My Trip to Berlin

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Have you ever been to Berlin, Germany?

Photo: Reichstag in Berlin.

I went to Berlin this past weekend to visit my son, Michael, who lives and studies music there. Unfortunately, two weeks ago he got a serious concussion, and so instead of traveling the city like two unleashed best friends, we spent most of the time in his room, with the shades pulled, unable to listen to music or watch anything.

Concussions require absence of all input to the brain.

It forces you to slow way down, disconnect from all technology, and just relax.

It’s hard to do nothing, but we enjoyed reconnecting, spending time on his balcony, occasionally visiting local cafes (and also the hospital for a check up.)

What do you do when life gets in the way of plans?

Challenge for you: When your employees are faced with health issues at home, are you able to be there for them, by letting them have time for their loved ones?

My father, a successful entrepreneur, developed client loyalty by gaining employee loyalty. He taught me (by example) that loyalty is earned when you stand by someone in bad times—their bad times.

If you want a chuckle, here is photo of me and my son (on my back) in 1989, as I helped knock down the Berlin Wall. (Yep, that’s me, no gray hair yet. And the wall was indestructible, I barely made a dent.)

Father and son, yesterday, at a local Berlin cafe.

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