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    Crown Capitol

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    Alabama Pharmacy Association

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    Chevron™

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    Microsoft™

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    John Deer

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    Microsoft™

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    Chevron™

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    Hewlette Packard

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Lessons learned from the world of sports that enhance business leadership.

The 500 Club: The Secret Drew Brees Used To Join Elite NFL Company

This past Saturday, while the Purdue Boilermakers were stunning the Ohio State Buckeyes with a 49-20 win, one of the most famous Boilermakers was probably finishing up his own game against the Baltimore Ravens.

Somewhere on the Chesapeake Bay, Drew Brees was leading his New Orleans Saints to a victory.

Now, before you think I’ve lost my mind, I’m aware that the Saints and Ravens didn’t meet on a football field on Saturday. They met on Sunday night, when Brees joined Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, and Brett Favre as the only QBs in NFL history to throw for 500 touchdowns.

And, more importantly, Brees helped New Orleans win a nail-biter decided by the first missed PAT of Ravens’ kicker Justin Tucker’s professional career.

(October—not so kind to NFL kickers.)

So, no, the physical game wasn’t on Saturday.

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How Greatness Rises From Devastation: Hurricane Michael First Responders

I love writing for Forbes. It’s an incredible platform, and they are incredible partners—with them, I have a well-defined lane: the intersection of leadership, sports and business. And most of the time, I stay in my lane because that’s what I’m supposed to do.

This isn’t one of those times.

Last week, Hurricane Michael ripped into the state I call home. Florida’s Gulf Coast and Panhandle regions were obliterated by the first category four hurricane in recorded history to make landfall on our shore, and the devastation is evident everywhere.

The loss of life may not be as catastrophic as with other storms, but I assure you, Michael’s aftermath is no joke.

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Don Yaeger - Certified Speaking Professional (CSP), longtime Associate Editor for Sports Illustrated, 11-time New York Times best-selling author, leadership expert and executive coach.

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