The Essence of Team Building

I read a piece this week that illustrates the importance of building diversity into our teams. In the waning days of NASA’s Apollo program, the money was running out. Not to go deep into the why or politics, Apollo 18 was canceled, and NASA had to make decisions on what projects to include in our […]

Sharpening one’s Edge

“Not Invented Here.” This is a popular corporate syndrome that was often mentioned as part of Microsoft’s organizational culture back in the late 90s/early 2000s. Being that it was org culture, it kept popping up in different ways. For example, in the early days of the Internet, Microsoft chose to keep the ‘Net at arm’s […]

All good things…

Flammarion woodcut

June 10, 2019 Last week I severed my final tie to the Tulsa Area United Way, my wonderful employer for 8+ years. I maintain the highest respect for their mission and the great folks who work there, doing so much for our 5-county service area. My first volunteer activity for them was the very first […]

Quality Hires

Lots going on lately — at the office we’ve been working on replacing staff vacancies, retool with new positions, etc. I’ve also been cleaning out and consolidating boxes, which means I find notes and documents from previous gigs. One folder contained info on an employee I had to let go. These things together make one […]

The Hairdresser’s Paradox

Have you ever gone to a new stylist for that first appointment, and you can just sense the silent (or not so silent) judging about your hair? The subtle looks and clucking that subtly declare:  “Who came up with this hot mess?  Why did they do it this way?  I would never have done THAT,”  […]

“I’ve been FRAMED, I tell ya!”

Welcome back…to Me! Wow…who knew that it’d been three months?  Three months of Me not subjecting you to my thoughts.  (You’re welcome) I’ve been busy at work (more on that in a later post) and doing a lot of pleasure reading.  It’s something that I’ve written about before — my rebirth towards TAKING TIME to […]

“Have Fun Storming the Castle!”

Dear Teachers, Friends of Teachers, and Champions of Education: I don’t have to tell you that the road to getting the State of Oklahoma to single out your issue for funding is going to be hard.  But I almost pity the poor legislators, who drive low-mileage, late-model cars, who think they’ll be able to make […]

Leadership & Reputation Academy

Awhile back, I changed the blog header up top to  “Leadership, Technology, Design.”  I feel that’s a better teaser for what you’ll find when you visit… Looking back, even my tech-related musings have been more about technology leadership than pure tech — the human decisions that advance the mission of the university, college, HMO, or […]