Part 1 - Reframing the Talent Gap Conversation
Reports on the deepening talent divide are overwhelming. As I look at the large-scale efforts led by many businesses and institutions in response, I feel some relief that steps are being taken towards long-term, systemic change. Yet there is an increasing need for immediate change. You will soon learn that the... Read More
Part 2 – Treetop Time
How do you grow as a leader? What character qualities do you hope to emulate? We all have the aspiration to improve but sometimes we struggle breaking it down into manageable steps towards real change. In my last blog I discussed the need to develop an organizational leadership model to give you and your... Read More
Building a Culture by Design™
I’ve worked in some awesome companies— collaborative, educational, challenging, and most of all… fun! The best jobs have always had the best people. I’ve also worked in some not-so-great environments— political, demanding (in that “oh no - what are they making me do now” kind-of way), deceptive, and profit-at-all-costs thinking which made for... Read More
The Importance of Validation Testing.
Validation testing plays a significant role in product development. Have you ever wanted to rip the radio out of your car and smash it on the ground? I’ve taken things out of my car and smashed them - and it’s quite satisfying! I didn’t do it out of frustration, I did it as part... Read More
Helping Your Team Succeed!
I love coaching teams, and I love being part of a team— and learning how to help them perform at a higher level! I’ve had the privilege of coaching a state-championship high school team, national club volleyball teams, and talented teams of professionals at DISHER. I enjoy each coaching opportunity immensely. While I do... Read More
Jeff Disher counseled me "Go to a four-year college, get an internship, and learn to tear things apart and fix them." And that's what I did.
How and why did I become a DISHER team member? Last Friday, I found myself in front of the entire company at a staff meeting— a generally uncomfortable place for an engineer to... Read More
Part 1 – Develop a Model for Your Team
How do you grow your leadership abilities? How do you lead your team or organization? If your library is like mine, you probably have a shelf full of best-sellers like: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey, 21 Laws of Leadership by John Maxwell, and Good to... Read More
I love being right… and the importance of creating meaningful culture visuals is one of those times. Being right doesn’t happen as often as I think it should happen but when it does— it feels sweet.
Yes, one of my many personality challenges is the internal conviction that when I have an idea, it is probably a good one.... Read More
Operators, Operations, & Opportunities
There’s a Beatles song called “A Day in the Life” that closes the album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. At the end of this song, an E chord is struck and held onto for 45-seconds or so giving the impression that the song never really ends. I love the finality yet continual nature of... Read More
The Latest ID Label for the Same ID Story
Some would say that making a product that looks good is the only duty of an Industrial Designer. This couldn’t be further from the truth! Fundamentally, the role of industrial design (ID), is to grasp the entire design process as it relates to the user and producer of a service... Read More