Leadership & Entrepreneurship in Ireland – Day Eight

Based on a suggestion from Kurt Roush - a fellow ThoughtLeader, and the Executive Director of Fisher Professional Services at the Fisher College of Business at the Ohio State University, I am planning to have to students study four areas of Irish history prior to...

Leadership & Entrepreneurship in Ireland – Day Seven

This morning, I met with the CEO of Trintech, Paul Byrne.  Paul heard about our program through an article Enterprise Ireland published back in March.  Trintech evolved from a company that was started in Ireland, was publicly traded, and is now owned by Spectrum Equity...

Leadership & Entrepreneurship in Ireland – Day Six

The student teams in Maynooth and Belfast had their first full day with the teams at Wavebob and Maildistiller respectively. The Maynooth team actually divided their work into two small teams to look at target country opportunities and potential competition.    They're working closely with the CEO...

Leadership & Entrepreneurship in Ireland – Day Five

The two teams of students traveled today to work with Wavebob in Maynooth (outside Dublin), and Maildistiller in Belfast to work with on strategic projects regarding channel strategies.  I was informed today that the Queen will be in Belfast the same time we are, and...

Leadership & Entrepreneurship in Ireland – Day Four

The entire class made it to Dublin, and we met last evening for check-in, and last minute logistics.  Today, we discussed leadership models in the morning, and had four terrific speakers throughout the day. Our first speaker was Donal Cullen, CEO of Spanish Point.  Spanish Point...

West Point Graduation Wrap-up

"Renowned as the world's premier leader development institution, West Point accomplishes its mission by developing cadets intellectually, physically, militarily, ethically, spiritually, and socially."  What's remarkable about West Point is that the four years serve as a once in a lifetime opportunity for young leaders to...

West Point Graduation Week – Day Seven

Today was the exclamation mark to a week of festivity, but represented so much more than celebratory activities.  There are milestones in life, and then there are milestones truly etched in a collective memory for a lifetime.  To me, my son's graduation from West Point...

West Point Graduation Week – Day Six

  The big events today were the graduation parade and banquet.  When the cadets are plebes, they have a parade ceremony called Acceptance Day where they literally fold into the Corps of Cadets.  At the graduation parade, they literally come out of the Corps as they...

West Point Graduation Week – Day Five

After four years, the cadets are really showing appreciation for all the friends and family that enabled them to be here; and to be focused and successful while they were here.  The picture in this photo is my son with my parents in the exact...

West Point Graduation Week – Day Four

Today was all about our relatives meeting my son's friends.  The relatives aren't just any relatives - one is our own VIP, George Callahan.  George is a retired Chief Warrant Officer Four who served from 1940-1970 in WWII, Korea and Viet Nam.  George mentored me...

West Point Graduation Week – Day Three

The weather sort of cooperated and we got our ride in today with a minimal amount of soaking.  It was a great ride, but a little melancholy as well and not because of the gray skies and rain.  When my son took his bike from...

West Point Graduation Week – Day Two

You would think the incessant rain all day would have a cast a pall on the celebratory mood, but that wasn't the case.  The last cycling ride with my son at West Point will have to wait until tomorrow… weather willing!  We actually had a...

West Point Graduation Week – Day One

I heard the four years would fly by, but that turned out to be a grand understatement.  It was yesterday we dropped our son off at West Point, and as I write, I am bound to Newark Airport for the last time.   We're headed for...

Instigating Δ

Passion ≅ Vision Consideration -> Intention Planning × Strategy = Focus Focus ∴ Commitment Sacrifice = No > Yes = Discipline Action/Time = Habit Σ = +Character...

I’m Just One

When I was twelve years old, my English teacher persuaded me to enter a speech contest.  There were three rules for the contest.  The speech had to be five to seven minutes long, it had to be memorized, and the subject had to be based...

Getting Back Up

I had the good fortune to spend time with the West Point Cycling team again this weekend.  The best part wasn't that Army won the men's and women's ECCC A-Division circuit race on their home turf.  The best part was watching the camaraderie of the...