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I hate being a cook in a crowded kitchen

I hate being a cook in a crowded kitchen

I’ve recently experienced two situations that reminded me why it is hard for me to take initiative and jump immediately. For the first, I was selected to be part of a group to implement and build an information exchange within our company. At first it seemed...
Let me explain my triangle

Let me explain my triangle

They say every leader needs a “triangle” of sorts that quantifies their style or belief. While I do not currently serve in an official leader capacity, here’s my preemptive triangle that typifies the kind of team I want to build. Disclaimer: I have...
Are you giving tone deaf advice?

Are you giving tone deaf advice?

Seek first to understand, before being understood Perhaps one of the most famous quotes from Stephen Covey’s┬áSeven Habits of Highly Effective People, it makes for a feel good quote that anyone can use to sound wise. However, I have observed the difficulty in...

Joy Inc. Review

I came across this book through a coworker who started reading it. The title was enough for me to reserve it at the library and start reading it. Turns out it is about a software consulting firm (which is also the company I currently work for) in Ann Arbor, MI (about...
Smarter Faster Better: Review

Smarter Faster Better: Review

I started reading this book on a recent camping trip to Mackinaw City. I had allocated some time for hammocking, and since I get antsy in a hammock having a book to read was necessary. We chose this book to read for book club at work, that’s how I came across...
Management Lessons from Taiichi Ohno: Review

Management Lessons from Taiichi Ohno: Review

When I first saw “Toyota Production System” and “creator” on this book cover, I became extremely excited. Why? Because I have heard much about TPS (called Lean Management in North America) and now I was going straight to the source. However,...