I’m not even sure how one communicates a coffee addiction.  For me it starts off with the smell of coffee beans.  I can be walking through a grocery store and get near the coffee aisle, and I am like a hound dog. I am immediately excited and feel the need to experience this delicious smell […]

I caught a blurb on the news the other day about the ongoing debate over the appropriate usage of exclamation points. Supposedly we are using way too many… not only at the end of sentences, but also within the entire message. It was the third headline that was discussed that day; therefore, it must be […]

Welcome back to my series on Conscious Leadership! In this series, I’m going to summarize some key principles from a book I read earlier this year: The 15 Commitments of Conscious Leadership by Jim Dethmer, Diana Chapman, and Kaley Warner Klemp. With this series, I hope to shed some light on the fast moving trend that is Conscious […]

I don’t care how old you are, it always makes you feel good when you get recognized for your hard work. We can of course be recognized in all aspects of our lives. As children we were recognized and congratulated by our parents and teachers, and it is the way we learned that positive feedback […]

When I started working, back when I had really big hair and was excited at the invention of fax machines, no one was ever concerned about a company’s culture. The closest thing I can remember is how thrilled I was that one place I worked had a machine I could feed a quarter into and […]

It’s finally here! Spring has sprung. I think this time of year is like no other. There is a palpable feel in the air to do something. Go somewhere! Plant something! Start a project! You might even whistle as you walk into work in the morning… assuming you had your coffee first, of course- let’s […]

When you think about competition, what usually comes to mind? Is it a college football game? The Settlers of Catan board game? Isos successfully competing for #1 on Atlassian Solution Partners (sorry that I’m not sorry for the shameless plug)? Winning the prom date over your high school nemesis (still hurts, doesn’t it, Nick)? What […]

This is the second blog post in a three part series on how I use Slack. If you missed part 1, check it out here: I debated on whether or not this should be Part 2 or Part 3.  If you are not willing to change your configuration without understanding why and how to […]

None of us is as smart as all of us. ~ Ken Blanchard We all hear so much about Teamwork. Yes, it’s so special it gets a capital “T”. Quotes about it are framed and hung in offices to remind us of its importance. We get memes and inspirational emails about it. Teamwork lives and breathes […]

I’m not sure what planet you live on if you have not heard of Marie Kondo and her “Tidying Up” Netflix series or her book “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing”. It is the method of organizing your home all at once, and it will last forever because […]