Dealing with an Office Provocateur

Unless you’re at the very edge of the bell curve, you must have had a chance to work with people who are smarter than you. Chances are, some of them were a tad difficult to work with. It’s easier to deal with a fool who overreacts and blows things out …

Growing Guitar

The artwork in the picture was a joint project with my daughter, 5 years in the making. The colors around the body encode the song While my Guitar Gently Weeps by the Beatles’ George Harrison. A few other hints are strewn throughout the design. Medium: – Manzanita branch stained to restore the …

March On

Back in high school I had many opportunities for extra-curricular activities, but marching band wasn’t one of them. In fact, I don’t think I even knew such a thing existed. My son graduated high school this year after four successful marching band seasons – one of the most rewarding activities …

Dark Product Management

If there were an Ig Nobel prize for product management, they should award it to product managers who march blindly toward failure. Those who toil endless hours (and have others do the same) to build a product that no one needs or that doesn’t do what it’s supposed to do. …

Take Kindly the Counsel of the Years

Many years ago in a land far far away there was a radio station broadcasting from a ship anchored beyond the territorial waters. The Voice of Peace was forced to broadcast offshore because the Israeli government chose to forbid NGOs from going on air. It was operated by Abie Nathan, an …

The Meaning of Life

What is the meaning of life? humankind came up with a variety of answers like being happy, serving a “higher being”, and 42. While some of these may be true, there is one answer that must be true. How can I be so sure? Simply because I exist. Remember Cogito …

Knowers vs. Askers

Knowers talk.  Askers listen. Knowers have the answer.  Askers question. Knowers know everything.  Askers learn about everything. Knowers try to impress.  Askers try to impress knowledge on their brain. Knowers are stubborn.  Askers are persistent. Knowers are complicated.  Askers are simple. Knowers grow to become grumpy old people.  Askers keep …

Fly by Notes

One thing that kept me focused during the learning period was to maintain a document that captures everything I learned. It’s like the Cliff’s Notes of a private pilot course, and I decided to make it available to other student pilots.t

Why Managers Should Learn to Fly

Many of the qualities that make a good pilot also define outstanding managers and leaders. Product managers in particular can benefit from learning to fly. Taking your product off the ground is not an easy feat, and learning to fly can hone your skills and help you excel. Here’s a list of ten skills you’ll get better at while learning to fly.

The Book is Dead, Long Live the Book

For many of years, bookstores and libraries played a significant role in the lives of many people including yours truly. We even have a dedicated word for them: “bookstore” (one word) as opposed “barber shop” or “shoe store”. Due to our increasing reliance on electronic media, bookstores are rapidly disappearing. Most small ones are already gone, and larger ones are gradually following suit.