Mike is a dear friend whom I have been honored to know for quite some time. I first met him through his wife who managed a store for me when I was running a large regional retail chain. She later went to Rwanda with my wife and I have since become good friends with Mike. He is the real deal and frankly one of the greatest guys I know. This was a fun conversation we had over coffee recently. What an honor to sit with him.
His office looks like a coffee shop; the conference table is the cushy chairs on the stage. He is the embodiment of the northwest culture; edgy, non-conformal, relevant. The meeting starts and we discuss life, family, and recent events to get warmed up, and then the reasons we came together begin to emerge. We are rarely limited to one topic, but it is usually based on the core of who we are, with a mix of future visions and goals. Ironically, all of this goes against the stoic marble bureaucracy that I live in. I am used to rigid agendas that produce corporate decisions, which initiate review committees, and then have resolution teams presenting to the final approval, which then requires a vote…. some call it government, others call it red tape.
Effectiveness, planning, and justifying our time are the topics that dominate our conversations. What do you want to…
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