The Support Necessary to Succeed

(Note: This is based on one of the prompts from Robert S. Kaplan’s book What You’re Really Meant to Do.) I haven’t lacked for support throughout my career. My wife has been an amazing source of that, particularly in the last year and a half of job instability, income unpredictability and other trials. My bosses…… Continue reading The Support Necessary to Succeed

How Can I Better Provide Support and Counsel?


(Note: This is based on one of the prompts from Robert S. Kaplan’s book What You’re Really Meant to Do.) There have been countless times in my career where I’ve been in the position to offer my guidance, advice, counsel or recommendations. Sometimes that’s been to a client, sometimes it’s been to a supervisor in…… Continue reading How Can I Better Provide Support and Counsel?

Creating an Ownership Mindset For Myself

(Note: This is based on one of the prompts from Robert S. Kaplan’s book What You’re Really Meant to Do.) When I was still working for Voce, I would often refer to the programs I managed as “mine.” Sometimes that was awkward when I said it in the presence of the client and I had…… Continue reading Creating an Ownership Mindset For Myself

How Fast and Loose Do I Play The Game?

(Note: This is based on one of the prompts from Robert S. Kaplan’s book What You’re Really Meant to Do.) Pretty darn fast and loose, if you ask me. Of course, that’s assuming I’m interpreting the question correctly. That’s driven by an innate desire to keep things fresh. I like to iterate, I like to…… Continue reading How Fast and Loose Do I Play The Game?

Those Moments I Wish I Had Asked for Advice or Help

(Note: This is based on one of the prompts from Robert S. Kaplan’s book What You’re Really Meant to Do.) It’s not in my nature to ask for help. In fact, it’s kind of a core tenet of my personality that doing so is a sign of weakness, confirmation that I’m in over my head…… Continue reading Those Moments I Wish I Had Asked for Advice or Help

Analyzing the Attributes of the People I Admire

(Note: This is based on one of the prompts from Robert S. Kaplan’s book What You’re Really Meant to Do.) I’ve had an incredible career. That’s indisputable, even if over the 19 years since I left college and started my first full time job there have been frustrations and setbacks. Life isn’t all sunshine and…… Continue reading Analyzing the Attributes of the People I Admire

Playing Corporate Politics Has Never Interested Me

If you’ve spent more than a month in any particular job you’ve been confronted with a situation in which, to one extent or another, you have to play a bit of politics. You have to decide which side of an argument to support, whether or not to trash talk a coworker to someone else or…… Continue reading Playing Corporate Politics Has Never Interested Me

Defining My Ethical Boundaries

(Note: This is based on one of the prompts from Robert S. Kaplan’s book What You’re Really Meant to Do.) So last time I shared some of the ethical guidelines I’ve striven to adhere to over the years I’ve spent working and advising clients and employers. Guidelines are great, but it’s also important to know…… Continue reading Defining My Ethical Boundaries