Some assembly required!

I should have known that there would be some challenges along the way. The project was simple enough. My employer had generously offered to cover the cost of a new chair for my home office, a nice big cushy one to boot. When I opened the box the chair came in, I groaned when I... Continue Reading →

Semper Fi

When my oldest son was a young boy, he would dress-up in a white t-shirt and green camo pants and play soldier. He’d march out the backdoor with a pack over his shoulder and his bb gun, where he’d set up targets in the yard. The bb gun was far from the best. It was... Continue Reading →

Rejected!

I toss and turn in bed and my mind spins in a thousand different directions. I mentally check off a lengthy list of everything that I would have done differently: I would have focused on my specific contributions, citing specific stats, and how I was able to help my team achieve our ambitious goals. When... Continue Reading →

Meeting the Don: Returning to The Godfather

The movie “The Godfather” has some of the most memorable lines of all time. “I’m gonna make him an offer he can’t refuse.”  “Leave the gun, take the cannoli.” “It's a Sicilian message. It means Luca Brasi sleeps with the fishes.” The quotes seem to be endless.  “Some day, and that day may never come, I will... Continue Reading →

Change the world

I was struck recently by the confusion of the world we live. One day you keep your head down and go to work or celebrate family night, the next, you go to the doctor for a nagging cough as one of my friends did recently and come back with some unsettling news.   When I get... Continue Reading →

Postponed!

My son looked down at his phone and sighed. His flight back to his base was postponed by another two hours. The flight had been postponed once already. He would end up getting in later than he expected. When I asked if he was upset, he shrugged his shoulders and said that he’d be fine.... Continue Reading →

Fighting back against should and must!

I have projects that I should be finishing. I have calls and emails I should be returning. I have several large deadlines approaching. I see the large group of sharks starting to circle me. I should be swimming to the shore as fast as I can. It's not just work. I have chores at home... Continue Reading →

Who do you want to be?

I usually have five or six columns that I’m working on and ready to publish. I find that’s the best way to keep the creative juices flowing and to keep to a regular publishing schedule. Once in awhile, I struggle to find something that flows and that’s just the way it goes.  I haven’t had... Continue Reading →

Quote, unquote and a few other thoughts

I’m a fanatic for quotes.  I love quotes that make you think.  "You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose." —Dr. Seuss"Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated." —Confucius"You miss 100% of the shots you don't take." —Wayne Gretzky I... Continue Reading →

Listening for the pin to drop

Let me just say it: we stink as listeners. We all do. For those still talking and not paying attention in the back, let me repeat, “we stink as listeners.”  Let me explain: I’ve noticed lately that listening skills are not what they used to be, mine, yours, and every one else. For example, I... Continue Reading →

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