“If you look at history, innovation doesn’t come just from giving people incentives; it comes from creating environments where their ideas can connect.” – Steven Johnson If you see a missed call on your phone today, most likely it means you weren’t available when someone called. In India, however, a missed call might mean something […]Read more "Seeking Opportunities In Adversity Can Create Hungry, Agile Teams"
“Nothing wilts faster than laurels that have been rested upon.” – Percy Bysshe Shelley We are running invisible races every day. The pressure to be bigger, better, and faster has organizations scrambling to motivate their people. Money, perks, benefits, and a slew of other intangibles are brandished on company websites trying to attract talent. Once aboard, […]Read more "What This Year’s Company Hackathon Taught Me"
I can be a bit of a lone wolf at times. Not that I hate people in general, but my ego tends to get in the way of me interaction with others on occasion. I can figure out the solution to everyone’s problem if you just leave me alone and let me work. It’s the […]Read more "Three Traits Of A Creative and Innovative Team"
Everyone knows the first two kings in Israel’s history. The reason we remember them because they were at the center of a story involving Goliath. We practically can’t forget them, because that story is trotted out every March during a basketball tournament. Saul and David we know, but can you think of Israel’s third king? […]Read more "A King Who Didn’t Own His People’s Ideas"
Every app that I help make at Bottle Rocket always has a certain moment in the project. It may come on day one of work, day one-hundred, or the day we ship. It’s uncomfortable acknowledge the day when it arrives, even though we all know it’s coming. At some point, the day will come when […]Read more "Three TED Talk That Show Teams How To Trust Each Other More"
There some times that I absolutely love watching my kids play with each other. With Ella and Owen being only two years apart, they can often do the same activities and Owen keeps pace with his older sister much more than she would like. They giggle, share toys, and compliment each other very well. The […]Read more "What My Kids Taught Me About Fire-Fighting Cultures"
“If there is no struggle, there is no progress.” — Frederick Douglass Change is hard. Mr. Douglass knew all too well how struggle and change go hand in hand. Born a slave, he managed to find as much of an education as he could in those days. Once he could read, he read as much […]Read more "Change Is Hard, So Get Started Already!"
“The scoreboard doesn’t lie. Never has.” – Charlie Sheen Bottom of the ninth. Late in the period. Two-minute warning. Shot clock winding down. Each of those statements relate to a different sport, but each communicate the same sentiment. Time is winding down. If you’re doing to try something, it needs to be now. As cliched […]Read more "Why Your Standup Needs A Scoreboard"
How quickly life can turn. That was all I was thinking as I was on the phone with my boss. Coming off one of the busiest months of my career, I was riding high. Work had flowed well, conflict was managed in an acceptable manner, and I was ready for work to slow down a bit. […]Read more "How Do You Handle A Crisis?"
Say its your job to write intelligent responses to the strangest questions possible. When I say “strange”, I’m not kidding one bit. Would you be able to respond to someone asking you if it was ethical to let a company offer one-way travel to Mars? I know I wouldn’t, even after I stopped laughing and […]Read more "In Reaching For The Stars, Our Job Is To Go"