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Fix the damn truck

I'm fascinated by the concept of work, what people do, how they do it, what makes someone successful and someone else not so much. I'm always looking at people through the lens of their approach... Read More

February 1, 2020

If you see a snake, kill it

If you see a snake, just kill it - don't appoint a committee on snakes. - Ross Perot Throughout my career I've followed this simple rule If you get an email, respond to it If... Read More

January 31, 2020

Ted “Chickman” Murray and other heroes of the working man

After college I worked at a genetics company in New Hampshire, called "Hubbard farms" that was a subsidiary of Merck (at the time). Hubbard's goal was to make the next best chicken! As part of... Read More

January 30, 2020

Coffee – your once a day power perk. Don’t blow your buzz

I remember a good friend of mine once remarking, "The first beer always tastes the best" and it is the thing that pops into my head every time I have one. But the same is... Read More

January 20, 2020

Working naked – principles and origins

At the company, I founded and managed as CEO for 20 years, we used, and perhaps coined, the phrase "Working naked". It was an amalgamation of our values statement which focuses on individual freedom and... Read More

January 17, 2020

Have gun, will travel – the true story of Dick Dunnington

Dick Dunnington volunteered (you read that right) for 3 tours of Vietnam, as a military intelligence officer, but wouldn’t breathe a word of what he did there, even though I asked him about 5x a... Read More

January 17, 2020

Overcoming challenges and micro-obstacles to accomplish our daily tasks

Wouldn’t it be easy if we could show up to work, immediately get productive and just start accomplishing things? In many environments getting such traction, early in your day, or at all is difficult. This... Read More

January 9, 2020

Successful habit forming experiment

I found this article today and it looks really good. It demonstrates *scientifically proven* ways to create new habits, that work and also covers some (somewhat surprising ones) that don't We studied the best way... Read More

January 7, 2020

Control by exercise

"Continue to invest in your physical temple. Through our aches and pains there are some worthy dividends." - Jimmy McMillian. Retired Air Force General and member of our local gym in Chapel Hill, NC One... Read More

January 6, 2020