Category Archives: Other Thoughts

On Walking as a Leadership Trait

One of my favorite leaders during my time at KeyCorp was a walker. He’d catch us early in the morning as he walked around the 6th floor. There were certainly faster or shorter ways to get to his office, but… (read more)

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Be Curious

Unless it’s incessantly coming from the mouth of a two year-old, “why?” is one of my favorite questions. And “how?” is right up there with “why?”—they’re practically cousins. Why? How? Why was it set up this way? How does this work? Why… (read more)

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Slight Deflection

You may notice a slight deflection over the next few months on these pages, not in theme and topic, but in perspective. Nothing major—I’ll still be posting on leadership, management and system administration—but the angle will be slightly different. In… (read more)

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Three top Business skills

Similar to top leadership skills and top management skills, top business skills may depend more on the situation than anything else. So picking three top ones (not the top three ones) remains a risky task but yet one I was… (read more)

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Acting on a good idea

Earlier I mused on suits, haircuts and good ideas and opted to support “what’s between the ears”, those brains, smarts and ability to execute. A day or so later my family were eating Chinese takeout when we got to the… (read more)

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It’s not the haircut, but what’s between the ears

I was at a tech Meetup, talking with an Android developer about how he writes code to handle background processes on that platform when he stopped abruptly and asked me about my work experience. I briefly explained my history in… (read more)

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Top Posts and Commenters for April 2011

In case you missed one or more of these, here are this blog’s top ten posts based on traffic during the month of April 2011. Much to my surprise, the Emacs versus vi post remains on the top. The longest… (read more)

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Work-life balance

Work-life balance may not always be completely obtainable. But it will never start to tip the way you want unless you take charge of making some changes yourself. The graphic I chose for today shows a teeter totter wobbling in… (read more)

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Top Posts and Commenters for March 2011

In case you missed one or more of these, here are this blog’s top ten posts based on traffic during the month of March 2011. I didn’t blog as much in March as I did in February, but I was… (read more)

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Innovation within the boundaries

Did you know that Steve Martin plays the banjo? He’s releasing his second bluegrass album and starts a concert tour next week. In his WSJ interview with John Jurgensen, he gives us this moment to think about innovating within the… (read more)

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