The Pragmatic-Idealist

“I am a pragmatic-idealist.” This is the dichotomy of a tagline I use to describe my life/business philosophy. The result of a spontaneous response at a dinner party, this phrase has proven to be not only a catchy one-liner, but to my surprise it has become a core value, as well. Unbeknownst to me when Read the full article…

 
Innovation and the Innovator

We hear a lot about innovation these days, but what is it? Innovation is imagination applied. And by applied, I mean it takes energy. Imagination, without the energy and force of will to achieve behind it, is nothing more than an idea. And ideas blow around like tumbleweeds in the desert, drawing our attention briefly Read the full article…

 
The Invitation of Uncertainty

Uncertainty invites ideas and ideas invite debate. I once read that “when everything is uncertain anything is possible.” Stated another way, when everything is uncertain all ideas possess a spark of possibility. Despite the discomfort it often causes, uncertainty reveals opportunity’s door and an idea is the key that unlocks it. The statement above may Read the full article…

 
Climb Out

It may be time to climb out of the well and look for a new place to dig! Often, when faced with a problem or a challenging period, we hunker-down and focus on details within the comfort zone of familiarity. We go back to what we “know” and recommit to what we consider to be Read the full article…

 
My Gritty Team

I have a gritty team and I am proud of it! Recently Forbes highlighted “grit” as a key factor in success. The article states that, “According to psychologist Angela Duckworth, the secret to outstanding achievement isn’t talent. Instead, it’s a special blend of persistence and passion that she calls – grit.” I think this is Read the full article…

 
Digital Unrest – A Catalyst for Social Disruption

Could digital unrest be the catalyst causing increased social and political disruption? Everyone sees their world view through a lens of their own construction, and I am certainly guilty of the same. As the owner of a technology company, I often see how the digital revolution can act as a polarizing force within the companies Read the full article…

 
The Time Capsule In Our Mind

There was a time when people buried a sealed container filled with items that represented contemporary life with the intent that the capsule be discovered by future generations. Implicit in this sort-it-forward concept was that the pace of change was so slow that nothing would be of interest for several generations. And of course, once Read the full article…

 
How Did I End Up In The Construction Business?

The commercial audiovisual contractor is the most recent entry into one of the world’s oldest industries. In 1879, Thomas Edison invented the light bulb. And the next thing you know, someone wanted a light installed, and with that, the electrical industry was born. The guy who did the first installation – he was the “geek” Read the full article…

 
Accelerating The Ah-Ha Moment

There was a time when technology improvements on the horizon promised a future of increased efficiencies and improved productivity.  Well, times have changed. We are no longer waiting on technology; it is waiting on us.  Of course, some may argue that the learning curve is steep or that “ease of use” is lacking but I Read the full article…

 
What You Can Feel But Cannot See

I knew it was out there! I could feel it, I just could not quite see it. What I could not see was the back-end of a semi-truck trailer. I was driving on the Alaska highway in near whiteout conditions, and its lights were frosted over and its trailer was grey – the camouflage was Read the full article…

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