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Forgive the Hiatus


If you’ve followed along with this blog, you know a couple of things:

  • It’s past time for some sort of recognition for the one year anniversary, and
  • I’ve been quite remiss in posting over the last month or so.

As to the former, I say: “bah humbug!” I have grown weary of reading all the celebratory posts from people trumpeting their “blogiversary” as if it really mattered.

Suffice it to say, if you like doing this whole blogging thing, the first year flew by. If you did it for all the wrong reasons (because you’d become rich, or famous, or quoted, or perhaps even noticed) then it probably was a year of pure torture and pretty soon it will fade into obscurity. I like to think that for me, it was the first of these…

As to the lack of meaningful content herein over the last several weeks, I’d like to proclaim a number of really good excuses. To wit:

  • I came to the aid of a fellow blogger who, under relentless denial-of-service attacks, had to move immediately from one blogging platform to another. This resulted in herculean efforts to design, move, convert, and deploy an entirely new solution in record time. It went off with nary a hitch, and I’m pleased to note that the bad guys are being stopped at the gate (to the tune of 10,000+ attacks a day).
  • My main Windows computer breathed its last breath, a result of euthanasia. I’ve spent the last month making the final move of my life from Windows to the Mac — a sort of conversion that, like those of a spiritual nature, involves great joy and discovery coupled with several rites of passage. I plan to write much more about this experience in a more appropriate forum to be announced later.

  • Our eldest son just graduated from high school, and that comes with an inordinate amount of anticipation, preparation, visitation, celebration, and recuperation. This was a wonderful time for us all (dampened only slightly by a cruel theft of the diploma…), but one that is good to have behind us.

None of this is really justification for my lack of posting here, but it might explain to those around me the incredible lack of sleep I’ve had over the past month or two. And it does indicate why there has been at least a little to celebrate around here.

So, dear reader, please forgive the unintended hiatus, and stay tuned… I promise a reinvigorated effort in short order.

A Light Goes Out

Jill and Family
Jill and Family

The world is not the same today. My long time personal assistant, Jill, passed away last night. She battled bravely against the cancer that started in her breast and eventually claimed her entirely. At the completely unfair age of only 37.

I am a better person for having known her, having worked with her, and having simply been around her. She was a wonderful person: strong, athletic, and warm, with a smile that lit up everyone who ever came in contact with her.

She leaves behind a husband and two beautiful young children. I know they are wonderful for simply having been around her, if only for this short time.

Even though I know you are finally at peace, I miss you already.

Blog Manifesto

Apparently every web log needs to begin with a manifesto, like Charles Foster Kane’s Declaration of Principles for the fictional New York Inquirer in “Citizen Kane”. It seems that, without it, the audience never can understand the point of the whole thing. Not one to buck tradition, here goes:

Kane Manifesto
“Citizen Kane” Manifesto

I started this blog because the fodder is there. I am struck daily by things that just seem wrong or silly in the world of business, especially in the world of management and organizations.

I can’t pick up a newspaper, glance at a magazine, or read a book without thinking “no, that’s not right”, “oh, come on, that’s ridiculous”, or “how can they say that with a straight face?” With PR machines working overtime, CEO’s fiddling while their corporate empires burn, and countless executives writing worthless vanity books, there’s plenty to talk about.

I believe there’s value in this kind of criticism

More importantly, though, I believe there’s value in this kind of criticism. And, no, I don’t mean some quixotic quest to single-handedly make the business world “a better place.” The goal is far more modest, and localized, than that. For I’ve found that, often as not, one can learn a great deal by watching others and NOT doing what they do. It is often through this sort of reflection (“well that clearly didn’t work”) that we gain our best insight in what to do.

So, in the fashion of one of the “100 best movies ever made” here is my promise to you:

The “Scale Your Organization” Blog Will:

  • Focus on the people aspects of the world of business, on the leaders, the teams, and the cultures of the world’s organizations.
  • Shine a light on the charlatans, scoundrels, egotists, and wannabes who lead (and advise the leaders of) organizations large and small.
  • Highlight the good, the bad, and the ugly in team building, leadership development, performance management, and human resources policy and practice.
  • Offer hope that, somehow, you can learn from this and make your own team a better organization while honing your own leadership skills.

Please let me know, through your comments on the articles, or by contacting me directly, when I succeed, and especially when I fail miserably at this lofty set of objectives.