Category: Our Words

Why I Don’t Like Working With Me (and how it explains why others don’t either)

Understanding the patterns of self-imposed standards and the impact on others.

The Distorted Lens

It was almost the same day. Three separate conversations. Three inspiring people. One common theme: the distorted lens. The distorted lens is similar to the Hubble’s Mirror Problem that resulted in distorted and out of focus images, but in this case the distorted and out of…

I Do It: The lesson from a 3-year old

Meeting new people is great. Meeting this particular group was great because they are new (so you can ask a ton of fun questions and hear new stories) and they are going to be connected with us moving forward. As I reflect it was…

Historian or Futurist?

  We seem to like history, especially our own history. Our history was created through a series of events. We get comfortable telling that story. We have told that story many times. We keep telling that story. We like telling that story. The pain,…

#Worthless

When you work with people and companies, you hear a lot of stories. Some stories leave you a little speechless. They are young, talented, and are always working. I don’t mean they work a lot, I mean they are always working: weekends, nights, and…

Descriptions versus Reasons

Canadian Bacon. It is a thing we are into at the moment. Each week, I take a number. I stand in the long line. Numbers are called, I glance down at my number. More numbers, more glances. Don’t want to miss it. Anticipation. The…

Making Cabinets

“It was easier when I was making cabinets.” “Why, what was different?” “At the end of the day, I could see and feel my progress. Now I just deal with people and it is hard to know if I accomplished anything.” As I reflect on…

Conversations and How to Have Them

Together we discussed friendship, which was one of my favorite experiences. But recently I have noticed that friendship (or relationships in general) are built and fueled by conversations. Over the past few months I have been observing conversations. But conversations are weird. Some are like…

Speaking of Money

Speaking of Money… Why don’t we? We all tend to agree that we need Money to do certain things, but is has become a secretive endeavor. Sometimes the opportunities present themselves, but we have been trained, conditioned, or accustomed that Speaking of Money is not polite,…

Tell Them

I got to connect with an old friend the other day. We drove, we talked, we got coffee, and we talked some more. We talked about new starts and changes. We talked about career paths and work. We talked about good times and bad….

Talking with Strangers

I can still remember the words. “Don’t talk to strangers.” We are reminded of these instructions when we are young to keep us safe. But we get older. Sometimes these words remain. We go about our lives. We keep to ourselves. We don’t talk…

The Librarian and the Library of Memories and Thoughts

I am considering placing a help wanted ad. Help wanted: The Librarian for the library of my memories and thoughts. Not just any Librarian. A cool Librarian like my friend Deb (the nocturnal librarian). Duties include cataloging all of my old memories and thoughts, and being a…

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