I pay very close attention to three leading indicators that something is wrong. They are: sleep, food, and exercise. Sleep is almost always the leading indicator that something is off. …


We humans like our things just so. We like familiar and safe settings, so it stands to reason that we are incentivized to create work environments that reflect our desire for stability and safety. This becomes a problem over time when everyone is feeling so gosh darned safe that we…


Hi. I hear you’re interested in playing Fortnite. Sweet. I think it’s a bunch of fun. I am going to only talk about the Battle Royale 100 PVP as it is the only mode that I’ve played. There’s a PVE mode – I forgot what it’s called.

Before we start:


Hi, welcome to the team. I’m so glad you are here at $COMPANY.

It’s going to take a solid quarter to figure this place out. I understand the importance of first impressions, and I know you want to get a check in the win column, but this is a complex…


Whoever came up with the name “Human Resources” deserves a medal. Such a descriptive, helpful, and seemingly useful name. Why yes, I’m human and I sure could use some resources. Purely viewed by the name, Humans Resources or HR seems like such a great idea. …


Wes Anderson has, in my opinion, been consistently producing the most visual interesting movies for the past two decades. Populated with quirky, endearing, and frustrating characters, you identify his style instantly. With that said, 2014’s The Grand Budapest Hotel is an achievement.

I’ve watched the film 10… 20 times. Whether…


I’m currently getting two to three spam calls a day on my personal iPhone. This is with Robokiller a subscription based iPhone app that I’m sure is trying to help, but is not a complete solution as I continue to get unwanted calls.

In any age where my phone is…


The starting gun fires and when the starting gun fires, you run. You’re a new manager, and while the sound of gun firing is startling, you run because this is finally your chance. …


For years I’ve been working on structuring an interview for assessing leadership. How do you figure out if someone has leadership skills in an hour-long interview? The answer is: you don’t. …


One of my favorite Apple product announcements happened on September 7, 2005. In an Apple music event announcement, Steve Jobs got on stage, gave the usual state of the business update, and then he did something I’d never seen before. He killed a wildly successful product.

The iPod Mini was…

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