Category: history

  • We Are Who We’ve Been Waiting For

    We Are Who We’ve Been Waiting For

    About a decade ago I was working a new job where it rapidly became clear that they needed a new everything. You name it, it needed to be overhauled, sourced, replaced, or jettisoned into space. We were going to need to create a property management company from scratch. Without any support of any kind. No…

  • Where Winners Spend their 2%

    I don’t know if you remember but for close to a decade, starting around the mid-2000s, people couldn’t shut up about Steve Jobs. This seemed to coincide with the release of the iPhone, YouTube, and social media, which makes sense. All of the content seemed to herald Jobs as Tech-Jesus. The iPod was the second…

  • Radioactive Cats, Communication, and What We Routinely Get Wrong.

    Radioactive Cats, Communication, and What We Routinely Get Wrong.

    We’ve been talking to people from around the country, in various industries, and one result has been remarkable – we barely understand each other. We’re using the same words but mean different things. We expect different common words and pronunciations based on region. But what about a benign word like “invoice” – something you wouldn’t…

  • “Be Quick, but Don’t Hurry”

    “Be Quick, but Don’t Hurry”

    John Wooden was arguably the greatest basketball coach of all time. While leading the UCLA Bruins the guy won 10 National titles in 12 years, including seven in a row. You don’t get to that status without dropping some serious wisdom along the way. And that brings us to our title; one of Wooden’s best…

  • “Clear Eyes, Full Hearts, Can’t Lose” or Coach Taylor meets Sun Tzu

    “Clear Eyes, Full Hearts, Can’t Lose” or Coach Taylor meets Sun Tzu

    Everyone loves a good motivational speech and there are few better than the ones from our favorite movies. The one where Rocky says that’s how winning is done. The one where Al Pacino talks about the game being one of inches and the inches are all around us. The one in Independence Day where President…

  • D-Day, Logistics, and Student Housing Turn

    D-Day, Logistics, and Student Housing Turn

    Today is the 74th anniversary of D-Day (aka, Operation Overlord); the invasion of Nazi-occupied Europe by Allied forces. The “D” just stands for “Day” and was a term used for any important military day, though now it has become synonymous with Overlord. No doubt you’re familiar with D-Day, if only because you’ve seen “Saving Private…

  • Be A Super Ethical Leader in 3 Easy Steps

    Be A Super Ethical Leader in 3 Easy Steps

      Immanuel Kant is a boss. Like, the boss of bosses. As far as philosophers go, he’s like the RZA of this here ethics game. He’s the one that really summed it up nicely, and gave everyone the central cornerstone of modern ethics: The Categorical Imperative! Put simply: Act so that the maxim of your…

  • Fu-Go, The Japanese’s best kept secret weapon of WWII

    Fu-Go, The Japanese’s best kept secret weapon of WWII

    One of my absolute favorite things of late is listening to awesome podcasts like Radiolab and This American Life. I love stories, and these guys consistently tell some of the coolest ones around. On this recent Radiolab podcast I heard the story about the Japanese secret weapon, the Fu-Go. I’m a big WWII buff and I’d…