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The Growing Complexity of Youth Sports

I’ve learned a few things coaching youth sports (mostly basketball) in the last 7 years, and I thought I’d share some of my current perspective. “Youth Sports” is not simple any longer.  It is a very complex collision of societal, cultural, and psychological forces. I’ve brought a very naive perspective to the table based primarily on […]

Please Stop Adding Value

I was exposed to a concept some years ago from Marshall Goldsmith that I thought might be worth sharing.  It seems to come up often in organizations, and it helps to think through this lesson.  The lesson — leaders need to stop adding value! Now, Goldsmith doesn’t mean leaders should mail it in, or disconnect […]

Imposter Syndrome

As I’ve discussed in past posts, I am very interested in cognitive biases.  I think they are incredibly useful to study as we all muddle along trying to make improvements and help.  It’s somehow reassuring to know that our brains are actually hard-wired to make these simple mistakes.  It’s one of those acknowledgments that help […]

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A Quick Note:

Thanks for visiting. A few notes about me and this site. First, I am a Technology Director for a financial services firm based in Wisconsin. Although I spend most of my time building great teams, my technical focus is software development, data, and architecture . Underpinning much of my writing here is a personal vision. Namely, I believe that people want to be part of something bigger than themselves. They want to contribute, get excited, feel cared for, be challenged, and to use their gifts. I want to give them that opportunity. I chose technology leadership and software as a career because it allows me to be expressive and artistic and solve problems with and for others (often at the same time)! This site is simply a way for me to express ideas and beliefs, share my perspectives, and generally share thoughts on my career as a technology professional, and as a husband and father.