Recently Jesse posted the above figure. It caught my eye and I wanted to expand upon the ideas.
Let assume that you work 40 hours per week. Probably most people average 50 hours. So let's go with 50 with commute if you are not working from home.
You are supposed to get 8 hours of sleep. We want you well-rested. The cost is 56 hours per week. Let’s give you extra 2 hours of naps to round it up to 58.
With 7 days and 24 hours, we get 168 hours in a week. Let us subtract those two…
While running this morning I listened to Esther Perel on Hello Monday podcast. She works with couples in therapy BUT I think our worlds have been transformed with working from home that the points she made are very valid for non-couples or work-couples(sex excluded).
At the end of the podcast, she talked about conflicts. She said that based on the work on Howard Markman (based on couples work)all conflicts in polarized relationships can be boiled down to:
Power & Control
Often times we are in relationships, whether home, friends, or work, where it is obvious that one side holds more…
Creating a great team has been a topic of interest to me for many years. I actually watch sports differently than most people by looking at the different pieces: players, coach, and management. Recently, I wrote a story about player-coach addition to this model. My team success model consists of:
As an example of this player/coach idea, I used Chris Paul. This was based on his ability to move the team from where they were last year to their appearance in the finals.
I still think that addition is…
This quote by Adam Grant caught my eye and it reminded me of a story.
Many years ago I worked in a steel mill. It wasn’t just any steel mill BUT the last integrated steel mill built in the USA. Built-in 1964.
Fresh out of college and ready to learn I was embedded in a group that generated, transmitted, distributed power to all of the mills in the plant. It was a great role for a young engineer.
The company, Bethlehem Steel, at that time was the number 2 steelmaker in the US. The plant was a union plant. …
When I was a teen it seemed to me that people identified as having their views captured by two parties: Democrats or Republicans. I never heard anyone refer to themselves as Independent. I will represent this split as:
In the late 80s, there seemed to be a desire to emphasize that there is a need for a third party. A more independent group that did not nicely fit within the two parties. Ross Perot started the idea and due to his ego killed it.
What is interesting to note at this point is that over the next several…
…of course, there is
Being the best in the world requires effort and time. Often it is a combination of nature and nurture. It is a rare person, like Spud Webb at 5'3", who becomes an NBA star. A 7' has a better shot.
OK, so that should be obvious to most that to get to a world-class level at any one thing will require gifts and hard work. To get to that 1% you have to be good and lucky.
Is there another way?
Well, if you are focused on being #1 in any field then the competition is…
I recently started re-learning machine learning. Maybe because of this I have started noticing more articles and books mentioning it.
Or as the story goes, maybe now that I bought the red car, I notice all of the red cars?
It could be that Google is looking at my searches and feeding me more AI-related topics. Hummmm?
But just because there are many sources providing data that does not make that data information. …
In the past, I have written stories about having an analog and a digital desk. It only makes sense to me that in order for me to function productively I need to carve out areas in which I do different types of work.
I recently published a mostly fill-in-the-blanks planner & journal. This project management weekly planner and the journal is a tool that I use and thought that it should be made available to others.
Well, most project managers today are completely immersed in the digital world. And often this purely digital world leaves them stressed and less…
Over the years I have heard of this idea of labeling people as += or -.
The +, plus, people are people you can learn from. They are your mentors even if they would not agree to that label. Sometimes they are your boss or even their boss.
The =, equal, people are your peers. These are folks at your level in an organization with whom you should get along and collaborate. They are equal to you.
Lastly, the -, minus, people are people new to the organization or your group and need to be helped to learn the way…
…or my book
“You are NOT technical enough.” This was a comment that I received from a recruiter a few years ago.
During my career, I have been doing it myself, reviewing, and leading engineering teams. In addition, I have instructed more than 70+ courses in mostly technical subjects. Yet, I am best described as a blend of soft and hard skills.
Why would I say that?
Many people with my background in engineering would always proudly label themselves technical. They have put in the time and their mindset is one that simply focuses on technical over other dimensions.
I have led people and projects in Steel/ Power, Refining, Chemicals, Industrial Gasses, Software, Consulting and Academia. I have instructed 73+ courses.