Tell Me Your Story, and I'll Tell You Mine
Who's On First
Story telling may be the most powerful form of influence you can use. I wrote this in 2008 . . . over 10,000 words on the power of story telling. In some ways this might be my masterwork to that point.
9.11.01(written the week after)
Baseball fans will be able to date this essay to 1988. I found it on my hard drive while looking for something else. I wrote it about five companies ago, but it’s just perfect given the season.
Intentions and Attention
There is a passage in Job (28: 7) that says: “There is a path that no fowl knoweth, neither hath the raven’s eye seen.” Choose that path. Don’t let another day go by without telling the people you love that you love them, and mean it.
Letter to my Daughter on her High School Graduation
Attention is finite. We only have so much to spend per unit of time. Each distraction chips away at this incredible precious commodity until there isn’t enough left to generate virtuous action. We revert to the creatures of habit that we are, with the resulting drop-off in performance which inevitably results in another round of policies, procedures, communications, and noise urgency.
Written in 2002.
Musing on the Nature of Art
If you are a father of a daughter, this will likely strike a cord with you. I wrote it in June of 2002. Still gets me.
You Need a Craft
This is taken from a long email interchange between me and a very good friend who has since passed. A terrible blow which makes rediscovering this essay so much the sweeter. From 2002.
Our Children Are Watching
This might be one of my favorite essays from 2002 . . . a massive hat tip to two great musicians, one a gifted teacher, the other the man behind the trumpet in the genre defining band, Tower of Power. Written in 2002
Giving Thanks . . .
In 2002 I was thinking a lot about the ethical storm large companies were caught in, the drums of war in Central Asia, and my own journey towards some as yet to be discovered purpose. From the title you can tell I was thinking here about ethics.
I wrote this on Thanksgiving, 2002, a bit more than a year removed from 9.11.01 . . . a good time to be thinking grateful thoughts, even if the reasons weren't always clear. The list of things I wrote at the end stand up well 15 years later.
Omigod, I Think I May Be Getting Stupider
I wrote this in 2003 as our nation stepped into a war that is still going on today, in the dog days summer, 2017. It is well worth reading even today.
A Brief History of Time
Thomas Jefferson was a big fan of universal public education, rightly believing that ignorance was the breeding ground for tyranny, and education was the first line of defense to freedom and liberty. In this 2002 essay I explore a series of seemingly unrelated concepts so salve my sense of overwhelm at modernity.
The Lesson of Nelson McNutt
Perhaps nothing defines modern existence, or at least my existence, as does the clock. The computer I’m writing this essay on has one tucked inside somewhere. So do the other five computers we own. My cell phone has one as does my PDA. I have one on my wrist and four or five more like it in my closet. There are another four in the kitchen including the ones blinking away on the oven and the microwave.
The part about a "PDA" dates this one, right? First published in 2003 or so.
A Journey Through Nothing Surrounding by Nothing
A wonderful story of am man in the fullness of life, at age 103 when I met him. Caused me think about my own immigrant past. First published in 2003.
The Day Time Stood Still
I buy my first motorbike and journey forth. Some good writing and wry observations about being a middle-aged guy on a motorcycle. Another post from the "Way Back Machine," first published in August of 2005
For the Love of the Game
Another entry from the "Way Back Machine," written and published in August of 2003, shortly after a searing trip to Hiroshima. I saw the Bomb Dome, was visited by the ghosts of people who left before their time. I was changed forever.
Sam I am
A story about the passing in 2003 of a favorite basketball player from my youth, Dave DeBusschere, set me to thinking about basketball and ultimately my relationship with my father.
When Twenty Meets Fifty
An homage to my grandfather, Sam, by way of thinking about my career to that point and where I was going from there. Another piece from the "Way Back Machine," first published in November of 2003
The Big Themes
A road trip with my daughter in 2003 leads her to live in Japan for a year and me to think, yet again, about my own journey through life.
Try vs. Do
I wrote a lot about personal journeys (usually my own) and the search for purpose and meaning in the years following 9.11.01. This one of the first times I linked Joseph Campbell's Heroic Journey framework with the work I was doing around decision making.
This was first published in October of 2002
Another piece from the "Way Back Machine," first published in April of 2002. An overly long quote from a Star Wars movie followed by an yet another expiration of Joseph Campbell's Heroic Journey framework.