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The Gift of Great Artists and Teachers

 – By Mike Konzen, principal and chair “I have come to believe that a great teacher is a great artist . . . Teaching might even be the greatest of the arts since the medium is the human mind and spirit.”                – John Steinbeck One of the astonishing… Continue reading.

Lunch with the Future

   – By Mike Konzen, principal and chair   “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”  -Eleanor Roosevelt   It’s one of my favorite events of the year: my annual lunch with the interns. This year they are Aoran, Hannah, Sarah, Jing, Amy, Peter, Nick, Blake, Marniece, and Casey.… Continue reading.

All Success is Local

   – By Mike Konzen, principal and chair   There’s an old saying, often attributed to former Speaker of the House Tip O’Neil, that “all politics are local.” He meant that a politician’s national success is directly tied to the issues that matter to their constituents at home. Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about… Continue reading.

Sex, Smart Phones, and Destination Visitors

   – By Mike Konzen, principal and chair   9% of U.S. adults interact with their cell phones during sex, according to a recent study. Did that crazy statistic get your attention? Because getting and holding your attention, it turns out, is becoming more challenging. This same study by Harris Interactive also cited 12% of… Continue reading.

Empathy, Inc.

   – By Mike Konzen, principal and chair   What is the fundamental value that drives your business? A few years back, my partner Jim Moorkamp and I developed a description of PGAV Destinations’ practice based on three elements: Empathy, Strategy, and Innovation (ESI). We used a Venn Diagram (below) to describe the interrelated nature… Continue reading.