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The Magic of the Second Time Around

I just had my second baby in September, and it’s amazing how much easier it was.  Each of my pregnancies and birth had their difficulties, but there’s something much more frightening and terrifying when you’re a first time mother.  You have no idea what to expect once the child arrives, only that you are in [...]

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My Take on Conspiracy Theories

I honestly have a hard time believing in conspiracy theories – political, corporate, secret societies, media-related, whatever. Maybe it’s because for a year, my video game writing job was to research conspiracy theories (as potential plot for story arcs), and during that year, I saw many, many crazy people with “beliefs” launch websites that later [...]

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The Dream Team is a Dream

Having been a part of many work teams over my career – both as just a member and the lead manager – I can tell you one thing: there is no such thing as a “dream team.”  Without fail, there will always be something wrong with your team.  Here I present a (non-comprehensive) list of [...]

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The Power of Networking

I’ve written several articles for other sites about the power of networking.  It’s one of those things that doesn’t come easily to most folks because it seems daunting.  Why would a stranger be interested in me? My experiences tells me that humans love to connect.  We’re interested in what others are doing, and we file [...]

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Father’s Day Tribute

To all the fathers who felt helpless throughout pregnancy, changed dirty diapers, raspberried bellies, slept next to a wriggling toddler, disciplined even when they didn’t want to, attended performances and sporting events, went outside and played, stayed strong during a time of crisis, taught a life skill, gave sound advice that fell on deaf ears, [...]

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Fellowstream Shutting Down in November

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Fellowstream began as a grand idea that Jacob and I drafted on our kitchen table in late 2009.  What if project management integrated social media aspects for better communication?  What if we made something geared toward small businesses, not huge teams?  What if we could help people get stuff done, period?  We poured our souls [...]

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“Do” Instead of “Think”

Lately I’ve been engrossing in a steady stream of thinking.  Thinking about things my young daughter and I should do when we’re together.  Thinking about writing more.  Thinking about going places.  And while planning and thinking have their place, there comes a point, usually long before I do it, where the thinking needs to stop [...]

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A Tribute to the Under Appreciated

We live in a fear culture, and as a result of that fear culture, we’ve become mistrustful.  We want to think that no one acts in our interest but ourselves or worse, that they are doing things to intentionally harm us.  Not only is this mentality narrow-minded, it’s sad because we belittle the very people [...]

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You’ll Never Know the Whole Story

I recently wrote an article about what lies beneath our family and friends’ surface appearance over at the Change Blog.  That blog centered on close relationships, but I feel this topic is worth touching on for business relationships as well, especially in an office where you see the same people day-in and day-out. Photo by [...]

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Workaholics vs. Work Efficiency

People think I’m a workaholic.  I’m generally involved in 3 or 4 projects at any given time.  I set milestones and push myself to do more.  I was a good student, and I translated that into a career in video games and project management.  Now I’m raising a little girl full-time and working part-time.  Workaholic, [...]

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