Say hello to Jack!

We picked up our new puppy yesterday and he’s settling in so nicely! Of the puppies I’ve raised in my life, this little guy is v.3.0 and is a mature release, to say the least: rode home in the car chill as can be, took a family stroll with all of us last night after…

Agile + Design Thinking @ IIT’s IDx

Back towards the end of 2017, I had the distinct privilege of being invited to contribute to the design of a new course offering on agile + its value for design thinking. The inviter was my friend, Adam Kallish, a distinguished design thinker, agile practitioner, UX architect, lecturer + all around force of nature from…

The Unswerving Cycle of Rage + Revenge

The current administration in the U.S. is transmitting a message that rage and revenge are appropriate reactions and solutions to problems. History illustrates the folly of this mindset. Acting from an emotional center of rage and revenge leads to certain peril and impacts the raging and revengeful individual and everyone and everything around them. End…

Stepdadding: verb.

Stepdadding (sp?) is, without a doubt, one of the most challenging things I have ever taken on in my life. Here’s a part of my stepdad story. An off-the-top-of-my-head inventory of past experiences I draw insights from almost every day in my quest to be a solid stepdad? The list includes experiences like this: Designing…

“I Dunno”

Around here, we’re preparing to move into a new house, which means going through things, throwing many away, uncovering other precious gems. It’s always an introspective experience to stumble onto artifacts, proof of moments long past. It is odd how stumbling onto a trail left by the past comforts us into the future. I found…

Just venting

Dear shallow, negative people who we tip-toe around, A good attitude delivers its value immediately. I know who’s awesome and who sucks. Instantly. Through trial and error I’ve learned that without the right attitude I can pretty much count on things not going well. Attitude and how we treat other people matter. In everything. It’s…

Dear Tom Petty

You’re great. I love you but –> you’re wrong. The waiting is not the hardest part. The hardest part is enduring other people’s impatience, putting up with the kind of thinking that they are entitled to act impatient as if they have anything else to do. These people act like self-absorbed rock stars and they…

The Mysterious Mentor Adventure

On the morning my mom passed away I had to write her obituary. I had been putting it off. Meanwhile, there was a stream of people coming by the room at the hospice facility where we were. I couldn’t talk. I couldn’t even write the thing without my hands shaking. When I was finished, I…

R2 me, too

I was 5 years old when my parents took me to my first movie. It wasn’t just a movie. It was a drive-in movie. It wasn’t just a drive-in movie. It was Star Wars. Needless to say, it flipped me right out. Unlike most of my pals at the time, though, who called out “I’m…

All in the telling

The latest technologies, including cloud, social, anything mobile, Internet of Things (IoT), Big Data, analytics and Artificial Intelligence (AI) have and will continue to transform business, especially the customer experience, which still revolves around the story. Storytelling is still the centerpiece. Nothing new there. Storytelling has been the centerpiece since before anyone could even write….