Decaying Excellence

To: All TeamSubject: Kickoff Notes Guiding principles we agreed to: We recognize that achieving 100% perfection is impossible. We will aim for excellence, and we will hold ourselves to high standards: our target is 90% of perfect. To: All TeamSubject: Reminder of our guiding principles We have been at this for a while, perfection is … Read more

Email Fury

“About 20,000 emails,” I’d say rolling my eyes, “that’s how many I get in one year—I counted.” Then I’d plunge into a pool of gloom and commiserate with my colleague about how email is destroying our productivity, our creative time, our personal peace and the global supply of fresh salmon. I’d go on rambling and … Read more


I sat on the kitchen counter shaking my legs nervously, waiting for a reaction from my parents. I had just told them that I was going to leave the country for good. I was moving to Colorado thanks to a job opportunity there. It was the early 1990’s.In 1956 my parents had also made an … Read more