The ides of March are upon us!

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by John on March 15, 2017

Who is it in the press that calls on me?
I hear a tongue, shriller than all the music,
Cry ‘Caesar!’ Speak; Caesar is turn’d to hear.

Beware the ides of March.

Julius Caesar – William Shakespeare Act 1, Scene II

Happy March 15th! Go get you some culture and read you some Shakespeare! Do it, your brain will thank you later.


Tell me something

by John on February 7, 2017

Well after a brief break, the Spring semester has started, and boy has it started with a bang.

I’ve been recently sitting in a few meetings with my colleagues and staff and have found myself controlling the urge to go into “let’s start offering solutions” mode. Instead, I’m asking one question and seeing how peeps respond.

The question? Tell me what I don’t know?

The power of this question is obvious. People are forced to stop and think for a second before responding.

Now I’m sure there is a collective groan coming from the masses “No kidding John, this is management 101”, but have we really stopped to think about this oh so simple approach?

My guess is probably not, and that’s OK.

The simplicity of this approach can be a bit scary. I mean who doesn’t want to be the giver of the answer that will save the project? Who doesn’t want to be the boss who gets a bit cranky when the team fails to execute?

But is that what good management is truly about in this day and age? I’ve noticed a huge change in the environment when you start to ask the question and have seen my peers and colleagues come up with solutions that are creative.

Empowered peers and team members are what we want as managers. This we already know.

Having them come up with solutions that are creative… who would’ve know that?


Stuff I like a bit too much: Cigars

January 16, 2017

I’ve never really written about cigars. Yes, it’s a bad vice that I have, and I truly am working on slowing down on the smoking, but alas, I’m human. I’m asked several times a year “John, what’s a good cigar you’d recommend” and the only answer to that question is this, first, find you a […]

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Born under a bad sign?

January 14, 2017

I’m starting to enjoy January. This is a pretty big deal for me since I’ve always considered myself something of a “Fall” season person. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m well past my postmodern teenage angst years. I’m not skulking about all moody and shit, I’m feeling cautiously optimistic. Things have settled a bit on […]

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Adieu 2016

December 26, 2016

It’s time to bid farewell to 2016. To “borrow” a quote from the blogosphere, I’m glad this “dumpster fire of a year” is finally over. I was done with this year when it started. I’m glad it is finally over. Yes, there were amazing moments, but unfortunately, my friends and family were on the receiving […]

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