Category: Random Thoughts

What Alan Watts Can Teach Us About Leadership

What Alan Watts Can Teach Us About Leadership

I was listening to a talk by Alan Watts and found one bit of advice that really connected to what I’ve learned about leading others. The principle is that any time you — as it were — voluntarily let up...

Office Lighting and Decision Making

Office Lighting and Decision Making

The results of an interesting study flashed across my news feed yesterday: Another finding was that the perception of heat could affect the participants’ emotions. The research team said that this is because emotions are more intense under bright light;...

Leadership and Innovation

Leadership and Innovation

From Peopleware, 3rd Edition: The propensity to lead without being given the authority to do so is what, in organizations, distinguishes people that can innovate and break free of the constraints that limit their competitors.  Innovation is all about leadership,...

How to Rock That Interview

How to Rock That Interview

My sister-in-law pinged me for some tips to prepare for a long, multi-session interview coming up. I’ve been on both ends as interviewer and interviewee (mostly interviewer) and I seem to have been pretty successful as far as interviews go,...

Why I Wear the Same Pair of Jeans Every Day

Why I Wear the Same Pair of Jeans Every Day

From NPR Marketplace Morning Report, a fun look at tech fashion and what it says about the wearer: Silicon Valley, of course, is known for its casual dress, which means t-shirts, jeans and sneakers. But don’t be fooled, techies care...

Thoughts on Goal Oriented Leadership

Thoughts on Goal Oriented Leadership

I’ve been thinking heavily on the topic of leadership for several days now and trying to understand what works and what doesn’t.  I am currently in the midst of a massive and daring undertaking and putting tremendous demands on my...

More Thoughts on Object Oriented Code

More Thoughts on Object Oriented Code

I’ve talked about writing object-oriented and domain-driven design before. In talking with another dev this week, I think I have my simplest summary of object-oriented code yet: when  you are writing well written object oriented code, you’ll know it by...