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Smaller Paper

If you’re waiting around for a big idea, you might be waiting a long time. My big ideas are built out of small ideas. A big blank canvas? Scary. A new Powerpoint deck with no slides? Scary. Designer notebooks packed with crisp, white, empty pages? I’ve abandoned dozens. I try to capture my small ideas…Continue readingSmaller Paper

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A List of Stupid Questions

I’ve been in enough meetings and worked on enough projects to know that one well-timed and innocently-asked stupid question can be a powerful tool for reframing problems, redirecting conversation, and encouraging a decision-oriented mindset. On a particularly busy and brain-busting day a few weeks back, I noticed that I was asking the same type of…Continue readingA List of Stupid Questions

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Take a walk to save some time

I work on many independent projects outside of my 9-5. When I need to get a lot done on a weeknight, I make myself take a walk between logging off the VPN1 and settling back down to work again. I haven’t always done this. Not taking the time to reset has made for many stressful and…Continue readingTake a walk to save some time

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Keeping a Work Journal

I started a new job March 5 of this year. The new job also meant a new town and new apartment, filling a newly created position, and working on new projects with new people. On top of that, my start date was just two weeks before my first speaking gig at a major industry conference.…Continue readingKeeping a Work Journal