Park Ridge gets to add another notch to its ever growing event belt with its First Annual Vine Street BBQ Competition August 12, 12:00pm to 9:00pm at the corner of S. Prospect and S. Summit. This is Park Ridge's first public grilling contest. Are you pumped? I am. Early this year, Park Ridge brought forth... Continue Reading →
Life Lessons to be Learned From the Park Ridge Maine Street Beer Festival
I want to talk a little bit about an event I attended last weekend – The first ever Park Ridge Maine Street Craft Beer Festival. Now some of you may ask – but Steve, what does this have to do with being a better father or development? Bear with me – First – a quick... Continue Reading →
Content = Confidence + Time
I want to write - I really do. I just got back from an amazing conference, Mom 2.0 Summit, where I met amazing writers, content creators and influencers. I see that and I want to do that. And then I do nothing. Why? Why do I not make time to stretch the creative muscle and... Continue Reading →
Set the table! Why you should have family dinners, even if it’s hard.
Have dinner together. If you aren’t having dinner together, you should. If there is one thing you are not doing right now that I would recommend, it’s have dinner together. Too often families find themselves eating different meals on different schedules in different rooms. Kids are on their phones or tablets, parents are working late... Continue Reading →
Understand you don’t have to know it all.
I mentioned early on I wanted to take the things I learned in my career and use them to better my parenting and family life. Below is a selection from the leadership book I published a year or so ago. I'm A Leader! Now What Do I Do?: 50 Real Tips and Tricks for New Leaders... Continue Reading →
Meramec Caverns and Learning to Stop Along the Way.
If you are like us, you take road trips. And without fail, you will come across a roadside attraction. Something with dozens if not hundreds of billboards or barn roofs advertising some once in a lifetime opportunity to see something. To this, I say – Stop. For the last few years, we make a pilgrimage... Continue Reading →
5 Reasons I love Russell Athletics
The fact is, it’s hard to lose weight after 30 years of bad habits. But I do it. Even when I recently attended Dad 2.0 Summit – I hit the gym. And one of the sponsors – truly one of my favorite sponsors – was Russell Athletics. Let me tell you why.
The Power of Family Annual Goals
Last week we talked about your Individual Development Plan, the document that will help you focus on activities to better yourself. Where I work, my Individual Development Plan counts 10% toward my annual goals. We take significant time - several meetings over several hours - to determine what we want to do this year as... Continue Reading →
Your Daddy Development Plan is Overdue!
Every year around this time, I complete an Individual Development Plan. I have completed this form for the past decade. For many, this is a necessary evil that one finishes in February and fails to look at until December. But for me, it’s a little different. I actually believe there is value in this activity.... Continue Reading →
The Start of Daddy Development
How much time did you invest in professional development last year? Really, think about that. I know as part of my Individual Development Plan, or IDP – I listed at least three measurable activities that I could point to and say – “Look at me, I’m better that I was!” Do you work for a... Continue Reading →