“Hog Butcher for the World, Tool Maker, Stacker of Wheat, Player with Railroads and the Nation’s Freight Handler; Stormy, husky, brawling, City of the Big Shoulders: ” So begins Carl Sandburg’s poem, Chicago.1 As I was looking out my window at the city of Chicago this week, I was struck… Continue Reading City of Big Shoulders

In my first corporate orientation class, I participated in a professional writing seminar lad by Curry Young Consultants. In terms of return on investment, there are few hours of my life that I’ve referenced as much as that session. I think about these lessons surprisingly regularly, and over the past… Continue Reading Looking at the keys to successful (email) communication

“If they don’t know your dreams, then they can’t shoot ’em down” – J.Cole Most kids learn to share at an early age. It’s a lesson that seems to get pushed toward the back as we grow older and our environment becomes more competitive, however, when it comes to ideas… Continue Reading Alleviating the pressure to be right

Commitments are easy to accumulate and much harder to extricate from. One of the reasons why I’ve felt this week to be particularly appropriate for a reading diet is that while unsubscribing from newsletters and mailing lists, I noticed that the emails that I was most attached to were also… Continue Reading Graveyard of Good Intentions

These past few weeks have been a lot for me. I’ve felt overwhelmed and underwhelmed, isolated and crowded, confident and unsure. The roller coaster has me completely off balance and mostly, I just feel confused about what I’m doing and why. One thing has been clear, however: I’m accumulating obligations… Continue Reading Media diet