Make 2019 The Year You Change Your ‘Chief of Staff’

Well it's almost the beginning of another year; this one being 2019. And with it comes a resurgence of optimism taking form in our annual resolutions (all things considered). We all want to believe that this year will be the one when all the promises we make to ourselves to lose weight, save money, stop smoking, … Continue reading Make 2019 The Year You Change Your ‘Chief of Staff’

A.I. and the Decline of Human Intelligence

When my daughter Alex was in third grade she had the reigning Marin County (California) Teacher of Year. Her name escapes me (I'll blame it on the chemo brain). The parents of all the kids in this Tiburon classroom were beside themselves with praise for her. Me ... not so much. A big one thing … Continue reading A.I. and the Decline of Human Intelligence

“Give us your huddled masses … or maybe not!”

On the forefront of political discourse, again - is immigration reform ... or should I say what's the best way to keep out or kick out the Mexicans. And intertwined into this dialogue is jobs. The two seem to be forever at odds with each other. "Them damn foreigners are taking away our jobs!" can … Continue reading “Give us your huddled masses … or maybe not!”

What’s your personal Venn Diagram?

I'm a graphic information freak.  My idol in Edward Tufte.  I don't how many times I've read his books about graphically displaying nouns, verb and adjectives. I'm also a database freak.  This probably stems from my headhunting days when my life was dependent on my databases.  I was always in pursuit of the proverbial "Black … Continue reading What’s your personal Venn Diagram?

Falling leaves and the opportunity of change

Yesterday was  not the best day I've had recently.  It wasn't terrible, just not productive.  One of those "take one step forward, two steps back" times ... only without the one step forward. A lot of this has to deal with the fact we are embarking upon another holiday this weekend.  I have this love … Continue reading Falling leaves and the opportunity of change

Gladwell’s 150 rule … how does it apply to social media?

In his 2000 book, "The Tipping Point," renown author, Malcolm Gladwell, cited the example of a manufacturing firm on the East Coast and its adherence to relationship building and numbers.  This firm determined that having more than a certain amount of people in one building or facility would actually prove detrimental to building teamwork and … Continue reading Gladwell’s 150 rule … how does it apply to social media?

The morning … the key to a productive day.

I'm a morning person.  If I don't get my butt out bed before the sun does ... I feel like I'm behind the eight ball. Yesterday I read posting by Jennifer Good, "Killer Habits For Starting Your Day."   It's a tremendous guide to "getting out of the shoot and down the track" first thing in … Continue reading The morning … the key to a productive day.