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Thursday
Apr122018

"When We're Late To the Next Meeting" Is Not a Good Answer

One of the questions I’m somewhat infamous for asking at the beginning of a meeting is “How will we know when we can leave?”

At work, many people have heard me do this before, so I no longer get quite the strange looks that I used to. When I need to explain, this is the longer version of the question:

We’re presumably having this meeting to accomplish something or to create some output. Once we’ve done that, the meeting will have fulfilled its purpose, and that point the meeting doesn’t need to continue. It’s not clear to me what we’re trying to accomplish. Could we clearly define that so we can all understand what we’re being asked to contribute to?

I have some tips for avoiding having anyone have to ask this, but first, I’m curious: How often are you in meetings that would benefit from this question (in either the long or short form) being asked?

Monday
May022011

On Foot

Ryan asks:

You have talked a bit about your shoes. Speak to me of your shoes. (Perhaps that seems too mundane a topic, but I still ask.)

Very well.

The shoes in question are Merrell Jungle Mocs. I got turned on to them by folks at the office; I think about half of us wear them now. I like them because they’re comfortable and eminently practical. In some ways, they’re like my car: a little unusual and highly versatile. I can wear them with just about anything and in a wide variety of situations. When I was away from home for four weeks last summer, they were only pair of shoes I brought with me, from GenCon to Agile 2010, from working in our office in Lausanne to hiking in the Swiss Alps. And for passing through airport security, the moccasins are tough to beat.




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Fitness: 30 minutes workout
Writing: 330 words, 269 average
Wednesday
Oct212009

Farming Genes

I didn't actually grow up on a farm, but I got about as close as a city boy can. Though we didn't live there, my parents owed the farm my father grew up on, I was in 4-H, and I showed sheep at the county and state fairs. Given that I'm now a software engineer living in Southern California, I guess I fell a little further from the tree than might be expected.

My aunt Cheryl said didn't think she was going to have much to do with farming when she went to journalism school, but she ended up writing for Successful Farming, marrying a farmer, and most recently, being honored by the National Farm Medicine Center for her work advancing farm safety and health.

Goes to show you never can tell, I suppose.