Don’t Die from Embarrassment!

Every now and then, if you’re really fortunate, you get to meet someone like Phil Lawler. Phil was special. He was one of those individuals who make you think, “Wow, how blessed I am to count this incredible man as my friend!” I met Phil in the early 2000s when I was hosting a nationally syndicated radio program that focused on health and fitness. He became a regular guest because of his contagious positive energy and passion. Even over the radio, you could tell he had been put on this earth for … [Read more...]

Don’t Die from Embarrassment!

Every now and then, if you’re really fortunate, you get to meet someone like Phil Lawler. Phil was special. He was one of those individuals that make you think, “Wow, how blessed I am to count this incredible man as my friend!” I met Phil in the early 2000s when I was hosting a nationally syndicated radio program that focused on health and fitness. He became a regular guest because of his contagious positive energy and passion. Even over the radio, you could tell he had been put on this earth … [Read more...]

What About Obamacaid?

Public opinion regarding the Affordable Care Act (ACA), or Obamacare, runs hot or cold based largely on political party alignment. The reality is the vast majority of Americans have had no significant interaction with Obamacare. I believe most Americans are largely confused regarding what Obamacare is and isn’t. The recent Republican-failed effort to repeal and replace Obamacare, and the subsequent town hall protests, strengthen my belief in the confusion. Part of the confusion comes from … [Read more...]

What About Obamacaid?

Public opinion regarding the Affordable Care Act (ACA), or Obamacare, runs hot or cold based largely on political party alignment. The reality is the vast majority of Americans have had no significant interaction with Obamacare. I believe most Americans are largely confused regarding what Obamacare is and isn’t. The recent Republican-failed effort to repeal and replace Obamacare, and the subsequent town hall protests, strengthen my belief in the confusion. Part of the confusion comes from … [Read more...]

Let’s Clear the Air on Environmental Coverage

Deep breath in. Can you smell the fresh air? Maybe…maybe not…depending on where you are. Earth day is April 22, and I couldn’t think of a better time than now to share some basic information about Environmental Liability, also known as Pollution Liability. If you have a General Liability policy, why would you need Environmental Liability? You should be covered, right? Well, that may not be the case. Environmental Liability was introduced in 1978 and was created as a way to close the … [Read more...]

What Does Your Brand Say About You?

Have you ever played “The Voting Game”? It’s a party game where you anonymously vote on which player is described by each card drawn. Lots of laughs ensue when the results of each vote are revealed. Playing that game is the quickest way to learn the personal brand you’ve created. Game cards include topics like Most Likely to Show Up to Your High School Reunion in a Rented Lamborghini or Most Likely to be Called When a Friend Gets Thrown in Jail or Most Likely to Positively Change the World. So, … [Read more...]

What Does Your Brand Say About You?

Have you ever played “The Voting Game”? It’s a party game where you anonymously vote on which player is described by each card drawn. Lots of laughs ensue when the results of each vote are revealed. Playing that game is the quickest way to learn the personal brand you’ve created. Game cards include topics like Most Likely to Show Up to Your High School Reunion in a Rented Lamborghini or Most Likely to be Called When a Friend Gets Thrown in Jail or Most Likely to Positively Change the World. So, … [Read more...]

Thievery at the Pump: Are You Protected?

You hear or see it in the news all the time: “Hackers steal customer payment card data” or “Police warn of credit card skimmers.” The headline may differ from case to case, but the details always involve fraudsters using certain techniques to capture card information. It’s scary, and it can happen anywhere…with convenience stores and petroleum companies certainly not immune to the issue. If you own or work for a convenience store and/or petroleum company, you likely know you’re a primary target … [Read more...]

Honing Your Craft

I recently had the opportunity to see Sally Field perform the lead role in Tennessee Williams’ The Glass Menagerie on Broadway. Before the show began, my husband and I talked about the many roles Ms. Field has played over the years — “The Flying Nun,” “Gidget,” “Norma Rae,” “Sybil,” and “Doris”…to name a few. It was fun to remember the quirky and compelling characters that made her famous. Then we sat back and watched her masterful performance in this timeless play. Watching Ms. Field become … [Read more...]

Workers’ Compensation Update: Iowa Governor Signs Bill into Law

It truly is out with the old and in with the new. As I mentioned in a previous blog, lawmakers in Iowa were looking to make some significant changes to the state’s workers’ compensation law this session…and, well, they did. On March 30, Governor Terry Branstad signed the Workers’ Compensation Reform Bill. The changes will go into effect on July 1, 2017. What it boils down to is this…the bill truly overhauls the workers’ compensation law. And, I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again. While … [Read more...]