self-coaching: what is real?

What is the opposite of “real”? Unreal? Artificial? Intangible? Imaginary? Fake? Contrived? What are the synonyms of “real”? Authentic? Natural? True? Beautiful? Untamed? Tangible? Does real mean the same thing [ read more brave ]

What does the nation-state do for us, anyway?

Syria has dissolved into a nightmare we are nearly powerless to help, and the US elected a racist, rapist, reality-star in an effort to return to an imaginary past. The [ read more brave ]

What I’m Reading

  “caring about other people’s kids is part of what it means to care about our own” – a blog post from Slacktivist on moral choices. This well-researched book on [ read more brave ]

Three things for managers to consider every week

Did I have any personal career victories I should record for my annual review or to mention in future job interviews? Did anyone on my team have a problem or [ read more brave ]

Self-coaching: Growing up

How do you define being an adult? Is it a process, or an end state? Are you an adult by your own definition? Is it better to be an adult [ read more brave ]

Five simple ways to make your proposal more competitive

  Read the call for proposals and take note of the scoring. Spend your time accordingly. If the management plan is worth five points, don’t spend two days of meetings [ read more brave ]

Understanding bird flu

There’s a lot of technical language around influenza, which is a shame because it’s an interesting topic – complicated enough to be fun to learn about, and relevant to everyone [ read more brave ]

Peace Corps and Persistence

  Excerpts from emails I sent today: 1) About President Trump I think our goal is to make this a four year presidency. He can do terrible harm in four [ read more brave ]

Self-coaching: Money

In American culture, we talk about money in a few, highly specific ways. You might tell someone what you paid for your house, but you don’t mention your salary. You [ read more brave ]

Resources for Change: Understanding Data

How to read a scientific paper. via Chris Blattman. How to tell when a data visualization is lying to you. Also from Chris Blattman. The Data Journalism handbook is an [ read more brave ]