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18. Domesticated Service

Will you picture something for me please? I want you to picture yourself at your desk. It’s getting near the end of long, grinding day and you are looking forward to taking a joy ride in your new convertible straight after the workday. Now, in the minutes before you are ready to leave, your boss bursts into your office. She’s breathing heavily and explaining that she’s late for a pressing meeting, an uber-important summit. She wants to take your car…now! She tells you that you can find your way home and if you were a real company man you’d hand […]

17. Hot Dogging It

Have you ever seen an innovation which made you think, “I came up with that idea years ago?” On Demand TV is that innovation for me. My mother took me to see The Bad News Bears, the original in its original run in 1976, at the Newport Opera House Theatre. She told me in the lobby that the boys would be using some bad words and if she ever heard me using any of them she would wedge a bar of soap in my mouth. She was right. There were a lot of words I never heard before like crud, […]

16. Fly In Orlando

I recently watched the Best Picture award winner, Midnight Cowboy with Dustin Hoffman and Jon Voight. The final scene is very touching. The two men are riding a bus to Florida to get out of the grimy New York street life. Overplaying the action is Harry Nilsson’s Everybody’s Talkin’. The song’s opening lyrics – Everybody’s talking at me. I can’t hear a word they’re sayin’. Only the echoes of my mind. It made me think about a recent business meeting. Six people at the table with six agendas. Each participant with one mouth and no ears. Side conversations took over the […]

15. The On Deck Hitter

Did you watch the royal birth last month? It was beautiful, regal and proper. I was fascinated by how perfectly orchestrated little Archie Mountbatten-Windsor was fit into the family. First, the queen. She’s been the queen for over 60 years. Then there’s Charles in his fake military garb. William stood proud and tall followed closely by his children; George, Charlotte and Louis.  Next is the groom Harry. Prince Harry. In some respects this is his day. But in my eyes his still only sixth in line for the crown. Don’t you love a good succession plan? Welcome to Swimming in […]

14. The Book Thief

Have you ever witnessed a crime being committed within close proximity to you?  How did you react? Were you scared by the atrocity and immobilized – unable to respond? Did you pounce like a jaguar nabbing its prey ready to thwart the action? Or did you just say to yourself, “Is that guy really stealing a book from this bookstore?” Welcome to Swimming in the Flood; a podcast where develop the resilient leader’s mindset by navigating difficult currents in business. My name is Trent Theroux. I was standing in a kiosk in the Louis Armstrong airport in New Orleans. I […]

13. Persistent Meetings

Are you a vegetarian, a vegan, pescatarian, beegan, a flexitarians? In know that many of you in my audience are. If so you are going to hate my next sentence. (breathe heavy) I love cheeseburgers. I love, L-O-V-E cheeseburgers. I order them and eat them two at a time. ¼ ounce of onion, 1/8 pound of ground beef, 1 plain hamburger bun, salt, 1 tablespoon of ketchup, a teaspoon of mustard, 2 dill pickle slices and cheese…glorious American cheese. My goodness, I’m salivating. And, even if you despise cheeseburgers, you are going to love this story about the persistence required […]

12. The Real Mob

  Did you know that I was connected to the mob? We don’t like to talk about that around here, but it’s true. I’m no made man or on the inside. I’ve just used my friend to handle a few sensitive jobs in…real estate. Oh, you’ve never heard of the real estate crime syndicate? Maybe because they like to keep it in the family. Welcome to Swimming in the Flood; a podcast where develop the resilient leader’s mindset by navigating difficult currents in business. My name is Trent Theroux. Extortion is the practice of obtaining something, especially money, through force […]

11. Mule Train

Have you ever ridden a mule? Maybe taken one down the east rim of the Grand Canyon for adventure? How would you react if the mule just stopped dead in its tracks? Would you try to push him down the rim or pull him back up to the top? What if you were the mule stuck in its tracks? Who would be able to move you? Welcome to Swimming in the Flood; a podcast where develop the resilient leader’s mindset by navigating difficult currents in business. My name is Trent Theroux. A mule is a cross breed between a horse […]

10. A Clean Shave

How often do you shave your legs? Make them silky smooth? Take your time to carefully maneuver around the knees with delicacy not to get any nicks? I’m sorry. I should clarify. I’m speaking to the men in the audience? How often do you shave your legs? Welcome to Swimming in the Flood; a podcast where we develop resilient leaders and navigate the difficult currents in business. My name is Trent Theroux. Okay. That was a bizarre enough question. Sorry. Here’s my line of thinking. There are three reasons I can comprehend why a man would shave his legs. He […]

09. Wishing You Bad Luck

   In your mind, have you ever hoped that someone would have bad luck and fail? Have you ever said it to someone out loud? Looked them right in the eye and wished them to suffer a hardship. Would you say it to a 13-year old? I can tell you about one man that did exactly that. He looked a 13-year old in the eye and wished him bad luck. It was Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts. Welcome to Swimming in the Flood; a podcast where we develop the resilient leader’s mindset by navigating difficult currents in business. […]