Monthly Archives: December 2017

Next Year It’s Ours

Standing on the field at Saturday’s Army-Navy game, I felt the sheer significance of the event all over again. As the snow fell, I looked around the arena and saw a sea of midshipmen and cadets on the journey of their lives. I thought about my Dad, the countless story lines overlapping, from General MacArthur to Roger Staubach.  All the men and women who have or are currently serving our great nation.  Pride, professionalism, and commitment at its finest.  There’s a special growth that occurs when you attend the academy, both professionally and personally. It’s part of the process of taking on a higher purpose. Everyone who was at that game was playing a part in that story.

I cheered from the sidelines with two Blue Angels, former Boss Tom Frosch and the current XO of the team, Matt Kaslik. As we watched Navy fight through the heavy snow in the blue and gold uniforms imbrued with the Blue Angel colors and crest, I felt a deep sense of Glad To Be Here. I’m grateful to be reminded what this game represents to so many people, and to play my small part in keeping that spirit alive.

Congratulations to Army on winning the Commander in Chief’s Trophy.  Next years it’s ours.

Go Navy!

Navy Football honors the Blue Angels with Under Armor designed uniforms

There’s something special happening this weekend that I try to represent every time I speak to a team.  This is a big moment for me personally because it brings my message of high performance into the national spotlight.
This Saturday for the Army-Navy football game, the Midshipmen are donning special uniforms that honor the Blue Angels. They chose these commemorative uniforms to represent the culture of excellence the Blue Angels stand for.  This is the same emphasis of leadership and team performance that makes my keynote experience unique for our clients. I have figured out from my own career and from incredible leaders and teams , how do the best get better and what are the common variables of elite teams. I’m am grateful to be able to help people achieve their full potential and enable teams to build their culture of excellence.
Seeing Navy in blue and gold is going to touch my heart. It’s a powerful reminder for everyone to push their belief levels and aspire to reach their full potential. But also, these things just look really cool! I bet wearing them gives the Navy a 3 point advantage, at least.
I will be at the game representing one of just three Navy Football alumni who went on to become Blue Angels. But it is not just about Navy football. It is about being part of something bigger. My father graduated from West Point, and my uncle was captain of the Army football team under Earl Blaik and Vince Lombardi. Taking the field in Annapolis, I understood that I was part of something larger than myself.
I’m so proud to be with my Teammates again on Saturday. It gives me the ability, once again, to represent something larger than myself.
Go Navy!