Leadership and Management
I'm a passionate writer who writes about leadership, technology, education, and contemporary events. I've got more than twenty-five years of writing experience in every writing genre: Academic, Business, Content, and Creative writing.
The value I bring to my clients is the ability to write about complex issues in a conversational tone. I'm fond of saying "Just because the writing is technical, doesn't mean it has to be boring." I make unforgettable connections between readers and their articles by making words sing.
Leadership and Management
Effective leadership sometimes means making tough calls. You can't be overly concerned about being popular. From the time you step into a leadership role, you have to be aware of one fact: sooner or later, you will have to take action or actions that will be hugely unpopular with your team.
The world is in desperate need of authentic leaders in every field, in government, in corporations, in non-profit organizations, and even in our religious institutions; authentic leaders who feel compelled to answer a noble calling.
The Captain of the USS Roosevelt displayed truly noble leadership to protect his sailors from COVID-19. The Secretary of the Navy's response was appalling.
Taking vision from the C-suite to the street means involving everyone. "Vision without action is merely a dream. Action without vision just passes the time. Vision with action can change the world." Joel A. Barker "Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality." Warren G.
You can teach great leadership ideas, but real leadership comes from learning through the crucible of experience.
When looking to hire managers and leaders, it’s important to choose leaders who display passion and confidence yet are genuinely humble in the way they treat their fellow human beings.
Don't hide bad news from your team; they're smarter than you think.
People believe in their cause; your job is to inspire commitment.
How far you develop as a leader depends on how well you learn to say no.
Don't waste your time trying to deal with those genuinely toxic people in the work environment; it's never worth the effort. You have an organization to lead.
Every good researcher admits to his biases before investigating any subject. So, right upfront, I am going to admit to my bias on performance appraisals. I hate them.
The bankruptcy of Thomas Cook should serve as a 'wakeup' call to business leaders from all walks of life. Ignore major market shifts at your peril.
Technology and Disruptive Tech
Cybercriminals want to exploit our fears about the coronavirus, and they're coming after your email. Here's how to protect yourself.
It turns out, problems still exist.
Experts have been warning about this for years. In December 2019, the hack of a Ring security camera went viral. It was so sensational, so chilling, that all the major news networks reported on the hack. It should serve as a wake-up call for all IoT device owners.
Artificial Intelligence enables the on-demand delivery of gas right to your vehicle. Even with questions about safety, the outlook for this industry looks bright.
Over the years, software engineers have debated the merits of different programming theory, programming languages, and even different development models.What is missing are substantial efforts to nail down user requirements a at the very at the beginning of the development effort.
Using Agile principles for software development, software professionals can achieve exceptional results.
The Boeing 787 has taken air travel to the next level. My love affair with this aircraft started about four years ago, soon after the plane entered operational use. I read some stories about the great flying experience on the 787. People were generally raving about the experience. I was skeptical, of course, but I had to try it.
Do you want to travel the world stress-free? These disruptive apps help you do just that.
Electronic Book Readers are disruptive technologies that have changed how we view books.
We live in fearful times. The world has become afraid to the point of paranoia. People wearing masks. Hand sanitizers in elevators. Meetings with more than 20 people are being canceled. Shops, restaurants, and churches are closed. Panic runs on toilet paper. We are living in fear of a giant. We need more men of courage - we need more men like Joshua.
The Bible is the living Word of God. It is our foundational document, the book that defines our Christian Faith. As Christians, we need to have a reasoned defense for why we believe the Bible.
Emma Copper recently wrote a provocative, yet very well thought out article on Medium titled "Why Millennials are leaving the Church." At the heart of her article, she claims that the reason millennials are leaving the church is that they are looking for Jesus in our contemporary churches, but they can't find him.
In the celebration of the Passover meal in the upper room, Jesus forever links the gospel message with Old Testament scripture.
As believers in Christ, we have real power to overcome life's struggles.
Jesus comes to us as a savior, but he doesn’t approve of our sinful, rebellious lifestyles. He wants us to repent of our sinful lifestyles, to turn around and live a life worthy of God. Jesus also knows that’s only possible with his assistance; a belief in Christ comes with knowing the Spirit of Christ.
What is the meaning of Christmas? Well, that depends on who you ask. For most of the world, Christmas has developed into a "feel good" holiday, a time of the year marked by parties, presents, Christmas decorations, and Santa Claus.
We read it, we say it - but do we believe it?
God's unconditional love - so wonderful, yet sometimes hard to understand.
Petty theological arguments weaken the witness of the Christian Church.
The announcement of the birth of Jesus has significance for all of us.
Striking the right balance between compassion and discipleship is a tough balancing act, but it is one that Jesus calls the church to do.
Some thoughts on what we need to hold onto during these dark days.
"Never give in, never give in, never, never, never, never— never give in except to convictions of honor and good sense. Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy." Winston Churchill.
Don't be afraid of change. Embrace it.
Cross country skiing is certainly not the most' extreme' outdoor winter sports activity that anyone could take up. But there is nothing like cross-country skiing as a perfect way to spend a late winter or early spring afternoon in the Colorado Rocky Mountain high country.
A beautiful place of solitude exists right where 14 million people live.
If you ever get a chance to visit Colorado, check it out Wilkerson Pass. It's one of the most stunning mountain vistas in the world.
September 22, 2011, was a high watermark day in my cycling 'career.' This was the day I road up King Ridge Road in Sonoma County, California. It was the climb that would never end.
My visit to Mackinac Island was like going through a time portal. I was only thirteen when I had the 'privilege' to visit Mackinac Island for the first time. 53 years later, I had the chance to visit again, and it seemed as unchanged as ever. It beckoned all to come and escape for a while into a grand and glorious past - a past as unique as Michigan itself.
The rattlesnake roundup is a rather unique piece of southwestern American culture.
This non-profit holds the promise of allowing our children's education to continue during this time of 'forced' social isolation.
Confucious-based higher education provides high literacy rates but does little to prepare students for innovation and creativity needed for 21st-Century knowledge-based economies.
Progressives and the mainstream media have come out overwhelmingly against for-profit educational institutions. But is this bias justified?
In 2010, the U.S. Supreme Court dealt a death blow to our American democracy. In a landmark case, it allowed Super PACs to contribute an unlimited amount of money to political candidates. It has been the beginning of the long march to a plutocracy.
Governments can't force economic growth by mandating artificially high minimum wages.
With Michael Bloomberg's candidacy, we're about to find out if the American Presidency is available to the highest bidder.
Taxing the wealthy is a popular path to the Democratic presidential nomination, but concerns most moderates. Why? They're afraid they might be next.
What makes a city livable? Is it the shops, the parks, the churches, even the people? No, it's the communities. While shops, parks, churches, and people are all essential parts of a livable city, I've come to realize the most vital aspect of a livable city is a sense of community.
A serious cycling accident teaches me about drug addiction.
Interesting Short Stories
It's amazing what shows up where you least expect it.
A fictional short story about time and a great Civil War Battle.
The base of the mountain was cold, but the wind had died down a little. Skiing was going to be cold, but it would be OK, or so I thought. At the end of the day, we were lucky to be alive.
It seemed like the world was waking up - just for me.
A nostalgic look at some of the best folk music of my generation.
A fictional short story based on some real-life events in the Pacific Northwest when the Internet bubble burst.
Dynamite comes in small packages.
A luxurious Nordic Sweater meets an untimely end in a humorous case of East meets West.
Sometimes taking matters into your own hands is not the best thing you can do.
The clouds creep ever on, but where will they go? Does anyone know?
We've still got so much to say...
Rivers speak to us with their life-giving water. We need to listen.
The road calls us away from our ordinary lives.
We all need that perfect place in the world to write and reflect.
Sometimes, I'm amazed by the wonderful things we take for granted.