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“As if”

There is a great scene from the movie, Boiler room, about "acting as if". To paraphrase Ben Affleck's character act as if you are the president of the firm act as if you are endowed... Read More

April 9, 2020

“I’ll try my best” and other phrases professionals never use

In this article title I lied, because I implied that there would be other phrases besides "I'll try my best" that I would address here. To be honest, I did the best I could. So... Read More

April 8, 2020

The gift of never having to say “Sorry”

Business isn't life. In life, you will have to apologize for your actions, if your transgressions warrant it. But most (1) mistakes in business are just that, mistakes. They weren't intentional, they didn't lead to... Read More

April 8, 2020

Iron jaws and the ability to accept constructive critisism

Backstory I had this guy working for me, to mask his identity let's call him Adam. I can safety say that he was the "worst" guy that I had worked with in 20 years of... Read More

April 8, 2020

How I learned to stop hating software architects

Why I hate(d) architects 1. Architects love to complicate the Hell out of things. They tend to build Rube Goldberg machines rather than simple, elegant, well architected software that performs well in reasonable conditions. Their... Read More

April 3, 2020

No skills, No experience, No English … No problem

Yivko We hired this guy at my old company, out of Serbia. At that point in my career, I wasn't hiring anyone directly myself, as we had an HR team, and I was only working... Read More

March 10, 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

Good employee, bad employee

Having sold my company recently and benefitting from a little down-time, I promised to take some time for reflection, to reminisce on a few things I learned/remembered/noted along the way and share the experiences, in... Read More

February 15, 2020

Be the first in, the last to leave

I've been fortunate to be successful, but my cash didn't always stack right Golf by moonlight 30 years ago, I had just gotten out of the Army and started a new job in New Hampshire.... Read More

February 10, 2020

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