“I saw your memo to Bill Jones today.” Norman Brinker was sitting back behind his desk, feet up, relaxed. It had been a long week in Miami and he’d be heading back to Dallas in the morning. Outside, the headquarters parking lot had emptied and the sun was sliding down over West Kendall and the…

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I was on a flight from New York to Las Vegas and flying first class (these were the old days). We had yet to take off and the plane was still filling with passengers. I was in a window seat and the aisle seat next to me was still vacant. An older African American man…

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I was nearing the end of a public dialogue with faculty and students at the Cal State San Marcos College of Business Administration, when a graduating senior was picked to ask me one final question. The question was: “What upon reflection has been the biggest single lesson you’ve learned over your 40+ years in business?…

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June 17, 2018

A Father’s Day Memory

I have today only fleeting memories of the train ride up from Fayetteville through Washington to New York. I remember that the day was sunny and warm and I remember looking at the public buildings in Washington with a new fascination as they passed by the windows of the coach in which I rode. I…

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It was the late fall of 1967 and I was an Officer Candidate at the U.S. Army’s Infantry School at Fort Benning, Georgia (affectionately known at the time by its inmates as “The Benning School For Boys”). In early December, we were taken to an unusual facility called the Leadership Reaction Course. On an otherwise…

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Back in the 90’s, I did some hiking in northern Spain with a group led by Erik Perez (pictured), a skilled mountain climber and highly experienced guide for Sobek Mountain Travel. We were hiking in the Picos De Europa, the mountain range that skirts the northern rim of the province of Asturias and had just…

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May 27, 2018

Reading…and Leading

The only thing new under the sun is the history you don’t know. Harry Truman I have serendipitously found myself in the midst of a three-volume bio of Joseph Stalin by starting with Volume Two without realizing it was part of a trilogy. The author is Stephen Kotkin of Princeton University and the Hoover Institution at…

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May 14, 2018

Turning 74

I am reminded, as I turn 74 (May 24th), of the old TV shows back in the ‘50’s when people my age would be described – with great solicitousness – as “74 years YOUNG.” Ugh. I am a geezer and proud of it. There are an awful lot of people that crawled out of the…

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Strengthen Your Leadership Leaders of all levels and walks of life engage with Jeff Campbell to better themselves and their organizations. Approachable and insightful, Jeff offers his expertise through several outlets including mentorship, coaching, speaking and facilitation. “I really feel like he understands what leaders are going through. He’s empathetic, but he’s also learning with…

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