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Welcome

After inadvertently deleting my blog of ten years—yes, it happens—I’m thrilled that you’re here. I’ll be posting news, updates, announcements, circulars and pamphlets on this sub-page, alerting you to what’s new.

In the meantime, though, I encourage you to subscribe. [If you’re already subscribed to my blog, no need to do it again, but if you’re not sure, go for it, because you’ll only get one email a day either way.]

About the blog

Yes, my blog is plain on purpose. You’ll see this is a common theme for me: striving for no more than I need to communicate a basic idea. Sometimes I achieve that goal, sometimes I don’t. But that is the point of my blog, a place to practice thinking and writing.

I don’t use a lot of social-media-Instagram-like garnish. I like looking at it when others do it, but it’s not my strength.

Sometimes I’ll find the perfect image to help express the point I’m trying to make, sometimes I just serve the vegetables. I post frequently because this is where I practice my writing.  There are several posts a day, varying in length. So if you sign up to my feed, know that. This isn’t the place to look for a monthly digest. More about the blog here.

Me in 10 seconds

Throughout my career, I have been at the nexus of technology and innovation, at every stage in a company’s growth cycle. I have developed first-generation products (Yahoo!, RealNetworks) and lead division-wide, global programs (Microsoft, Starbucks) in both startup and established software, internet, and software-as-a-service companies.

As a trained social scientist, I observe patterns and make connections between behaviors and goals. I am known for blending directness with humor and compassion. Elevating organizational capabilities and supporting systems differentiates my work. I achieve consistent results by emphasizing real business creativity in the use of systems, defining a clear and compelling ROI, and by helping both leaders and stakeholders integrate and evolve business processes. See more detail here.

INTJ, aspirational (i.e., frustrated) minimalist, avid gardenista, a lapsed yogi, and a very fast thinker. I love finding the counterpoint in a discussion or idea.

East Coast native, honorary West Coast native. I now live in Seattle.

Me in 10 minutes?

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What am I about?

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The Journey Begins…Again

Thanks for joining me!

After inadvertently deleting my blog after ten years, I stopped writing short-form for a while. I was deep into graduate school and reflecting on the ideas that got me there. The themes I was most attracted to were ideas, creativity, innovation, sustainability, personal effectiveness, and learning–all topics in which I have practical experience and have deeply studied. More about me here.

This new blog is the culmination of that learning. Right now the blog is structured into sections of related to areas of study I’ve done and that contribute to my overall thinking:

  • 52 Foibles:  In the whirl of our day-to-day interactions, it’s all too easy to forget the nuances that distinguish great teams, great cultures, and great products/services. 52-Foibles brings together 52 insights from psychology into an easy reference and brainstorming tool. Each card describes one insight into human behavior and suggests ways to apply this to your teams as well as the design of your products and services. Use them to stimulate your personal reflection or a team brainstorm.
  • Book Shelf: Books that have influenced me throughout my career and in my area of study. This section will constantly update as I read more, so bookmark it if you want to check back in a few months. And please read this FAQ page about these notes, if you have any questions. You can also email me.

Coming soon:

  • 1-2-3’s of sustainability and CSR
  • Lessons from CEOs on purposeful leadership
  • Look to Craftsmen: What masters craftsmen can teach us about business, creativity & growth

Saving a seat for you,

 

Seamus Heaney…

/blog post recovered from formerly deleted blog/

Every now and then, I’m reminded about how similar we all are. How many of the same emotions, situations and daily activities have been noticed for the first time by someone, repeated by millions of us over time, and still resonate as “quaint” or personal.

I have a love affair with lectures…below are my notes and some background on a favorite poem translated by SH. 

Background
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From a lecture by Seamus Heaney
 There is a fragmentary ninth century manuscript belonging to the monastery of St. Paul, Unterdrauberg (in southern Austria). Preserved in that manuscript, along with a Virgil commentary and some Greek paradigms, are Irish language poems – including the little poem about the scholar and his cat, Pangur Ban – perhaps noted down by a bored monkish copyist. That poem had no readership, and no influence, for one thousand years – until it was published by Stokes and Strachan in 1902.

It is now the most famous poem in the Irish language, and one of the best known and the best-loved poems in the world – the various translations have been much anthologized, and practically every Irish poet has made her or his version. The Robin Flower translation was chosen by Seamus Heaney and Ted Hughes for their successful children’s anthology The Rattle Bag. A new translation, by Sean Hutton, Chair of the British Association for Irish Studies, will be found in Shaun Traynor, The Poolbeg Book of Irish Poetry for Children. In fact, in these days of the Internet, a simple way of discovering Irish language enthusiasts throughout the world is to start a Web search for ‘Pangur Ban’.Pangur Ban

I and Pangur Ban my cat,
‘Tis a like task we are at:
Hunting mice is his delight,
Hunting words I sit all night.

Better far than praise of men
‘Tis to sit with book and pen;
Pangur bears me no ill-will,
He too plies his simple skill.

‘Tis a merry task to see
At our tasks how glad are we,
When at home we sit and find
Entertainment to our mind.

Oftentimes a mouse will stray
In the hero Pangur’s way;
Oftentimes my keen thought set
Takes a meaning in its net.

‘Gainst the wall he sets his eye
Full and fierce and sharp and sly;
‘Gainst the wall of knowledge I
All my little wisdom try.

When a mouse darts from its den,
O how glad is Pangur then!
O what gladness do I prove
When I solve the doubts I love!

So in peace our task we ply,
Pangur Ban, my cat, and I;
In our arts we find our bliss,
I have mine and he has his.

Practice every day has made
Pangur perfect in his trade;
I get wisdom day and night
Turning darkness into light.

– Anon., (Irish, 8th century)