Don’t Believe the Hype!

Shortly after the midterm elections this year, I wrote the following opinion piece for the Tulsa World. I always tell Editor Ginnie Netherton-Graham that I’m at least good for one piece per year… Column: Don’t believe the hype, recognize propaganda when you see it ( After enduring another election season filled with lies and half-truths, […]

My Superpower

November 11, 2022 Periodically, post-pandemic (is it?), colleagues and former colleagues have reached out with some interesting career opportunities. Some have been local, and some have been back in the Pacific Northwest — place means less and less these days as I’m remote or hybrid from almost all of my clients, and we seem to […]

Enjoy the “Newness”

Image of Kurt Russell from the movie "Tombstone"

My very first full-time IT gig was as at the University of Tulsa, as the manager of campus computer labs (75-80% — which was essentially a specialized form of desktop support), followed by general campus desktop support (20-25%), not to mention having to wrangle 36 student workers across 5 computer labs. The day before I […]

“Tribal Chiefs Eat Last”

Leaders Eat Last book

Wisdom can be found most anywhere, if you just look. Particularly so if you’re like me, and revel in the unexpected linkages between all sorts of things. Not long ago I was doing some research on an area nonprofit, which meant learning as much as possible about their leadership. Which in turn led me to […]

The Fine Art of Surfacing Data

One of my roles as a “management consultant who happens to do tech” is to go into organizations and look for ways in which things can be streamlined and make information more accessible. Organizations of all stripes struggle with this, and periodically it’s good to look at things with fresh eyes. Mapping the flow of […]

Getting comfy with parallel universes

When Albert Einstein’s dear friend Michele Besso died, Einstein wrote the following to his sister: “Michele has left this strange world a little before me. This means nothing. People like us, who believe in physics, know that the distinction between past, present, and future is nothing more than a persistent, stubborn illusion.” One of the […]

In Praise of Regular Maintenance

Confession Time: I’m not a very good flosser. Over the years, several dentists in several states have gently (and not so gently) encouraged me to be better. I go through periods of being good, then backslide into my regular, wicked ways. My favorite movie scene from 1986’s “Peggy Sue Got Married” is this one: Peggy […]

Vacation, all I ever wanted…

July 25, 2022 Our family vacations always do multiple duties. For example, over the years with summer camps and activities, it never fails that in spite of our intentions we’re always either en route to vacation on my birthday or heavily into it. Vacations check multiple boxes, and the days of simply luxuriating at a […]