With 2017 now in the rear view mirror, I’ve been reflecting on the people (and organizations) to whom I am most grateful for their support, the examples they’ve set and for challenging me to keep pushing to make my little dent in the universe.
A precious few extended a measure of grace when I didn’t feel like I deserved it. Others were simply there to listen or give me a hug when my heart felt broken and shattered.
Literally thousands of folks energized me, connected with me (“in real life” or on social media) or touched me in some important way. Of course, any list such as this is always incomplete and imperfect. In that way, it’s an incredibly human thing. If I missed you, I’m sorry. Either way, thank you.
So here goes…
I’m eternally grateful to Seth. In the nearly 40 years (!!!) I’ve known him he never ceases to amaze me with his insight, encouragement and generosity.
So many folks inspire my thinking on all things related to retail, leadership and innovation. At the top of a long list are Scott Galloway, Deb Weinswig, Jason Goldberg and Kasey Lobaugh.
Thanks to the folks at Forbes, who added me as a retail contributor this year, to IBM Watson Customer Engagement, Vend and BizTech for making me sound more influential than I am and to REVTECH for naming me an Executive In Residence.
I am also deeply appreciative to those who invited me to share my thoughts on reinventing retail in the age of Amazon as a speaker at their conferences or internal company events.
Thanks as well to all my social media followers, who share my thoughts, help me evolve my thinking and catch my errors.
I’m fortunate to be involved with a number of wonderful organizations that allow me to help advance social justice causes, including Social Venture Partners Dallas, The GroundFloor and the First Unitarian Church of Dallas. I’ve made so many great friends through these groups and have received so much more from them than I’ve been able to give.
I’ve also gotten to work directly with several incredible social impact organizations including Akola, Bonton Farms, Education Opens Doors and Miles of Freedom. Phenomenal teams doing important work.
I am so touched by those who tolerate my spiritual musings and explorations, including–and most especially–the intrepid and tolerant few who have found my second blog “I Got Here As Fast As I Could.” I hope to write more consistently this year. Consider yourself warned.
My spiritual journey continues to be informed and deepened by many phenomenal teachers including Pema Chodron, Brene Brown, Thich Nhat Hahn, Jack Kornfield, Eckert Tolle, Sharon Salzberg and the Rev. Aaron White. If you don’t know their work, you should. Just sayin’.
No list would be complete without including the irrepressible KimQi, who has enriched my life in more ways than she can possibly know–even when the lessons haven’t always been easy.
And lastly, thanks to the amazing Elena and Claire, who are sources of constant delight and who have bestowed upon me my greatest title: “Dad.”