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Posts from the ‘Thoughts’ Category


5 Ways Spartan Racing Prepared Me to Be a CEO

Five years ago I was an executive with a large enterprise IT company. I was in my late 30’s and working upwards of 70 hours a week  … with an amazing wife and three young daughters at home. But, a simple routine physical changed my life.  During the physical, I learned that I was on a fast-track to heart disease with high cholesterol and overweight. I knew I needed a lifestyle change – fast and without medicine. But how? I didn’t have the time. I was crazy busy.

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Why ERwin

For those of you who never heard of the ERwin software platform, it is the industry’s most powerful data modeling solution. ERwin gives IT professionals an intuitive graphical interface to model the database before they build it and acts as an information hub to share data definitions, rules and structures across the organization. ERwin has a 15-year rich history and is deployed across more than 75,000 organizations. But what’s most exciting is the role that ERwin is coming to play as the foundation for global Big Data initiatives.
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Transition Time

When going through a career or life transition it always drives me to reflect back on accomplishments during time served, lessons learned and new friendships developed as we take continued steps forward to realizing our goals.

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Spartan Racing for Business Professionals

Context: I am a 40 year old business executive that works anywhere from 60-70 hours a week and balances a family life with my wife and 3 daughters.  In an effort to live a longer healthier lifestyle I took up Spartan Racing about 4 years ago.  The results have been terrific, 15 races later, I have taken off 25 pounds of weight, dropped my cholesterol by 80 points and feel much better as I can now keep up with my kids.  The racing described below is not for Elite runners that are racing for time but for Competitive and Open class runners that are running to complete the race.

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Why Verizon

Now that I have completed my first 90 days at Verizon, I thought it would helpful for people to understand why I chose this next step in my career journey.  So here it goes…

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Career Journey

This has been the most rewarding summer in my professional career.  I was given the opportunity to develop the next phase of my career while bringing some real balance back in my life.

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Prospecting with a Sense of Humor

This was by far one of the most creative prospecting emails that I have received in a long time. It did drive me to respond – to others looking to connect with new people, try using some humor.

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TED 2014

Some of my take-a-ways from TED 2014 in Vancouver

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