Is Cooking a Secret Key to Productivity?

For an hour I was in my kitchen engaged in a frenzy of synchronized motion, focused solely on cooking dinner. Just a man, his knives and a frying pan. Everything else faded into the background. It was a Blue Apron night and I tackled fresh linguine pasta with roasted fennel and garlic breadcrumbs. First, I prepped the ingredients. Slicing an aromaticContinue reading “Is Cooking a Secret Key to Productivity?”

Lessons Learned Running a 100 Mile Relay Race

Seven years ago I took part in GE Training at their Crotonville, NY campus. Much of our time was dedicated to navigating corporate politics and developing large-scale, effective teams. According to the curriculum, building a functioning group could take months or even years. There are four levels in a team’s life cycle according to Bruce Tuckman’s model of groupContinue reading “Lessons Learned Running a 100 Mile Relay Race”

Help Wanted: People Who Make Stuff

A recent Business Insider article claims 47% of all jobs will go away in the next few decades and be replaced by robots. They claim the safest of the remaining 53% will be careers requiring creative thinking. Looks like the people who come up with amazing and wonderful things will always be in demand. Over the past few years I’veContinue reading “Help Wanted: People Who Make Stuff”

When Bad Advice is the Best Advice

Sometimes bad advice is the best advice. Wait, what? Yes, terrible advice can be the key to discovering what you really want. A few months back I approached someone whose thinking I trust. They’ve been very helpful and supportive in the past, offering sharp, critical advice on several occasions. This time I had some questions regardingContinue reading “When Bad Advice is the Best Advice”

Letting Go of the Past

A few weeks back I accidentally published this post in rough draft form. Mortified, I trashed it immediately. It had a long way to go before I would have been willing to put it out there. However, a friend caught it and asked why I had deleted it. Too personal. Too confessional. However, his commentsContinue reading “Letting Go of the Past”

Today Won’t Be the Day That Changes Everything

Today could be the day that changes everything. That was how I felt almost every single day while I was unemployed a few years back. The next big opportunity was only one phone call, one email or one text message away. I was on high alert and had my phone and computer ready to respond. YetContinue reading “Today Won’t Be the Day That Changes Everything”

How To Become a Victim at Work – 10 Easy Steps

You have the power to decide where you want to go and how you want to do it. We’ve all heard it a million times; you make your own success. You also design your own failure. Yep, your attitude and actions can bring you great rewards or a dismal crash and burn. If you want toContinue reading “How To Become a Victim at Work – 10 Easy Steps”

Killing Busyness – Doing Less To Accomplish More

Focus has been a key goal and resolution for me in 2015. For years I danced on the deadly edge of complete digital distraction. It became increasingly clear I needed to take a few steps back. My meme driven life was destroying my concentration and preventing me from getting things done. A couple of yearsContinue reading “Killing Busyness – Doing Less To Accomplish More”

What I Learned From Failure

Failure has become mythologized over the last few years. Tech founders and business titans have spun failure into a dramatic twist in their stories of ultimate success. It makes for great copy, but failure generally isn’t glamorous. It is painful, destructive and takes a lot of resilience and perseverance to recover from. However, it isContinue reading “What I Learned From Failure”

LinkedIn Doubles Down On Apps

As the world goes mobile, LinkedIn wants to corner the market on mobile job search and career management. Their strategy ensures that no matter where you are, “opportunity is always within reach.” As a result they’ve doubled down on apps, aggressively launching several new apps and reimagining the existing ones over the last several months.Continue reading “LinkedIn Doubles Down On Apps”