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…


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…


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…


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…


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.…


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…


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…


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…


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…