10 Cents On A Decade at the Central Bank

I just resigned from the Fed. Leaving a career after a decade is perhaps the most painful bandaid I’ve ever yanked off.  The onslaught of congratulatory remarks and praise are far from helpful.  Let me explain. I was the high school kid that was the biggest Alan Greenspan groupie ever.  I read every book about [...]

Storytelling for Talkers & Tech Geeks

I’m not a big fan of parades. My kids love them, probably because of all the free candy. But I don’t really get the steady onslaught of antique cars, second string celebrities and marching bands in itchy wool uniforms. It’s like the dreaded powerpoint presentation at work. I usually stare mindlessly as slide after slide [...]

My Hippie Lovefest with #SXSWi

In 2011, I attended South by Southwest (SXSW) for the first time. And this year, I received my SXSW Sophomore Badge on Foursquare. There’s a lot of memories I could share about why I have a hippie lovefest for SXSW, or SXSWi for those that are interactively inclined. But there is one story I’ve never [...]

Kansas City, The City of Entrepreneurship

I’m in a room at the Kansas City Public Library branch on the Plaza packed with over 200 people listening to Jerry Moran’s opening address at the Gigabit Challenge. What is the Gigabit Challenge? An entrepreneurial competition hosted by Think Big in Kansas City that generated over 113 submissions from 9 counties. What’s the Challenge? [...]

Remember When …

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According to a report by Pew Research, 94% of Millennials and 89% of Boomers have a cell phone. 83% of Millennials and 68% of Gen Xers actually sleep with or next to their phone. Gartner even thinks smartphones will surpass desktop PC’s in 2013 as the most used devices for web access. At this pace, [...]

Tomorrow’s CSR

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What is CSR? Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). Maybe you are still wondering, “Great, but what is CSR?” If so, you and I have something in common. Professor Waheed Hussain of Wharton says “CSR involves initiatives and programs that are designed to fulfill an ethical obligation to some party, such as the local community or the [...]

A Valentine’s Day Business Card

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Recently, my wife and I celebrated our tenth Valentine’s Day. It so happens, I was also just in the middle of printing some new business cards with GreenerPrinter. Whether you are redoing your own business cards or trying to redeem yourself from a Valentine’s Day massacre, here’s an analogy between the two that can help. [...]

How to Beat Tetris

At work, I oversee a portfolio of web projects. Maybe you’re an IT person reading this and you know all about project portfolio management. PPM for short. Like most people in the world, you’re probably thinking, “Who the hell cares?” PPM? Pages per minute? Parts per million? Only rich stock market traders and artists have [...]

SWOT-ting Social Media

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For those used to my regular posts applying some abstract analogy to some business or personal lesson, I promise to get back on track next week. This week’s post applies the old school business idea of SWOT analysis (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats) to social media. On November 15, I attended a Social Media Club [...]

Day 3 Inbox Zero

If you are just tuning in, this is Day 3 of 3 of our resolution for Inbox Zero. Here’s how this New Year’s resolution got started. Here is my final tally of “Deletes, Delegates, Responds, Defers and Dos” using our Inbox Zero Tracking Spreadsheet. Welcome to Day 3. 8:43am. Checking my blackberry at a red [...]

Day 2 Inbox Zero

If you are just tuning in, this is Day 2 of 3 of our resolution for Inbox Zero. Here’s how this New Year’s resolution got started. Here is my tally of “Deletes, Delegates, Responds, Defers and Dos” for Days 1 and 2 using our Inbox Zero Tracking Spreadsheet. Welcome to Day 2. 9:02am. I have [...]

Day 1 Inbox Zero

If you are just tuning in, this is Day 1 of 3 of our resolution for Inbox Zero. Here’s how this New Year’s resolution got started. To help us become inbox processing ninjas, we developed this super duper Inbox Zero Tracking Spreadsheet to tally our “Deletes, Delegates, Responds, Defers and Dos” throughout the day. Download [...]

A Christmas Tree Story

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If you’ve ever watched A Christmas Story or National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, you know how memorable the holidays can be. Maybe you are planning to dedicate your house to the Griswold Family Christmas this year or perhaps your cat just chewed the cord on your Christmas lights and your whole tree went up in flames. [...]

Busy as a Bee

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I read a post by Ndubuisi Ekekwe titled Leadership Lessons of Ants a while back. In a nutshell, the author provided six simple points he applied to a project after disturbing an army of ants. I was in Chicago a few months back and it made me start thinking about those ants again. It was [...]

Theory of Career Relativity

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What time is it right now? Find a clock. Go quick, I’ll wait. Now, ask yourself these questions. Where will you be in 1 minute? How about 4 hours? At 11pm? Pretty easy, right? Where will your career be in 1 month? 4 years? When will it end, or maybe start? Are you looking to [...]

Playground Trust Training

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Here’s a life lesson I learned at the playground the other day. Sometimes the things we make the most complex to understand are easiest taught by a two year old. Are you in the dog house because you forgot to bring home the cranberries for the cranberry jello mold? Or maybe you just got promoted [...]

Whet Your Whistle

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I think I have the same struggles as everyone else. Here’s my typical day and some of my upcoming posts to whet your whistle. The “h” is silent. I’ll explain in a minute. I love my kids and life, don’t get me wrong. I’m one of those that believe the faster the roller coaster moves, [...]

Kamisaki Pachamama!

Kamisaki Pachamama! Hello World! Welcome to Just in the Middle. A blog that shares unique perspective through analogies, associations, stories and a host of other off the wall drawings, diagrams and illustrations to simplify and re-examine “life in the middle”. I should “role my credits” upfront and thank a host of people for supporting my [...]