This morning I dropped my car off at the dealer for what I hope to be service covered by a recall (now called product improvement campaigns) or as a fall back covered by the extended warranty that came with the car during its purchase.
During our Monday meeting this week, Kevin O’Keefe asked, “what do we like?“ This question was asked in part from a SLACK discussion the previous week; a few of us were giving our take on a publishing platform’s new features. The tone was more critical or cynical. His challenge to us was to focus on what was good, what we should be doing as a company, and the positives we can glean and apply.
My first real job was working for a corporate collections agency. While my role was related to managing the office, print design/advertising needs, the company website, and intranet (remember those). I did learn much from watching the collections personal as they engaged business that owed our clients money. One such skill was their note-taking as they entered call information into our UNIX collection system.
Bob Ambrogi wrote a great article this week that outlined the benefits of legal blogging beyond marketing. Phrases like: a creative outlet, makes you smarter, builds relationships, opens doors, improves your writing, and serves others stood out to me as key. In reading that post, one could only be inspired to start blogging. Continue Reading Why (i) Blog?
Sometimes your needs come into focus as time moves along. They are not immediately obvious. This week I realized I needed a wall calendar. I found myself asking Siri what the date was each AM before reading through a daily devotional. I’d rather look up and see for myself. Plus, it allows me the chance to buy a very cool illustrated calendar that will add to the office decor.
I find podcasting a beneficial format for digesting content. From weekend binge listening to Dan Carlin’s Hardcore History to Distributed by Matt Mullenweg and all topics in between. There’s a lot to be gained and not just for entertainment purposes. Legal podcasters have a strong voice and I want to make sure LexBlog is doing everything we can to help them.
Continue Reading Project Kirby: Building podcasting tools
I enjoy running. In fact, it’s fair to say I’ve been running most of my life. When I was younger, running was a requirement for soccer conditioning. That meant every summer I was running in the evenings with my dad prodding me along. I hated it and would do all in my power to express these feelings to him before each run. I admire his patience as I lagged toward the rear, making a point to keep my distance as another way to show how much I disdained this evening ritual.
I have been working from my home office for the last 15 years. In times past, I found that every four months or so, I’d start to feel disconnected, and that meant it was time for a trip out to Seattle to reconnect with everyone. I loved these trips, aside from the time away from my family.
I have been reading through a book titled Suffering by Paul Trip. In general, this is not a topic I enjoy or want to learn more about for fear that I’ll somehow unwittingly bring some upon myself. The last sentence sounds silly, but it’s true to how I think sometimes. If left to my own choosing, I’d opt to avoid suffering in all shapes and forms. That said, suffering comes to all.
My dad used to speak of seasons of life quite often as I was growing up. He used them as an anchor point for providing understanding to a specific situation. Often the seasons of life were tied to moment and what was happening with kids, relationships, school, career, etc.
Continue Reading The Seasons of my Week