<![CDATA[Gary Bronson's Blog Site - All Opinions/Statements are my own! - Blog: Status]]>Sat, 24 Jun 2017 10:15:40 -0700Weebly<![CDATA[Summer 2013!!]]>Mon, 22 Jul 2013 16:27:13 GMThttp://gbronson.com/4/post/2013/07/summer-2013.htmlPicture
Working at FedEx got me off track from keeping my personal Blogs up to date… well, I figured out I’ll never get caught up and there is so much always to be done or worked on that rather than waiting for that light at the end of the tunnel, I just need to carve out time and do it… so I’m sitting at a beach in Oceanside… admiring the waves as my family sleeps…  so this is a great time to catch up!

Tennessee has been great… the family is enjoying the life of the South… and I’ve learned so much… for example, “Y’all” really is a sub-set of the ‘whole’…  when you want to address the ‘whole’ you say “All Y’all”… took me awhile to figure that out…  thank me later…

The family is enjoying our summer break…  they will spend all of July between California and Utah… I just caught up with them at the beach house (rented… not ours)… 

Our newlyweds, Kristen and Jeff Hale, are doing great and enjoying the beach house with us…  we are still figuring out the naming convention as its confusing having a son Jeff and a son-in-law Jeff… neither appreciates being called ‘Jeffrey’… nor ‘little Jeff’…  ideas?

Courtney and Calvin just bought their first home in Charlotte, N Carolina.  They are doing great and adjusting well to "the post-college, married and setting up stakes' phase of their life...  they are about 9 hours away from us... we met them at Hilton Head a few months back..

Jeff and Karlie are doing great in SLC...  Jeff continues to do well working in Communications where he builds presentations for projects and helps with training materials... he's got that flare to keep things simple as well as dress it up so it looks nice... we want them to move out to the South... they are up for it as soon as they can land jobs in the area...  ideas?



Parker, who is serving a 2 year mission for our Church, has now been on his mission for 1 ½ months… 22 ½ months to go!!  He was called to the Arizona Tempe mission, but with the announcement of the new Arizona Gilbert mission, he was reassigned to that mission upon arrival to Az…  he’s doing great and loving the ‘warm’ weather… he mentioned the other day that the weather cooled down to 115 degrees!! That’s a positive attitude—especially since they can’t go swimming on their mission!  Courtney is maintaining his blog…   http://parkerbronson.blogspot.com/

Also took Kellie, Marcus and Hailey down to Florida to spend some time with my sister Lisa and her family at a lake house while I worked... they got to boat, tube, ski... yes, while I worked... but I did catch up with them for a friday night boat ride...  lucky kids!

As for work at FedEx, loving the challenges…  there are great people wherever you go and I’m finding the same here at FedEx… I have some great peers that really have welcomed me in and have made me part of the team…  we just completed an expansion of our data center here in Collierville and are continuing to do more with our private cloud… anxiously looking forward to making more use of the public cloud as maturation occurs with the tools…  virtualizing our own data centers and transparently expanding to public data centers is still a vision…

Well… hope all is well with you and I’ll update my family blog, IT Mgmt blog, Leadership blog and a few pictures during my vacation!

Have a great Summer!! … and yes, The Best is yet to come!!    


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<![CDATA[Happy Summer 2013!]]>Mon, 22 Jul 2013 14:28:35 GMThttp://gbronson.com/4/post/2013/07/happy-winter-holidays-winter-wedding-mission-call.htmlPicture
Working at FedEx got me off track from keeping my personal Blogs up to date… well, I figured out I’ll never get caught up and there is so much always to be done or worked on that rather than waiting for that light at the end of the tunnel, I just need to carve out time and do it… so I’m sitting at a beach in Oceanside… admiring the waves as my family sleeps…  so this is a great time to catch up!

Tennessee has been great… the family is enjoying the life of the South… and I’ve learned so much… for example, “Y’all” really is a sub-set of the ‘whole’…  when you want to address the ‘whole’ you say “All Y’all”… took me awhile to figure that out…  thank me later…

The family is enjoying our summer break…  they will spend all of July between California and Utah… I just caught up with them at the beach house (rented… not ours)…

Our newlyweds, Kristen and Jeff Hale, are doing great and enjoying the beach house with us…  we are still figuring out the naming convention as its confusing having a son Jeff and a son-in-law Jeff… neither appreciates being called ‘Jeffrey’… nor ‘little Jeff’…  ideas?



Courtney and Calvin just bought their first home in Charlotte, N Carolina.  They are doing great and adjusting well to "the post-college, married and setting up stakes' phase of their life...  they are about 9 hours away from us... we met them at Hilton Head a few months back..

Parker, who is serving a 2 year mission for our Church, has now been on his mission for 1 ½ months… 22 ½ months to go!!  He was called to the Arizona Tempe mission, but with the announcement of the new Arizona Gilbert mission, he was reassigned to that mission upon arrival to Az…  he’s doing great and loving the ‘warm’ weather… he mentioned the other day that the weather cooled down to 115 degrees!! That’s a positive attitude—especially since they can’t go swimming on their mission!  Courtney is maintaining his blog…   http://parkerbronson.blogspot.com/


Also took Kellie, Marcus and Hailey down to Florida to spend some time with my sister Lisa and her family at a lake house while I worked... they got to boat, tube, ski... yes, while I worked... but I did catch up with them for a friday night boat ride...  lucky kids!

As for work at FedEx, loving the challenges…  there are great people wherever you go and I’m finding the same here at FedEx… I have some great peers that really have welcomed me in and have made me part of the team…  we just completed an expansion of our data center here in Collierville and are continuing to do more with our private cloud… anxiously looking forward to making more use of the public cloud as maturation occurs with the tools…  virtualizing our own data centers and transparently expanding to public data centers is still a vision…

Well… hope all is well with you and I’ll update my family blog, IT Mgmt blog, Leadership blog and a few pictures during my vacation!

Have a great Summer!! … and yes, The Best is yet to come!!    

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<![CDATA[Happy Thanksgiving!]]>Sat, 17 Nov 2012 16:04:15 GMThttp://gbronson.com/4/post/2012/11/happy-thanksgiving.html Wow time flies…  Seems I’ve turned my monthly status to a ‘quarterly’ status…   and my daily tweets went to weekly.. and almost monthly!   But we are doing fine and making progress!  So here’s a few things to bring you up to date…

We are settling in this great state of Tennessee.  I’m learning how to talk southern and everything!  The food is great… however, staying true to my goals, I’ve lost 85 pounds!  But I’ve gained 83… of course those 83 are a different 83!!  All good!

We are looking forward to having some of our kids back here for Thanksgiving.  They will all be out here for Christmas, but just Parker, Courtney and Calvin will be here for Thanksgiving.  And we are going to actually go flyfishing for the first time.. in Northern Arkansas for a day trip during Thanksgiving break—can’t wait! 

The children are well into school and although they still miss Idaho, they are making the transition very nicely.  Kellie, the 15 year old, has learned that boys out here are just as good looking as the boys in Idaho… and Justin Bieber gets just as much news coverage out here—so life is good for her!

So, having worked for a telco in my past, I’m confessing that we still haven’t got a land line… just using our mobile phones… and rather than add a land line, we just gave Marcus a cell phone.. yes, 13 years old.. the youngest age… but it seemed like a better idea than the land line…  I can’t break down and get Hailey one.. she’ll have to wait until middle school!

Our 3rd child, Kristen got engaged and is scheduled to be married in February in Bountiful, Utah.  Nice young man that grew up in the SLC area.

Halloween came and went and this year instead of counting candy, the kids weighed it… 15 pounds of candy… amazing… what’s more amazing is that most of it is gone already!

I’m not even going to discuss the election… needless to say, my wife couldn’t talk to anyone for 24 hours…  what I find so amazing is how some people see things one way and how other people see things so differently.  And yet both feel so right.  The part that I find disturbing is when those different opinions turn to personal attacks, cruel behavior and dishonest actions.  I don’t expect everyone think the same—but I do expect mutual respect.  And that is a ‘utopian’ view because we have too many people that just look for a fight…  I’m thankful for those public servants that truly work so hard trying to serve their country and the citizens that live in it!

And not that I want to bring up bad memories… but I just had my first over 50 procedure!  Let’s just say that all the terrible stories about the ‘prep’ work of drinking a gallon of ugly sauce is all true!  That stuff was nasty and even worse was what it did to my body and how I was limited to a proximity of 20 feet from the bathroom!

Work at FedEx is going great.  I really enjoy the challenges, the culture and the people.  We are keeping very busy and I just returned from a trip to visit our Warsaw, Poland and Brussels, Belgium operations.  It was great to meet people in that part of the world.  Hard workers, very kind and very hospitable.  Amazing the challenges the country of Poland lived through during the world wars.  Very impressive how they have rebuilt Warsaw.  Our international business continues to grow.  


And those Boise St Broncos…. Although we live in the SEC, was still holding on to those Broncos… but how painful it’s been to watch them lose 2 games… and one was because of specialty teams… in fact out of 5 losses over the past 4 years was directly related to specialty teams… just goes to show you, you need to always focus on all aspects of your game.. not just the parts you are good at!  So, they’ll probably play in some bowl game that doesn’t get them the opportunity to regain their place in history!

And my love for trees…  nothing prettier.. however, the work of having trees in our backyard is now all about raking leaves…  every week we have 10-12 bags of leaves…  the kids get so frustrated that we pick up so many and by the next Saturday, there’s even more!!  So this week we are giving them the day off and we are just going to mow them up!

Well… hope all is well with you and I’ll be updating my Family blog, leadership blog and IT management blog in the coming month!

Have a great Thanksgiving… and yes, The Best is yet to come!!


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<![CDATA[We are finally in our new house!! Life is good!]]>Mon, 27 Aug 2012 04:42:35 GMThttp://gbronson.com/4/post/2012/08/we-are-finally-in-our-new-house-life-is-good.html We finally made it into the house!  After almost 2 months in the 1 bedroom, 1 bath apartment it was a very exciting event to finally move in to our new home-in spite of the fact that we have boxes and things all over the place.  It’s going to take us a bit to settle in and get all the rooms cleaned up and organized, but at least the entry way is clear!  (And I finally posted a couple of pictures:  http://www.gbronson.com/pictures.html)

I did apply some learnings from building our last home—rather than trickle in landscaping over the years, it’s best to just do it all at once… and rather than do that landscaping and build a pool a year later—the pool also went in at the same time. 

As to the interior, Sharlene is so good to review things with me and make me feel like I’m part of the decision making process J!  She did a very nice job and got plenty of compliments from the builder.  But I did get to write the checks!

During the time in the apartment, we also had our 2 college kids (Kristen & Parker) come to visit… oh, and did I mention Maggie the dog was with us in the apartment too!  It was like camping… I highly recommend it to test the ‘love and closeness’ that exists in your family!

The kids started school Aug 6!  So much for our August vacation at the beach!  The schedule is taking a bit to get used to as Kellie starts seminary (scripture study program) at 5:45am!  And no, there wasn’t much of a discussion… I drive the carpool every other week! 

Kellie is adjusting well and is now a member of the Houston High School Choir… she had to try out and we are so glad she did so well!  

Marcus went on his first scout outing and continues to draw incredible cartoons… and yes, adjusting to a new middle school that starts at 7am…has to be at the bus stop at 6:30am!

Hailey has a neighbor girl her same age and goes to her same school.  She’s also adjusting well—although all the kids miss Idaho and their friends… as do Sharlene and I.

However, we are enjoying the beautiful green during summer.  Trees everywhere and the humidity, although high at times, still is not bad.  Of course, I haven’t had to do yard work yet in it—the test comes soon!

Here’s an fyi for you:  The final week prior to closing on our house I had to cancel a business trip and stay home and rectify an interesting situation.  Someone that had access to my bank account information manipulated a withdrawal.  Needless to say it was rectified after a weekend of anxiety.  The bank was not able to track down the culprit as of yet.  Process improvement:  I no longer will give wiring instructions for real estate transactions.  My go forward solution… I now request them to ‘FedEx’ the check to me! 

The bank could have prevented the situation by following their policy… the request to transfer funds came as a fax with my signature.  They are to call and verify.. they called my old home number… no answer… and wired anyway.  2nd opportunity was to realize that the request for funds should have been routing to an escrow account since it was ‘supposedly’ a real estate transaction… but the fax instructions were to another personal account.   Again, all rectified but painful!

Work continues to go well.  We just announced that we are looking to offer a retirement incentive during the coming months.  With my ‘almost 9 months’ with the company, I don’t think I’ll qualify! 

I’m really enjoying this opportunity to work for FedEx.  The staff is terrific and I’m enjoying the challenge of getting to know everyone.   I had two of my directors recently retire—one had 32 years with the company!   They were icons!  However, life has a way of providing opportunities for others to step up! 

We just had our 2nd employee meeting broadcast from Memphis.  Most of the staff is in Memphis, but I have a number of staff in Pittsburgh, Colorado Springs, Harrison (Ark), Lakeland & Orlando (Fla) and Dallas.

I just got my first email from Fred Smith, our CEO.  It was short and brief, thanking me for demonstrating leadership and creativity.  It did make me jump a bit when I saw it—had no idea what it was until I read it. 

Summer is in the books and now comes football season!  I’m thinking USC goes #1… Boise state has a rebuilding year--but a good one!  Alabama takes the SEC, Broncos will do well with Peyton,  Steelers will be tough, Vikings will be like Minnesota winters and Tennessee Titans… well, let’s just say Go Titans!

And my family blog this month was prompted by a discussion with the kids when one responded on treating everyone ‘the same’:  “Geez, if we treated our friends like our siblings, we wouldn’t have any friends”!   Blog:  Family

Hope all is well with you and that you have a great month!

Well, I hope all is well and that you are enjoying life!  Take care…

Have a great month… and yes, The Best is yet to come!!

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<![CDATA[The family has landed in Memphis!]]>Sat, 21 Jul 2012 15:02:24 GMThttp://gbronson.com/4/post/2012/07/the-family-has-landed-in-memphis.htmlWell, we moved to Memphis!  Kinda…  the house wasn’t quite ready, so the family (Sharlene and our 3 youngest) are staying in my luxurious and spacious 1 bedroom/bathroom apartment… need I say more?

Very emotional as we watched our house in Eagle, Idaho get packed up and loaded on a truck!  And then saying goodbye (for now) to great friends and listening to an hour worth of crying while we headed out.  We drove to SLC for the weekend and spent time with family members and left the car to be shipped.  So July 9, we boarded the plane to Memphis and got to the apartment around midnight!  Funny thing.. July 9, 2000 was when we brought the family to Idaho…  July seems to be our transition month!

A learning… so when your household belongings are being loaded on a truck and you need to live for a few weeks without them, it’s difficult to pick the right amount of things to 'not load'.  At the moment you are picking, you are not packing them in your luggage, nor are you figuring out if there’s space in the car to even fit!  So when we boarded the plane with our 8 pieces of luggage and 7 carry-ons, you’d think we had everything with us! (and that was just Sharlene’s stuff!  Don’t tell her I said that!)

The house building continues… almost there… targeting now around July 27 and moving in the first week of august—school starts for the kids August 6.  They poured the patio, started staining the floors and landscaping starts Monday.  Pictures will be posted next month!

We are spending the weekend in Nashville…  checking out the Gaylord ‘Opry’…  quite the set up.  Check it out online.  Nashville is about 3 hours from Memphis.  Beautiful trees all along the way!  And I saw where the Titans play—Hallowed ground….   Hollow when it comes to superbowl trophies!

Our Eagle house… still on the market..  now without any furniture as we left it empty.  People still coming thru… just waiting for that right buyer!

Jeff and Karlee doing great as they settle in to marriage!  Karlee was accepted to UofU and will be finishing up her degree there!

Courtney and Calvin are doing great as both are now working in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Kristen and Parker will be visiting us this summer on break… Kristen will then go back to Utah State and Parker will then return for the fall semester at BYU.  I’ve asked him to txt me once a day… I think I need to reiterate as I only get a txt when he needs something!

Kellie, Marcus and Hailey are learning to say ‘yes’, not ‘yah’…  sir and maaam… it’s going to take some time and I’m sure a few more embarrassing moments!

Work at FedEx… we just pulled off a mainframe migration to our primary data center in Colorado Springs…  major event and came off without a hitch!  Not one outage due to the migration!  Great accomplishment!

Sad to hear about Supervalu Execs putting the company for sale…  so many lessons to be learned as companies attempt to grow through major acquisitions.  There is a real discipline that must be executed during ‘mergers’ and during a tough economy, there is zero tolerance for mistakes.  In good times, almost any decision works…  Hopefully it works out for everyone…
  
And the sports update… trying to decide on an SEC team to follow for football season.. still will cheer for Boise St.. but need to follow a college close to here…  seems any discussion in Memphis will get you a representation from all the schools in the SEC and it gets passionate pretty quick… the most interesting is watching someone defend the mascot from Arkansas... it's magical to witness how a warthog (a true competitor for the 'ugly' award) is described as such a symbol of power, prestige and dominance...  (Note:  Avoid reminding such fans how ugly the animal truly is!)  We will see…

Well, I hope all is well and that you are enjoying life!  Take care…

Have a great month… and yes, The Best is yet to come!!

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<![CDATA[Happy Be-lated Fathers Day--Did you like your tie?]]>Sat, 23 Jun 2012 15:11:24 GMThttp://gbronson.com/4/post/2012/06/happy-be-lated-fathers-day-did-you-like-your-tie.htmlIf you’ve noticed my status comes later in the month it’s because life has been very busy!   So here’s the updates…

Father's day... always good to talk to my dad.  I can never thank him enough for the lessons of life, the example, the hard work and 'coaching' received over the years.  I hope I'm able to help my kids as much as my dad helped me.

We had Jeff’s wedding reception at our house June 2… it was great to see friends and family.  Knowing we are moving soon, it made things really special as we were able to visit with people we hadn’t seen for a long time.  And Jeff and Karlee are doing great… asking all the right questions and doing all the right things as they begin their life together… and you’d be proud of me… I’m ‘trying’ to hold my opinions to myself…

And speaking of guests I hadn’t seen for years, a great friend from high school that I’ve continued to stay in touch with showed up with his wife out of the blue!  Great to see them and reminisce about old times… of course, he, nor I, will share the story of the time I fell asleep on a motorcycle…

Then it was off to take Parker to college… he started summer term at BYU-Provo.  He will be missed at home… and he seems to be doing well… he’s supposed to txt us daily…. We got 1 in a week… so he doesn’t need money, he’s off our grocery bill and eating at the dorm… and he’s going to classes… life is good!

We swung by Kristen's work... 1-800-contacts !  It was fun to see her office--she's all grown up... well, almost!  This is her college age job-she's doing great and if you need contacts (for your eyes, not for your business) give her a call!

The house building continues… still looking like July.. but pushed to the end of July…  but we are still sticking to our scheduling of packing up the week of July 3… loaded on the truck July 6… leaving Eagle to spend the weekend in SLC… then Monday July 9, the family will be starting the new adventure in Tennessee… in my apartment… until the house is ready!

Our Eagle house… we had a buyer… then for some personal reason they backed out… so it’s back on the market… learning for us was make sure ‘all’ the paperwork is signed before you let the realtor take your house off the market…  J Anyone up for a great house in a great neighborhood with a great pool? J

Work at FedEx continues to be great—so many things to learn… but the people are so great to work with… at all levels… we just announced earnings and it was another great year.  Of course, we missed the aggressive plan that was laid out, but still pushed the revenue increase up to $42B… EPS growth was strong… etc…  I love the drive and the passion to do better!   

The IT Mgmt Blog…
Is DevOps a reaction to Failed ITIL Efforts?

The Family Blog…  As a parent, when should you give advice vs mandates?

And the sports update… so the Heat won… the best part of that final game was seeing the ‘Team’ win… I’m not a big Heat fan… but loved the teamwork displayed during that final game. 

Well, I hope all is well and that you are enjoying life!  Take care…
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<![CDATA[Did you remember Mother's Day?]]>Tue, 22 May 2012 03:40:36 GMThttp://gbronson.com/4/post/2012/05/did-you-remember-mothers-day.htmlPlease tell me you remembered your mother on mother’s day!  It’s the one time you can be thankful for all the junk email you get from the various online flower vendors reminding you to do something!  And yes, I caved and sent flowers with a type written card—but I did make the phone call too!  And my condolences go out to those that may have lost their mother this past year.  I can only imagine how it feels as I still have both my parents.   On with the status..

Well, the big day happened as my son, Jeff, and his ‘former’ fiancé, Karlee, were married on May 12.  The wedding was held in Arizona at the Mesa Temple.  It was great and we are planning to have a reception in Eagle, Idaho on June 2.  And if by chance you didn’t get an invite and would like to attend, please feel free to reach out and I’ll send you the details.

After the wedding, Calvin & Courtney (our recent college grads) continued the trek to N Carolina for Calvin’s new job with Siemens.  They stopped into Memphis and spent a couple of days with Sharlene and I.   We attended the ‘Memphis in May’ barbecue festivities and I’m proud to report that I ate some ‘craw dads’.  I had to be shown exactly how to do it and it took me a few to get it right.  And yes, I even ‘sucked that juice’ after you pull off the head (guess that makes me a sourtherner)!  The barbecue was  held at a park right on the Mississippi River—beautiful setting and lots of people! 

The house building continues… still looking like July.. 3rd week is probably when we will actually move. Door trimmings and molding all going in now and painting is starting.  The pool was dug and poured—the tile is starting.  Sharlene came out again last week to work on stone selection for the fireplace and tile colors for the pool and a bunch of other decisions that I only hear about when overages occur.. which seems to happen at each phase.  I’m wondering what the house would look like if we just went with ‘the plan’? 

Our Eagle house finally made it on the market (Google 2626 E Margate, Eagle Idaho).  My wife is carrying the big load there as I’m gone all week.  So having the kids stay on ‘alert’ for a realtor visit is helping keep the house clean—we should have thought about this a lot sooner!!  These have been good years in Idaho—but on to a new adventure!

Finished the ‘My American Journey, Colin Powell and really enjoyed it.  I’m going to do my next leadership blog on decision making during a crisis.  Interesting how many aspects of daily life resemble the military.  Stay tuned…

Work at FedEx is going great—however, it’s keeping me so busy I haven’t had the time to keep up on  a lot of things… even the blogs…so I just crank out 1 a month.  The commuting is a little difficult as I’m away from the family way too much…Last week I just made it home in time to watch the 2nd half of my daughter's soccer game--and she scored 2 goals!  Only a couple of months more to go of commuting!   

My ‘re’-learning for the month—my son Parker finished his last day of high school. 4 down and 3 to go!  As we prepare for his graduation ceremonies I’m reminded again of the excitement you feel when a child leaves the nest… but then, you start to remember how cute they were when they were young and you get sad…you wish you can have those days back—spend more time with them, tears start to flow as you think your little baby is all grown up… So, the remedy for that heartache, tears and sadness… remember their teenage years and the pain all goes away!!  J 

And the sports update… Well, I was right about that Jazz… they’re out… and I’m hanging on by a thread… a mighty thin thread with the Lakers…  Thunder seems pretty tough…   but there is still hope… and whether they make it to the finals or not, life will still go on!  Th

Well, I hope all is well and that you are enjoying life!  Take care…

Have a great month… and yes, The Best is yet to come!!
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<![CDATA[Happy Post-Tax Day!]]>Thu, 19 Apr 2012 15:23:26 GMThttp://gbronson.com/4/post/2012/04/happy-post-tax-day.htmlI hope you enjoyed your Easter and Spring Break…  and filed your taxes!  Maybe that’s why the gov’t set up April as a time for taxes… because ‘death and taxes’ seem to be inevitable and Easter brings the message of new life!  Ok.. a stretch.. on with the status..

We are in Utah to participate in the graduation ceremonies of our daughter Courtney and her husband Calvin.  They are both graduating from BYU!  2 kids down… 5 to go!!  Calvin got a job offer from Seibel and they will be heading to N Carolina…  not too far away from Tennessee!!  Courtney has an interview with a company in New York… a job that she can do remotely.. hopefully it works out. 

The count down continues for the wedding plans as my son, Jeff, and his fiancé, Karlee, prepare for the big day.  I had dinner with them during one of my layovers in Salt Lake.  It was fun to be with them and reflect back on those days of excitement, uncertainty, change, bliss, financial mountains to climb (still climbing) and all the decisions.  Well, it’s a good thing he is marrying up so he has someone to make all those decisions for him, and yet, make him think he really made them—key to a successful marriage!  (At least that’s what my wife told me!)

My
Family Blog this month is sharing with you my research from the past 10 or so Easters—an experiment in trying to teach my children not to covet what others have---to appreciate what they have…  very interesting and let’s just say, more work to do!

The house building continues… and it looks more like July rather than June…  hardwood floor just got finished downstairs—working on upstairs.  Cabinets should be arriving soon.  The pool digging starts this week!  And as for overages.. well, let’s just say that it’s good to have a plan… a budget…  a timeline… and a lot of erasers!! 

As for work at FedEx, I finished rounds in Florida this past month.  We have offices in Lakeland and Orlando.  It was 90 degrees!  The people are just great.  Amazing how many incredible people we have.  I’m really enjoying getting to know everyone.  Of course, it is frustrating learning everyone’s name… I find it is getting harder to remember names as well as I used to… it’s either a factor of commuting or maybe it’s a result of age…   I SAID, MAYBE THAT’S A RESULT OF AGE… J

Still working thru ‘My American Journey, Colin Powell’.  Enjoy seeing the experiences that led to the creation of his points of leadership.  There is a lot to be said for the military and what we has come from the many years of development of leadership, management, process, discipline, organization and bureaucracy. 

My ‘re’-learning for the month—when we allow our identity to get lost within what we are doing, we tend to lose the ability to receive feedback or improve as we will take feedback as a personal attack and react emotionally.  It’s important to be passionate about what we do and the contributions we make—but as individuals, what we do should not become the ‘who we are’…    

And the sports update… so now after March madness (and yes I picked Kentucky to win… and yes, my wife beat me by 10 points).. on to NBA playoffs… I haven’t watched any games… so don’t make any bets on my pick…  but I’m going with 2…  Lakers (because that was my boyhood team) and the Jazz won’t make it past the 2nd round!

Well, I hope all is well and that you are enjoying life!  Take care…

Have a great month… and yes, The Best is yet to come!!
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<![CDATA[Happy March Madness!]]>Sat, 17 Mar 2012 17:39:36 GMThttp://gbronson.com/4/post/2012/03/happy-march-madness.htmlIf you filled out your bracket in the ESPN College Basketball tournament, join my group called "GB Tennessee1" -  Nothing like a little friendly competition… and the prize you ask—well, bragging rights of course!  My goal is to at least beat my wife’s score! 

Tennessee has been great—best winter in 11 years for me!  Of course, everyone keeps telling me wait for the heat!  But I’ll gladly trade the 5 months of winter for 2 months of hot/humid.  Actually reminds me a little like Bangalore weather.   Commuting back and forth is ½ way over—another 3 months or so and the family will be relocating.  It is hard being away from the family so much—but we are almost there!

And speaking of NASCAR (my new sport that I’m trying to learn), Denny Hamlin won first place in a race!  No, I didn’t watch it—working up to that, but did read about it!  And since he is the driver for the FedEx sponsored car, it made it even more fun talking about it around the office!  I did learn that we rotate the label on the car between FedEx Office, Ground, Freight and Express.  When he won that race, the car was ‘sporting’ the FedEx Office label!

The wedding plans continue as my son and his fiancé, Karlee, prepare for their wedding in Mesa, Arizona.  She has family in Mesa/Phoenix area and it sounds like that’s a place they might look into living in the future.  Anyone know of any companies looking for a bright young man that has an advertising, communications background located in Phoenix area?  We would love to hear about it!!  Of course, it would be hard for them to live Utah as he has a great job there that he likes.

I went to a 2 day training session for management.  In day 2 I was introduced to an incredible 84 year ‘young’ man named Luis Martin.  Excellent message as he ‘vigorously’ shared his view on the importance of individuals and how you treat them.  He is in the category of the Zig Ziglars and Ed Foreman’s that inspire you to want to be a better person.  It was a nice refresher in reminding me that life is about relationships and serving other people.  One quote he gave from a song George Burns sang:   “Loving things and using people only leads to misery…  Loving people and using things is the way it ought to be”…  More on that topic in the Family Blog

We also had a good discussion on team work.  The theme was the importance of each individual and their contributions to the team.  How a team is made of individuals with unique contributions.  But it made me think about the role of the leader and are there ever times when a leader shouldn’t listen or be open to feedback?  That discussion is on the Leadership Blog .

The house building is on target for June as the exterior is almost complete—brick all around.  We are preparing to put our Idaho house on the market.  Overwhelming how many ‘little’ things need to be done.  It makes me want to take a nap when my wife reviews the list with me.  Of course, then I hear about the overages on the Tennessee house and it perks me right up!

Work at FedEx is still terrific.  I made the rounds to some of the other sites during this past month:  Dallas, Harrison (Ark) & Pittsburgh.  With every company I’ve been to, the one thing that is common—people are great.  I continue to get to know more great people every day!

This month’s book I started on was ‘My American Journey, Colin Powell’.  I have always admired his leadership style and am enjoying getting to know his background and what made him the person he is today.  Interesting to understand the correlation between our youth and what ou become as an adult. 

Well, I hope all is well and that you are enjoying life!  Take care…

 Have a great month… and yes, The Best is yet to come!!
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<![CDATA[Happy February!!]]>Sat, 11 Feb 2012 04:38:26 GMThttp://gbronson.com/4/post/2012/02/happy-february.htmlIt’s amazing to think that Valentine’s day is next week!!  And surprisingly enough, I’m proud to report that I have had dinner reservations for that special day since two weeks ago!!  And better yet, we did get our Christmas lights down and boxes back up in the attic!  Still haven’t bought that artificial Christmas tree-but it sure seems that now is the time to buy one!   

So did you watch the Superbowl?  I really enjoyed it and I was pulling for the Giants.  Since then, it’s amazing all the stuff you hear about the game.  So here’s the simple question that should have a simple answer:  Why did the Giants win?  Answer:  They had more points when the clock ran out!  But instead, analysts and fans will talk about this for hours, days and weeks to come.  They’ll talk about why the Patriots should have one or some other team.  In the end, it’s a game that was played and the team with the most points won!  Does that mean they were the ‘best team’—well, it means they had the most points at the end of the game and they walk away with the trophy—well deserved!  Next year:  TITANS!

I’m really starting to adapt to the Tennessee culture.  For example, I’m learning to say “y’all” with only one syllable.  And I’m learning more about NASCAR really being a sport.  And so many people are getting me acquainted with the fly fishing spots within a few hours of the office (Northern Arkansas).  And something else I picked up on is the term ‘bless his/her heart’.  When you hear that phrase, listen closely for what comes next!!

Some exciting things happened this past month!  First off, my oldest son got engaged to a wonderful young lady named Karlee Hill.  She was raised in Eastern Idaho.  They’re such a great couple and we are so excited to add another person to the family.  I do have to be careful when I announce to people that we are expecting a new addition to the family—people get the wrong idea and think we are going from 7 to 8 kids—those days are past!  So, this is the easier way to ‘grow the family’!  Their wedding has been scheduled for May—(yes, this year) in Mesa, Arizona.   They put together a video that brought me to tears.  

We also decided on a house—we ended up buying a spec home in Collierville (same city where the World Tech Center is) that just had the foundation poured.  Our timing is perfect because whatever changes ‘we’ decide to make, the square footage will remain the same!  I’m especially excited because it is 3.8 miles from the office, less than a mile to the high school and then another ½ mile down the road to middle school.   The house is scheduled to be finished end of May/June just in time for the family to move in!  So until then, apartment!

The builder was also nice enough to let me start in on a pool so it can be ready when we move in.  When the kids move to Memphis it will be right at the hottest part of summer.  So we can’t leave a pool in Idaho and not have one in Tennessee!   So I’m trying to line up the pool builder and get them started quickly!

And just so I can continue to watch Boise St Football up close, the University of Memphis is also going to join the Big East.  No, I didn’t have anything to do with that decision—but I’m happy about it!

Work at FedEx is terrific.  It’s a great company and I’m enjoying every day!  Outside of me forgetting everyone’s name, things are going pretty well.  The people are incredible and are so welcoming.  There is a true commitment to the employees and it shows everyone I look.   Working to strengthen work/life balance and giving back to the community are true priorities that are quite evident.

I just toured our World Class Data Center in Colorado Springs.  Excellent layout and some great environmental planning went into this facility.  There is an incredible discipline around the standardization at the facility and the utilization of modern technology relating to private clouds.  The primary sites where I’ll be visiting on a regular basis are Colorado Springs, Pittsburgh, Harrison (Arkansas), Orlando and Dallas.   As you know, FedEx has operations all over the world, but for now my focus is getting ramped up in those areas where most of the staff is located.

I did finish the book "Killing Lincoln" by Bill O'Reilly.  It was very informative about the last few weeks of Abe Lincoln’s life.   It’s amazing to think how strong the prejudice of some men drove them to the assassination of a great president.  His entire term in office was encompassed by the civil war and as the war concluded, his attitude was to immediately embrace the people of the south and put the past behind us.  Great read.

As for my own book, I put it on the shelf for now as I continue to do ‘more first-hand research’!  However, I am reading another book that expresses some similar points regarding team work.  It is called ‘Winning Cultures’.  The authors zero in on the importance of culture and what to do to make it better.  So often we lose site of the ‘little things’ that are so critical in establishing relationships and building trust.  They do a good job in highlighting some specifics.

This month’s IT Management blog is about whether we need new processes/tools/org structure to manage the new private/public cloud environment.   http://gbronson.com/blog-it-mgmt.html 

Well, I hope all is well and that you are enjoying life!  Take care and  Have a great month… and yes, The Best is yet to come!!

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