My Morning Routine

How we get our mornings started sets the tone for the rest of the day. There has always been a lot of interest in the benefits of establishing a morning routine by highly successful people. Successful leaders that I know share some common traits. Most insist on getting enough sleep, waking up early, and blocking distractions out, while also getting some exercise before switching to full-speed. Clearly, everybody has to do what’s best for them and shouldn’t let their routine revolve around some...

My Morning Routine

My Morning Routine

How we get our mornings started sets the tone for the rest of the day. There has always been a lot of interest in the benefits of establishing a morning routine by highly successful people. Successful leaders that I know share some common traits. Most insist on...

A Habit for Success: The 5 AM Club

A Habit for Success: The 5 AM Club

The FIVE AM Club is a real thing. 15 years before Robin Sharma’s genius book The 5 AM Club, my dad taught me to implement a practice that would change my life and the course of my business. One day, he called to ask me to meet him for breakfast. I had been in the...

I’m Getting the Vaccine and I Hope You Will Too

I’m Getting the Vaccine and I Hope You Will Too

One of my greatest honors is to serve as a trustee of the University of Chicago Medical Center. This has allowed me the opportunity to receive regular updates from some of the most respected medical and scientific professionals in the world. I wanted to take a moment...

Inspiring Trust — An Interview with Jason Hartman

Inspiring Trust — An Interview with Jason Hartman

As part of my series about the “Five Things You Need To Be A Highly Effective Leader During Turbulent Times," I had the pleasure of interviewing Bob Clark. Bob Clark is executive chairman of Clayco, which he founded in 1984. The enterprise ranks among the top builders...

Racial Equality, Diversity and Mentorship in CRE

Racial Equality, Diversity and Mentorship in CRE

A couple of months ago, I was asked to join BisNow’s Webinar on Racial Equality, Diversity and Mentorship in CRE (commercial real estate). I was joined by four other industry leaders and pioneers in racial equality, including Damona Strautmanis who served as the...

Climbing Capitol Peak

Climbing Capitol Peak

My first recollection of being inspired by mountains was as a 10-year-old in elementary school seeing a documentary of Martin Luther King eloquently speaking of having been to the mountaintop. I think it was his last speech before his untimely death. Later, I...

The New, New Workplace

The New, New Workplace

My Design/Build company, Clayco, delivers approximately 4,000,000 square feet of class A office and call center space per year to Fortune 100 companies and other major employers. For us, creating productive work environments has always been second to the safety,...

Despite work-from-home hype, CEOs want employees in the office

Despite work-from-home hype, CEOs want employees in the office

Because of Covid-19, a vast number of companies and other institutions have been scrambling to put infrastructure in place for working from home. Although people have been somewhat pleasantly surprised that current technology has made it easier than they thought, I...

Thoughts on a Very Important Election

Thoughts on a Very Important Election

The health, social justice, and environmental crises that America is now facing have not only been difficult for many Americans,  but they have received a disastrous response. The economy is going to be choppy and it’s going to be impossible for it to maintain its...

Business Lessons From Climbing Capitol Peak

Business Lessons From Climbing Capitol Peak

challengeWhen I stepped past my comfort zone this September and summited Capitol Peak in Colorado, a dream of mine for many years, I realized that the skills I needed during the climb and the emotions I felt when topping out have often helped me in business. Capitol...

THOUGHTS

My Morning Routine

My Morning Routine

How we get our mornings started sets the tone for the rest of the day. There has always been a lot of interest in the benefits of...

A Habit for Success: The 5 AM Club

A Habit for Success: The 5 AM Club

The FIVE AM Club is a real thing. 15 years before Robin Sharma’s genius book The 5 AM Club, my dad taught me to implement a practice that...

My Morning Routine

My Morning Routine

How we get our mornings started sets the tone for the rest of the day. There has always been a lot of interest in the benefits of...

A Habit for Success: The 5 AM Club

A Habit for Success: The 5 AM Club

The FIVE AM Club is a real thing. 15 years before Robin Sharma’s genius book The 5 AM Club, my dad taught me to implement a practice that...

Climbing Capitol Peak

Climbing Capitol Peak

My first recollection of being inspired by mountains was as a 10-year-old in elementary school seeing a documentary of Martin Luther King...