Dr. David P Martin

Writer, Author, Professor, IT and Leadership Consultant

United States

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

Age of Awareness on Medium
Leadership requires respect, not popularity

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.

Illumination on Medium
Authentic Leadership: Answering a Nobler Calling

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.

Illumination on Medium
Turning Vision into Reality

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.

Age of Awareness on Medium
Leadership and toxic people: an oxymoron

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.

Age of Awareness on Medium
Performance Appraisals: There ought to be a law...

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.

Technology and Disruptive Tech

Data Driven Investor on Medium
The Ring Hack: The chilling wake-up call for home IoT devices.

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.

Illumination on Medium
Software Requirements Analysis - The Key to Developing Great Software

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.

Data Driven Investor on Medium
My Love Affair with the Dreamliner

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.


Koinonia on Medium
Joshua: A Lesson in Courage

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.

Koinonia on Medium
Defending the Bible

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.

Personal Essay on Medium
Who are you looking for?

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.

Personal Essay on Medium
Jesus and the Adulterous Woman

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.

Personal Essay on Medium
Unto Us, a Son is Given

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.

Personal Essay on Medium
How Could God Love Me?

God's unconditional love - so wonderful, yet sometimes hard to understand.

Motivational Articles

Age of Awareness on Medium
Perseverance: Our response to the COVID-19 pandemic

"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.


Illumination on Medium
'Wine and Cheese' winter afternoons in the Colorado Rockies

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.

Illumination on Medium
The Most Beautiful View in the World.

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.

Stravaig on Medium
The climb that went on, and on, and on

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.

Personal Essay on Medium
Mackinac Island - 53 years Later.

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.


Age of Awareness on Medium
The bias against for-profit education.

Progressives and the mainstream media have come out overwhelmingly against for-profit educational institutions. But is this bias justified?

Current Commentary

Data Driven Investor on Medium
The Death of American Democracy.

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.

Personal Essay on Medium
Michael Bloomberg: Presidency for Sale?

With Michael Bloomberg's candidacy, we're about to find out if the American Presidency is available to the highest bidder.

Dialogue and Discourse on Medium
Here's how the Democrats lose the 2020 Election

Taxing the wealthy is a popular path to the Democratic presidential nomination, but concerns most moderates. Why? They're afraid they might be next.

Illumination on Medium
The Importance of Communities

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.

Interesting Short Stories

Any Writers on Medium
"We're freezing our butts off!"

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.

Any Writers on Medium
A fly on the wall.

A fictional short story based on some real-life events in the Pacific Northwest when the Internet bubble burst.


The Friday Fix on Medium

The clouds creep ever on, but where will they go? Does anyone know?

From the Poet's Heart on Medium
The River Speaks

Rivers speak to us with their life-giving water. We need to listen.

Illumination on Medium
The Road Beckons

The road calls us away from our ordinary lives.

From the Poet's Heart on Medium
My Spot

We all need that perfect place in the world to write and reflect.

From the Poet's Heart on Medium
Silent Sentinals

Sometimes, I'm amazed by the wonderful things we take for granted.