Learning from Our Mistakes

Seth Godin had a wonderful post earlier this week. Titled Lessons learned the hard way, Godin talks about the value of learning from our mistakes. Here is the full post: It will be a long time before I spell “handkerchief” incorrectly. That’s because in third grade, I lost the entry round of the spelling bee … Continue reading Learning from Our Mistakes

Well, That Was Humbling…

I generally consider myself relatively tech-savvy; I try to keep up with the latest systems, developments, tools, and gadgets, I try new technologies when they come along, and I feel I pick up new technologies fairly quickly. But as it turns out, when it comes to digital technologies, I'm in the worst stage of competence … Continue reading Well, That Was Humbling…

To the Kid on the End of the Bench

This is the 44th in a collection of newspaper ads written by Harry Gray, then CEO of United Technologies, that appeared in the Wall Street Journal from the late 1970s through the early 1980s. Here is the text from that ad. Champions once sat where you're sitting, kid. The Football Hall of Fame (and every … Continue reading To the Kid on the End of the Bench

Make Good Art – for Business Professionals

I'm a sucker for a good graduation speech, and one of my favorites is Neil Gaiman's 2012 speech to students at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. The speech was also made into a best-selling book. Neil Gaiman is a successful author of adult novels, children's books, graphic novels (the Sandman series), and has … Continue reading Make Good Art – for Business Professionals

Certificates of Failure

Walk into any doctor's or college professor's office, and you're likely to see a wall lined with framed certificates of that person's academic accomplishments. I admit that I look at these certificates, and often use them as a way of quickly judging the competence of the individual whose name appears on the certificates. However, as … Continue reading Certificates of Failure