In pilot we trust

If you’re a consultant, flying comes with the territory.  You get to experience different cities, perhaps international cultures, and certainly a lot of waiting around.  There’s a saying that if you have never missed a flight, you are spending too much time in the airport.  I understand the point, and I’m good being a little early […]

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You can never use too many nails

I was fortunate to participate in my first Habitat for Humanity project in our area recently.    The other volunteers and I possessed a multitude of experience.  If you’re like me, you can hammer a nail without risk of hitting your thumb 95 out of 100 times (those other 5 are painful).  I can take apart basic plumbing and […]

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No rain, no gain

Here in my part of Massachusetts, we are in a drought watch.  It’s not like the West Coast (what is?), but it’s dry enough that it has me thinking a lot about rain and water. While starting my business, I took a part-time job at one of the big box hardware stores. My position?  Watering […]

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The longer you’re here, diverse it gets

It’s an old joke.  Someone brings up diversity and you say “We’re very diverse.  The longer you’re here, diverse it gets”. Twice this week, my mind wandered to diversity issues.  I spoke with someone with whom I’ve developed a good networking relationship and he wants to introduce me to someone at a local company.  I […]

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Are your lug nuts tight?

My four wheel drive car was having problems with steering at slower speeds, and occasionally felt like it was skidding through turns.  I brought it into the garage (really more like magicians at Don and Wally’s), who instantly and correctly diagnosed older transfer case fluid that had lost its viscosity.  The oil also needed changing […]

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Zero pants and a funeral

I traveled out of state to attend the funeral of the father of my closest friend.   Everyone was hanging out at the hotel the night before, reminiscing and passing around pictures and drinks.  It was nice that friends and family were sharing good times before the memorial service and funeral the next day. Fast forward […]

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Same song, different sound

On my way back from a networking coffee this week, “The Man Who Sold The World” by Nirvana played on the radio.  Many of you may know that this is a remake of a version by the late David Bowie.  With Bowie’s recent death still very fresh in our minds, my thoughts began to wander from […]

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Does talking about strategy make you strategic?

I participated in a two-day team strategy meeting in California a few years ago.  As an icebreaker, a consultant worked with us to determine how we approached business, strategy, and teams.  It was similar to a personality test, only geared towards work. During Q&A, one of my teammates asked the consultant “how do you become strategic?”.  His […]

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