Leaders, This is Our Time

"How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world." – Anne Frank In my early twenties, I was sure I was going to be a Russian Orthodox priest. I even earned my master’s degree in theology from Saint...

Better Together

“Small acts, when multiplied by millions of people, can transform the world.” – Howard Zinn By McKeel Hagerty The trouble with big challenges is their scale. When we look at them in total, we simply do not know where to begin our work. As a colleague of mine...

Dig the Well Before You Are Thirsty

One of the joys of 2020 has been driving my mom around. She is 85 and since the weather turned warm enough, I have been taking her on long drives on Old Mission Peninsula and throughout Leelanau Country in vintage cars with broad bench seats...

Letting Go of Normal

I have the honor of owning a 1915 Ford Model T that was delivered new that year to its first owner in Traverse City. It is painted black (the only color Ford offered back then) and it has the last of the brass radiators that...

From Startup to Scalable: The case for loving your business 

Thanks to accelerators and investors like Boomerang Catapult and 20Fathoms, a lot of cool companies are being born in Traverse City – from names you’ve heard before like Atlas Space Operations and Promethient to SampleServ, a new environmental software company that helps geologists graph and...

What Some of the Best Leaders Have in Common

These are times of incredible change in the world and many of these changes are happening at an exponential rate. For some, that’s a good thing because they view change as an exciting opportunity. For many of us, though, change can bring feelings of uncertainty and...