Everyone has a story about the worst job they've ever had. Working customer service at a call center. Housekeeping for a motel. Counting inventory for a big-box retailer. Sometimes these jobs are necessary for a start. Other times it's for survival. When I reflect on the worst job experiences in my life, the common theme isn't … Continue reading The Worst Jobs I’ve Ever Had
"If you'd like to find a job where you have no boss, you will probably end up having a lousy boss - you - to do the work. We have to be really careful when we're deciding to act like the boss...then we need to do it as a professional. The fact that we have … Continue reading Passion isn’t enough
Yesterday was Super Bowl Sunday. To prepare for this big moment, the Minneapolis Super Bowl Host Committee spent nearly $500 million on it (mostly via taxpayer dollars). According to the New York Times, it was the seventh one built in the last 12 years, each constituting about $250 million each from taxpayers for a total … Continue reading A New Kind of Stadium
If you're active on Linkedin, chances are that you receive generic pitches in your feed or messages on a regular basis. Today, I received one that said "We work with a lot of Principals in your industry," which clearly meant that he didn't bother to see what my industry was, A few days ago, I … Continue reading The Direct Approach
A few weeks ago, I put my notice in at work with no set plans, no confirmed next step. I just knew that it was no longer my place. That night, I received affirmation by way of fortune cookie: Some thoughts: I realize how many of us end up in a trap. We have been … Continue reading Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop
My newest TED talk was delivered in May 2017 in Bend, Oregon. While the eyebrow-raising title ("Yes, Read the Comments Section") might make some feel uncomfortable because of their personal experiences, I believe it is important to wade into the waters of the unknown in order to make connections with those of different beliefs. At … Continue reading Yes, Read the Comments Section
On June 25th, I'll be teaching an all-day seminar on Entrepreneurship at Marylhurst University. While it is generally reserved for current MBA and business management students, the school is welcoming community members to attend as well. Below is information about the class: Entrepreneurship involves the process of converting an idea or invention into a successful enterprise … Continue reading Upcoming Entrepreneurship Seminar
My newest TED talk, "How to Get a TED Talk," has just been uploaded to YouTube (though it has been retitled to "Pitching Your Way to the TEDx Stage"). Here it is: I hope you enjoy it. If you do, please consider sharing it. Thank you!
If you want to catch all of my TED talks in one handy place, here's a playlist:
Here's my newest TED talk, from TEDxFrontRange 2015 Heroes are found through stories, many of which are as close as our family members. The stories of the challenges, struggles and successes of immigrants can lend guidance and inspiration in our everyday pursuits.