“The Bad Guy the Rest of his Career” – Reputation Lessons

The Facts: Novak Djokovic, the number one seeded tennis player in the world, was disqualified from the U.S. Open. After losing a point, he hit a tennis ball toward the back of the court. The ball struck a line’s woman in the neck. She fell to the ground, grasping for air. For this, the umpire essentially ejected Djokovic, ruling that …

2020: You are Living Thru History

When students open history books in 100 years, wide-eyed students will undoubtedly study the year of 2020. They will see pictures of: Covid-19 and American citizens wearing masks Businesses shut down and schools closed professional, college and high school sporting events cancelled George Floyd, protests and cities burning dyer race relations, black lives matter, and political unrest Political races involving …

7 Truths that can Unite Americans

Much has transpired this week. Like most Americans, I watched the events unfold on my TV. My overwhelming feelings are sadness and frustration. The media tells us that we are a divided nation – divided by race, divided by politics. While, there are differences – maybe some stark differences – all Americans (99%) agree on the following: #1: George Floyd …

The True Value of Learning – Coronavirus #7

Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, almost every school in America closed in mid-March. Districts were given a few weeks to develop a learning plan for the “stay-at-home” environment. Please allow me to summarize what most districts presented to parents, teachers and students. 1) If schools had the ability to use virtual learning, they would utilize this as much as possible …

A Salute to the Seniors of 2020 – Coronavirus #6

At West Craven High School in North Carolina, Principal Wallace decided to surprise every graduating senior by visiting each of their homes. He delivered signs to place in their yards and congratulated them on their big accomplishments.  Turns out, this principal was not the only principal to have such an idea. From Texas to Massachusetts to California to Florida, principals …

Coronavirus #5 – What Can You Do For Your Country?

Last week I told you about the paper delivery guy who decided to help his community by delivering groceries to over 100 people on his route – www.characterandleadership.com/coronavirus-4-one-of-the-finest-people-in-the-world/.  At the conclusion of that post, I asked, “What will you do to help your community?” The number one response was, “I’m going to stay home and stay safe.” I cannot fault …

Coronavirus #4: “One of the Finest People in the World”

Greg Daly delivers the paper. He wakes up every morning and throws papers at houses as he drives by. One morning, one of his customers asked him to throw the paper closer to the door. This made him think, if this lady can’t walk to get her paper, how can she get groceries from a store? So, he put a …

Coronavirus #3: The Real Heroes & Role Models

The coronavirus epidemic has taught us a few important lessons. One of those lessons is really a reminder of what we already know to be true.  The real heroes are not athletes and entertainers. Simply being in a high profile position or viewed regularly on television does not make someone a positive role model. The past few weeks has demonstrated …

Coronavirus Post #2: What is Our Civic Responsibility?

Undoubtedly, most of you have seen this photo of college students partying on spring break smack dab in the middle of the coronavirus outbreak. This happened about the time that entire states issued “stay at home” mandates and shut down entire sectors of our economy. The main reason that students maintained their spring break plans was because coronavirus mainly affects …

Coronavirus 2020 – What Will You Do with Your Time?

The Coronavirus has taken a strong hold on the world, including America and the American economy. This virus originated in China in early January when a few individuals ate a bat. This gave them a new virus, something that has never been seen before, thus there was no vaccine or treatment. The virus spread wildly through China and then on …