The Long Good-Bye

Listen to “The Long Good-Bye” by Fred Smith   Virtually every time I mention my father in a blog people will comment about how interesting he must have been. Some who knew him [...]

Unfinished

Listen to “Unfinished” by Fred Smith   Transitions from the founder to the next leader are notoriously difficult. Everyone is at risk in one way or another. Founders are often [...]

Scrooge Repents

Listen to “Scrooge Repents” by Fred Smith   While I would not say I have been Scrooge, I have come close. In fact, the whole period between Thanksgiving and the end of the year [...]

Burn The Bridge

Listen to “Burn the Bridge” by Fred Smith Shortly before the pilot announced we were making our final descent into Colorado Springs, a young man walked down the aisle to my seat and [...]

The House Always Loses

Listen to “The House Always Loses” by Fred Smith   The final commentary on the lives of many of the kings of Israel is, “He did evil and walked in the ways of Jeroboam.” But even [...]

Our Better Angels

Listen to “Our Better Angels” by Fred Smith   One of the regular features of the show “Hee-Haw” was four of the characters sitting on hay bales with moonshine jugs singing: [...]

Do The Hard Thing

Listen to “Do The Hard Thing” by Fred Smith As you walk into my office and look toward the small table by the window you will see a sign that reads, “Do what you love and you [...]

Making Old Friends

Listen to “Making Old Friends” by Fred Smith Sitting with five other men this weekend to talk through the challenges and opportunities for a growing business one of us had started, I [...]

Buying Happiness

Listen to “Buying Happiness” by Fred Smith   Like many of you, I have attended scores of galas, dinners, leadership retreats, and fund-raising events in my life. Some are grand [...]