
Starting from the bottom is exactly what George Bodenheimer, a man whom I’ve gotten to know so well over the years, did at ESPN.

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8 Questions with Danny Schayes

May 3, 2015

Danny Schayes was a classmate of mine at Syracuse. His dad, Dolph, was a basketball Hall of Famer, and the apple didn’t fall far from the tree. 

What’s amazing about Dan is that he used every bit of his talent. There’s nothing that got wasted.

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Ask for the Right Help

April 30, 2015

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This is the time of year that college students are out there looking for jobs. It’s the end of their four-year run. Hopefully some of them have dug their well before their thirsty.

What many of you out there don’t realize is that your college kids are really looking for their second job because looking for their job is their job.…

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The pitcher has become the new NFL running back

April 29, 2015
Stephen Strasburg has had Tommy John Surgery.

Stephen Strasburg is one of hundreds of active players that have had Tommy John Surgery.

The pitcher has become the new NFL running back (as is sitting is the new smoking…that’s another blog for another day).

If you’re a pitcher at virtually any level of baseball, there is a good chance you’re going to get injured.…

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The Moral Bucket List

April 28, 2015

My daughter sent me this op-ed that was in The New York Times, written by David Brooks. It is a must-read. Why? Because it’s about morals. 

Without morals, what are we? Nothing. So, in this there are some valuable lessons to learn

-Brandon

The right way or the wrong way...which will you choose?

The right way or the wrong way…which will you choose?

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6 Ways to Avoid Becoming a Toxic Leader

April 26, 2015

Leadership is one of the essential needs for success in any situation, yet it’s one of the most misunderstood conditions. With that, I thought there would be no better person to learn from than military personnel. Today’s blog was written by Air Force Brigadier General John Michel, who highlights the 6 ways to avoid becoming a toxic leader.

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What Else?

April 23, 2015
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How can you go the extra mile for your customers?

 

You know that “what else” has been engrained into my everyday life since I was 10-years-old. As my career has progressed in business, one of the key things that I have carried with me throughout everyday is thinking about what else I can do to make someone completely happy (because customer service is the key to any business).…

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Street Smart Ideas to Drive Success

April 20, 2015
Street smarts. It’s become kind of a cliché term, but the concept in itself is the driving force behind your success. Don’t get me wrong, there are a lot of great things happening in classrooms at all levels today. But for me, I have found that the experience you gain from real-world problem solving and failures can far outweigh the type of help that a book can afford you.

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Saying the Hard Stuff

April 19, 2015

Communication is the key to any successful relationship, whether that’s at work with an employee or a new business partner, or at home with your family; your wife, your kids or your parents…whomever! At the end of the day, if you have no means of connecting with said individual, there’s no sense in you being in that relationship.

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Embracing Potential

April 16, 2015

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Many years ago, two salesmen were sent by a British shoe manufacturer to Africa to investigate and report back on market potential.

The first salesman reported back, “There is no potential here – nobody wears shoes.”

The second salesman reported back, “There is massive potential here – nobody wears shoes.”

You may have heard that story before, or at least variations of it.…

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8 Questions with Joe Plumeri

April 15, 2015
8 Questions with Joe Plumeri

Everyone imagines top CEOs as larger–than–life figures who do things no one else could. But deep down, a good business leader is an everyman who combines vision and high energy with the ability to connect with and learn from all types of people. I had the chance to sit down with renowned business leader Joe Plumeri, author of the newly released The Power of Being Yourself, to discuss how to stay positive, motivate yourself and others, and achieve success in your life and work.

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The Changes I Would Make to Today’s NBA

April 13, 2015

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First-off, cut the schedule from 82 games to 70 by cutting out the second half of back-to-backs. Why? The cellar-dwellers of the NBA need to be incentivized to compete through the conclusion of the season.

The way to keep teams competitive is by having a postseason tournament for the non-playoff teams (…I must admit I’m stealing some ideas from a recent Grantland article).…

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Two Things I Wish I Had Known Before I Went Into Business (and Life)

April 12, 2015

This guest blog is from one of the funniest women I have ever met, Elaine Williams. She does motivational talks to help others by calling on her own life experiences and battles with addiction. I spoke to her recently and found that there were two key things I thought would be valuable to share. 

-Brandon

1245Let me begin by saying that I am truly grateful for my life, health and support network and for the work I am doing in the world.…

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Our Push for ‘Passion,’ and Why It Harms Kids

April 11, 2015

There is not a single word in the English dictionary more over-used these days than, “passion.” This New York Times article from last week about how parents’ push for passion is harming kids could not have been more on-point. Parents need to start taking a more hands-off approach to the way we handle our children.

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I Don’t Know

April 7, 2015

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Just because you don’t have what you want now doesn’t mean you can’t get there at some point. You have to have more confidence and have an understanding about what the big picture is for your business, career and your life.…

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Take a Chance When People Least Expect It

April 3, 2015

NCAA Championship Game: Michigan State Spartans v North Carolina Tar Heels

You heard about this 50-1 bet on Michigan State to win it all that that’s been getting so much attention, right? It got me thinking about how important it is to bet on a long shot once in a while.…

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How do you become a game-changer?

April 2, 2015

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So I’ve been sitting in front of the TV watching all the March Madness games the past few weekends, and in every single one the broadcasters love to talk about “game-changers”: guys who have the skill and athleticism to, at any moment, change a game.…

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Focusing on a Singular Outcome Will Lead You to Any Victory

April 1, 2015
 “If you do not go undefeated this year, you will have lost.”

That’s what Bob Knight told his 1975-76 Indiana Hoosiers team before the pre-season the year they won the NCAA title, the last time a men’s D-1 team went undefeated.…

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STOPit App Lets Kids Anonymously Report Bullying

March 31, 2015
STOPit App Lets Kids Anonymously Report Bullying

Bullying is an incredible problem in this country and with the advent of new technologies, it only keeps getting worse. A friend sent me some information about a new app they are developing called STOPit, which will let kids anonymously report bullying.

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Everyone Has a Story the World Needs to Hear

March 30, 2015
Everyone Has a Story the World Needs to Hear

I’m a huge fan of TED Talks, as you know, and I came across one that was very interesting this past weekend.

dave_isayThe talk was delivered by Dave Isay, the founder of StoryCorps, a company dedicated to providing people of all backgrounds and beliefs with the opportunity to record, share and preserve the stories of our lives.…

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You Don’t Have to Have All the Answers, But You Do Have to Have all the Right Questions

March 26, 2015

Curiosity killed the cat…actually no, curiosity makes you really smart. If you remember curious Columbo, he always had one more question.

Here is the best advice I can give to anyone out their looking to find work, a new job, new clients: ask the right questions.…

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We Need to Practice Emotional First Aid

March 25, 2015
We Need to Practice Emotional First Aid

Here’s one of my favorite TED Talks from Psychologist Guy Winch, where he talks about how we need to respect our emotional well being as much as we respect our physical well-being; focusing on our feelings of failure, rejection and loneliness just as much as we focus on a root canal, broken arm or torn ACL.…

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The Positive Side of Greek Life

March 23, 2015

This blog was written by a fraternity brother and lifelong friend of mine from Phi Gamma Delta (FIJI) at Syracuse. With all of the recent news about Greek life, I thought it would be important to recognize the positives way that participating in Greek life can influence your college experience and your life.

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The Differences Between Men and Women with John Gray

March 22, 2015

One of the biggest challenges we face is that men and women try to be the same when in reality they are very different. This is a problem both at home and at work.  

A few years back I had the pleasure of sitting down with John Gray, author of the famous relationship advice book Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus.

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Planning for the Future

March 19, 2015
Chris Borland (age 24) recently announced his retirement from football.

Chris Borland (age 24) recently announced his retirement from football.

I don’t mean to beat a dead horse, but to me it’s uplifting when somebody has the balls to do something that can seem like a crazy idea, but in the big picture will benefit themselves, their family and even their place of work.…

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Stop Ignoring Your Productivity Rate

March 18, 2015

In retail businesses, too often people ignore the fact that it takes more of an effort to develop completely new product than it does to create a variation of an existing one. More people need to understand how important it is to re-invigorate their company’s existing product to re-activate their customers.…

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Creating Luck By Design

March 17, 2015

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So, as you’re sitting there recovering from your St. Patrick’s Day shenanigans, I thought I should take this opportunity to share a message about luck and winning.

However you define it, winning is possible in any economic climate.

The difference in playing to market expectations and exceeding market expectations is this: To exceed market expectations you must create luck by design.

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13 Things That Will Create, Maintain and Save Your Marriage

March 16, 2015

I was recently with a friend of mine who is a marriage counselor. While she wanted to remain anonymous, she offered up some great tips for couples thinking about getting married, those who are happily married and those who also might be struggling with the marriage they’re in.

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The Real Definition of Success

March 11, 2015

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I think most people get confused about what success really is.

It seems like they look at success mostly as a financial measurement.

For instance, people come in to my office all the time and say, “Wow, this is an impressive company you’ve built.”

But I can’t remember the last time someone came to me and said, “Wow – you’ve been married for 25 years, you have two kids who have their heads screwed on right and a dog that doesn’t bark every two seconds.…

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Speed

March 8, 2015
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People always say life’s not a sprint it’s a marathon, etc.

The reality is that life is the ultimate sport and sports are the ultimate business.

When you think about the best athletes it’s the one who can change speeds. The pitcher, it’s not all about the fastball.…

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IAAPA’s Successful FEC Dallas 2015 Attracts International Audience

March 4, 2015

Nearly 150 family entertainment center (FEC) industry leaders from 26 states and 13 countries participated in FEC Dallas 2015, the leading conference for FEC operators. The two-day event, which is organized and produced by the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA), took place at the Hilton Dallas Rockwall Lakefront Hotel, Feb.…

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Get It Right the First Time

March 3, 2015
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I wrote this blog last year about how important it is to get it right the first time and thought it was a topic worth revisiting. After all, in business, first impressions are everything.

When I was a freshman in college Billy Joel released “Get It Right the First Time.” Back then I thought he was just talking about getting the courage to talk to women, but now I realize the lyrics in the song are applicable even to business…

I don’t believe in first impressions
For just this once I hope that looks don’t deceive…
…I’ve gotta get it right the first time
That’s the main thing
I can’t afford to let it pass
You get it right the next time that’s not the same thing
Gonna have to make the first time last.”

Listen to Billy Joel’s “Get It Right the First Time”:

My daughter’s blog last week about dressing properly to make the right first impression got me thinking about how important first impressions truly are.…

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The More You Sit, The Less You Live

March 2, 2015
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Seriously, research has shown it. The dangers of “over-sitting” are very real.

Back in 2008, a research study showed that every hour of television watched after the age of 25 reduces the viewer’s life expectancy by 21.8 minutes. And, above four hours a day of sitting can be deemed “risky.”

Fortunately, there is at least one solution for keeping a lot of us with office jobs somewhat active during the day: standing desks.…

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8 Questions with Mike Tirico

March 1, 2015
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Syracuse University. What can I say? The place changed my life. I couldn’t be more thankful for being given the opportunity to attend. With everything that place has given me, one of the best parts has been getting to meet some incredible people.

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Keep the Conversation Going

February 26, 2015
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In today’s connected world, digital “communication” is the preferred method by most folks to get in touch with others. Really, though, are we actually communicating?

People now more than ever have a difficult time talking about difficult subject matter. If you want to be a disruptor and you want to shake things up as a “what else” type of person, then you have to be willing to talk with someone face-to-face, otherwise you never truly broach the heart of a serious issue.…

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Don’t Get Too Comfortable

February 19, 2015
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The minute you feel comfort is the minute you should start to worry.

Why? Because something worthwhile won’t offer you comfort.

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You want that promotion? Put in the extra hours to get it.

Trying to close the biggest deal of your career?…

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I Didn’t Have the Time

February 14, 2015
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Everyone says that they don’t have time. Well, everyone is lying. The reality is everybody has time, but they decided some things were more important than others. Here’s another gem from my friend Seth Godin about time.

-Brandon

This actually means, “it wasn’t important enough.” It wasn’t a high priority, fun, distracting, profitable or urgent enough to make it to the top of the list.…

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My Take on the Brian Williams Situation

February 13, 2015
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You may remember a few months back when I asked, “When did lying become the new black?”

Well, now I have to ask it again. I mean, Brian Williams- what happened?

It bothers me when someone of significance lies in such a blatant way to the public.…

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Should Your Kids Know How Much You Make?

February 12, 2015
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Having been a kid that came from nothing, people always ask me about having kids that come from something. Simply, the big question amongst people that have wealth is, “How do you avoid your kids becoming spoiled brats?”

I have always felt that the answer comes in two parts:

  1. Don’t try to make your kids believe that you don’t have what you have.

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8 Questions with Author Tim Leberecht

February 9, 2015
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Had the pleasure of getting to know Tim Leberecht, CMO of NBBJ, who recently published The Business Romantic: Give Everything, Quantify Nothing and Create Something Greater Than Yourself. Was fascinated by Leberecht’s TED Talk about usefully losing control. As a marketer, i’s an interesting concept when it comes to understanding your customers’ needs and wants.

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Schedule the Important Things

February 8, 2015
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You always should make it a point to schedule the important things in life.

Here’s a story:

I have a friend who is a marriage therapist and they where telling me a story about a couple they where helping.

My friend the therapist asked how often they where having sex and both replied, “It’s been about 20 years.”

“20 years?” he replied, “Why has it been so long?”

Again they answered in unison, “We have been really busy!

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