In The Circle
My first purchase of a pair of adidas’ Stan Smith leather tennis shoes happened in the early 70’s when I was in college. Since then, that pair of shoes has been a staple in my wardrobe. The Stan Smiths are a great example of how I like to define the difference between fashion and style.
This weekend is Fathers’ Day, which I’ve always felt was misnamed. It really should be “Family Celebration Day” in my mind. Let me explain more of what I mean, beyond the obvious of time spent together at a barbecue, on a golf course, on a boat, on a hike, at the shore — wherever families come together to enjoy each other’s company and summertime.
This time of year especially, thoughts turn to the role of faith in our lives. “Keeping the Faith” — faith of any kind: in a religion, in our society and in our future –might be a battle. But it’s a battle worth waging and winning. Moving stories like this one from an amazing man and community leader help a great deal. Watch Tim’s incredible story of his birth.
Our interview with Minnesota Vikings COO Kevin Warren.
Our interview with former US Attorney Andy Luger. Absolutely fascinating insights.
Our interview with Ecolab CEO Doug Baker.
Jim is a first-generation college graduate who founded College Possible to give other students from low-income backgrounds the chance to attend and graduate college.
Rita Pierson, a teacher for 40 years, once heard a colleague say, “They don’t pay me to like the kids.” Her response: “Kids don’t learn from people they don’t like.'” A rousing call to educators to believe in their students and actually connect with them on a real, human, personal level.
Our interview with MNUFC CEO Chris Wright.
Refreshing and inspiring wit and wisdom with Cargill CEO Dave MacLennan.
Leaving a high-flying job in consulting, Angela Lee Duckworth took a job teaching math to seventh graders in a New York public school. She quickly realized that IQ wasn’t the only thing separating the successful students from those who struggled. Here, she explains her theory of “grit” as a predictor of success.
Last winter, Paul Grangaard went once again to Florence, Italy, where his interest in fashion and especially leather goods began as a student there in 1979. While purchasing a portfolio for a friend in a high-end leather shop in the Piazza del Duomo, he pulled out his wallet made in Worcester, MA, by his friend Jim Devaney’s company, Abas. The owner of the Florence store asked where Paul had bought the wallet and complimented Paul on its leather quality and fine stitching. That’s what you call a high compliment. Jim started making “hippie leather goods” in the 1960s for sale in Harvard Square. No wonder the Italians are impressed.
Here’s some good advice. Michael Gass is an advertising business development executive and prolific blogger. In this article, he talks about something many of us overlook as we’re preparing our speeches for presentations: our body language and posture. Ultimately, they can have a bigger impact than the spoken words. Read more.
There’s trouble in cyberspace. Though it revolutionized how we live our lives, the internet has some issues. Increasingly centralized control is an alarming trend that threatens to undermine the existence of the internet as we know it. This fascinating report from The Economist dives into what went wrong with the internet and what can be done to fix it. It’s well worth your time.
Being a leader doesn’t start once you get the promotion (nor when you start dressing like one). It’s an everyday commitment to seizing the initiative and excelling at every task no matter how small. Paying attention to what others have done to achieve their success is key, and this article from the Harvard Business Review is a terrific place to start.
Great networks don’t just happen. Great friendships don’t either. To make either one really solid, you need to make some commitments. This survey published by Men’s Health gives an overview of how we do that as men. And may give you some inspiration for how to do it better.
Admittedly, we have a vested interest in this one. As purveyors of high-quality menswear, CircleRock believes in the career-building value of dressing in great clothes that fit well. But don’t take our word for it: review the findings in this article from Scientific American.
You can enhance your business career by finding the right mentor. Someone who’s been there before invariably learns and notices things that can spare you some pain and missteps as you climb in your career. There are a lot of good points about what 20 year olds (and 30 year olds!) can learn from 50 year olds, via TheLadders.com
Made in USA is Personal
At the foundation of our company are loyal partnerships with our amazing manufacturers. Contrary to the old Godfather adage, we strongly believe…
In 2016, the head pro at Hazeltine had a chance to work closely with his lifetime golf hero, Davis Love III. Watch these great insider stories from the 2016 Ryder Cup including what went into building Team USA, a clever use of home course advantage, and more!
It’s never where you’re from, it’s where you’re going. And Richard Jenkins is going places. Homeless for two years with his mother and two younger brothers, he made a commitment to academics as a sixth grader. Six years later, that commitment earned him a full ride to Harvard.
“Dress for the job you want, not the job you have” is classic advice that recalls the importance of your appearance in shaping your reputation, but George Washington and the Founding Fathers show us that it’s the substance of the man underneath that truly matters.