Happy Father’s Day to all the fathers out there and to those who came before us! Days like this can often be bittersweet as we think about those who are no longer with us, on Earth, or b/c of familial difficulties.

I’ve never really written about him or on a topic like this before, but I felt compelled to do it this morning when I woke up. So here we go.

My father, Chris Sr., died 8 years ago, today, from a tragic bicycle accident that left him in the ICU for nearly a month. …

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Starting The FORT Podcast has been one of the highlights of my year. It has connected me with a lot of great people, both podcast guests and listeners. I said from the beginning, if no one listens, at least I will have archived content for my kids to listen to one day — to show them what their dad was like “way back when”. I have always felt like I have a lot of great business conversations that I wish others had the chance to be a part of, and now podcasting has made that possible.

Here are some key takeaways from my first 30…

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The toughest thing about tough conversations is that they are tough. They may be hard, but they are effective and efficient. At the end of the day, these conversations will create more trust, instead of decreasing trust. I truly value people who can have tough conversations. It tells me that you think like an owner, take accountability, and want what’s best for the company, not yourself.

I’ve always wanted Fort to be an inspiring place to work. A large part of this is creating a culture that allows and encourages these tough conversations. …

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