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 […]

Adding your Bookmark (Favorite) Icon to your LeadPages Page

A couple of months ago, my company signed up for LeadPages to help with some web-based marketing initiatives.  This is a fantastic tool. If you are not familiar with LeadPages, think of it as a set of customizable webpages to help you build marketing funnels.  They provide a ton of templates that help you setup […]

There is no try…only do

Find an object on your desk. Now, try to move it. Thanks.  Did it move?  If so, you failed.  You moved it.  You didn’t just try to move it.  You actually moved it. Stop trying. Get out there and make something happen.  

Setting Goals (is hard)

When I was younger, goal-setting was easy.  I wanted to beat that video game.  I wanted to letter in that sport.  I wanted to date that girl.  I wanted to buy a car.  Graduate.  Go to college.  Graduate again.  Get a job.  Buy a nicer car.  Get married.  Buy a house.  Have kids. At some […]

It’s ALL an Experiment

Seth Godin talks about breaking things.  No, I don’t mean physical things – Seth doesn’t strike me as a guy who goes around destroying stuff.  He’s talking about systems, processes, ideas, status quos, and other ideas that need to be broken.  There is no need for sacred cows.  Sacred cows maintain the status quo.  If […]

I <3 Notepad++

Throughout my career, I have run many developers who are die-hard fans of one application or another. When I first started, I became an emacs fanatic!  I mean, as my power user skills increased, there were so many amazing tricks I could make the software do!  So, as I learned it better, it became a […]

Casting Call – Now Auditioning…Programmers???

Auditioning.  Isn’t that reserved for performance-oriented jobs?  For people who sing, dance, and act!?  Then again, I suppose I have been in meetings before when I’ve been expected to perform. Let me ask you this, is your job performance-based?  Are you expected to hit certain objectives and milestones!?  How are you evaluated (or…how do you […]

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