My name is Chad Calease. I believe in the power of stories. I keep artifacts here having mostly to do with stories of people, ideas + technology. They’re prolly metaphorical crumbs, too, a trail to help someone find their way back to whatever it was they were supposed to be doing before they got lost on the Internet.
Speaking of getting lost, I’m grateful for finding my way out of some dense + vast forests, both literally + figuratively. I’m even more grateful for the way those experiences have hardened my skills + softened my heart. That may be a way of saying I’m a self-taught type who learns best from practical application in the field, doing things out in the wild world.
My work history has meandered through some dense forests, too. “Forests” of digital media + creative strategy, information security, technology infrastructure architecture, technical operations, + all the change management overhead that goes along with them, on behalf of organizations of many shapes, sizes + complexities, in advertising, marketing, media, education, regulated industries (financial services, healthcare + transportation), all with a hefty focus on Agile + Kanban methodologies filtered through a lens of Anthropology, Usability + User Experience Design (UX). For me, everything is a UX problem, solved by better listening to + understanding of our intended audience, which leads us to better solutions for challenges of all sorts.
Here’s how I feel about all that: the solution to a challenge in any of those contexts (maybe any context) is friendly for others to understand + use. Otherwise, it’s not much of a solution. You might say I’ve spent my career making complex + often intimidating ideas + technologies more accessible to more people.
My technical fluency is amplified by people-focused gifts like that. I gravitate towards challenges that require navigating ambiguity, solving problems, driving vision + strategy, leading by example, learning + unlearning on-the-fly, mentoring, listening, assembling great teams + generally bending technology to the will of the mission, rather than the other way around.
Perhaps, most importantly: I communicate + connect with diverse audiences, cultures + teams in meaningful + memorable ways. Those audiences might include business leaders, creatives + designers, knowledge workers, technical elite +regular folks who just want the machine on their desk to change the world. Preferably by noon.
It’s all about people. It’s about finding our way out of the “forest” to successful collaborations + outcomes together.
Some stuff I do, in no particular order:
- Provide Technology Strategy + Vision.
- Solve UX Design problems.
- Help organizations build Cyber Resilience.
- Design scalable + secure Technology Infrastructure Architecture.
- Present at conferences on related topics.
- Write words for cool publications.
- High-end video production.
- Moderate podcasts.
- Information Security Compliance (ISO, NIST, DSS/CSI, HIPAA, SOX + more).
Yes, I’m optimistic about the future + our opportunity to have a role in helping to evolve into a thoughtful culture that collectively values empathy, tolerance, respect + neurodiversity, with a genuine commitment to learning + making good decisions for the long term.
Since early in 2007, I’ve been keeping some thoughts on Twitter with these same motivations in mind.
If you find anything inspiring +/or useful here, cool, use it. Please share + share, alike.
Meanwhile, thanks for spending some of your time here.