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Have you ever felt like you got a raw deal?  like someone cheated you or took advantage of your career?

I believe we are now experiencing a flight to core morals and dignity this day in age.  Do you feel people are attracted to you because you are smart and transactional – or do they actually transact with you because YOU have morals and dignity?

Let’s focus on what really matters- serving your clients, customers and loved ones because you have a moral obligation to please your Creator, your greater Power- and of course the client!  And guess what, the receipt of such service will become a windfall of profits and a feeling of purpose.

So try it, for 30 days, focus less on the transaction and more on intense focus of servant leadership, dignified service, and doing the next right thing!  Let me know how it works for you…

with Love



2013 Economic Outlook Conference

Business leaders think differently.  They take the open shot, but they always work the long game.  That’s what The Woodlands Area Chamber of Commerce’s 27th Annual Economic Outlook Conference is designed for—spotlighting key economic trends that will shape our community, the nation and the globe.

Explosive growth in The Woodlands area–and the industries important to it–has generated debate over the growth’s sustainability…..and if it is sustainable, where are the key markets?  For how long?

All for this goal, the Economic Outlook Conference brings together nationally-recognized speakers, roughly 500 business and community leaders, and corporate sponsors.  The Woodlands Area Chamber of Commerce has produced the event annually since 1987.

The 27th Annual Economic Outlook Conference is slated for:

Friday, March 8, 2013 8:00 a.m. – 1: 30 p.m. The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel _ Convention Center 1601 Lake Robbins Drive, The Woodlands, TX 77380


A few things come to mind in February for me.  One is my wedding anniversary, another is Valentines Day tomorrow, and my wife’s birthday shortly after.  Family love is bliss!

Soooo…what about Business Love.  That sounds mushy does it not?  Oh wait, our business should be like family right?… and our business team should love like a family right?  Ask Ray Lewis of the Ravens and he will say they won the Superbowl because the team is ALL Family and Family is Love.

How about we all make a point the rest of the month  - to love our coworkers and team members, and clients like our loved ones at home.  And then, we very well may decide to keep it going into the rest of the year.  Let’s cherish the biblical verse below in our “Month of Love”- and challenge yourself to LOVE every month like this one.


1 Corinthians 13:4-8

New International Version (NIV)

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.

BANDIER Friends and Enthusiast:

Let’s keep rallying around this fantastic opportunity for all of us- (SCROLL DOWN TO FORBES LINK).  Please let us know how we can help you and your connections.

Specifically, BANDIER has:

  • tracked this project closely since summer of 2009, hedged the intelligence way before announcement summer 2011, and now are in a great positions.
  • plenty of opportunities (on and off market) concerning investing, developing and brokering commercial real estate around this impact radius below.

So what now…ACTION!

We want to help you and your connections and make even more good things happen together with you – we are looking for:

  • Investors and/or high net worth investors for our development projects, investments and note purchases- we have case studies to share upon request.
  • Commercial real estate owners, buyers and sellers, and users of CRE (Office, Industrial, Flex, Retail, Mixed Use, Multifamily and Land)

SEE BELOW link… and don’t let this opportunity pass you by- it might be decades before we see a collaboration of low interest rates, red hot local market, mega campus announcements, new highway infrastructure, and one of best master planned communities – all in one and at the same time in the best location and market.  


A Bird’s Eye View Of Exxon’s Giant New Houston Complex
adjacent to the Exxon campus. The core areas of The Woodlands and Springwoods Village have been informed by the tenents of New Urbanism.

I am a flawed imperfect person- a Christian and a sinner.  The great news is – BANDIER is a faith-based Firm and we are forgiven.  In business and doing life- we believe it’s key to have a Power, a God and/or Belief in something greater than yourself and this World YOU can believe in and rest on.

Why?  YOU simply can not do life on your own- if you want to have a real authentic purpose and fulfillment leading to Joy.

Here are some biblical principles, you can live by shared in Romans 12.

  • GOD HAS A DREAM FOR YOU-  as you have a dream for your children and loved ones.
  • Spiritual Maturity is most needed in your Life and this world.

THE 5 “S” might help you as it has helped me grow…

  • Surrendered to God or your higher Power  - give it up completely.
  • Separate from the World and its values – the world will eat you up and spit you out.
  • Sober in self assessment- sound judgement- made for His Glory, not mine – have humility!
  • Serving in Love- fellowship- abhor to evil, engage hospitality and authentic community.
  • Supernaturally respond to Evil with Good – if your enemy is hungry feed him with Goodness.

3 huge basic questions for you to strongly want to understand and be:




Life is short and precious- the after life is eternal.  Be intent on above and do Life with Compassion and Character- mostly believe in your God, your Power, your Rock-  who is much greater than yourself.  You are not alone and you are certainly wonderfully and fearfully made.


It is almost Thanksgiving- then on to Christmas and The New Year.

Are you letting your clients and team members know how much they are appreciated?  This is a great time to be intent on letting your sphere of influence know how much they mean to you.  We are all in the people business- more so than any other endeavor.  So – why not nurture your best assets!

Take the time and let them know – “THANK YOU”!


have you read zappos- Delivering Happiness?  or how about Seth Godin, “Tribes- Why we need you to lead us”

I became enthralled with what true “connectedness” means after reading these books.  It meant culture, leading with love, having a fun work environment, authenticity and creating a unified tribe.

Richard Branson says, “if you don’t have fun doing what you do, don’t do it”.

I have always enjoyed networking and people, but what if i did it with true purpose?

If you are interested in people and want to network with a purpose, become connected and watch your alliances grow.

Look for mentors, dialogue with sincere intent, and step out of your comfort zone.  Be attractive.




The SOCIAL Era (INSIGHTS web pages, LINKED IN, FACEBOOK, Twitter, marketing, networking) and Values, Purpose, and Organizational Health / Emotional Intelligence – do these really affect the bottom line??

Quick answer is a resounding YES! In fact, Intangible Core Values are the success DNA for every organization and is the start of everything- that flows down the line to working a deal / cash flow and profit. It is the profit- and the execution and cash are simply the receipt.

Creative ideas and methods, cultures, marketing, biz dvlpt, tactics, Think Tanks, SOCIAL era, free agents, and Mission Statements – these are used to bring more business and long term value IN THE DOOR and improve the health and enduring success for the firm.

Do you have an open mind to let down your subconscious “bottom line” quantifiable “cause-effect” guard down – and then Embrace the Movement of what matters most- the INTANGIBLE Values that make it all happen.

We are not talking about the industrial or information age- we are now in the SOCIAL era- and it is for real.
We are now all connected- not just within our organizations- but much more now.

It is a choice if you want to be more connected. We are now effectively all “free agents” to our own success and that of our companies. This not just Social Media (a set of tools) – but it is purley a SOCIAL movement involving marketing, sales, HR, IT, accounting, finance and every facet of business.

Ideas and people who spread virally win- and ones who choose to remain average die.
Tribal cult like cultures who spread their respective “virus”- will be on top – as long as their product or service is remarkable. Cultures who understand this will grow exponentially- and others will be left behind.

BANDIER is becoming radically SOCIAL- so come join the movement.


Leaders are readers and full of fanatical discipline. You are now charged to contribute in this noble cause- to move out of “I/me/myself” profits and business only ……and and into “team” collaboration communication _ purpose.

The charge is simple for you and your tribe.
- identifying and leveraging core values
- aligning on a noble cause

Result/goal of this directive is – “our team is great” ………then progress to “life is great” evolvement – it is a conscious choice BANDIER is making now. Thank you to Tribal Leadership book ;)

Most of all- be yourself (authentic self), dig into your humility, and examine your judgment _ behaviors to help guide you in this intentional purpose driven- value based blog.