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The Pat Riley Effect – avoid the quality assurance (QA) crush

The QA challenge When you are in QA your “opponent” is invariably whoever you are reviewing. You can be drinking buddies, girlfriend/boyfriend etc – but, if you are any good in QA, you will recognize... Read More

March 23, 2020

REMFs vs Grunts; empowering those closest to problems to solve them

In war, at least in a traditional conflict, there is a front line, and you are close or far away from it. The closer to the front, the more familiar you were with the terrain,... Read More

February 18, 2020

ABC – Always Be Communicating

Of coffee and pirates During my short tenure working downtown in Chapel Hill, NC I would frequent a local watering hole for students, knowledge workers and other coffee aficionados. The place had a relatively new... Read More

February 17, 2020

Lead, follow, then get the Hell out of the way

I was leading an exercise with my infantry platoon in the US Army, under supervision and review of our battalion commander, a Lt. Colonel. Everything was going great and my platoon executed the task, exceeding... Read More

February 15, 2020

Good accountant vs bad accountant

I recently listened to a story my CPA recently told me about two accountants in his old firm and a discussion they had One was bragging that he never had a client who was ever... Read More

January 29, 2020

Why I never take vacation

"Here's my card. It's got my cell number, my pager number, my home number and my other pager number. I never take vacations, I never get sick and I don't celebrate any major holidays. "... Read More

January 26, 2020

Building trust with remote workers and contractors

I just read a good article that building trust is one of the top 5 attributes of a good leader. But what about decentralized, offshore, remote teams. Do they count? Yes, actually building trust is... Read More

January 22, 2020

Specification design, roles and process – avoiding the line item veto

Line item vetoes and cock blocking In my previous life as a CEO of an enterprise-level software company, we did a lot of work on software design. But I always found this process to be... Read More

January 14, 2020

Managing sick, personal time – from draconian to humanistic

Our company requires a note from a doctor every time you take a sick day. Eisenhower is the president, gas is $.25 cents a gallon and we have yet to land on the moon. Actually... Read More

January 13, 2020