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Rest is Good Business Round 2

Most of us experienced extreme cold over the month of February. We were stuck in our houses. Relief on this virus was forthcoming, but still not quite here. For me, and probably many others, it felt like a really breaking point in the pandemic. The proverbial darkest of night before the sunrise. As spring breaks…

Rest is Good Business

I’ve been working a lot of extra hours lately, trying to keep up with some client projects. There is still very much work to be done, but I hit a point of deciding whether to push it, or take a break. I took Friday off. I’ve seen a very clear connection for me between my…

Be a Weirdo

Pre COVID, I found myself at an event, ready to learn about some movers and shakers in the social entrepreneurship space. After being there for a few minutes, I quickly realized the event was made of 90% PR professionals. I don’t know anything about PR. They all seemed to know each-other. And here I am,…

Privy

There’s a newish category of startups whose value proposition is that they will deliver gas to your car while it’s parked. Millions of Silicon Valley capital has gone into this new disruptive industry, reinventing how we fuel our vehicles. Admittedly, I have a bit of a battitude about this idea: have we really reached a…

What are you going to do about it?

The violence at the Capitol last Wednesday was a tragic event, provoked and empowered by the four years of vitriol. Everyone can agree, there is major dissonance in this country. It feels weighty, hopeless and at times irredeemable. Sitting in the shock and bewilderment is a proper response for a period of time, but eventually…

Willpower is overrated

We all have a list of a few things that we’d like to start doing (or do a lot more of), but these things simply don’t happen. As I think back on the last year, I can think of a couple habits that I’ve (finally) started doing with consistency. One of those is writing this…

“Must-do” List

There are certain, special weeks in a year that often get overloaded with work and unrealistic expectations. The week before a vacation, holiday breaks, end of quarters, etc. Our brain seems to loving using these arbitrary deadlines for our work, and what often happens is these expectations pile up over the preceding weeks until they’re…

Focus is a Superpower

In a world dominated by near infinite inputs and distractions, focus is a superpower. The ability to simply pick a task and think about only that one thing is an incredibly simple way to differentiate the work you produce. Most of us accept that our best work is done when we are “in flow”, doing…

Very Fixed Deadlines

The term deadline was first popularized by the publishing industry. It indicated the time at which something needed to be ready for a scheduled print (perhaps a newspaper). “Make certain that the type does not come outside of the dead-line on the press”. The consequence of missing the deadline was simple, your work didn’t make…

Improving Your Relationship with Development Teams: “Maintaining Expectations”

Expectations are one of the keys to a great relationship with your development team (and in life!). I’m going to pick on a category of us developers. The moonlighters: those of us who are putting in extra work on nights and weekends to sharpen our skills and earn a bit of extra money. I’ve seen…