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Penmanship for Architects?

For anyone who needs to describe important, complex ideas — especially those needing visualization using a whiteboard — please pay attention.  I have learned the hard way how much more effective/confident your communication can be if you follow some simple steps when you walk to a whiteboard or open a fresh pad of paper.  “I […]

Don’t Follow Your Passion. Bring It With You

Just thought I’d post a quick “shout out” to Mike Rowe.  This has been in my queue to post forever, so apologies if you haven’t yet been exposed to Mike and I was the only thing between you and his important work.  :-/ Mike is best known for his work on TV (Dirty Jobs), his […]

Favorite Things 2017! (the short list)

  Just thought I’d share a little before the new year kicks off and I forget.  Yes, 2017 had some nasty stuff in it.  Forget all that stuff please.  2017 also was full of awesome stuff. The following are a short list of my favorites (in no particular order). I’m sure I left something out… […]

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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.