Marcy and Scott Westerman
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“The Real” Scott Westerman

“Our purpose is to find the good and help the rest of the world see it.” ~W. Scott Westerman, Jr. 1925-2018 “The Real” Scott Westerman was born on this date, July 10, 1925. He was the quintessential definition of a teacher, one of those rare souls who knew what he valued and tried to help everyone who crossed his path…

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Outsmarting Artificial Intelligence
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Outsmarting Artificial Intelligence

As artificial intelligence becomes more deeply embedded in our daily life will it outsmart us? Only if we let it. “AI” – Artificial Intelligence is the concept of creating a machine that is smart enough to think and act like a human being. We’ve seen it on screen thanks to the intelligent mind of Steven Spielberg. It’s invading our homes…

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The Stockdale Paradox
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Monday Motivator: The Stockdale Paradox

By Scott Westerman Deal directly with your current unpleasant reality but never lose faith that you will prevail. This is the essence of the Stockdale Paradox. It can change your life. Whenever I get the chance to lead a new team, the first book I share with them is Jim Collins’ “Good to Great”. In it, Jim and his gifted…

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Monday Motivator: Lessons and Learnings

5 years ago, I wrote “The Last Monday Motivator“. Today, I’m back in the saddle again with some learnings and lessons.. In the interim a lot has changed. People are more addicted than ever to our devices, the Internet, to Netflix, to Facebook. The list of things competing for our time and attention is a long one. A year ago,…

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It’s Never Too Late

“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. We each have within us the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.” ~Harriet Tubman I don’t know what it was that made me drive to the Haslett Village Barber Shop that afternoon in 2011. That memory has faded. What I do vividly remember is the…

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Remembering Russ Gibb

To inspire the next generation to reach higher, think deeper thoughts and do greater things. This is the stuff of immortality. When Russ Gibb returned to his “spirit self as the purser on the Japanese steamer Mitza Maru sailing somewhere in the South China Sea,” many who didn’t now him only recalled how he amplified the “Paul Is Dead” story…

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Life on the Scenic Route

We always knew we would love our granddaughter “No Matter What”. We never realized how powerful those words could truly be.

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The Worst of Times / The Best of Times

“The people who have the best, most loving ideas tend to be executed or assassinated or discouraged.” ~Sarah Vowell One year ago today, Colleen and I experienced the worst 24 hours of our lives. It began in a visceral encounter with the fallout from the toxic culture at my workplace and culminated at 3:11am the next morning when I got…

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One Radio Station’s Secret Sauce

What can a Top 40 radio station from the 60s teach us about audience engagement? In 2014, Steve Schram and I got the invitation of a lifetime. The 50th birthday party for our favorite radio station at the Red Eye Grille in Manhattan. We both grew up in the Detroit area during the time that WKNR was in its brief…

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She’s Leaving Home

Church youth groups were a safe place for young people to hang out in the late 1960s. Or so the grown-ups thought. Joey Morrison and I regularly bolted from Methodist Youth Fellowship to visit Middle Earth, Ann Arbor’s premiere head shop. The black lights, incense and racy posters held our prurient interest more effectively then the biblical retreads that targeted…

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