Career, Management, & Leadership

The immediate idealist

The immediate idealist

Any given business day you will find an age-old conflict brewing in a neutral-toned conference room or on a tiled video conference call. This conflict is the push and pulls of the idealists and the immediatists. The idealists advocate for…

Ephemeral barriers of the mind

Ephemeral barriers of the mind

Just like you, I have struggled with many problems of a wide variety in my life. Given my profession, many of these problems were challenges with technology. I worked my way up to leading an operations team by solving harder…

Potassium and process ambiguity

Potassium and process ambiguity

It has been discovered that potassium is capable of being in two states of matter, at once. Potassium, and potentially other metals, can be a solid and a liquid simultaneously when extreme pressure and extreme temperature is applied. Some of…

Adaptation and the Mirror

Adaptation and the Mirror

I have never been one to understand the division between work and life personas. When I was in the U.S. Navy, I had to live with the same people that I worked with each day. Often, individuals would display their…

IT Responsibility – Informed Consent

IT Responsibility – Informed Consent

It is the technical professional’s responsibility to ensure that the business can give informed consent or they retain the burden of deciding for themselves.

Defined Success and Role Clarity

Defined Success and Role Clarity

If you have been following my blog, you know that I recently went through a burnout phase. Now I have begun a learning and analysis phase. I am definitely on the upswing of things. So why do I wander my…

The Collaboration Commission – Part 5

The Collaboration Commission – Part 5

Architecture choices for cultural factors I was having a discussion with one of my team members. He questioned some of our early decisions which predated his involvement on the project. I began to give him a bit of history of…

The Collaboration Commission – Part 4

The Collaboration Commission – Part 4

Mindset framing Recovering from an infection of the responsibility virus requires us to change our mindset and to do it on faith. The over-responsible party tends to see the under-responsible party as lazy, incompetent, happy to ride coat tails, or…

The Collaboration Commission – Part 3

The Collaboration Commission – Part 3

Doubling down on my decision to lead My new understanding of the responsibility virus has helped me view a lot of my past experiences and, more importantly, my past perspectives in a new light. This has helped solidify my goals…

The Collaboration Commission – Part 2

The Collaboration Commission – Part 2

I have begun this journey focused on the monkey management problem because it had to most direct impact on me to cause my burnout. Taking on too many monkeys and becoming overwhelmed with the work caused my breaking point. However,…