Be Good at Life

You can do it. Much of what I write about is centered on being effective at work. After three decades in some of the most successful technology companies in the world I've learned more than a few things. And one of the fundamentals I've learned is that being good at work is not the same … Continue reading Be Good at Life

Three Things

Wanna get ahead? Take note. People ask me a lot what it takes to be successful in business. How you define success may have something to do with the equation, but the truth is there are constants. Regardless of your career path in the private sector, government or NGO, there are really just three things … Continue reading Three Things

User Error

Be mindful. Not long ago I received a pre-loaded debit card as a thank you. In days past we received checks and had to go to the bank (at least until technology improved so we could take pictures of the checks as we deposited them). All in all, cards are better. After a couple of … Continue reading User Error

Cool Beans

Life's too short for bad coffee. Over the holidays I had some time to catch up with people I don't get to see that often. I hope this year I do a better job staying connected so that catch-up isn't as needed. One morning I met with a friend at a coffee shop near her … Continue reading Cool Beans

Break Time

Gimme a break. I don't know if Kit Kat still uses that jingle as I haven't watched tv in a long time. Must have been a good jingle though - I remember it. People asking for a break is pretty tame stuff. We see it in movies, the office, a thousand vignettes a day on … Continue reading Break Time

Yay! Team!

There's no I in team. But there's damn sure a me. In the US it's time to talk about teams again! The NBA is heating up just as the NFL is about to peak and thoughts of spring training slowly bob on the horizon causing us to think that pennant is possible this year if … Continue reading Yay! Team!

Character

Got character? I know, I've heard it a hundred times: character is what we do when no one else is looking, right? Maybe not. Maybe character is what we do when everyone is looking. The other day I sent a note to a work mate reminding her how good she was. That's right: I actually … Continue reading Character

Punt

So it goes. My friend Mick and I were talking the other day. I'd love to tell you we were enjoying a strong bevvy watching the afternoon unwind but we were both still working. I'd called him a few days earlier for advice on a project I was looking at: he's pretty straight forward and … Continue reading Punt

Hungry Birds

Ah, the smell of fresh cut grass in the hot days of summer. Long time readers know I enjoy summer days more than anything else: having been born in Phoenix I like hot 365 days a year. Call me crazy. Like every season summer has its rituals. The backyard barbecue (we do not spell it … Continue reading Hungry Birds

The Value Quotient

Take a deep breath. An advantage of being an elder presence in the workforce (and I assure you there are many) is that I carry with me a long canon of previous experience and can get past many things if not all with some set of ease if not a sense of déjà vu. Haven't … Continue reading The Value Quotient