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A Necessary Day Off

Today I’m at home, pretending to take a vacation day.  The dogs are wrestling around or outside chasing after one another.  Good music fills my living room and kitchen and a good cup of coffee sits near at all times.
It’s my first real day of vacation for 2014 and it’s sorely needed.  I say pretending [...]

Annual Reviews: A Flawed Concept

This and last week were those of annual reviews.  Most organizations do these kinds of things in order to review a person’s performance.  It’s one of those things that has been done for a long time and correspondingly will continue to be done for a long time. Large organizations do them for a few reasons, [...]

New Gig — Keeping Busy

About three weeks ago I started a new role at the same company.  I’d been working at the former role for three years and it was a good time to take on new challenges.
This new role is much more product focused, as opposed to the service orientation of my last business.  That fact means there [...]

Leadership and Fundamentals

The last few days it’s been ever more clear to me how the need for leadership and fundamental execution of projects is so sorely needed in most organizations. When I say leadership, I mean taking charge of organization and meetings and getting everyone on the same page moving in one direction.  Or even getting the [...]

Keeping Busy

I’ve fallen a bit from the grind in terms of getting thoughts down. Work has been keeping me busy, and outside of that other pursuits a bit more interesting. Here’s what I’ve been spending time on as of late:
-Finance
Lots of reading on securities. I’m still in the mode of paying of school [...]

Working Out + Intelligence

I started the year with some pretty clear goals for losing weight.  Well, the first half of the year was pretty bad.  It just kind of cruised by.  I improved some of my habits but was never really able to get a rhythm going and despite my best efforts before the wedding, really was about [...]

Getting Older with Fewer Interests?

Since basketball has ended and my beloved Timberwolves retired to their dens to lick reopened wounds, I’ve been mulling about the apartment with less to do.  It struck me the other day that my habits have changed a great deal.
My youthful pursuits included wakeboarding and tubing, basketball, videogames, ladies, kicking it with friends, frisbee golf [...]

Writing is Not the Language of Business

…Powerpoint is.
In a recent review, I remarked how previously I’d always thought I was more of a visual person.  The other person remarked how my style was more predicated on writing and words.  It wasn’t to say that my visual ability was inhibited or anything of that sort, but that my propensity is naturally to [...]

Business and “Being the Best”

I saw an article on poets and quants (I’ll cover my take on “poets” and “quants” later) about black and white pictures and essays from Harvard Business School students.  It was really good, and it made me want to write.  The truth is that if I’d never gone into business, I would have been a [...]

Making Your Boss Look Good

There’s an adage in business, whatever or wherever you work, your job is to make your boss look good.  Or make your boss happy.  I’ve heard both.If you’re not in business that might sound really odd.  And it is.  ”Make your boss look good” is almost never in a job description or how you’re actually [...]

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