Learning Confidence from my Daughter

Saturday morning I found myself home with two kids feeling under the weather.  My wife and eldest daughter were out for the morning and, while ‘the littles’ slept, I was catching up on some work. Shortly after starting on a small project, my smart, creative, middle child (and second daughter) came and snuggled into bed […]

Sure it’s awesome…but will anyone want it?

As an engineer, I am prone to bouts of the “Field of Dreams” syndrome. You know the one.  “Build it and they will come.”  (If you don’t get the reference, click here.) Have you ever found yourself there?  Have you ever just known that you were working on the most amazing project (or product) only […]

Busyness is a form of Hiding

A couple of weeks ago, a friend was talking about where he works.  Long story short, there is a massive collection of people generating lots of reports.  Day in and day out. Some of these reports are beautiful. They are not mere simple efforts to get the job done to the least possibly acceptable level.  […]

Attending Meetings Better

Meetings.  Love them or hate them, they are a regular part of most of our careers, and as we have all experienced, some meetings are much better than others. We have all been in that meeting that goes on and on, meandering through all sorts of ideas without coming to any resolution, often creating more […]

SMART Goal Checkup

In Setting Goals (is hard), I set a personal goal to get one more customer for my business.  And, per our guidelines, this was a SMART goal. It was specific.  The customer had to be a new account worth $10,000 or more. It was measurable.  It’s pretty easy to tell if we’ve added that one […]

Privilege and Responsibility

A lot has been written about entitlement in the last handful of years.  Politically, we talk about all of the things we deserve and that the government should just provide.  Professionally, we talk about how our companies owe us a raise or more benefits or how we should be making six figures straight out of […]

Living with Integrity

Integrity is ultimately derived from the Latin word integer meaning “whole.”  In math class, we learn that an integer is a whole number, a number without any fractions or decimals.  When we choose to live with integrity, we are whole – we are not fragmented and there are not other pieces laying around.  All of […]

Appreciate the Small Wins

We are all wowed by the big efforts.  When someone shows up and just dazzles us day in and day out.  It seems effortless for them to totally crush it every single day.  They show up on fire, make a dozen sales, write a thousand lines of code, still have time to meet their family […]

The Difference Between Tinkering and Success?

Have you ever invested your heart and soul into a project only to find out that nobody wanted it? Me too. Did you ever do it again with the same result? Yeah, I’ve done that too. In some cases, you didn’t spend the time to get the word out.  You didn’t do proper “marketing.”  In […]

Life Lessons from a Tray of Cookies???

My daughter bakes some great cookies.  She really does.  This year, she sent chocolate chip cookies into the office for the team and everyone thoroughly enjoyed them!  Of course, she hasn’t been baking very long…and tonight I came home to a batch that had been slightly over baked.  In this batch, some of the cookies […]

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