I read this Newsweek article called "Is the Internet Making Us Crazy" last week. It's about how people are becoming more addicted to the web, digital devices, and screens in general. I am one of these people. I think I may spend around eleven hours each day looking at a screen. In the morning my eyes … Continue reading Screen Addiction
I had my annual physical the other day. I was all excited thinking I was going to ace it. Boy was I wrong. A couple of months go I realized I was getting a little flabby. Around the same time I watched this HBO documentary called The Weight of The Nation. The movie chronicled all the … Continue reading Fat, Old and Pre-Diabetic
Why do we experience time in one direction? In other words, why do we remember the past, and know nothing about the future? And why is it a complete certainty that my company and your company will some day go out of business?
I read this article last week, another in a long list that talks about declining employee tenure. The article reminded me of dozens of articles I've read that peg the millennial generation (people born in the 1980s and 1990s) as perpetual job changers. I don't know where this dirty little rumor comes from, but when … Continue reading The Myth of the Millennial Job Changer
The CEO of my company once gave me some great advice. I asked him what the best part about being CEO was. He said the best part was this great feeling of satisfaction he had in looking back on his career. When he thought about all of the adversity he overcame he had a fulfilling … Continue reading Management Skills: Never Be A Victim
Over the past few weeks my wife and closest friends conspired together and lied to me a dozen or so times to pull off a birthday surprise. They got me good. I thought I was playing in a golf tournament with my buddy Jody. So yesterday morning we met up and we stopped for a … Continue reading I Won’t Be Fooled Again!
Dear Jack, Today you are only sixteen months old, so you won't understand any of this yet. This is a good thing, because I haven't got it all figured out yet. This is what I've kind of figured out so far. The best thing you can do with your life is marry a nice lady … Continue reading Advice To My Son
How did I get to where I am now? To what extent can I plan the future of my career, or my life? These are some questions I asked myself this week after reading this profile on Clayton Christensen in the New Yorker. Christensen is a Harvard Business School professor who became famous as a … Continue reading Of Personal Strategies, Deliberate and Emergent
I saw the Peter Thiel profile on 60 Minutes a couple of weeks ago and read this New Yorker profile on him last night. Thiel is an eccentric Silicone Valley billionaire who is know for founding PayPal and investing early in Facebook. But he is now becoming known most for his futuristic big thinking - … Continue reading Peter Thiel and My Underachievement
Enjoy your stupid barbecue America. I hope it rains on your pool party. Working Memorial Day weekend is one part of my retail management job I will never get used to. In fact, I don’t care much for working any holidays, nights or weekends like my job requires. It stinks and I have a right to … Continue reading The Perfect Job
My boss likes to say that a huge part my job is to be the champion of my people. In other words, he reminds me how my employees need a leader who cares about them, who listens to them, and who will be their voice in the corporate congress. Employees need someone who is on … Continue reading The People’s Champ
I'm obsessed. "Stop checking that damn phone," is the advice I get from my wife on off days. Each hour I get an automatic email with a sales update, and sometimes I stare at my phone for a minute waiting for the email to pop up. I check that phone several times each minute, sometimes … Continue reading Obsession
When I was twenty-one I landed my first real management job as a restaurant manager at a Marriott. And when I first started this job, our food and beverage department was performing dreadfully on our key metric - Guest Satisfaction Survey Scores (GSS Scores). We were consistently last or in the bottom five out of … Continue reading Results (Money) Are The Only Thing That Matters
My time is beginning to pass faster. I barely noticed it. The other day Kelly and I were looking at some pictures from when we first met, and, boy, I looked a lot younger. Granted, I'm still younger than most people reading this post, but just two months away from my thirtieth birthday and my … Continue reading Time
I'm just too darn lazy to blog today. I haven't been able to think of anything worth saying anyway. It's the first rainy Sunday I can remember in a long time. Kelly and Jack are napping in the bed next to me and I'm reading away at The Grapes of Wrath. The tapping rain drops … Continue reading Too Lazy To Blog Today