Big Ask

Art from Roger Disney Every summer, Chicago is filled with outdoor art fests. We close off a big city street and artists pitch hundreds of tents selling their creations. My wife, Lynette, especially looks forward to the one in our neighborhood. This year she stumbled on[…]

Social Support

A few weeks ago my father was taken by ambulance to the emergency room with trouble breathing. After that 5 day hospital stay, he’s been doing really well! But one thing that stands out from the experience was how my own psychology fluctuated. During the initial[…]

Spread the word

Photo by lee Scott on Unsplash Recently a young actress had an audition for an important role. Problem was, she was up against ‘a far better actress’ competing for the part. Most of us find ourselves in that position. We want a chance. There’s just someone better. Back[…]

Building products

What’s it going to take to get traction? “Make something people want.” “Minimum viable products.” “Talk to users and build features.” These are all common phrases used amongst those of us who are focused on building products. But I recently had a great reminder… It’s[…]

Assumptions

In 1952, the Boston Symphony Orchestra put up a screen during musician auditions to make them “blind”. They had been hiring more men than women and were trying to figure out if they were biased in their hiring. Still, the audition results skewed towards men. Why?[…]

Quitting

How do you know when it’s time to quit? We all know people all over the spectrum. Someone who’s been working on something forever that’s never going to work out. And someone who quits every project they start before giving it a fair chance. Then we[…]