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    [Photo Credit: Detroit News] Dear Mr. Brandon, Your product is floundering: -Michigan football is 4-9 in its last 13 games. -The team owns the worst turnover ratio in the nation. -The coaches are yelling at one another on the sideline. -An opposing player is striking a Heisman pose in Desmond’s end zone. -The students are(…)

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  • INTERVIEW – Dana Dupuis

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  • INTERVIEW – Terry Tillman

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  • INTERVIEW – F. W. Rick Meyers

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Open Letter to Michigan Head Football Coach Brady Hoke

Open Letter to Michigan Head Football Coach Brady Hoke
[Photo Credit: annarbor.com]

Dear Coach Hoke,

The Michigan football program is in disarray—your answers are sorely lacking—the Michigan Concussion Disaster (per today’s New York Magazine headline) is inexcusable.

This is your last straw at Michigan, and if you want change, you need to be the change (paraphrased from Gandhi).

A good place to start would to begin speaking in a manner that takes responsibility.

When speaking to the press you continually use the word “you” when the word “I”  (or “We”) would be proper. A few examples from your post-Minnesota and Monday afternoon press conferences:

“When your integrity and character are attacked.”
“When the ball gets outside the defense that’s never good for you.”
“You’ve got to do a better job tackling.”
“You get into this (coaching) to teach kids.”

The press’s integrity and character are not being attacked. Yours is. The press isn’t letting the ball get outside of defenses. Your lack of coaching fundamentals is. The press doesn’t need to do a better job tackling. Your defense does. The press didn’t get into this to teach kids. You did.

Start using the word “I” and people will notice. Your players will notice. Cut the third person deflective talk and speak like a leader. Take ownership.

The answer for what ails the team is not with your coordinators, or on the field, or in the locker room. The answer is within you.

Are you demonstrating both physical and mental excellence in your life?

Tackle and overcome your challenges…and in doing so you will set an example and show your players how they might break though their own limitations and rise to new heights.

The next step is yours.

Go Blue.

Sincerely,

Robert Hamburger


Open Letter to Dave Brandon, University of Michigan Athletic Director

Open Letter to Dave Brandon, University of Michigan Athletic Director
[Photo Credit: Detroit News]

Dear Mr. Brandon,

Your product is floundering:
-Michigan football is 4-9 in its last 13 games.
-The team owns the worst turnover ratio in the nation.
-The coaches are yelling at one another on the sideline.
-An opposing player is striking a Heisman pose in Desmond’s end zone.
-The students are “boycotting” games.
-An injured quarterback is playing when he can barely stand up.

A lot of this rests on Hoke’s shoulders. Responsibility lies with you.

Things for me turned the day when you had the team change their jerseys right before kickoff in East Lansing in 2011. Such was the moment when it became apparent that you were making bumble bee special jerseys and dollars more important than the team. Now, three years later (and with failed attempts to bring fireworks and drones to the Big House…and the Coca-Cola “miscommunication” fiasco) your zest for marketing gimmickry—at the expense of focusing on football—has taken its toll.

There are no quick fixes for what ails Michigan. The problems aren’t miscellaneous tweaks after five games; the problems are systemic and the reality is the Michigan program is deathly ill.

It’s time to give back the keys to the family car. Be a Michigan Man for the good of the school and step down.

Respectfully,

Robert M. Hamburger


New posts coming soon!

New posts coming soon!
[Photo Credit: euclidlibrary.org]

It’s been six months since I last posted yet I plan to start up the HStand again in early October. Though some of my focus will always be in political in nature – and what in the world are our politicians doing to us in particular – new topics will be more varied  going forward. Please stay tuned!


INTERVIEW – Dana Dupuis

Screen shot 2014-03-23 at 11.35.20 AMDana Dupius is the co-owner of Listening Impact, a company in Boulder, Colorado that studies the way we speak and listen inside our businesses. Dana discusses her work, how listening can be cultivated, and the power it holds in business and  life – and even how it might be used to further the conversation in American politics.

 


INTERVIEW – Terry Tillman

TT-StudnafeatheredTerry Tillman, through his 22/7 Company, conducts seminars around the world—97 countries thus far.  In addition to designing and facilitating leadership trainings for organizations and the general public, Terry coaches executives, individuals and organizations. His mission is to support and mentor people in producing the results they want, discovering their value, and realizing their dreams. Terry and Robert discuss finding and living with purpose, the current political landscape in the United States, how we can bring forth change, karma, as well as his forthcoming book, “The Call.”


INTERVIEW – F. W. Rick Meyers

fwrickmeyers-200x300F. W. Rick Meyers is an Episcopal priest, transpersonal psychologist, and global citizen who has spent a lifetime exploring life’s great mysteries. He’s the author of an intriguing twenty-first century psycho-spiritual suspense novel, MysticTravelers: Awakening. Rick discusses one of the main themes of his book – asking ourselves who are we, where did we come from and where are we going, and why are we here. He also speaks about the present state of human consciousness, ongoing conflicts, and  how we might come to accept all of our differing views of G-d.



No moon

No moon
[Photo credit: Earthsky.org]

…in the darkness of this night I look to see things that aren’t visible other times. I give thanks for past 29 days since the last night of no moon. I call to the things I wish for in the coming weeks as the moon makes its way to full.


INTERVIEW – Greg Berry

gregGreg Berry, Co-Founder of Impact Hub Boulder, is catalyzing an amazing network of innovative change-makers in Boulder, Colorado – and around the world.  Greg discusses the failures of government and the mainstream media, climate change that he refers to as global weirding, the way entrepreneurs and millennials will be the one to drive change, and the choices he grapples with to do his part in making a difference.


INTERVIEW – John Milton

John_Milton3John P. Milton – www.sacredpassage.com – is a pioneering ecologist, spiritual teacher, meditation master, vision quest leader, and shaman. John experienced his first vision quest at the age of seven and has guided thousands of people into the wilderness since the 1950’s.  John discusses how the magnificence of nature helps people to connect with the essence of who they are and discover a deeper joy in living life. John also shares his concerns about the Fukushima disaster.