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 […]
Welcome to my blog. I have been a manager for fifteen years, and for the past five years I have been leading teams of 500 people or more as a director and VP for large growth companies. I share my leadership journey and thoughts here with the hopes of helping and inspiring other leaders.
Not only is business management my vocation, it’s also my avocation. In my free time I write this blog, manage two three-family investment houses, and help with two companies as an unpaid […]
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 […]
I had a few bad years of personal finance. I was one of those guys who bought houses without any money during the Great Housing Boom of the 2000s. I bought my […]
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 […]
He and Jimmy drove along without talking pulled by a rig filled with ten tons of black top. His mind drifted, like it always did when he had nothing else to think […]
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 […]
One sunny summer day, when I was 25, I was driving along the Massachusetts Turnpike between stores, and, from no where, an idea popped into my head. Freshly promoted that July, I […]
So you didn’t turn out to be a doctor or a lawyer. Your parents must be so disappointed. Just tell them to chill out. There’s still hope for a long, progressive, and […]
I still remember how I felt when I turned on my TV that Tuesday morning in 2001. Almost everyone reading this blog remembers that day. I didn’t know anyone who died on […]
Sometimes you need to work more than five days in a row. What are you going to do, cry about it? It happens often in retail and hospitality, especially around holidays or […]
I’ve been kicked out of my home office. Again. First my son was born, and he stole it, and now my soon-to-be daughter is stealing my office. Last week I painted my […]
I attended a meeting today where an executive urged us to think about our “leadership shadow.” It’s a neat phrase. Got me thinking. This exec went on and asked us to think […]
The first and biggest challenge for any new manager is finding the right balance between being a good people manager and an effective task manager.
I had a dream the other night that I was flying. The pilot said he was experienced and a trainer of other pilots, which made me feel better. I sat in the […]