Monthly Archives: March 2012

Systems Need to Change: The Future of Work, College, Education — and the Future of YOU?

What is the future of work? How about the future of education? Across the news, education reform and the way we learn seem to be undergoing a slow overhaul–or it still desperately needs one.  The future of work is constantly shifting as we untangle ourselves from the traces of our industrial past and figure outRead the article

You Don’t Get it Back: Thoughts From a Swimming Alumni

It’s been a long few weeks–I’m traveling back and forth for lectures, office visits and events and find myself staring out the plane window more often than not. This morning, on the plane ride across the country from San Francisco to Philadelphia, I remembered that this weekend is also a big weekend in college swimming.Read the article

Boldness is Genius. Do it. Decide.

“Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help oneRead the article

Why Do Cars Have Brakes?

“The more sure we are, the more likely we are to suffer an illusion.” – Jerry Weinberg Why do automobiles have brakes? To stop, right? To stop. That’s one answer. Is there another answer? I heard this on the radio recently, and I jotted it down in my mental notebook. Cars have brakes so theyRead the article

Rain Puddles, Big Splashes, and the Land Beneath Your Feet.

Photograph of the rain reflections by Courtney Warren. Will it stop raining? It’s raining in San Francisco and I’m so happy that it finally is. The rain has been following me across the country a bit–Dallas, Austin, here in San Francisco again–and while it makes a few of the plane exchanges a bit difficult, IRead the article

What Your Job Is Not

What is your job? Or, more importantly, what is your job not? One evening, late on a Friday night, I asked myself what I was accomplishing, and what I was achieving. Who am I working for? What’s the bigger picture? How am I making this happen?  Sometimes, to figure out what to do, you haveRead the article

A Little Bit Is A Lot

Feels like I just touched down in San Francisco and turned around and took off again! After getting back in town after last week’s working vacation, I’m off again to Dallas and then Austin, Texas for work, conferences and a weekend in Austin. I’m looking forward to seeing a lot of new and familiar facesRead the article

The “Working Vacation” or How I Briefly Escape From Insanity

I’m on a slow retreat, one in which I escape–although not completely–from the working world. I’m taking a long weekend in Catalina, off the coast of southern California, to spend time with my family, catch up on writing, and slow down on the work-crazy that sometimes takes hold. (Okay, fine, it takes hold all theRead the article