Tribute To My Father

NOTE: This post was originally posted on June 15th, 2012. With Father’s Day being today, I updated the post to reshare it with those who haven’t had a chance to know my father.

Life can pass us by quickly. Days come and go. They blend together. Before you know it, it’s the next big date.

The next big date coming up is Father’s Day. That’s this Sunday.

As such, I’d like to share a bit about my father today.

Picture of my father and mother

My father and mother

His name is also Joseph Lalonde. He goes by Joe most of the time.

He was born in the U.P. of Michigan. Joined the military and served our country. And then moved to Muskegon.

He married his wife and they had three great children: Sharon, Debi, and Joey. Sadly, his first wife passed away after a fight with cancer.

Happy 4th Of July

Today is the 4th of July. Here in the United States, we celebrate our independence from foreign rule and the adoption of the Declaration of Independence.

Because of this holiday, I’m taking the day off from blogging.

Still, I wanted to wish my readers a happy Fourth of July! Enjoy the day with your friends and family. Grill up a steak or hamburger, or hot dogs. Go watch the fireworks. Have a great day relaxing and taking time away. We all need a break!

I Wish You A Merry Christmas

This Christmas is a little different for Pam and I. Our routine will be different and we have one less family member this year.

Now, this doesn’t mean Christmas this year will be bad, just different. Life has shifted and life goes on. This won’t stop us from celebrating a most marvelous day.

May you have a merry Christmas

Image by Jay Reed

And I hope that whatever changes and difficulties you’ve faced this year won’t change the fact today is a day of celebration.

Christmas represents the birth of something new. Of something that has changed the world.

Don’t let your current circumstances overshadow the gift we’ve been given.

Get together with family or with friends. Spend the day with loved ones.

Celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. Let today be a day of celebration.

And may you have a very, merry Christmas.

Christmas 2012 Emerging Leaders Gift Guide

The 2012 holiday shopping season is upon us. With the craziness of Black Friday and Christmas being less than a month away, I wanted to share with you some gift ideas for leaders.

Christmas 2012 Emerging Leaders Gift Guide

Image via Mary DeMuth

Christmas 2012 Emerging Leaders Gift Guide

Leaders can be a hard lot to shop for. They’re willing to go out and spend the money to invest in themselves. They’re also willing to lay down the cash when they see something they like.

Regardless of the type of leader you are or follow, there are myriad of gift options in a wide range of prices.

Here are my top gift choices for various types of leaders.

Leaders Who Love Reading

15 invaluable laws of growth

John C. Maxwell’s The 15 Invaluable Laws Of Growth: Live Them And Reach Your Potential – This is John’s newest book and it veers from his normal writing topic of Leadership. Instead it focuses on the value of personal growth. Great for any leader looking to reach his or her full potential.

Happy Thanksgiving

Today is a day set aside to reflect and be thankful for what we’ve been given. I hope you’ll enjoy your day with family and friends. Reflecting upon good times and all that you have.

I’ll be offline most of the day but wanted to wish you all a happy Thanksgiving and to share 20 things I’m thankful for today.

  1. My wife Pamela: She’s an amazing woman who’s stood by my side through the good times and bad. Thank you for loving me the way you do.
  2. My family: My mom, dad, brothers, sisters, and extended family mean the world to me.
  3. Freedom: I take it for granted at times but I’m thankful that we’ve been given such freedom in the US.
  4. My dogs: I’ve got two of the greatest dogs in the world. Zane and Leviticus have been an exciting part of life.