Planning vs. Execution

When you’re new at something, you’re excited and want to prove yourself, and you want to get to that “proving” of yourself as quickly as possible. There is...

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Exposing the Unknown

When someone starts on my team, regardless of their experience level but especially if they’re new to technology, my first goal is to ensure that we are honest...

Michael in Growth 5 minutes

Finding Alignment

I’ve got a lot of things on my plate right now, but let me be clear: I’m not going to stand in the way of what the business...

Michael in Culture 10 minutes

Disruption is Uncomfortable

The other day we were doing an urgent Chef policy update in our production environment. It quickly became clear to all that this was uncomfortable. I had written...

Michael in Culture 10 minutes

Premature Optimization

I was talking to a colleague the other day who is working on a centralized initiative that has the potential to do a lot for our organization. He’s excited....

Michael in Culture 10 minutes

The Power of Precendence

The other day I a friend and colleague was working on a central initiative and asking me for help. He couldn’t get any traction on this initiative because...

Michael in Culture 10 minutes

Feelings > Compliance

On the surface, leadership looks like an exercise in getting as many people compliant with one’s vision and direction. A naive leader will find themselves forcing others to comply to...

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Building Alliances

The other day I met with a friend and colleague about why a particular meeting went badly. The meeting was a few weeks back with a team that...

Michael in Culture 10 minutes

Why Before What

Recently a colleague and I were talking about his team’s agile transformation. He is excited about what’s to come but was challenged to bring everyone together in a...

Michael in Culture 10 minutes

Surrounded

Early in my career I was rewarded for knowing everything. People noticed when I interrupted, when I had the right answer. My boss took notice when I had...

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Alignment

You can meet with the CEO of your company and craft an awesome strategy for taking your business to the next level, but if you do not have...

Michael in Culture 10 minutes

Mission Command

In the past whenever I found myself micromanaged, I complained that I’m not in the military, and I should have freedom to operate in my best judgement to solve the...

Michael in Process 10 minutes

Right Fit

My wife and I spent the early part of this week looking into a business opportunity that would help us meet some specific goals over the next...

Michael in Growth 10 minutes

Assumption of Agreement

We were having a great time with our new friends from California on a gogi-berry farm in New Mexico. The family loves nature like us, and we had...

Michael in Growth 10 minutes

A European Education

Yesterday I was at lunch with a Czech friend of mine talking about education. His daughter just started the first grade and this week they had their initial...

Michael in Growth 10 minutes

Escaping with the News

I was having a great time at a party at my house recently, when a friend of mine who is quite conservative started talking to me about Michael in Growth 10 minutes

Empathy

A few months ago we were at my mom’s house eating dinner. If you don’t know my mom, she’s an awesome cook. She had made one of my...

Michael in Growth 10 minutes

Life is Art

Earlier this year, I was pretty excited about some drastic changes we had made in our lifestyle. Whenever I’m excited about something, I must tell someone and...

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Process and Organize

When I get home from work, I always go to my mailbox, take a few letters off of the top of my pile, open them, and put them...

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Collect for Sanity

We are inundated with stuff. Stuff we need to act on. Stuff we need to remember. Stuff we need to worry about later.

Michael in Growth 10 minutes

July Blog Update

This week I’m in Taos, New Mexico with my family and have been thinking a lot about things. I thought it would be a good time to share...

Michael in Growth 10 minutes

Month Ahead

You’re at the mall, it’s the 12th of the month and you want to buy sunglasses. Do you have the money? If you’re living paycheck to paycheck, it...

Michael in Growth 10 minutes

Engineering Laundry

Before two weeks ago, my wife had an intense hatred she only shared with close friends. This was something she avoided; she abhorred. Something that trapped her...

Michael in Growth 10 minutes

Surprise

In the last post I wrote about a mistake I made where I focused too much on The Grand Vision and not enough on solving small problems....

Michael in Culture 10 minutes

The Grand Vision

Late last year I started a new project that was dedicated to improving our delivery process and tools. I spent a few weeks talking to people throughout our...

Michael in Process 10 minutes

Safety Net

Late last year I began seriously working on improving how we deliver updates to our software to restaurants. One of the most interesting parts about my job is...

Michael in Process 10 minutes

Christmas with Russians

It was Christmas 2008, and the world was going to end. We didn’t know if there would be an economy or even civilization. And I had two weeks of...

Michael in Culture 10 minutes

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