What I’m Contemplating
- Steve Jobs Knew How to Write an Email. Here’s How He Did It – A great decomposition of an email that Jobs wrote. Much to learn from this. My favorite comment: “This language is conversational, vulnerable, and paints the picture of Apple giving it their best shot, pursuing bias for action, and preparing to learn from any mistakes.”
- Attacks Reveal What U.S. Won’t: Victory Remains Elusive in Afghanistan – How many times have we heard the same story: victory is just around the corner? This is Vietnam all over again: we know we can’t win, but we are too proud to walk away.
- Understanding how Design Thinking, Lean and Agile Work Together – Good stuff here that I’ll be using in my Project Management Class.
- Letter to a Junior Engineer – I sent this to Jacob, of course.
- Glamping at BaseCamp 37°: Perfectly Peaceful, and Perfectly Appointed – Julie is writing again! We will be heading back to this part of the country in about 7 weeks.
- The Strenuous Life – A merit badge program for manly men.
What I’m Reading
- I read Coach the Person Not the Problem: A Simple Guide to Coaching for Transformation as I’m trying to improve my approach to 1:1 professional coaching. On the one hand, I applaud the author for keeping the book short and too the point; no fluff here. On the other hand, I was craving more specific examples or stories on how to implement his ideas.
What I’m Listening To
- “Out in the Open” by The Steep Canyon Rangers on Amazon Music – This one showed up on a recommended list within the Amazon app and I enjoyed it. Bluegrassy / classic country.
- I’ve been on a bit of a George Harrison kick (both playing on the guitar and listening), so of course I listened to “All Things Must Pass (Remastered)” by George Harrison on Amazon Music. My favorite song of his to play right now is “If I Needed Someone.”
What I’m Playing
- Julie and I played Five Crowns in one of our closest matches ever.
- Doug and I continued our Blitzkrieg in the West campaign in Advanced Squad Leader, finishing the third-to-last scenario BWN–4, Brush at Tilburg.
- We played Tichu with neighbors who are really starting to enjoy the game. Much fine Indian food and quite a lot of wine consumed.
- During the Superbowl we played Sunken Sailor, a light adult party game (mucho adult language) that is more an activity than a game. Fun but not awesome.