Sketching a Triathlon

I was pretty sick this week with the flu.  Not only did it lead my to cancel my vacation to New Mexico, but it forced to stay in bed.  As a triathlete, this really sucks.  Daily exercise has become such a big part of my life, that how could I possibly stay in bed for three or four days?  Well, when you are miserable, it is actually quite easy.

Since I couldn’t physically keep up with my training, my mind was going wild, needing something to do.  So, when that artistic voice in the back of my head reminded me of my sketchpad and colored pencils, I obliged and created the triathlon sketch below:


While it isn’t a Mona Lisa, I think it is pretty cool.  It has me swimming, cycling and running.  The mental triathlon in me was satisfied!



Just One Thing Done Well

For a long while, it seemed that multi-tasking was the thing.  The more projects you had on your to-do list, the better.  The more programs you had open on your computer, the better.  In fact, one of the biggest highlights of Android OS over iOS is the fact that Android can multi-task better than iOS can.

But, with the introduction of scrum and further scientific research, it seems the best thing to do is really only one thing.  Perhaps doing three projects at once and delivering merely acceptable results isn’t cool anymore.  Now that the economy has tanked and unemployment is at an all-time high, it seems businesses and employers want the best and that means mono-tasking.

So, as you enter the new economy, how sharp are your skills?  My experience has been that position requirements are so specific, that a generalized resume dressed up with keywords ins’t going to get you that interview.  When you list your skills, what are your most refined?  What can you do really, really well?  That is what employers want and they want to see it in your experience and hear it in your voice. 

Don’t have any highly refined skill sets?  Well, then, its time to get some. 

You like data?  Maybe its time to download Talend and start building out workflows… 

You like sketching?  Time to establish a blog and show off your best work, jump on twitter and create your presence. 

You like driving?  Start a blog about the best driving routes of America.. or even the world.   Be creative in your approach.

To survive in the new economy, you will have to get just one thing done well for employer.  It will have to come from your passion, your heart, and your love. 

When was the last time you got just one thing done well?

The Great CEO Hold Music Challenge

If anyone has sat on hold they would know that know hold music can range from great to downright hidious to the point of obscenely pornographic.    As a customer, forced to sit on hold and listen to such torture, I hereby take it upon myself to save other from the same fate.

I hereby challenge every CEO in the world that has a customer contact center, to listen to the company’s hold music for two hours each week.  The bottom-line, if they can’t stand it, change it! Why would you, as a CEO, expect your customers to listen to something that YOU yourself wouldn’t listen to?   

If you accept my challenge, post your customer contact center number here is a comment and let my readers judge.  Honestly, if you have any kind of music savvy taste, I am sure my readers will love it. 

Do you accept?

Another Breath Taking Visit to Fort Tejon

Fort Tejon was a major military fort in the mid-19th century.   WHile it saw most of its action during the Dragoon era, it was used as a military post during the Civil War to house California’s volunteer corps.  


While the fort itself is quite small, it packs a large punch in its beauty.  Situated in a small valley near the top of the Tejon Pass, the golden hills, rich green vegetation and brown buildings represent a stunning palette of earth tones.  Toss in some amazing clouds and a brilliant blue sky, and you can spend countless hours just observing the changing environment around you.  

An added treat for me today was the living history demonstrations where volunteers wear period clothing and represent life at the fort during the Dragoon era, the 1850’s.   I also had the honor of being fourth position on the artillery squad, which meant I got to fire the Howitzer field gun, twice!  Nothing like a half pound of gun powder exploding a few feet away to make you appreciate the service that the men of our Armed Forces embark upon to keep us all safe. 

For more information on Fort Tejon, please visit the Fort Tejon Historical Association.