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Last Day At Expedia #TheRoadLessTraveled #Bravery #Change

In 1994 my dad, a manager at Boeing, brought home an IBM 286 and I wrote a program in BASIC that drew a tree in ascii-art. As the leaves were turning green the next spring I caught my father standing on a stool running a phone line out of the ceiling to the “computer room”… My desperate pleas for “The …

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3 Tips For Getting Started With A New Boss

I’ve formally changed roles 11 times in the last 10 years and been moved as part of changes in organization so many more than that. What does this mean? I’ve had to adapt to a lot of new bosses over the years. You might say I’m more experienced at new bosses and new teams than at the technology space I …

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1/1’s: How to get back to being a Leader

One-on-one (1/1) meetings between managers and employees are one of the most poorly leveraged meetings in corporate America (and if you’ve read my stuff you know how I feel about most meetings). The roots of the misuse come from two clear drivers: the relentless corporate focus on the delivery of work and, the ongoing devaluation of the person who fills a …

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Change And Opportunity

Sometimes a lot of change happens all at once. You know what this means if you’ve been informed by your employer that your position has been eliminated. You know about this if your business has closed down. You know about this if something you worked years to build and run was suddenly shut down. When change happens all at once I …

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3 Things Leaders Avoid

There are three things that all Leaders avoid because they kill the ability of their squad to achieve goals. Companies have a lot to deliver these days. Movements need to build momentum quickly. Communities need the right support to grow and scale. I’m going to share three things with you that, if you want to be a Leader, you need to …

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What Batman Taught Me About Spartans

Yesterday was the Spartan Super in Seattle. A 9 mile obstacle course race through water, mud, heavy loads, mental challenge, walls, hills, barbed wire, and fire. I waited 6 whole months to get to this event but don’t get me wrong… my “waiting” isn’t anything like the “waiting” we’ve been taught. My waiting was hard. It involved sweat, blood, tears, pain, …

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In Office 3D Printing And Other “Small” Predictions

Swag was being given out a couple days ago here at Expedia and I wasn’t able to make it to the meeting. My awesome team was heads-up though and made sure to get me a shirt. As a 5″10″ 160 lb obstacle course athlete it must have been interesting to figure out which size to get me… small or medium. …

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Be A Tech Conference Rock Star

I don’t always attend conferences, but when I do, I’m a rock star  Wouldn’t you love to be saying that to yourself at your next conference? Want to get to a conference and don’t know how to sell it? Here’s how to achieve both. At the end of September, 2015 thousands of people came together in New York for the annual …

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Make Visual Aids Not Decks

My experience as a presenter started early. I was a Boy Scout back in middle and high school and that meant I had plenty of opportunity to learn what didn’t work in the quest to lead and communicate. When you’re trying to lead a boy scout troop as a young man you have a challenge. A challenge in broadcasting, a challenge in describing …

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Leading Remote And Flexible Staff

If you have been under a rock I have a news flash for you. The internet has changed some things. Just a few years ago a teleconference was a big deal.. Now its all about video conferencing Just a few years ago if I was sick and stayed home I lost the day at work… Now I can work from home Just a few …