Father, Friend, Homeowner, Human, Husband, Musician, Son

Holiday greetings for 2020

We all know that 2020 made it challenging to find moments of joy -- the pandemic, the economic crisis, civil unrest, not to mention family health issues. But just as we all found ways to adapt, we found joy when we looked for it. Since it's so easy to forget about the good things that… Continue reading Holiday greetings for 2020

Citizen, Father, Leadership, Marketer, Musician

Discovering competence

Most of us have been in situations where we arrive on a scene, especially when joining a new group, and learn that something is going terribly wrong. The Boy Scout group planning an activity is disorganized. The band uniforms to distribute are all in a giant unsorted pile. The last guy wasn’t enforcing the rules… Continue reading Discovering competence

Husband, Musician

Admiration for amateurs

Sometimes we'll see a next-door-neighbor type everyman doing something -- for their job, as a hobby, in an instructional video  -- and think, "That's easy, I could do that." Or even, "They're screwing that up; I'd be much better." Entire TV series and YouTube channels, from gameshows to reality shows, are partially based on this… Continue reading Admiration for amateurs

Athlete, Father, Leadership, Marketer, Musician, Runner

Showing you still know how to do it

Ever find yourself in a situation where you have to tackle a specialized task, and flex muscles that you haven't used in a while? And imposter syndrome starts to set in? Maybe it's helping your child with his algebra homework. Maybe it's cooking or baking a complex recipe for company coming over. Maybe you're taking… Continue reading Showing you still know how to do it