Branding

Originally published in the Boulder Daily Camera and the Longmont Daily Times-Call.

John tells a great story. I don’t care what he’s talking about, when he starts up I settle in for a grand experience. His words and gestures paint a picture that is vivid, believable and often funny. We all know someone like that. Technology simply can’t replace a good story.
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Originally published in the Boulder Daily Camera and the Longmont Daily Times-Call.

Dad was a serious runner. He ran 10 or more miles every day. Nothing stopped him, so the bar would be set high. If I asked him to run the Bolder Boulder with me, I needed to be committed. In my last column I noted that I’d never heard of
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Originally published in the Boulder Daily Camera and the Longmont Daily Times-Call.

Branding isn’t important I was recently informed. Names don’t matter – only actions. Wrong! Several years ago I was eagerly anticipating the high school graduation of our only son. However, I learned during this time that our treasured child would not receive his graduation diploma until all of his outstanding
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Originally published in the Boulder Daily Camera and the Longmont Daily Times-Call.

I’m scared. There are no more trick-or-treaters, but candy is still in the house and I’m in big trouble again. Each year I think I’ll handle it differently, but the delicious little bites tempt me over and over, year after year. This year, once again, I found myself standing in
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Originally published in the Boulder Daily Camera and the Longmont Daily Times-Call.

If everyone is a leader, who is following? A friend whispered this question to me during a large gathering of business people recently. Several business owners were touting their leadership abilities, and the fact that all of their companies were leaders in some way. “Where are all of the followers,”
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Originally published in the Boulder Daily Camera and the Longmont Daily Times-Call.

Nothing is more boring than running laps on an inside track. Even watching golf is more exciting. Still, when the weather is bad, I’m forced to run inside. Running in circles on bad weather days may be good for me physically, but mentally – not so much. To beat the
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Originally published in the Boulder Daily Camera and the Longmont Daily Times-Call.

What’s in a name? Everything. When my son was in high school I seldom knew the last names of his friends. The old friends, I knew. The new friends came with only one name. When I pressed for last names, his standard response — “What does it matter?”. It mattered
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Originally published in the Boulder Daily Camera and the Longmont Daily Times-Call.

Super Bowl Sunday takes a lot of pre-party shopping. That’s what I was doing when I overheard a conversation between a four-year-old boy and his mom: Boy: “Can I have some gum?” Mom: “No.” Boy: “Please.” Mom: I said, ‘No’”. Boy: “Please!” Mom: “No! Now be a good boy.” Boy:
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Originally published in the Boulder Daily Camera and the Longmont Daily Times-Call.

Manning’s the Man. That’s what I’m thankful for this Thanksgiving. I’m also thankful for my family, friends and community. But having Manning behind center puts extra whipped cream on my pumpkin pie. I’ve been a Denver Broncos fan since they wore striped stockings. I’ve also admired the Manning clan, especially
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Originally published in the Boulder Daily Camera and the Longmont Daily Times-Call.

Ten years ago I had my 15 minutes of fame. Handlers were telling me where to go and when to stop. Vans of photographers were capturing my every expression as I ran and waved to crowds lining the streets. Friends and family came from as far away as Louisiana. A
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