Every Friday, I’m going to try to find time to write about more universal
themes. There are many ways to change your life of course, but I try to
practice the following with sincerity.
1. Be forgiving. You’re going to fall down and you’re going to make
mistakes. Allow the same for others. Life can really feel like a playground
and we’re going to run into each other every now and then. Forgiving will
lower your stress and keep your heart open.
2. Be compassionate. “But for the grace of God go I” is a good thing to
repeat to yourself. Maybe you received a break others didn’t. Don’t
measure someone by their status in life; instead imagine how far they might
have come. Most of the time, you have no idea of the mountains they had to
3. Be open to new things. Life is going to happen a lot faster than we
thought as kids. The thing about being a kid was that everything... (more)
When I started my high technology career in 1982, we had an unemployment rate
of 10%. Doesn’t this sound familiar? It was a brave new time in computing
and no one was even sure where it was all going. Doesn’t this also sound
familiar? I probably didn’t realize it at the time since I was happy to get
a paycheck and I was young, but relatively speaking, it was a tough market
for employees. I was consistently working intense 60-hour weeks, my guess is
that sounds all too familiar for many of today's professional workers.
60-hour weeks are never the problem when the team is outstandi... (more)
Recently, I became an executive advisor to Kaavo, a Cloud Applications
Management software company. Kaavo is in a unique position to capitalize on
the soon to be obvious need to manage applications on the cloud. It's
interesting to see the cloud computing predictions and how it will change the
way we work with applications.
A solid majority of technology experts and stakeholders participating in the
fourth Future of the Internet survey expect that by 2020 most people will
access software applications online and share and access information through
the use of remote serve... (more)
Nothing is always true when it comes to people. Admittedly, the
representation here of a Millennial candidate and Boomer takes a bit of a
poetic license. It’s meant to help the Millennial keep their sense of
humor, have some perspective and connect with what is usually a more
experienced manager shaped by their generation. Recently I read an article
in the New York Times called "American Dream is Elusive for a New
Generation". It states that there is a 37% unemployment rate for the
Millennial generation based on data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
This is for the rece... (more)
In the 21st century, the U.S. Labor Dept. predicts that today's learner will
have over 10 jobs by the time they are 38. Being able to adapt to changing
conditions in your job status and the status of your buyers is an important
strength in 2009.
I used to have to go to Europe quite a bit and I remember seeing this
sculpture in the Louvre. This piece of art is quite beautiful and it really
does make you think about how these captives must have felt. It's universal
because we have all been there. The four reactions of their captivity
depicted in the sculpture are revolt, hope, resi... (more)