Lean Value and My Cup of Coffee

All lean thinking begins with value as the basis. Lean defines value from the customer’s perspective. Whatever you think is worthwhile or important is irrelevant. What matters is what the customer thinks. And, more specifically, what the customer is willing to pay you to do (which is at the essence of value). Beginning with the…

The Real Reason You’re Not Landing That Job Interview

The Real Reason: This Guy Threw Your Resume in the Trash WARNING! Unsolicited career advice forthcoming: I was attending a professional conference today. There, a number of workshop speakers were talking about the current crisis in the labor market. “Crisis? But I thought unemployment was low.” It is. And that’s the crisis from an employers’…

‘Procrastination’ is a Fancy Word for Perfectionism

I’ve never seen myself as a perfectionist. I’ve often fancied myself a carefree, gun-slinging decision-maker who pushes the limits and takes risks. This has been true at times. But more often, I’m paralyzed with indecision, afraid to get things wrong. More often, I let tasks hang out in my inbox for weeks, turning them over…

I’m Trying to Teach My Kid Just 1 Thing

When you become a dad, you become a teacher. You teach your kid about colors and numbers and animals and the alphabet and that you shouldn’t eat dead flies you find lying on the ground. When my kid gets older, I’ll teach him about more difficult concepts, like politics, religion, money, and sex. While imperfect,…

Life is Hard: Choose Your Struggle

Here’s a quick tip for you: Life is hard. Life will never stop being hard. The type of hardships will change, but they will continue to persist from birth until death. No matter the path you choose, life will continue to be hard. Running is hard; heart disease is hard. Quitting smoking is hard; getting…

You’re Already Living Your Dream Life

When I was eight years old, I lost a $5 bill on a family roadtrip. I can’t prove it, but I am somewhat confident one of my eight siblings purloined it when we stopped at a gas station. Losing a $5 bill as an eight-year-old felt like losing a million dollars. It was crushing. I…