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Motivation, Determination, Procrastination, Destination

Motivation & Determination: I wrote previously about why I spent the Labor Day holiday weekend repairing valve lifters. Well, 2 days before the Christmas holiday I touched down in Kansas City and texted my son – already well on his … Continue reading

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Premiums Given For Horses, Cattle, Hogs, Sheep

This post is rated NV-17: No Vegetarians under 17 years of age… For those of you who have never made it to the end of one of my long-winded posts, this is your chance. Today’s post is just to share … Continue reading

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Repairing Software is Easier than Repairing a Car

My loyal fan base – which I currently estimate at approximately 1 (plus or minus 1… Hi Mom) – will note that I haven’t posted here since before the Labor Day holiday. That’s because absolutely nothing happened in the last … Continue reading

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The Art (and Power) of Asking Good Questions

I’m reading the book The Innovator’s DNA. It describes 5 key attributes exhibited by disruptive innovators, one of which is a “passion for inquiry”. Innovators are skilled at asking questions. The authors also relate how Apple, Inc.’s Chairman of the Board Steve … Continue reading

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To Spur Out of the Box Thinking, Don’t Create a Box

I wrote in my initial post that one of the things about working for my Dad that drove me crazy was that he would give me a job to do but would refuse to tell me how to do the … Continue reading

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The People Who Know Things Should Get to Make Decisions

After preparing for vacation, taking vacation – and then recovering from vacation – I am hopefully back on a regular schedule of posting here. The topic of this post is on the importance of building a great team and a … Continue reading

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Esri CEO Still Does Landscaping

Below is a link to a CEO profile that I found interesting. Jack Dangermond, founder and President of GIS technology company Esri talks about what he learned growing up and working in the family nursery business. Here is a quote … Continue reading

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Quality Issues Can Bring Entire Company to Halt

This is the first post where meat and software meet. It deals with the topic of quality, and how poor quality in the butcher shop can bring a company to halt in the same way that poor quality in the … Continue reading

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Breaking Internet Silence

I mentioned in my first post that I would explain why I couldn’t be found on the internet prior to this week. That explanation is the subject of my musings in this post. Being invisible to the world wide web is … Continue reading

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Old SOB Comes Out In San Francisco

OK, OK, I admit to a bit of sensationalism in the description of this post. While it is entirely accurate, it probably means something completely different than what you imagined. Let me explain by dissecting the title. Old: I’ve worked … Continue reading

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