Welcome to Thoughts From The Coffee Table!

You might say this is my Blog, but it is a little different than you might be used to.  In these stories, I seek to promote and highlight the best examples I find of leadership, sales, customer experiences, and humanity.

I am looking for those of us performing to our best.

I publish every Monday through Friday, except holidays. Everyone, including me, needs and deserves a day off!

Why do I call it Thoughts From The Coffee Table?  I found myself sitting down on my couch to write this each morning, coffee at the ready on my coffee table.  I began to see these morning minutes of quiet as my shock of inspiration.  It seemed right.

If you like what you read, please leave a comment.  I hope you enjoy this as much as I do….

The Laughing Airline That is No Joke

Thoughts From the Coffee Table: Many businesses still operate with a shot-gun strategy and hope for success. Smart businesses are willing to pay for targeted marketing. Higher financial risk, yet often higher financial reward. This week I experienced one of the best examples of a high-spend marketing initiative that have ever seen. I am at…

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Putting Myself on Ice

Thoughts From the Coffee Table: For 8 days I put work on ice. Time to relax, reflect, and recharge. 8 days of paddling the SUP. Sitting in the water in a lawn chair. Toodling on the pontoon. And playing “Rocka Hula Girl” to Elvis (aka Chris Olson) at Zorbaz, Gull Lake, MN. Those pics will…

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What’s Not To Like?

Thoughts From the Coffee Table:  “I love your posts! I read them everyday!” “Thank you! Why do you never Like or Comment?” “Because I don’t want to seem like a stalker.” “I got such a kick out of your post on toilet paper.” “Thank you! Why do you never Like or Comment?” “Because we’re family…

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Let Them Bake Cake!

Thoughts From the Coffee Table: As a child I loved to start the new school year with the “What did you do this summer?” activity. It seemed like a good way to get back into the swing of things, and I thought that it might be a way for teachers to ease back in as…

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Sandcastles in the Sky

Thoughts From the Coffee Table: I did not build sandcastles. I preferred to gather seashells. I watch children build sandcastles, some giggling with glee as the waves knock down walls, others with tears of frustration. No matter how sturdy your structure, Mother Nature always wins. I have a friend who’s work environment has changed dramatically.…

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Ants Marching

Thoughts From the Coffee Table: He wakes up in the morning. Does his teeth. Bite to eat, and he’s rolling. Never changes a thing. Happy Hour dinner at a local Brazilian steakhouse. $10 for a caipirinha and bacon-wrapped filet skewers. Surrounded within moments by 10 regulars. They must have lived in the apartments upstairs, perfect…

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Top Dog

Thoughts From the Coffee Table: Can “Free” get you out of the dog house? I met a friend at a place that has recently reopened. The new menu isn’t all that exciting, but we wanted to give it a shot. We like to support our neighborhood. The place is a work in progress. The team…

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Yum Yum with Bing Bing

Thoughts From the Coffee Table: I find it fascinating that every culture has it’s own sandwich. Yet that statement alone means that I am already biased to the term “sandwich.” At a place called Bing Bing Dim Sum, in the Passyunk neighborhood of Philly, I fell in love. With a pork bao bun. During Happy…

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Shaken, Not Stirred

Thoughts From the Coffee Table: We used to think that a good bartender is one who would listen to all of your problems. How depressing! Then there was Tom Cruise in Cocktail from 1988, bottles flipping in a dramatic floor show guaranteed to bring in big tips and get the girl. Today we judge a…

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