Mark's Blog

July 9, 2018

The “I Can Quit Truck” is Calling

The “I Can Quit Truck”, a shiny black Ford pickup, was only 30 feet from me, just across the street where I had stopped to rest after biking up a steep hill. Two fellow Ironman hopefuls were loading their bikes into the bed of the truck. They were done. I was pretty much done too,… Read More

February 14, 2015

I am them, they are me

Black, White Sunni, Shiite Rich, Poor We all laugh We all cry We all bleed I am them, they are me Gay, Straight Christian, Muslim Native, Immigrant We all dream We all falter We all die I am them, they are me Hate Less Love More I am those people By Mark Fackler February 14,… Read More

July 13, 2011

Conquering the Fear of Asking

In my mid-twenties, I developed a motto for my life that was “face your fear.” Over the years, after much self-reflection and many conversations with my wife, I changed this motto to “identify your fears and break through them.” This motto seems more appropriate, for facing your fear is great, but moving past your fear… Read More

January 24, 2011

Tattoos on the Heart

I just finished reading a wonderful book called “Tattoos on the Heart” written by Gregory Boyle (Father Greg), a Jesuit priest and the founder of Homeboy Industries in Los Angeles, CA. Father Greg has been working with gang members in the LA area since the late 1980’s. His book is filled with many inspirational and heart wrenching… Read More

May 6, 2010

The Fackler Five

These are some conclusions about running a business that I have come to after 19 years in Vistage and working with hundreds of CEOs. 1) If you are worried about an action that has to be taken, you have already waited too long so do it now. 2) Partnerships are tough. Consider owning the business… Read More

September 19, 2008

10 Commandments of Networking for a Job

I visited a meeting of Vistage Chairs in Los Angeles this week. One Vistage Chair shared a few documents that were some of his best practices. This document on networking I thought was well written and worth publishing on my website. I see way too many very talented executives who are not prepared to find… Read More

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