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June 16, 2013


Trish McFarlane

He sounds amazing. I especially like that the sound of his work boots had such impact on you. Those are the things we don't see our children noticing about us. Glad you shared.

Chris Frede

What a great post Kris. The basketball example was a great lesson. It is so wonderful reflecting on our childhood and all the lessons learned (many we do not realize at the time). I wonder what your children will write about you? Kind of cool...

Sorry for your loss and happy Father's Day to you.


It's funny how sometimes we learn unintended lessons from our parents. My father was enormously successful in his career and never had time for his kids. My perception as a kid was that work was more important than family. While it bothered me as a kid that my dad was never there for me, I think it has made me that much better of a father to my kids. He made me realize that work is important, but not at any cost.

Tim Sackett

KD -

Thanks for sharing - luckly my Dad is still alive but I have a memory of my Dad taking me to the ball diamond and during batting practice purposely hitting me with about every third pitch - why? You can't be scared of the ball - pain is temporary.

I tell my boys - we're Sackett's and Sackett's are winners - and winners get to do what they want! Not quite a poetic as your Dad - but hey - we're Sackett's and we get to do what we want!


Laura Neidert

I really like the sound example. I have the same memory of my grandfather and the sound his change and keys would make when he climbed the stairs up from his basement. He had a very similar work ethic to your Dad too!

Jennifer McClure

Thanks for sharing your memories and life lessons with us Kris. It's a reminder of how important it is to model the expected/desired behaviors for our kids (and employees) in order to teach real and lasting life lessons.

Happy Father's Day to you!

Kevin W. Grossman

Happy Father's Day, Kris.


really good post Kris...thanks for sharing all of that....


Thank you so much for sharing some of the lessons you learned from your Dad. I also developed a strong work-ethic from my father. He was out the door to the factory every morning by 4 am. He worked his way up from the line to middle management through hard work and dedication. Dad always loved his job, no matter what that was - he had the innate ability to see the value his work added and be intrinsically rewarded for having contributed to something bigger than himself. Dad is now retired but he still demonstrates that passionate, focused and persistent work-ethic. No matter what his current interest (gardening is the new one), he goes all-in every single day.

The life lessons we have learned from our parents just being themselves, living their lives are amazing .

Happy father's day to you, Kris, and to all your readers. Thanks for being great examples to your kids!

Yosie Saint-Cyr

My father was also a great role model for me for some of the reasons you stated. I lost my dad as well as my best friend in 1999 and the memories help me remember who I am and what I am worth.

Deb Franklin

Wow, Kris, great post. I, too lost my dad and it still hurts. When he was near the end, an employee brought this into my office and said, I know your dad is a hero, I can tell by the way you help run this business. I shared part of it at dad's funeral, and will share with you:
There are icons and there are heroes, and to many, they are one and the same – but to me, they are very different. Only now, a week after watching my father succumb to cancer, can I distinguish the difference. Joe DiMaggio is an icon- a light the nation looks toward in helping define who we are as nation. Icons are to be idolized and romanticized playing a role in our dreams. My father is a hero – a lighthouse guiding me every day. Heroes show us how to make daily choices that define who we are and who we want to be as individuals. Joltin’ Joe showed me how to travel the base paths with grace, how to handle fame with respect, and how to wait on a curveball. My father taught me the importance of laughter, the irreplaceable value of humility, and how to do what is right when thrown a curveball in life. Icons like DiMaggio teach us how to dream, but heroes like my father teach us how to live. Do we need heroes, you ask. Yes, we do, everyday. DOUGLAS DONOVAN Marblehead, Mass
Here's to you, Dad - miss you, hope I'm making you proud.


Thanks for a great post. Good dads help make us better people...and better HR people.

Thanks for sharing.

Naomi Bloom

We were clearly on the same memory path this morning, and our Dads would have enjoyed hanging out together. Here's an introduction to mine

Debbie Brown

Hi Kris- I lost my dad in 2005 too. Fathers day tradition was the Cubs. We would all go to Wrigley if they were in town, or I would send tickets if I was out of town some years. He taught me to love baseball and Wrigley Field and the 1969 Cubs. I suppose that is why you see me cheer for them today.


In my first job (at 16), I was surrounded by a bunch of hardworkers. One of my co-workers (who I originally met in a pickup basketball game) told me "Work? School? They're just another form of sport." To this day, while I may not be the smartest amongst my peers, I know how to set goals. I know "I win when the team wins", and I work smart and work hard. And work is fun...

Thanks for the stories, KD.

Joel Kimball

Great stuff, Kris. My dad died when I was 12, but as I always note, he taught me a couple key things: that telling the truth is a must; how to fish; how to hunt; how to throw, kick, catch and shoot a ball. The rest I learned through others :)

Your lesson to your kids resonates as well. As I used to tell mine when we had story time (right before bed) - "How do we get money." "Because you WORK." "Right."

They're all growed up now (well, youngest is 16, but two in their 20's, one getting married next month) and doing well. It's gratifying - hope I had something to do with it via the "life lessons" and example I set.

Belated Happy Father's Day, KD!


Good post, buddy. Special guy. What did he think of your goatee?

Allison Cox

Great post, Kris. Happy Father's Day to you. I know your Dad has to be looking down and smiling (wearing his work boots and holding a basketball:)).


What great lessons and beautiful tribute to your dad!

What stood out to me was how, looking back, you can remember the sound of his workboots every morning at 6am. It was a simple thing he did, beginning his day, without even realizing the impact it left on you..and yet the impact was huge, that no matter what, no excuse, gotta get to work and provide for his family. This provided you with security and stability and a powerful lesson in an awesome work ethic!

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