“Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the mouth.” — Mike Tyson Love that quote from the greatest boxer of my childhood. Tyson punched the first 19 plans he faced in the mouth, 12 in the first round. Those opponents were left wondering what happened to all the months of training and preparation. In […]Read more "My First Change Experiment: Bumps In The Road"
As my boss pulled me into a conference room, I could tell we were about to have one of those serious talks again. Over the past year, as I was starting to take on new responsibilities as our agile champion, he would pull me into chats to discuss some of the challenges teams were having. […]Read more "Here’s A Little Story About My First Change Experiment"
There I was, minding my own business during a conference session. I was there to support a close friend of mine who was presenting a fascinating topic. In that role, I put on my smiling and supportive face and prepared to participate in the workshop. In the next moment, a wave of emotion punched me […]Read more "What If Your Failure Doesn’t Have A Happy Ending?"
His frustration filled the room so quickly that our large common area in the office suddenly felt tiny. Story after story about the situation his team is currently in came rapid fire. The words held an uneasy balance between anger and exasperation. These were the words of someone who knew exactly what was going on, […]Read more "Can I Introduce Change In Tense Settings?"
Imagine you’re at a crosswalk in your city. There are people all around you, hustling and bustling through their day. The signal indicated that it’s time to cross, but in the middle of your traverse two people bump into each other and start ballroom dancing. It happens not once, but several times. All sorts of […]Read more "Disrupt The Mundane With A Little Play"
There are a lot of things we are striving to be tolerant of in our society today. Terrorism, race, religion, immigration, marriage, and a bevy of other topics manage to flood our news stream and ask for consideration. Passionate advocates for either side of the subject manage to artfully articulate points. Each one presents the same […]Read more "What Can Tolerance Teach Our Teams?"
Great things start, and then they end. Today, I start my last day at Bottle Rocket Studios. My time at this amazing place has come to and end. It started with reading blog posts, a stroll around Glassdoor, and some exploratory emails to recruiting. Julian was the best in guiding me through the process, but the […]Read more "Saying Goodbye To Bottle Rocket"
Review season is upon us all again. Don’t tell me you love it, because while some pieces of feedback can be valuable from peers there is a ton of pain points along the road to a finished review. At Bottle Rocket Studios, we use360-degree feedback to fuel our bi-annual ritual; and I must say that […]Read more "What Story Is My Career Telling?"
Growing up in my small, Texan town, I didn’t really have a care in the world. I played with G.I. Joe figures and crude lightsabers, but the world around me was very serene. Half a world away, Zainab Salbi was faced with a much different environment in Iraq. As a child, “I woke up in […]Read more "How Are You ‘Protecting’ Your Team?"
When I was wrapping up my high school career, The Paper changed my life. I had a few ideas about what I wanted from a career at that point, but nothing really was jumping out at me. It’s cliche to say, but seeing how those newspaper men and women did their job made me want […]Read more "Is Your Team’s Energy In Need Of A Jolt?"