Category Archives: philosophy

Is This Really Necessary? Expediting Work Procedures in Times of Crisis

Some of you already know this, but I was infamous during my corporate career for raising my hand in meetings and asking if some new, additional meeting or procedure was really actually needed. I got so predictable that at one … Continue reading

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Unwanted Gadgets and The Island of Misfit Toys

In one of the stop-motion Christmas specials I grew up with, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer visits the Island of Misfit Toys, a mythical place where awkwardly developed or unwanted toys go to spend the rest of their existence. I must … Continue reading

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Product Preview: The Hero’s Journal

It might or might not surprise you, but I’m a big fan of self-improvement books. These types of books cover anything from personal finance to relationships, attitude, or recovery from [bad situation X]. It seemed a natural fit, then, when … Continue reading

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Imagining Your Future

“It’s tough to make predictions, especially about the future.” ― Yogi Berra “Control is an illusion.” —Regina Pickett Garson The ever-pithy Mr. Berra had a good point. I’ve been trying to imagine, describe, or plan for my future jobs or … Continue reading

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Are You Really Doing “Heroic” Technical Writing?

It occurs to me as I get older that I’ve made my career doing rather boring, out-of-the-way, bureaucratic work: answering complaint letters, developing internal training programs, developing spreadsheets, writing proposals, editing engineering reports, and so forth. None of those are … Continue reading

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