Future Predicting: A bad business to be in

This was my tweet just minutes before kickoff of this past Sunday's Super Bowl: Privately, also just before kickoff, I was quoted as saying, "If I was rich I would bet $200,000 on Denver today." Here are some other famously bad predictions I've made: In 2007: "Real estate will keep skyrocketing. Wait, you can buy … Continue reading Future Predicting: A bad business to be in

Strategy: Cortez the Killer

In 1519 Hernán Cortés the Conquistador led a flotilla of 11 ships to the eastern shores of Mexico against the direct orders of his superiors. You see, power and hubris had driven Cortés mad, and whether he realized it or not (everyone else did), his mutinous power quest, fueled by bloodlust, was indeed insane. Cortés' fleet would … Continue reading Strategy: Cortez the Killer

Genealogy, Ancestry.com, and (you probably already stopped reading)…

Nothing, and I mean nothing, puts people to sleep faster than talking about the most boring of my boring hobbies: genealogy. Of the nearly 500 people in my family tree, only two of us actually give a hoot about our genealogy - me and my cousin Dianne. Doing the math, this tells me for every one … Continue reading Genealogy, Ancestry.com, and (you probably already stopped reading)…

Leadership Style: Fake it till you make it

About a year ago, I wrote this post about how to articulate my/your leadership style. Thanks to Google, this has become my all time most viewed post with over 1,000 views. Today I'm writing about how my leadership style has evolved over the years. I think. Either that or it's a coming of age post. … Continue reading Leadership Style: Fake it till you make it

Real World, Fake World: How to be a successful manager, leader, and person

As I detailed in this kind of weird article, the work world is not the real world. Work is a made up place, work hierarchies are made up things, and there's really no such thing as bosses and employees. Bosses and employees are just regular people pretending to be these things in a fantasy land … Continue reading Real World, Fake World: How to be a successful manager, leader, and person

Management Skills: Speak Softly and Carry a Big Stick

I swore I wasn't going to be one of those parents who would toss empty threats at their kids to try to coerce them into good behavior. You know the old, "If you don't stop I swear we're not going to the park," routine. I can hear my son thinking, "Who you kidding dad? The … Continue reading Management Skills: Speak Softly and Carry a Big Stick

Management Skills: Be Fit

Getting into shape is a good business decision. And this isn't one of my weird and abstract metaphor posts that's really about mental fitness or business fitness or something. This post is about why I think maintaining physical fitness is important for managers. First, a bit of background on my health. I slowly gained about … Continue reading Management Skills: Be Fit

Not All the Turtles Make it to the Sea

Jack and I watched this movie called Tortuga, about an adorable sea turtle's journey from birth through adulthood. The movie starts on a beach where adult female sea turtles have dug hundreds of nests in the sand, each containing up to two-hundred eggs. Thousands of eggs simultaneously hatch. The infant turtles instinctively dash for the … Continue reading Not All the Turtles Make it to the Sea