The Bumpy Road of a Blogger: From Gleichschaltung to Freedom

I started blogging sometime in the mid-2000s. Blogging was a new form of communication that was really nothing more than an online diary. The first blogs had impossible-to-remember web addresses like As a reader, it was awesome to get a glimpse into the minds of an untold number of people, some of whom were […]

Resources To Help You With Your Personal Planning Process

Mid-November is the time of year I begin my annual review/annual planning process. This is a process I have honed over the years with the help of a lot of books and bloggers. Here are some of the articles and books that have contributed to my thinking regarding personal planning: The Annual Planning Process by […]

If You Really Need Luca Brasi, Don’t Hire Me

Luca Brasi

In the classic film, The Godfather, we first meet Luca Brasi as he sits outside the Don’s home rehearsing a speech: “Don Corleone, I am honored and grateful that you have invited me to your home on the wedding day of your daughter. And may their first child be a masculine child.” Luca Brasi was […]

Learn To Build On Your Strengths

When I first graduated from college in the 1980s, my primary focus was finding a job. My approach was a shotgun approach. I applied for every job I could find that looked like it might provide a livable income. Qualifications were secondary. One of the hallmarks of a young employee is summarized in a simple […]