Growing up and growing wiser

President Obama and James Taylor shaking hands
President Obama and James Taylor shaking hands


Just back from New Orleans and had Inauguration day off with our Son. Maybe you watched it live too.

Grew up with James Taylor. And now growing wiser with Barack Obama.

Ignoring the facts doesn’t change them. There’s great work needing to be done. Our Country has a chief executive.

Servant leadership is about working together for the greater good. Politics often confuses this purpose.

No matter who our boss is at work, we have to follow. This is no different. Not really.

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So, If Obama Has a Blog….

Did you know that President Obama, and The White House, have a blog?


So what does that mean?

Well, to me, it means that blogging, Facebook, etc., are more common and socially acceptable than most realize.

Then, what does that mean?

I think it means that it’s also good, even critical, for business.

What I mean by that is this:  “If I have to explain the business case for blogs and other social business networking, than you have some catching up to do“.

Seriously.  Get on the bus, or get left behind.  Or at the very least, you’ll be playing catch up.

This is simply a personal opinion.  One that’s as simple as suggesting that exercising several days a week is good for our overall personal health.  That doesn’t need any explaining either, does it?

Carpe diem, jungle jeff  🙂

What’s the 1st thing you do?

What’s the first thing you do when you hear your alarm clock go off?

As I write this, it’s almost 5am.  I’ve been up for an hour, reading, writing, thinking.

Actually, I didn’t think the alarm clock was ever going to go off.  Just lying in bed, wondering, “When is that thing ever going to go off.  Come on. Let’s go.  Bring it (the day) on!”

Those who know me know I’m completely serious.  Those who don’t – “crazy man”!

Part of the challenge is the thing we’re waiting on is called an “ALARM” clock.  Yikes.

What if we called it an “OPPORTUNITY” clock.  Wow!

Everyday is an opportunity to do something great.  Everyday is a gift.  To be able to get out of bed.  To be alive.  To have the privilege to serve and help others.

Have you noticed the tone, the language, of today’s post?

There a few key words and phrases that set the tone.  Agree?

The same is true in business.  That’s one of the most powerful secrets in business.  Use words to nuture and grow a great culture.

I’ll explain more in another jungle jeff post.  Right now, it’s off to the Orange County Convention Center for a GREAT day.

Make your day GREAT!  Because if you don’t, who will?

Carpe diem, jungle jeff  🙂

What does EPCOT stand for?

What does EPCOT stand for?

Every Person Comes Out Tired!


Just kidding.  You can take the boy out of the Jungle Cruise, but you can’t take the Jungle Cruise out of the boy.

EPCOT stands for Experimental Prototype Community Of Tomorrow.

That’s what Walt Disney called Walt Disney World, before it was officially named Walt Disney World.  The entire 43-square mile piece of alligator, snake and mosquito infested swampland he called EPCOT.

He said it would never be completed.  He added, “The sketches and plans you see here are simply a starting point. Our first overall thinking.”  As he continued, “Our plans may change time and time again.”  He gave us permission to take his crazy, “impossible” vision and find the best way to get to our destination – “that EPCOT will always be a showcase for American ingenuity.”

And so it is with me.  And with you too.  Who wouldn’t want to always be in a state of becoming.  Always changing and growing -serving more people in more ways.  Then those people go out and do the same.  We know this as “the ripple effect”.

Who’s helping you?   Who’s holding you accountable?

At last week’s National Speakers Association Winter Conference, prior to the opening Keynote speech from Roxanne Emmerich ( ), author of  “Thank God It’s Monday:  Kicking Butt and Taking Names to Grow Your Business”, we were asked to find one or two accountability partners.  It was great to establish this upfront.

Carpe diem, jungle jeff  🙂