When I was growing up, there were only three rules around my house.  You see, my folks were just one generation removed from Scandinavia and some of those old world habits die hard.

So in my house, these were the heartily enforced but unwritten rules:

  1. Never speak unless you’re spoken to.
  2. If you have to speak, never talk about yourself.
  3. If you have to talk about yourself, never brag.

It was the true nose-to-the-grindstone-keep-your-mouth-shut philosophy in action.  So when you grow up thinking that only the uncouth ever talk well of themselves, it’s a bit of a challenge to become an unabashed self-promoter.  Nevertheless, below are some videos about me and what I believe in.  And below that are some written questions and answers.  And, yes, I know, somewhere in the heavens, my folks are covering their eyes and their ears aghast at my outlandish behavior.

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Q & A –

Why do you live where it rains all the time?

Actually, it doesn’t rain ALL the time in Seattle.  Now and then the sun peaks out for 6 or 8 minutes.  Truth is that I grew up here and learned to love it.  I lived in Virginia, Kentucky and Chicago at times and finally decided I still loved the Northwest so I moved back to Seattle and bought my first business.

Why did you choose to become an expert on Employee Motivation?

First of all, let me thank my website writers for dreaming up this question.  Secondly, I didn’t ever decide to become an expert. It was mostly a matter of self preservation.  I was so underfinanced that my businesses would have failed miserably if I did not figure out ways to get the most out of my wonderful employees.  I couldn’t pay as much as I wanted to and yet I had to attract the best and hang on to them.  Along the way, I made a slew of mistakes but I did discover some of the very best techniques for motivating, engaging and energizing my employees.  It was only later that I realized I was sitting on a wealth of information and I needed to share it.

Do you have any hobbies?

Well, let’s see.  I am terrible at golf so I decided not to spend time playing any game that was so intent on displaying my athletic ineptitude to the whole world.  So I’m a bit less exciting in the sports department.  But I love baseball and go to as many games as I can.  My wife has learned to live with it.  She likes to harass me with questions like “What time does the Mariner loss start tonight?”  Brutal!  I also enjoy reading, playing chess, hiking, losing at Scrabble and playing cards (Texas Hold ‘Em is my favorite but Vegas only smiles when they see me coming so I won’t be quitting my day job anytime soon)

Are you trying to be funny??

Yes.  If I don’t laugh often, I am inclined to do the opposite.  Business is a tough road sometime and if you can’t laugh at yourself, you will have a tough time of it.  I enjoy humor and work hard to add some wit to every speech, workshop or meeting that I am involved with.  Life is short, laugh a little.

Ok, that’s enough. If I tell you everything about me, then the mystery is gone.  If you need a speaker at your next event, a host for a seminar, a master of ceremonies, workshop leader or a consultant, please don’t hesitate to contact me.  And remember to ask me to tell you the story about the nickname my own employees gave me during my softball days …