I was a chubby little cherub with a bowl haircut who liked drama and could barely kick a football, but by the time I graduated I was one of the most popular kids in school.
I was never especially gregarious, rebellious or good looking; I was popular because over the years I’d been playmates with nearly everybody in my 50 person year group, and play was something I was really good at.
In “The One Minute Manager Meets the Monkey” (1984, Blanchard and Bowles), a monkey is simply “the next move” in any project. Whether it’s your subordinates or your kids passing their monkeys to your back, you probably need to stop letting them.
Authors Kenneth Blanchard, William Oncken, Jr. and Hal Burrows believe that efficient monkey management starts with only accepting (or seeking) responsibility for the monkeys your subordinates aren’t capable of caring for Continue reading →
I was proud to be written about recently by The Oklahoman, the newspaper owned by OPUBCO, where I work.
The article was part of Outlook 2014, a special themed annual section. The 2014 theme was social media, and the Q&A focused on explaining the value of digital marketing to businesses, and mentioned the upcoming Confluence conference, which I curate. Continue reading →
I’ve been telling my wife that she needs to start a blog for years. This post will tell you everything you need to know about why: she loves to plunder Pinterest for good ideas and she loves to throw amazing birthday parties (see her Elmo and sock monkey parties)- this time it was a pirate themed birthday party for our now three year old. Continue reading →