Year One

Dear Elida,

1236574_10101232659796953_162843595_n365 days ago, at this exact time, I held you for the first time.

I cried.

You see, your mom got you all to herself for nine months. My connection to you was through occasional viewings through creepy looking ultrasounds that just made me feel like I was watching terrible sci-fi or through putting my head to your mom’s belly. That can be uncomfortable for both of us.

So when I held you, I didn’t want to let go. Not for your mom. Not for nurses. Not for grandparents.  Unfortunately, letting go is what I’ve done a lot of over the past year.

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Looking for Truth in a World Looking for Validation

The internet is a great place. It’s also, of course, awful. 

Everyone talks about how the Internet has rewired our brains or made us lazier. Whatever. I worry more about the instant validation people can find for, quite literally, almost anything. 

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Apple Watch and the Enterprise: Oh, God. This is Kinda Dumb.

I’ve been reading a lot about the new Apple Watch. As a consumer, it is an interesting device. Not one I’m going to get anytime soon but interesting, okay? I’ve done the smartwatch thing with the crowdfunded Pebble. It was cool. I liked having RunKeeper on my wrist, for instance. But the novelty of getting notifications and even responding to texts on a watch got old.

That’s also to say that I’m not really a watch person. I know some people are, though. Apple will probably sell a lot of them, but I’m not sure what the long term uptake on this new technology will be. I’m doubtful, overall.

What I’m less doubtful about is how all of these articles about how Apple Watch will change the enterprise are going to sound kind of silly a year from now.

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Slow Down You(r) Crazy Child

Our trip to Hawaii was our first big one with a child. It definitely changed a few things for us.

First of all, I was never one of those guys that hated seeing kids while traveling. In fact, one of my more enjoyable travel experiences was sharing some Beatles tunes with a three year old kid off my iPhone and hearing her half-whisper the words and tunes she knew. I would tell her the names of the songs she hadn’t heard.

So being on the other end of the traveling six hours nonstop with an 11 month old wasn’t as bad as it could’ve been. People around us were gracious and kind. I feel like I’ve built up my travel karma enough for a trip like this.

Vacationing with me is basically planning out what we’re going to do the night before and going out and doing it (usually leaving early). In the evenings, we would relax with drinks and food. I get super bored just sitting around reading — I feel comfortable doing this at home.

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Telework or Just Work?

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“Where do you work?”

It’s one of the most common questions I get throughout my working day with clients. Places where people think I am include:

  • Fort Worth
  • San Francisco
  • Washington, D.C.
  • Seattle
  • Portland

All of these make sense. Most of my colleagues work in Fort Worth. The partner I work under is in San Francisco. I usually say I live in Washington state but sometimes I leave off the state part so people think I’m in D.C. I used to live in both Portland and Seattle so people may just have some outdated information.

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How to Publicly Criticize Your Employees, Phil Jackson Style

phil-jacksonPhil Jackson had some things to say about how the New York Knicks have been playing.

Unfortunately, he told the world about it on Twitter, like someone complaining about bad dinner service at a hotel restaurant (via NY Daily News):

Phil Jackson’s moves and Carmelo Anthony’s injury have left the Knicks without much of a chance to win many games for the remainder of the season, but that didn’t stop the Zen Master from expressing his displeasure following Sunday’s 101-83 loss to the Cavaliers.

“Each NBA game is an opportunity for players to show their “best” nature and please the basketball gods…and those who know what “It takes,”” Jackson tweeted Sunday night on his @philjackson11 account. “Today’s game vs Cavs gave bb gods heartburn and those that know what “it” takes/means a smh.”

The Knicks are a bad basketball team, approximately a lifetime away from .500, and one of the worst teams in a league where the Philadelphia 76ers look like some of the NBA Summer League rosters we saw in Vegas.

Of course, Jackson knows this. He’s the president of the Knicks and has been instrumental in ensuring that this would be a miserable season for the Madison Square Garden faithful. It may be with a plan in mind — after all, the Knicks weren’t title-bound before Jackson showed up — but they were going to be a bad team that is going to occasionally show some flashes of listlessness. An 82 game grind of a season on a crappy team will do that to even some of the most professional players.

Maybe Jackson expects better energy from the players on his team. Maybe he is trying to get in somebody’s head. Either way, the choice of venue for his comments are distracting for a team and reminds me of some of the young managers I’ve dealt with who didn’t know how and when to criticize their employees. One of them made it a habit of doing it at a regular Monday meeting in front of everyone. There wasn’t enough coffee in the world to deal with a Monday like that.

For Phil Jackson truthers and believers, they’ll tell us, “He knows what he is doing. He knows how to motivate people. He knows when to take something public and when to keep it in house.”

To that, I say okay. Great. But just because it worked for Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant doesn’t mean it’ll work for this band of not so great players (and a currently shut down Carmelo Anthony).

Ranking Posts by @SteveBoese, Ranked

Occasionally, my friend and 8 man rotation compatriot Steve Boese writes a post ranking certain aspects of life with minimal explanation. Today, I rank those posts from best to worst.

1. Rob Lowes

2. Months

3. Basketball Shots

4. Store Bought Cookies

5. Grunge Songs

6. Ways to Contact Steve

7. Classic Toys

8. Getting Hit by a Bus

9. Getting Hit by Another Bus

10. Getting Hit by, Somehow, Yet Another Bus

11. Breakfast Cereals

“I’m Busy”

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A lot of conversations these days start off the same way.

Me: Hey, how’s it going?

Them: Good. Really busy. You?

Me: Same.

Over and over again it goes. I’m busy. I’m writing a lot — for work most of the time, not for myself. When I get to the end of my day, I don’t necessarily want to spend time in front of the computer again.

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Announcing The 8 Man Rotation – 2014 Edition

It’s a big day. The 2014 edition of The 8 Man Rotation is out! You can read it over at The 8 Man Rotation site or below.

Big thanks as always goes to the professor, Matthew Stollak, for compiling the ebook for the group for a fifth year and a shoutout to Paul Hebert for writing this year’s foreword.

This year’s version of the ebook has to be one of the most solid since I officially posted as little as I ever have in the last eight years of writing. That’s a problem that will be resolved soon, trust me. For now, you can get your fill of Steve Boese, Kris Dunn, Tim Sackett, Matthew Stollak, and myself in ebook form. Enjoy!

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