Wednesday, December 28, 2016

New Year’s Resolution Dilemma: Will You “Pack” 2017 Tighter?

          I just listened to an interesting TED talk by time manager Laura Vanderkam.  Her message: there’s plenty of time in the week…we’re just not using it as well as we could.  Her conclusion: we could reorganize to pack more stuff into our schedule. 
            Maybe you’re thinking of doing that in 2017. 
            I don’t necessarily disagree with Laura.  But her talk illustrates the time manager’s dilemma: how do we keep cramming more “stuff” into an already crowded schedule?  Her talk completely misses a central issue: what if you don’t have the energy to exercise, take a class, read a book or play with your kids when you have the time to do so?
            One of her key points -- in a crisis, we make time -- supports my contention that we should focus on energy management over time management.  When we face a crisis, the adrenalin generates the energy we need.  Often, we “rise” to the occasion. But not everything is a crisis.  How do we generate more energy to get more done?
            There are lots of ways to do that, as outlined in my book, Getting UP! Supercharging Your Energy. 
            Here’s one idea, that marries both scheduling and energy.
            It’s not just time; it’s timing.  If we look at our energy flows, we can schedule tasks when we believe we’ll have the most energy to do them.  For example, we could tackle that important report first thing in the morning when we’re mentally fresh.  We could do the laundry in the middle of the afternoon when we’re in a post-lunch, low-energy food coma.
            As you make your New Year’s resolutions, if you’re worried about finding the time to do them…think energy instead! 

Sunday, December 4, 2016

What Now? New Trump Energy Rules?

             One of my sharpest clients in financial services has come up with a personal-energy-based approached to navigating the new world of President-Elect Trump.  She’s advising her clients to watch for:
-- Pace over path
-- Inflection over momentum
-- Emotion over logic.
            Pace over path: Notice the amount of energy, not just where it’s going.  For example, deregulation might be a new direction for the new administration, but that will take a lot of time.  It can stop or slow down on enforcement almost immediately.
            Inflection over momentum: As we saw in the election, everything can change overnight. Expect sudden shifts in focus and energy.  Trends, the staple of prognosticators past, may not be so reliable any more.
            Emotion over logic:  Emotional energy is often more powerful than intellectual energy.  Just because something “makes sense” doesn’t mean it will happen  -- either in politics or economics.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

How Did Trump Win? Energy?

          The pundits, the pollsters, the press, and most of the rest of the world were surprised by Donald Trump’s massive upset victory Tuesday.  How did it happen?
            I’d be the first to admit I don’t know, but (like everybody else) I have a theory: the candidate that generates the most energy wins.
            The Trump election would not be the first time that’s happened.  Nor is it necessary that all the energy be “positive.”  After all, that’s in the eye of the beholder.
            If you’re looking for a little post-election energy, you could take advantage of a chance to download for free the ebook version of Getting UP! Supercharging Your Energy.
            All you have to do is go to this link: 
and BUY the book for $0.00.  (Don’t click on “read it for free.”)  You can get the ebook for free until November 13. 

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Oooops! The Free Book Deal Starts Tomorrow....I Hope

If you tried to download your free copy of the Getting UP! ebook today, you were probably as frustrated as I was.  A glitch in the system has moved the deal to tomorrow (November 9) until November 13.  Sigh. 
My apologies if you tried ... try again tomorrow!  Thank you!

Want a Little FREE Post-Election Energy?

Photo by Bill Beck
Whew! The election is finally over.
            Now, it’s time to recover and recharge the batteries.
            One way to do that is to download a FREE copy of my ebook, Getting UP! Supercharging Your Energy.
            You can get it by following this link to Amazon from November 8 to 12 only.  Just say you want to “buy” the book (NOT “read it for free”).  The “price” should be zero.  
         If the link doesn’t work, paste this in your browser:

Friday, October 14, 2016

Want a Post-Election Energy Boost?

Here’s just the cure for that “morning after” feeling the day after the election: how about joining me for a high energy breakfast at the Center Club November 9?
            The Susan Katz Advantage and the Maryland Association of CPA’s Business Learning Institute invited me to share some of the personal energy tips, tricks and tactics from my new book, Getting UP! Supercharging Your Energy.
            These are the same strategies I used to a bicycle across the US last year in just 18 days -- averaging more than 150 miles a day.
            What could you do with that kind of energy?
            The continental breakfast includes networking time with more than 100 other professionals and an autographed copy of my book.
            DATE: Wednesday, November 9, 2016
            TIME: 7:30 to 9:30 a.m.
            LOCATION: The Center Club, 16th Floor, 100 Light Street, Baltimore.
            REGISTER: By November 1, 2016 for early bird rate of $45; $59 afterwards.
            It’s a perfect way to recover your energy after watching the election returns!  Sign Up NOW to reserve your seat.  If the link doesn’t work, paste this into your browser:

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Hungry For Change? 35 Years of ODB

Sr. Josanna Abromaitis 1944-2005
Thirty-five years ago, Sister Josanna Abromaitis SSND swung open the doors of a little storefront soup kitchen in Baltimore and invited about 100 hungry men and women in for a hot lunch.
            Today, on the anniversary of her death, Our Daily Bread is Maryland’s largest and most famous soup kitchen, having served more than 7 million meals over almost 13,000 consecutive days.  The program, which once served lunch to the Pope, has transformed thousands of lives, including both its guests and the 10,000 volunteers that make it possible. 
            Catholic Charities of Baltimore is celebrating Our Daily Bread’s anniversary with a free poverty forum October 26 at Loyola University of Maryland from 7:00 to 8:30 pm.  “Hungry for Change: How Our Daily Bread Transforms Lives” will feature Prof. Kathryn Edin of Johns Hopkins, author of $2 a Day: Living on Almost Nothing in America, and Sr. Patricia Chappell, Executive Director of Pax Christi USA.
            There will also be a panel with Harold Smith, former Catholic Charities Executive Director who conceived of the program, volunteers, and former guests who have experienced ODB’s transforming impact.  Since I was lucky enough to play a role in the founding of the program, I’ll be Master of Ceremonies.
            To register for the free program, please visit

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

What's a "Business Hour"?

             In the 21st Century, energy is more important than time.  At least, that’s what I argue in my courses and my book, Getting UP! Supercharging Your Energy.  As proof of that concept, I offer you the “business hour.”
            After a recent business trip, I contacted Hilton Hotels about a possible problem with my bill.  In response, I got an email that promised, “We take your feedback very seriously and will do everything possible to resolve your concerns in a satisfactory manner as quickly as possible.”
            And then, after that hype, they added, “Please allow us 72 business hours to resolve this matter for you.” 
            Here’s the BIG question: does that mean three 24-hour business days or does that mean nine 8-hour hour business days (or up to 13 “calendar” days)? 
            Of course, I asked them in a return email what they were talking about. No response yet…that will probably take 72 business hours, too.
            The truth is, we really don’t care how long your process takes; we just want it done.  Now.  That takes energy. In the 20th Century, you called somebody and they fixed the problem.   In the 21st Century, we get “time excuses.”
            Here’s an even more ludicrous example from the same trip.  I made the grievous error of buying a snack on a United Airlines flight.  The attendant swiped my card but…no receipt.  I was told I could get that online.
            Well, after ransacking the United website, no luck. So I sent an email to their euphemistically-named “Customer Care Team” asking how to find my receipt.  They promised, “we will address your email and respond back to you shortly.”
            They then explain that “shortly” is “generally within 10 to 14 business days.” 
            It takes the “Customer Care Team” more than two weeks to find their way around their own website?  Of course, we know how long it should take The Friendly Skies to answer my question: less than five minutes. 
            But that’s five minutes of human energy. And by United’s careful calculus, their energy is much more important than my time. 
            As we used to say in geometry class: QED.

Monday, September 5, 2016

What’s on the Other Side of “Tired”?

             “I’m too tired,” the young woman said.  
              Since she was part of a talented group of younger leaders (and about half my age), the statement stopped me.  I remembered my father’s persistent comment -- “When I was your age, I didn’t know what tired meant” -- but I didn’t say that.
            “When I’m tired,” I replied, “I usually go for a nice 30-mile bike ride.” 
            That drew some quizzical looks from the crowd.  Yet all of us have discovered that, at times, we can go from tried to energized…in a matter of seconds.  That’s because “tired” is often a choice. 
            We think we should be tired, perhaps after a long day.  Then a friend calls and we’re ready to play.  Long distance cyclists know that you can “change your mind” about being tired…and go on for many more miles “on the other side of tired.”
            Franciscan Richard Rohr says “Pain is the rent we pay for being human, some say; but suffering is usually optional.”  We all get tired; sometimes, we choose to shut down long before we need to do so.
            Not a bad concept for Labor Day.

Friday, September 2, 2016

The View from the 1%: Yield to My Horse

            Only a few days ago, only a few miles from this Baltimore County, Maryland sign*, a cyclist died in a collision with a pickup truck.  Because the rider was too dead to tell his story, the driver did: the biker lost control and crashed into his pickup.**               
           Unfortunately, he wasn’t the first rider killed or injured on these bucolic country roads. Seems like these pesky bicyclists are a real threat to horses -- and pickups.
            After more than four decades of riding back roads and passing many scores of horses, I can tell you exactly how many have “shied.”  Precisely zero.  None. Not one. Never happened.  The problem described on the sign is a rare -- far less than 1% -- occurrence.
            On the other hand, I have many times almost been run off the road by massive pickups pulling even bigger horse trailers. And I can tell you  how often I am passed much closer than the legally-mandated three feet on the very same roads in the sign. Many times.  On. Every. Single. Ride.  It’s a 99% problem.
            That doesn’t mean this sign is wrong.  It makes a good point.  One of the most stirring sights you can see from a bike is a gaggle of these horse persons sprinting across a field after a pack of hounds.  I not only yield;  I marvel at the beauty of the spectacle.
            I just wish drivers would remember this “share the road” stuff when they get down off their high horses…and into their Lincoln Navigators.

            *If you’re having trouble reading the sign, it says:
Please be careful when approaching horses
Because bikes are so quiet horses do not hear you coming.
When they do see you, they will shy, endangering their lives and
The lives of their riders. Please let the riders know you are there.
Give the horses a chance to cross the road.
Riders and horses have been hurt from cyclists
Particular problem areas have been at
Butler, Cold Bottom and Mantua Mill Rds.
Please enjoy these roads as much as we do and

            ** Funny: this is the same thing the driver of the truck that hit me a couple years back said.  Since I wasn’t dead, the police and the insurance company didn’t believe that lie.

Monday, August 8, 2016

Deer? Oh, DEAR!

             Chess grand master, author and new riding buddy Jesse Kraai shares this rather dramatic video of a deer/bike interaction.
            It’s every rider’s nightmare, especially this time of year when cool evening rides coincide with the deer’s favorite time to wander…
            I’ve had couple of friends meet deer this way and it is no fun.  I try to enjoy watching them in the fields rather than letting them become ANTs (automatic negative thoughts) that might limit my riding.  It’s all about good intellectual energy!

Thursday, August 4, 2016

NO Computers in Class?

“Should computers be barred from the classroom?”
            That question triggered a spirited discussion the other day at a faculty meeting at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.  Prompted by a Wall Street Journal story headlined “I’m Banning Laptops from My Classroom,” professorial opinion ranged from “computers MUST be in the classroom” to, well, me.
            Since I started teaching several years ago at Bloomberg, ranked the #1 public health school in America, I have flatly prohibited any 21st Century technology in my class.  No laptops, no smart phones, and no iPads or assorted “tablets.”
            Although I spell this out in my syllabus, few students bother reading a syllabus, and so there is usually shock and awe at my first class of the semester.   I have to dole out paper and pens because many students no longer carry such ancient writing implements.
            Interestingly, several of my students were in the faculty meeting and they spoke out in favor of computers…in some classes.   Nobody was nervy enough to suggest computers should find their way into my marketing class.
            Why do I ban these devices that have essentially become one with our bodies?  Here’s what the author of the Wall Street Journal piece, Rutgers law professor Stuart Green, said he experienced when he walked to the back of his classroom while a guest lecturer taught his class:
            “What a revelation to see what the students are up to. While virtually all of them have open laptops and most are taking notes, many seem more intent on emailing and texting, posting on social media, reading news sites, shopping online, or looking at YouTube videos. I recently saw one student systematically checking out law-firm websites for summer-associate salaries. Another spent an entire class streaming an NHL hockey game.
            “If this is what the students are doing while I’m sitting behind them, observing the class, I can only imagine what they’re doing when I’m up front, lecturing.”
            What do you think?  Computers in the classroom -- or not?

To be continued…the impact of technology on our energy.

Monday, August 1, 2016

Want A Free Midsummer Energy Boost?

            You can now download for free the ebook version of Getting Up! Supercharging Your Energy.  My new book details the strategies of my popular energy seminars that will help you reduce stress, accomplish more and improve work-life balance.  But hurry: the offer is only good until August 4 at 11 am EDT.
            The book’s focus on energy management -- and not just time management -- can help you, your team or your organization dramatically increase performance.
            Lots of books promise better performance…Getting Up! proves it.  Using its energy techniques, last year I rode a bicycle across America in just 18 days -- averaging 150 miles a day.  Not bad for a 66-year-old with a heavy training, consulting and teaching schedule!
            What could you do with that kind of energy?
            You (and your employees, friends, clients and family) can download the Kindle version of Getting Up! (normally $5.99) for free only until this Thursday at 11 am at
            Have a higher-energy summer!

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Life Imitates Long Distance Cycling

            PAC Tour is a great way to spend 18 daysif youre planning to write a book on energy because life imitates riding across the country.  Just ask Einstein, who knew a bit about energy.  He said, Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving. And, on PAC Tour
§  Each day brings its own challenges;
§  The external obstacles, like mountains and traffic, are unchanging and uncaring;
§  The internal obstacles are tougher: pain, exhaustion, anxiety, confusion, discouragement, irritation, distraction;
§  Sometimes, you ride with friends; sometimes, you must ride alone;
§  You must decide how to spend your energy; how to save it; how to recover it;
§  Its a little dangerous;
§  Tomorrow, you ride again.

            At 66, Medicare card in my wallet, I became the oldest rider to complete this event since it began in 1995.  Some folks think its pretty impressive that an old fart like me could ride that long and hard.  In this book and my courses, Im going to argue that its no big deal compared to the amazing things YOU could do with more energy.
            To learn how to do that, stay tuned or check out my website,  Or, buy my book, Getting UP! Supercharging Your Energy.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Energy Lessons the of Long Road: The Challenge of Elite PAC

         The question Who are you to write about energy?  flicked through my mind as I stood in a San Diego motel parking lot in May 2015, working hard on Getting UP.  Fifteen other cycling lunatics and I were set to embark on Elite PAC Tour. 
            Humbly promoting itself as The Toughest Two-Week Bicycle Tour in the World,  Elite PAC is the brainchild of Lon Haldeman and Susan Notorangelo, two former Race Across America champions and holders of coast-to-coast cycling records.  The pairs company, PAC Tour, has shepherded more than 80 rides across America over three decades.
            Elite PAC is a 2,700-mile-plus dash from San Diego, California to Savannah, Georgia in just 18 days -- or an average of about 150 miles a day.  Designed for the strongest and most manic distance riders, it is not for the faint of heart.  Short of Race Across America itself, it is the ultimate test of a road bike riders cross-country energy and endurance.
            The United States is a big country, full of mountains, deserts, endless farms and un-remitting tar-and-chip-covered rough roads.  It demands UP over and over again.  To ride Elite PAC, I would have to work at Getting UP every time I got side-swiped by a speeding logging truck and in every pelting rain storm.  I had to Get UP to fight blast-furnace headwinds and to nurse my rickety knees over saw-tooth hills.
            To read how I did that, stay tuned.  Or, buy my book, Getting UP! Supercharging Your Energy.

Thursday, July 7, 2016

My Getting UP! Energy “Chops”

Racing in Alaska
                    Who are you to write about energy?  would be a perfectly good question for you to ask. 

            I am not:
§  An Olympic gold medalist;
§  A coach of Olympic gold medalist;
§  A promoter who has hired a coach of an Olympic gold medalist to sell diet supplements, exercise equipment and yoga vacations.

            I am like you:
§  Not as young as I used to be;
§  Dealing with the stress of too much to do and too little time to do it;
§  Striving to bring balance to a demanding life and career.

            One difference between us is that I may have way more energy than you do.  And Id like to tell you how you can get more energy yourself -- so you can do amazing things, better manage stress, and improve balance in your life. As I have told thousands of others in my energy seminars, you dont have to be Einstein to figure this out. And you dont have to buy anything.
            Except, of course, unless you want to buy my book, Getting UP! Supercharging Your Energy.
            Stay tuned to this blog and we’ll explore the amazing world of high energy!

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

More Energy … More Blog!

                For several years, I have blogged about marketing and energy at my other blog  That blog will stay active, but much of my energy will go into this new blog based on my new book, Getting UP! Supercharging Your Energy.
            The book is available in both paperback and ebook formats and, frankly, makes great summer reading!   You’ll get a little extra energy just when you need it to enjoy the super summer weather.

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Join Me on the Road to More Personal Energy!

            We suffer from the most widespread energy crisis in history.  It has nothing to do with oil, gas or solar power.  It’s…it’s…it’s hard to get up in the morning.
            Indeed, it’s hard to get up -- period -- for a lot of what we must do. We used to think we didn’t have enough time, but the ugly truth is we just don’t have enough energy.
            The good news is that we can get more energy.  The bad news is that the ways we get it are often expensive, dangerous and counterproductive.  There are better ways.
            This new blog is about a different approach toward getting the energy to be ready, willing and able to live the successful, balanced life you want.  I’ll include the many energy tips and tricks I’ve learned over the years as a ultra-distance bicycle racer, consultant, trainer and all-around energy geek.
            Many energy insights are from my book, GettingUP! Supercharging Your Energy, and from the scores of energy seminars I’ve taught.  You’ll learn why:
§  Managing your energy, not your time, is the secret;
§  Getting more energy isn’t about what you drink…it’s about what you think;
§  Driving a stake through the hearts of the vampires sucking your life away might help;
§  Supercharging your energy is inexpensive, simple and fun.