Some Things Never Change

Some Things Never Change

I saw the photo above on the Web the other day. It opened the floodgates. One day in early 1970, I was at the home of a friend, a neighbor who lived across the street from my childhood home. His name was Paul. He wanted me to hear the new Zenith console stereo his...

Money Isn’t Everything

One of my favorite quotes, particularly as it pertains to bureaucratic organizations of any stripe, is this: We tend to meet any new situation by reorganizing; and what a wonderful method it can be for creating the illusion of progress while producing confusion,...
Be Nice

Be Nice

I can’t even tell you how badly I want to be making this up. Harvard Business Review (HBR) published an article called, “The Benefits of Saying Nice Things About Your Colleagues“. As I read, I didn’t know my jaw was hanging slack. But my panic...
Stop the World

Stop the World

Stop the world. That’s right. Slam on the brakes. Lock ’em up. Bring the orbital spin to a screeching halt. And let the planet stand in hushed, anticipatory awe. Another generation has arrived. Oh, joy. We haven’t yet completed the onslaught of all...
The Irony Man Competition

The Irony Man Competition

The Irony Man Competition My Dad was a Marine. My next-younger brother is Keith. When we were kids, Mom was forever taking us to the doctor for those booster shots every kid was required to get, seemingly every other week. We were never sure exactly what they were...