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Happy Friday,I haven't written in a while. I miss you too.Life got very busy for me very quickly. One week, I was ramping up with a new client; the next, I was at a weeklong leadership training; and the next, I was dealing with a tornado that hit.I l...

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Jun 07, 2024
Don't Look Back

Happy Friday!One thing that keeps me going is the feedback I get from clients and co-workers. If you know me in person, you know I can't take a compliment, and when I hear one, I want to run away.People who know me really well use this against me.Whe...

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May 03, 2024
Enough with bad meetings

Happy Friday!One of my favorite topics to rant about is meetings. In particular, how bad they usually are and how easy they are to fix. So, I thought I'd scratch that itch and give a few things that I think will improve your meetings almost immediate...

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Apr 26, 2024
Doing the Unthinkable

Happy Friday!Somehow, we went from winter to waking up one morning to Spring and all of the allergies that come with it. I almost never get allergies, and I don't know how anyone lives with them.If that weren't bad enough, I also agreed to take some...

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Apr 19, 2024
Values, Principles, and Tactics

Happy Friday!"I need to get a better sense of our group's capacity," is a common request clients have of me. While answering this question is not really very interesting, I think the existence of the request is and the topic of today's email.One reas...

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Apr 05, 2024
The Model Paradox

Happy Friday!Yesterday, I went and split my beehives. This was actually the first time I did this, so while the process seemed normal, it was a little challenging since it was my first time.To prepare for this, I re-read some old material and looked...

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Mar 29, 2024
Models and Measures

Happy Friday!One of the things I've done my whole career is try to quantify the impact of improvements.I distinctly remember obsessing over the size of the iPhone app builds I created and working hard to optimize the assets to keep the size below a c...

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Mar 22, 2024
Boundaries of Change

Happy Friday,Why is change so hard?One reason is that it takes time for folks to adjust to a new condition, and that time of adaptation is often unpleasant.Another reason, and the one I want to talk about today, is that we don't often pay attention t...

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Mar 15, 2024
Data Analytics Trap

Happy Friday,Earlier this week, a friend showed me a video in which a CIO explained how they view setting up analytics for an organization. In a nutshell, they said that while people mostly understand it as five high-level steps, he cautioned that cr...

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Mar 08, 2024