“Would You Rather…”

Gather round, kiddies — we’re going to talk about business ethics. Wait!  Don’t run away! When my wife worked at Group Health Cooperative in Seattle, one of her coworkers used to ask interesting interview questions to get at the heart of the ethical dilemmas inherent in modern work.  For example:  “Would you work for a […]

Laboratories of Democracy

Back in the mid-90s, I worked at Centralia College in Centralia, Washington.  It was my second time moving away from Oklahoma, and the first time where the experience changed me and helped me develop into the leader I try to be today. It also taught me about the many different names for rain, as well as […]

Play to your Strengths

October 26, 2017 One of the best parts of my profession involves being a tireless seeker of truth, and by extension, information.  It’s been a part of me forever.  When I was growing up minor arguments would erupt at the dinner table that would be solved by me rushing to the bookshelves, grabbing a World […]

You don’t know how it feels

October 3, 2017 RIP, Tom Petty… This week I’m at the United Way’s Finance, Talent, and Technology Management Forum in Dallas.  It’s my first time here — the UW has recently added “Technology” to the roster of this conference, and it’s been a wonderfully refreshing opportunity to learn and discuss all the big-picture tech issues, […]

What? And give up Show Business?

My favorite joke about working in Nonprofit Leadership.  From the Vaudeville era: The circus comes to town, and everyone turns up for the grand parade down Main Street.  There’s the Strong Man, the Bearded Lady, and Lions and Tigers in cages, pulled by beautiful horses.  Then, at the end, come the Elephants marching in single […]

The Dyson of…Firewall/Routers!

I love my Dyson vacuum. It’s a DC14 Animal, and I regularly take it apart and put it in the dishwasher by itself to clean every cyclonic chamber and HEPA filter.  I always say:  “I like things that just WORK.”  With proper maintenance and care, this thing does.  It’s 11 years old now and still […]

Crossing the Rubicon

May 12, 2017 Here in the world of United Way, we’ve always stressed how we’re all locally run and managed.  We pay a “license fee” if you will to share the United Way brand, with all the responsibilities and conditions that come with it. We’ve all maintained our own local files forever – moving from […]

Atoms, then Bits

March 7, 2017 A word to prospective employees: If you fancy a career in technology, you’re probably going to start off in tech support, maybe the Help Desk.  You may find yourself better able to do the job if you’re a tinkerer, or have some sort of hobby that involves doing things with your hands. […]