Celebrating the Chiefs and Kansas City

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For the first time in 50 years, the Kansas City Chiefs went to the Super Bowl — and even better, they won! It’s hard to describe how amazing it’s been to see KC in a national spotlight over the course of the past few weeks. I’m so proud of where I’m from, and I’m glad others are seeing how great it is, too. 

There have been so many incredible moments over the past year. It started in 2019, when I went to my first Chiefs game in three decades — only to witness them beat the Colts and win their first home playoff game in 25 years. This year, I saw them play the Raiders at the Coliseum in Oakland for the last time. And then I watched 12 rows from the field with my father when they rallied in an historic comeback against the Texans last month. In between, I’ve given and received countless high fives at various watch parties across America… including in KC, Las Vegas, Austin, and Portland.

Through this team, I’ve made so many amazing memories with my family and closest friends — and reminded myself once again why they’re so important in my life. I’ve caught up with people I haven’t seen in decades, and I’ve made lots of new friends in the journey.

So today, as the streets of Kansas City fill with hundreds of thousands of people coming together to celebrate what this means for the community, I join you from the West Coast — my home away from home for the past 17 years — so very grateful for the Chiefs and for KC, all the adventures I’ve embarked upon in celebrating them, and all the good times ahead!IMG_7730

United 173: “Miracle in the Midst of a Tragedy”

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COURTESY: KOIN-TV

I’m sharing a story with you that I wrote for KOIN 6 — it’s about a United Airlines flight that crashed 40 years ago in the middle of a Portland neighborhood. While there aren’t any memorials or landmarks as a reminder of what happened there, it’s considered to be a watershed moment for safety in the airline industry.

I don’t do much writing these days in my current role, but I felt that it was an important story to tell because of all the lessons learned, including teamwork, leadership, and meaningful change — not just in the airline industry, but in companies around the world. As one author put it, while 10 people died in the tragedy, “the learning opportunity saved many thousands more.”

A special thanks to all the talented KOIN staffers who helped put this story together — further proof of the critical importance of teamwork.

CLICK HERE TO READ THE STORY

 

RBG & The Challenge of Change

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I finally had the opportunity to watch the Ruth Bader Ginsburg documentary “RBG” — and I wanted to share a point that really stuck with me. I also wanted to share support for RBG after her injury this week.

About halfway through the movie, we get a sense of just how challenging it was for RBG as a lawyer (not yet as a SCOTUS justice) to argue cases involving gender rights to a then all-male court. It’s not that the justices necessarily disagreed with her… it’s that they really didn’t seem to know what she was talking about. This was the first time they had heard compelling arguments in favor of gender equality in this way. So in their attempt to understand and argue the cases, they often made comments that seemed degrading and sexist. So how did RBG react? Variety sums it up well from the movie:

“She said, ‘Well, I didn’t get angry. That would be self defeating.’ She understood that the way to make her case was not to get angry but to be smarter…”

Change can be hard, especially enduring change. It’s hard at home, at work — and in this case, the course of American culture. Ginsburg also said in the documentary: “In our society, enduring change happens one step at a time.” Change can’t always happen overnight… it takes time for complex concepts, ideas, and practices to take shape in a way that impacts us all. RBG noted that she felt like a kindergarten teacher during this time in her career; it took a lot of patience and diligence to enact the kind of change she wanted to see in the world.

As a leader, do you find it hard to enact change? When people don’t seem to understand what you’re trying to do, do you ever find yourself getting frustrated or angry? If so, you’ve probably noticed how self-defeating that kind of reaction can be. RBG is a good example of someone who found a way to make change by tailoring her message in a way that helped people to understand her vision and by taking patient, incremental steps to make it happen. A good lesson for leaders in all industries!

 

Using Data To Tell A Visual Story

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Data isn’t inherently visual; it’s often a bunch of numbers, facts, and figures. But when you can find a way to use that data to help tell a story, it can be unforgettable — especially here in the case of Hans Rosling. It’s a great watch from beginning to end, and it’s a reminder that no matter what industry you’re in, be sure to find the best data to help tell the greatest story you can!

A Formula For Happiness

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A lot of people are looking for ways to “crack the code” on how to be happier — but one man has actually created an algorithm for it! Mo Gawdat writes about that effort in the book “Solve for Happy.” I haven’t read it yet, but based on this story from ABC’s Good Morning America (CLICK HERE TO WATCH), I hope to soon.

Remembering Mary Tyler Moore

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“Take chances, make mistakes. That’s how you grow. Pain nourishes your courage. You have to fail in order to practice being brave.” 

Mary Tyler Moore passed away today; she was 80 years old.

As someone who has worked in television newsrooms throughout my whole career, I don’t know many people who haven’t been influenced — directly or indirectly — by “The Mary Tyler Moore Show.” Her performance as a lovable and tenacious associate news producer is easily one of the most memorable television roles of all time.

My respect for Moore went to a new level after I saw her in “Ordinary People,” a powerful and heartbreaking role that earned her a Golden Globe Award and an Oscar nomination. Sometimes comedians deliver the best dramatic performances; if you haven’t seen her in this film, you should… it’s a testament to her range and her talent.

The world is a slightly more enjoyable place thanks to what Mary Tyler Moore brought to it; her spirit, laughter, and energy will be missed.