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Breakfast of Champions

March 16, 2017

By Thom Peters Recently while reading through the local business news, I noticed the profile of a local agency leader. One of the things this leader said that stuck out to me was “Culture eats strategy for breakfast.” It was the first time I had heard this phrase, but I now know it has been […]

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Small But Mighty

January 17, 2017

By Thom Peters This month, the Donor By Design Group is challenging you to take action, moving from resolutions to results. Today’s topic? Going small to go big.   I used to be a “big church” guy. I liked the great music, theater, message, and classes. It excited me to see the impact we could have on […]

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Ownership

October 19, 2016

By Thom Peters Few things compare to coming home to a dog so full of love that it makes you feel like the most important person in the world. For me that dog is Tucker. His tail starts wagging as soon as I pull into the driveway and he sees me from across the yard. […]

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The Long Haul

The Long Haul

August 2, 2016

By Thom Peters “Animation is like telling a joke and waiting three years to see if anyone laughs.” – Ed Catmull, Pixar Studios I heard Ed Catmull share this in an interview about the making of Toy Story. His point was that working on the film required a great vision, patience, and the confidence to […]

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Don’t Settle

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June 13, 2016

By Thom Peters In this series, the DBD Team will take a deeper look at some of the axioms we use when working with our clients. In today’s blog, Thom Peters reflects on our axiom: “Don’t settle.” Living in a small town, I tend to chose my home repair, insurance and mechanics from recommendations. That’s why […]

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Are You Listening?

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March 15, 2016

By Thom Peters Over the years, I’ve had a chance to meet some really outstanding and wonderful people, including many captains of industry. If all my exposure to successful business folks was from what I hear through the media, I would never realized that there are so many truly servant leaders out there. One such […]

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Resolution: Dream Bigger

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January 20, 2016

By Thom Peters I’m not great at resolutions. I have great intentions, just lousy follow through. After all my years I have learned that the higher I set my sights, the less opportunity I have to succeed. So I keep expectations low and generally feel better about how things turn out. I may not be […]

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It Just Looks Easy

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May 27, 2015

By Thom Peters The La Crosse Area Family YMCA is in the midst of major expansion, recently breaking ground on three projects and adding more than 70,000 square feet to its facilities. With a focus on strengthening the community and strategic partnerships, they are closing in on their $11.3 million goal. Bigger than the expansion, […]

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Look for the Seams

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March 4, 2015

By Thom Peters There is a legend in baseball that one of the reasons Ted Williams was such a great hitter was due to his ability to see the seams on the baseball as it came hurling toward him at 95 miles an hour. Supposedly, his eyesight was so good, he could essentially slow the […]

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Common Ground

February 5, 2015

By Thom Peters Confession: I am a graduate of the Ohio State University. Having lived in Wisconsin for the past 18 years, I have endured the wrath of Badger fans and even a number of Michigan folks. Much of this comes from friends and seemingly sane people who really don’t like my Buckeyes. Even more […]

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Be Careful When Protecting

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November 4, 2014

By Thom Peters Recently, while visiting a client with one of my colleagues, we found time to have lunch with a good friend of mine, Larry. We had many laughs as we caught up on each other’s lives, but suddenly, Larry got uncharacteristically serious. Out the window where we were seated, we could see a […]

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Fine Print

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May 27, 2014

By Thom Peters While flying the friendly skies has become a routine part of my life, I still don’t take safety for granted (code for, “I am still afraid”). Like most folks, I pay little attention to the pre-flight safety instructions, but I do look for the nearest exit and – if seated in an […]

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Make it a Great Job

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April 22, 2014

I recently finished a feasibility study for the YMCA of Greater Dayton in Ohio. During the study, I spoke with 27 community and business leaders, many of whom had a past or present leadership role with the Y. What I heard in these meetings reinforced what I had suspected going in: This is a very […]

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Thom Peters

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January 22, 2014

Vice President A fascination with people and service has been the essential driving force behind Thom’s work with local YMCAs and not-for-profit organizations.  The foundation of Thom’s career in service began with that first summer as a camp counselor back in college.  From there, he went on to build a 30-year career within the not-for-profit industry. Thom […]

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Whatever it Takes

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December 17, 2013

By Thom Peters For those of you who fly a lot, you know that part of the routine is waiting. And then waiting some more. But when there’s a delay in the first leg of a journey and I need to make a tight connection, then the routine for me becomes more panic than waiting. […]

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A Simple Thanks

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November 20, 2013

By Thom Peters I’d like to share a cautionary tale of what happens when a non-profit makes stewardship an afterthought… Back in 2011, a non-profit organization contacted us. It was running its operations out of a ten-year-old facility. As is the case with many non-profits, some debt (OK, maybe we should say significant debt) had […]

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