Funny

More ironic then funny. The old adage is not really true- Sometimes one door isn’t even closed before the next one opens.

Had a great catch up with an old friend today, who better start reading this. ( Still shocked she didn’t)

And to all those who have asked, no I’m not going to New York next week. Sorry fans. Just not going to be the same without being at NRF. kind of like a tree falling, does NRF count if I’m not there? Lol.

Dress warm, #Datanerds

From this side of the country, I remain…

That Planning Guy

Greatest Strength

Someone asked me recently what is my greatest strength. That’s a crazy question because you don’t know how you’re supposed to answer it in context.

In hindsight, I think my greatest strength is that people listen to me. But perhaps my greatest weakness is because I don’t know why they listen to me. I’ve never really gotten a handle on that.

One of the other answers to this that floats in and out of my head as I have the innate ability to make something complex seems simple. And again as all things in my life come with ying and yang, I think my weakness is oversimplifying to take the magic out of some magical things. Sometimes when you just give an answer, people think it’s simple. The black box is the useful on occasion.

Regression to the mean, #datanerds.

When you flip a coin enough times, no matter how many times heads comes up in a row, in an infinite loop it will always come back to even.

Pretty deep on a Sunday morning when the Patriots are in a bye week and there’s no games to watch.

And never forget- #AnalyticsDrivesBusiness

That Planning Guy

2018 over, bring in 2019

I know a lot of people had a bad 2018, but I think that can be said of any year.

I had a good year:

Implemented a new ERP/POS at work, and I learned a ton of new skills.

Lost 40+ lbs and discovered Low Carb life. (Thanks Homie, you know who are)

Daughter got her dream CoOp this semester. So proud. Read her @The Globe every day.

Had a very lucky year gambling.

Made a lot of new friends and contacts. Some of you reading this.

But—The real questions at the end of the year is not a retrospective, but should be introspective. What did I improve? Who’s lives did I touch, and did I leave a positive impact. Did I help, did my presence matter?

As we start the new year, we #PlanningNerds need to be ready to answer THOSE questions in 8,760 hours. That’s what matters most.

Wherever the tides take me, I am always,

That Planning Guy

Culture

Had a lot of conversation this week about culture. What defines it, what makes it work.

If everyone is rowing the same way, the boat moves easily and quickly. If not, everyone is frustrated. And human nature, everyone believes they are rowing the right way.

Who is the coxswain of the organization? And do they know the right route/path/cadence/(insert metaphor here)

If you can’t find the culture, maybe you are the one not setting it. Don’t complain: BE the culture. Define how you want the boat to move, and partner and collaborate to make it happen.

Leadership is not a title but a mindset.

Heavy for a Saturday. Sorry. Lots of things in my head just trying to come out

That Planning Guy

Great week

Very good week for me. I met some amazing people. Had dinner with some great old friends. Hit a 5 teamer in Hockey.

And yes, the model had Chargers over the Chiefs, teaser with the under.

Had a great conversation about talent vs skill with an amazing lady. Instinct vs analytic. Very intrigued.

17 days left in the year: what will 2019 be??

I will still be,

That Planning Guy