Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Wacky Wednesday - Trust


Trust is earned, and can easily be tested to the limits. I've learned that a statement like "this is gonna work out just fine" is almost as bad as "check this s^*t out."

Monday, April 21, 2014

Trust But Verify

 Trust is one of the most fragile assets a leader has. The team's trust in you, your trust in the team. I discussed this on a previous blog entry. But trust is earned, and blind trust can cause massive problems.

Trust But Verify. Believe it or not, this is a Russian proverb ""doveryai no proveryai"" taught to President Ronald Regan by a Russian Writer named Suzanne Massie. It eventually became a phrase associated with Ronald Regan's entire Presidency. The original intent is a form of advice, recommending that while a source of information might be considered reliable, one should perform additional research to verify that such information is accurate, or trustworthy.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Wacky Wednesday - The Expert

Sadly, I've sat in meetings like this and try hard to not be THAT Project Manager. I have friends (mostly engineers, but it happens to me as well) who are regularly called into meeting and leave with this experience.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Frack-up vs. Failure

I am going out on a limb here, but in honor of Battlestar Gallactica (which I started watching on Netflix again, and recently celebrating its 10 year anniversary), this week's lesson is the a difference between Frack-up versus Failure. 


Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Wacky Wednesday - God Grant...

There is an old phrase that I essentially try to live by:

God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.

I have a friend who is going through some hard times right now, and I found a version that might be more appropriate for her:

Primitive "Coffee and wine" serenity prayer wooden sign - your color choice
From Etsy

Monday, April 7, 2014

I Don't Know

I was sitting with an Engineering Manager last week, and he asked me a question that I've heard a lot from younger leaders (particularly new project managers in very technical industries):

You are in a meeting with a customer, and he asks a question, you don't know the answer. What do you do?

I responded: I tell the customer "I don't know, but..."

Image courtesy of ratch0013 /

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Wacky Wednesday - Brick Wall Are you building the brick wall that prevents other from accomplishment or are you demolishing the barriers to explosive results?