Tag Archives: At the Helm

At the helm: Pulling together

By David Gee “Good and kind people outnumber all others by thousands to one.” Stephen Jay Gould, an American paleontologist and evolutionary biologist wrote that in a New York Times essay after 9/11. I was reminded of his words, and so many other things associated with that day and event, when we spent Labor Day weekend in New York City. ...

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At the helm: Killing it with kindness

By David Gee Excellent customer service is your best marketing tactic. A best-selling author and keynote speaker made that statement, and I am in total agreement. More on that in a minute. It was my birthday recently, and my wife and I decided to celebrate with a road trip, using points to stay at a couple of different Marriott properties. ...

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At the Helm: A unique Independence Day

By David Gee As I write this, I am staring at a bunch of boats bobbing in the sunshine at King Harbor Marina in Redondo Beach, California. Big deal, you might say. Well, it is kind of a big deal. For me anyway! Because I don’t live in L.A., or California, or on the west coast, and I traveled on ...

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At the Helm: We have the cure for what ails us

By David Gee “We have all hit the wall.” That’s the title of a recent article in The New York Times. The piece details a “late-pandemic crisis of productivity, of will, of enthusiasm, of purpose.” The article cites a survey that the paper did asking readers to describe their work-related challenges 13 or 14 months into the global pandemic. The ...

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At the Helm: Finding connections in a virtual world

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By David Gee I recently caught up over Zoom with a friend I last got together with a year-and-a-half ago. It was good to “see” him, but at one point he just sounded kind of sad and said, “I feel so disconnected. I don’t go into the office, I don’t have beers with my buddies, my dad died last fall ...

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At the Helm: Rock piles ahead!

By David Gee Whether we’re on the lake, or simply navigating through life, some of the obstacles in our path are well marked, and others less so. Or not at all. Case in point, I have owned boats for nearly 30 years and in all that time torn up only one prop, but that one time I really trashed it ...

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At the Helm: Competition is cool

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By David Gee “A horse never runs so fast as when he has other horses to catch up and outpace.” Publius Ovidius Naso, known as Ovid in the English-speaking world, was a Roman poet who lived during the reign of Augustus, about 2,000 years ago. But I think this sentiment about competition has stood the test of time. In fact, ...

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At the Helm: Little things can be a big deal

By David Gee “The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper.” -W.B. Yeats Nobel Prize-winning Irish poet William Butler Yeats, one of the foremost figures of 20th-century literature, wrote those prescient words over 100 years ago. If that sentiment rang true during Victorian times, we surely find even more meaning in the words ...

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At the Helm: A caring — and concerned — community

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By David Gee I like the word community. I use it a lot. In fact, I likely overuse it, and I’m not the only one. It seems these days especially, more and more advertising, marketing and social media messaging contains, and in some cases co-opts, the word community. So, I am attempting to reframe in my own mind what it ...

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