Author Archives: mph

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Supporting an Open Door Culture by Listening

The thing I’m most proud of as a manager came not from “taking charge” and leading, but from deciding the best use of my authority was to assert my right to be guided by others who hadn’t been given that authority. 

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Let’s Talk in 2017

tl;dr: I’m taking a little break from social media. I hate the thought of missing a direct tweet or private message from you on whatever platform we have accounts on together, so I’ve put some […]

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Please be considerate of my neighbors

So, here’s a scenario to try on: You’ve just woken up in your tent down on the Springwater Trail. You climbed into a sleeping bag the night before. The temperature was headed down to the […]

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Thinking About Priorities

Prioritization is job one for a manager. This is a tool to build an ongoing practice of thinking about what’s important and how what you’re actually doing lines up with that.

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A Review of the Fujifilm X-T2

The Fujifilm X-T2 is my first-ever “no compromises” camera purchase, and I don’t regret it for a second.

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You can’t say what you are, but you should try anyhow.

We can open ourselves to hearing what’s right, and we can try to choose what’s right, or at least choose what’s less wrong. We can accept that we’ll sometimes fail at that. We can allow ourselves to be held accountable. We can try again.

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On the Quicksilver (and the curious marketing conceit “RV resort”)

In which we paid to see some dude with a ginormous owl tattoo toweling his lady off all nasty.

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Breakfast at Oliver’s

I appear to have eaten at Oliver’s Cafe about 90 times since March, 2012 (can’t account for a few cash transactions). I ran the Quicken report that told me that through a quick script to […]

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I bought my team copies of @shanley Kane’s book. I think you should buy it for yours.

The fact that she sometimes is considered a radical, that she’d feel the need to label those ideas radical, just underscores how badly twisted our collective work culture has become.

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#yesallwomen

This is a story of getting things wrong, and perhaps continuing to get things wrong, but not knowing exactly what to do besides what I’ve come up with. prologue When I lived in Bloomington, IN, […]