Bill Walsh was a great copy editor whose most important contribution -- in a life cut far too short -- was to teach editor and writers how to think. I'm one of those beneficiaries.
I didn't write as much as I hoped to this year. Part of this was being on a federal grand jury, part of it was having the flu twice (yes, really). But part of it was just not setting aside the mental space. I will be working on the latter in 2016.What do I want…Read more What I wrote (and didn’t write) in 2015
Brian Williams isn't just in a journalism crisis; he's demonstrating how leaders can be corrupted by their own hubris.
http://www.espn.com/core/video/iframe?id=12118361&endcard=false I don't watch SportsCenter all that often anymore, and not the late-night editions, which is where Stuart Scott was more in recent years. But, like so many others, I grew up on SportsCenter, remember when espn2 was the edgy, lowercase station, and yet am young enough to not remember an ESPN without Stuart Scott.…Read more “How you live, why you live, and in the manner in which you live”
Forecasting is a fool's game, but let's assume that I'm in a decent position for 2015: I like my job and city, am liked back, and my personal life is mildly together.But I don't feel terribly put-together. Perhaps more accurately, I feel like there is a disconnect, at times, between the scrutiny I place on…Read more The challenge of challenging yourself
Cross-posted from LinkedIn.How many workers are going around, saying, “You know, I don't need any more money”? Only a few of us since the recession. And as employment has returned,wages have struggled to keep pace.Money alone is insufficient to motivate employees, the popular literature says. There is more to a happy, productive employee than compensation, so…Read more Why you shouldn’t assume money won’t motivate
I'm mostly doing interviews of small-business owners for SmartBrief, and here are those and other stuff I've done recently:Aubrey Daniels on how to make a better budgetOverworked and overwhelmed? Your answer starts with what you can controlQ-and-A with Erik Severinghaus of SimpleRelevanceSmall business Q-and-A: Steve McKee, McKee Wallwork & Co.How Qualia Coffee went from roastery…Read more What I’ve written lately
I haven't been up to a ton of writing, but I've not been inactive. Here's what I've done in the past couple of months: SmartBlog on Leadership: Moving past performance appraisals: A conversation with Aubrey Daniels: This was a lot of fun. Aubrey is a wonderful, ornery, wise man who cuts through the theoretical noise…Read more A few things I’ve written (and been quoted in) lately
I haven't been up to a ton of writing, but I've not been inactive. Here's what I've done in the past couple of months:SmartBlog on Leadership: Moving past performance appraisals: A conversation with Aubrey Daniels: This was a lot of fun. Aubrey is a wonderful, ornery, wise man who cuts through the theoretical noise of…Read more A few things I’ve written (and been quoted in) lately
"It was a day I recall vividly like it was yesterday. We were, that very day, discussing the three branches of government (at a Miami high school) and the role of the President. I was making allusions to President Kennedy and the things he was doing when the announcement came over the speaker that he…Read more The JFK assassination and when events fade from memory into history