Posts Tagged ‘Bob Nelson’

Where Were You on September 11, 2001?

Sunday, September 11th, 2011

The family was in Salt Lake City for Bob Nelson’s inauguration as the new president of NAIFA – National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors.  Bob Nelson is my Dad.

And who knows but that you have come to royal position for such a time as this?  -Esther 4:14b

Dad was not stepping into a royal position, but it sure was an important one, in every sense.  He took a breath and stepped up to the stage – not to accept the presidency, that would be the next day, but to address a very full, very anxious, even borderline terrified, room of his family and the best of the best of his profession.  I have never seen anyone do something so difficult, and I have never seen something so difficult done so well.

Many NAIFA members had called for the remainder of the meeting to be cancelled.  We were blessed to have all of the Nelsons together, but the Finches were all back in Nebraska, and most of the NAIFA members had left their entire families home to attend this week-long annual meeting.

I was as shocky as everyone and only remember bits and pieces of that day.  If I find a video or text of Dad’s speech, I will add it here.  Dad was wearing a dark navy suit and a red tie.  Dad said calming, profound things.  Dad almost cried but did not.  Dad frowned in a way that I knew as a kid meant business, and did again today, but this time was so very comforting.

I do remember the end of what Dad said.  He said, “Call home.  Make sure everyone is safe.  Turn off the TV for now if you can. If we do not go on, they win.  We have our families, we have each other. We will persevere.  We will carry on.  And…God Bless America.”

It was the longest standing ovation I have ever experienced.  We had needed order and stability in a time of chaos.  Leadership when we wanted to panic.  Hope in the midst of despair.  Later, a deep sadness would set in, that has been ingrained into the psyche of all Americans old enough to remember, I suppose.

Dad is in DC now at the annual NAIFA meeting, addressing the same industry leaders, and the same deep hurts, only now ten years later.  I am so proud of our country.  I am so proud of my Dad.

God Bless America.

Where were you?  How has 9/11 affected you?


What I am Reading This Week: Veterinary Economics

Sunday, July 18th, 2010

Hmm.  Reading Veterinary Economics has become less passive and more active these past couple of months.  I can’t wait to see what the August issue has in store!

The July 2010 issue had an article about leadership books.  I just stared at the photographs of the books and said, “Yes, Veterinary Economics journal!  I will read the twenty-five books you suggest!”

Click this link to see the article that made me want to put down my Stephen King and Bible in a Year and switch to a leadership kick for a while. (Just kidding Stan! Still reading.)

McFerson T. 25 books for your summer reading list. Veterinary Economics 2010;51(7):18-24.

Tom McFerson got four other veterinary field related professionals together, and they each listed their five favorite leadership books and challenged us to read them all.

So far, I have asked 11,758 people to read with me and Russ has said yes.  Yay!  This will be fun.

Maybe I should NOT start a second pile of books…

If you have whipped through those, or previously read them…here’s some more suggestions…

From Russ:

Fish by Stephen C. Lundin, Harry Paul and John Christensen

Who Moved My Cheese? by Spencer Johnson

From Phil Barnes:

The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by Steven Covey

Blue Ocean Strategy by W. Chan Kim and Renée Mauborgne

What Clients Love by Harry Beckwith

From Me:The Tipping Point and then everything else Malcolm Gladwell has ever written and will ever write, even if (maybe especially if) it is on the back of a napkin at dinner.  His brain just seems to think faster than even he himself can process – I love it!

The Referral of a Lifetime by Tim Templeton

The Loyal Customer, A Lesson From a Cab Driver by Shep Hyken (If you’re getting overwhelmed by this growing list, start with this cute little book.  My kid just read it in twenty minutes.)

The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren

From Dad*:*I’ve been waiting for these suggestions.  Like Russ says, if you want to be a good leader, pay attention to what Bob does.  Bob Nelson is my Dad and he is the most successful person I know.  He was pretty excited to hear about this project, and here are the books he pulled off his shelf to add to my pile…

The Greatest Salesman in the World by Og Mandino

Soar with your Strengths by Donald O. Clifton and Paula Nelson

All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten by Robert Fulghum

Where Have All the Leaders Gone? By Lee Iacocca

What I am Doing This Week: Celebrating My Wonderful Parents

Thursday, March 18th, 2010

This week I am wishing my wonderful parents, Bob and Betsy Nelson a happy 43rd anniversary!

♥♥♥Happy Anniversary Mom and Dad!♥♥♥

…starting an article for for April about gardening and pets.  I gathered my favorite garden pictures.

Here’s one of my favorites…Max munching on his cat grass…

…gearing up to work a full schedule next week!  Working tomorrow (Friday, March 19) all afternoon, then  Wednesday, March 24, like always, and also Thursday, March 25, Friday, March 26 and Saturday, March 27.

Papillion Banfield is inside of the Petsmart at Shadow Lake Towne Center in Papillion near the intersection of Highway 370 and 72nd Street.

Call 402-331-1108 for an appointment.

I would love to see you!  The surgery schedule is already full, but the exam schedule is not, neither is the I-Just-Came-To-Weigh-My-Pet-And-Say-Hi schedule!  That one ALWAYS has room for you and your pet!