Rob Jolles | Not a blog; not an article - it's a BLArticle®!

Part 1 – Making People Believe

Although I’ve now spent over thirty years in front of audiences, it wasn’t until my junior year in high school when I first took to the stage.  I was fortunate to have an amazing teacher and director, Rob Ramoy, who one day stopped me in the hallway and told me I had to audition for that first show.  The show was “Damn Yankees,” and I saw it as an opportunity to play the role of a baseball player on my favorite team – the Washington Senators.  I didn’t know that this was going to awaken in me a love for [continue reading...]

I guess you can call me a gym rat; I have been someone who goes to his gym regularly for many years.  I’ve belonged to my current gym for twenty-two years.  I mix up my exercise time by swimming, sometimes lifting, an occasional run, weekly spinning,  and I even attend a yoga class when I have time.  Like the guy who eats too much at the buffet, my gym isn’t making money off of Rob Jolles!  But I am not the norm.

I could have joined a few other gyms, but to me, they’re all pretty much the same – give or take a few machines, [continue reading...]

Think about that question for a moment.  Many will tell you that ethics cannot be taught.  They’ll tell you that you are either an ethical person, or you’re not.  If only it were that simple.  I happen to believe that all of us intend to be ethical.  We have a voice within us that whispers to us when we knowingly stray.   The problem is there is another voice that whispers to us, and that other voice tries to convince us that we aren’t really straying.  The fact is this; people don’t wake up in the morning and consciously decide to be unethical.  It’s an unconscious [continue reading...]

Have you ever heard that motto before?  You have if you’ve been to the New York City General Post Office.  It’s not actually the official motto of the post office, but it’s engraved on the front of their building since 1896.  Therefore, for the sake of this story, let’s pretend it is.   However, that’s not the complete motto.  Do you know what comes next?

“Neither rain, nor sleet, nor gloom of night, stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.”  Think about this for a moment.  Shouldn’t this be the motto of most of us in business?  After all, what it is really [continue reading...]

I was having lunch with a man the other day, and he and I have been developing a friendship over the past six months or so.  I have a great deal of respect for this man.  He flew fighter aircraft all over the world – Europe, Northern Africa, Turkey, the Republic of Korea and throughout the US. He was selected to attend the U.S. Air Force Fighter Weapons School – the Air Force version of Top Gun.  If that didn’t get your attention, he also led the United States Air Force Thunderbirds as the commander and demonstration leader. 

When this man speaks, it’s like listening to [continue reading...]