If you’ve never met Jake Calabrese, you should find a way to. He makes me happy every time I see him at a conference or get a text from him. Mostly, it’s due to him being an absolute wacko who knows how to make people laugh and makes everyone in the circle feel connected to […]Read more "Someone On Your Team Is Lonely Right Now, Perhaps Its You"
“Success is not final. Failure is not fatal. It is the courage to continue that counts.” Winston Churchill I don’t know many men who have had the privilege to discuss with their fathers what it truly means to be a father. We discuss the duties of fatherhood. The desire to see our children succeed, however […]Read more "Have You Ever Defined Fatherhood?"
“When the number of options available are limited, it is foolish to fuss and fret. We should instead simply choose the best of them and move on with life. To behave otherwise is to waste precious time and energy.” William B. Irvine, The Stoic Challenge On my best days, I feel like these words personify […]Read more "How Would Stoics View Org Transformation?"
Remember when we all gathered in masses to see bands play live? We’ve all met these types of people before. The random stranger who walks by you after leaving screams, “that band was awesome!” Yeah, dude. We were in there with you just now. You don’t need to tell us something we all just witnessed. […]Read more "It’s Okay To Talk About How Terrible 2021 Was -Now We Need to figure out what to do next"
Have you ever left a meeting wondering why nobody gave your idea consideration? It’s a tough spot to be in, and I would like to discuss what happens as a result.Read more "Why Do I Constantly Feel My Ideas Are Dumb?"
I’m a member of the last generation to know life before the Internet. I’ve been able to witness how people have managed to craft personas based on their time spent online. This didn’t happen on purpose, of course. We saw this raw nerve connected to a network of other nerve endings capable of anything. Had […]Read more "What’s Your Transformation Persona?"
Ethics: moral principles that govern a person’s behavior or the conducting of an activity. — Oxford Dictionary One of my favorite improvements to running conferences (when we used to attend those in person) was adding a code of conduct. It was clear the behavior of a few dictated the need for everyone to play by […]Read more "Do We Really Need a Code of Ethics in Agile Coaching?"
This weekend I watched Just Mercy, an amazing story of a lawyer who went to bat for people who needed an advocate for them on death row. At the end of the movie, the lawyer played by Michael B. Jordan said, “We can’t change the world with only ideas in our minds. We need conviction […]Read more "Trying To Make Sense of What’s Going On Around Me…"
As I type this opener, I’ve snuck out of my house to a secluded bench in East Dallas near the lake I love. It’s a beautiful spring day that would normally have the bike and running path filled with attempted fitness seekers like myself. Picnics should be occurring at the Arboretum, and the Farmer’s Market […]Read more "Random Thoughts From My Quarantine"
My friend Kirby and I were chatting several years ago. We were both project managers running teams at a mobile dev shop having the time of our lives. We had a lot of things in common that we felt made us successful. Passionate, organized, and great with clients. Team members really enjoyed being with us […]Read more "What A Complex Relationship With Emotions Has Meant To Me"