I spend a lot of time thinking about purpose. Sometimes of course I’m too busy to raise my eyes above the whirlwind of tasks buffeting me through my day; on days like those (and there have been a number of them in the past few months) the only purpose I can focus on is simply… Continue reading Living with purpose
Those of you who have been reading my blog for a while probably know that in 2015 I began an experiment. After a couple of years of writing mostly about Agile software development and my role as a product owner I wanted to broaden the set of topics i write about. There are plenty of… Continue reading Refocusing this blog
No I have not disappeared, nor have I decided to stop blogging. But as I mentioned in a recent post work and life have kept me incredibly busy lately and so I have not had much time for this more enjoyable and leisurely hobby of putting my thoughts in at least some semblance of order… Continue reading Brief update
If you’ve been reading this blog for a while and have seen my comments about Agile software development, you know that I appreciate the principles of Agile. I think they reflect not just a good way to make software but also a good way to live. One of those core principles concerns sustainable development. It… Continue reading The long haul
[Sorry that my crazy week last week meant two late posts on my blog – including this one – but here at last is my “Friday” post on Agile. I fear the week to come will be equally busy but I have lots on my mind that I hope to share so I will get… Continue reading Setting Goals
I’ve been writing and tweeting lately about leadership, change, culture and diversity and wanted to share a few more thoughts on this confluence of topics today. Hopefully this isn’t too abstract but sometimes trying to write frequently means that it will take several shorter posts to get at the heart of a topic that I… Continue reading Leading for change
How can you change the set of behaviors and habits that a couple, a family, or an organization has developed over time? How do you shift the mindset that thinks, “This is who we are and what we do,” when sticking with the old way of thinking won’t produce the new results you want? I’m… Continue reading How do you change a culture?
One of the things I am reading more of these days is other people’s blogs. I figure that if I want people to read my blog (and I do) then one way to encourage this is for me to read, comment on, ‘like’ and occasionally even repost the blogs of other people. I’ve shared a… Continue reading Reading blogs
Today’s question can be asked in a negative way: What am I doing wrong? But I prefer the more positive spin: What can I do to get better? Heading into a new year it is not surprising to think about areas of personal and professional growth I would like to pursue in 2015. From my… Continue reading How can I improve?
At the company meeting for my firm today our CEO gave his annual ‘charge for the new year’ speech and it reminded me of two of the core responsibilities of strong leaders: set vision and say thank you. Yogi Berra once said, “If you don’t know where you’re going you might not get there.” Setting… Continue reading Two key leadership responsibilities