Opinion

Role Models Extraordinaire

For the fourth time, members of the Rowland Publishing management team and I have completed the challenging, but welcome, task of carefully reviewing Pinnacle Award nominations submitted by readers of 850 Magazine and selecting the latest class of honorees. I…

The Last Word

Nine years ago I left the world of daily newspaper journalism that had consumed my life for 37 years and stepped into the realm of magazines. I was unsure what awaited when I walked through the door that Brian Rowland…

Optimism Pays

Your leadership style — whether positive or negative — matters more than you realize. Optimism in your company starts with you.

Last Word

Two years ago, in April 2015, our cover story gave readers a closer look at the world of economic development within the 850 region. We determined who was responsible for economic development and how successful they had been at the…

Finding Happiness

Recently, I watched a show on HBO hosted by Bryant Gumbel, who was joined by an Ivy League psychologist. Jointly, the two men interviewed two accomplished individuals — a retired Navy SEAL and a former professional football player. The interviewees…

Make Time for Professional Courtesy

After 25 years in the advertising and marketing business,  I am never surprised when a phone call goes unreturned. Rather than becoming offended on such occasions, I let them roll off me like water. Recently, however, I found myself counseling…

The Last Word

A new year always brings a sense of hope and anticipation as we wonder what the coming year will be like and what successes and surprises might be in store for us. It’s also a time of making resolutions, most…