Category Archives: workplace

How and Why to Write a Travel Report

If you’re self-employed, you are unlikely to write up a trip report. If you’re working for someone else and they send you somewhere on business travel, you might find yourself completing such a report. The basic point of a trip … Continue reading

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Vertical Integration vs. Horizontal Integration

Per the request of a reader, I’m following up on one of my more popular articles on horizontal and vertical organization in companies to talk about horizontal and vertical integration in an industry. While the previous article was about how … Continue reading

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Generational Approaches to Technology

On Sunday night I was enjoying a meal with my father, bonus mom, and several friends of theirs when I made the “mistake” of checking my phone because it vibrated, indicating that I had an email. Soon thereafter, I was … Continue reading

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Letting the Client Tell Their Story

A new customer called this past week to explain his needs. He’s a friend, so the conversation occasionally drifted into personal items as expected. However, one thing I noticed after checking my clock was that the initial call about work … Continue reading

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Audio Comfort in the Workplace

A couple of suggestions came in regarding topics to cover. Specifically, I got suggestion re: working in environments with tile/hardwood floors vs. carpeting and another about working with music vs. working in a quiet environment. Since they’re both related, I … Continue reading

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Working for Geniuses

Recently, it occurred to me that I’m not nearly as much of a genius as I used to think I was. This is not done with a great deal of sadness, merely a pragmatic realization (one of my father’s favorite … Continue reading

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How Stupid Are You Willing to Look?

I was working my first proposal-writing job for a defense contractor inside the Beltway when I learned a professional habit that more often than not has saved my life: I learned to ask stupid questions.

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