What do I want to do when I grow up?

I know that I’m not the only one. I know others suffer from this too. My problem? I’m in my mid-50’s and I’m still trying to figure out what I want to do with my life. I'm not going through a major life-changing event or a mid-life crisis, I'm just trying to figure out how... Continue Reading →

Folksy wisdom

When I was 18, I spent my summer working on a small, local farm. At the start of the week, the farmer would list out on a piece of paper all the things he wanted me to complete that week. The list would vary, one day I would chop wood, another I would weed a... Continue Reading →

Good things are coming

Whether you’re religious or not, there’s something I love about the Christmas week. I love that work is usually lighter and easier going. (It wasn't this week for me, but at least, now I get to regroup and get my head back on straight.) Coworkers are willing to help; nobody takes themselves too seriously.  People... Continue Reading →

What Elon Musk and others miss?

I feel like I’ve lost my patience.  When I was a young worker, I would hit a roadblock in the office, and I would find a different way to get what I wanted or needed. I was a problem solver, and I would put in the hours, put in the work, to help make the... Continue Reading →

The days of the week: Meet the friends in my head

Mister Rogers began each episode of his children's television series by changing into one of his trademark cardigan sweaters while singing the show's theme song, “Won't You Be My Neighbor?” As soon as you saw him, it didn't matter your age, you knew you were in a safe place. Who wouldn’t want to have Mister... Continue Reading →

What is a leader?

When I was younger, I had an image in my head of what it meant to be a great leader. I envisioned John Wayne in one of his classic western movies, boldly taking up center stage on my television screen. He was loud and determined, decisive in his decision-making, and had an all-business demeanor. If... Continue Reading →

My four-legged therapist

Every day, our family dog comes into my office. I call it my office, but it's an extra bedroom where we've set up a desk and my large-screen monitors and I'm able to work remotely in relative peace and quiet. I like to think that Nittany, our 13-year-old Lhasa Apso – Bichon Frise, comes in... Continue Reading →

My introverted self

I was in the doldrums.  I wondered why I wasn’t having as much fun at work. I couldn’t pinpoint it. I sat down late in the evening with my wife, and it hit me. I’ve had a number of presentations and large team meetings over the past month and not much time for myself to... Continue Reading →

New cop in town

I looked behind me and saw the red flashing lights. I sat back in my seat disgusted, I was being pulled over. When I was completely stopped, the police officer stepped out of his squad car and slowly made his way to my car.  He wore shiny Ray-Ban Aviator sunglasses and motioned for me to... Continue Reading →

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