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2019 Retrospective

The title of this post is both an indication of its content and a personal challenge. I’m not entirely sure how to provide a retrospective on 2019. I’m not even sure where to begin.

I might also note that this entire retrospective is probably the height of a “first-world consideration.” There are very real issues and real disasters going right now that make my reflections here seem trivial. I suppose, in fact, that they are. I don’t pretend to think that these matter one iota to the world at large.

They are important to me, though, so I am sharing them. If you’re reading this, I assume you have a reason for being interested. If not, well, there is always a lot of content out there.

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Drifting

The Week Drags On..

There are some weeks where you feel everything is going your way.

For me…this is not one of those weeks.

Here’s to the good and the bad, folks. May you have far more of the former than the latter.

Pinball Wizard (Omaha, NE)

So that didn’t happen..

The road to ruin, as they say is littered with poor planning and good intentions.1

The Drucker book I ordered never came which was a frustration in an of itself. Worse, by the time I realized the book wasn’t coming, I was knee-deep in finalizing a different project for a client. So it was that my poor little site sat here advertising a story that never came.

I am so rusty in terms of direct engagement. I have become accustomed to writing and just accepting that projects slip without actively working to manage those expectations because everyone I am working with also understands that these delays occur. Projects do, indeed, slip. It may not possible to plan for that slippage (if you could then there wouldn’t be slippage), but those delays should be anticipated. That is why it is important to not preview a project until there is enough content to at least keep momentum when those delays occur.2 I think this is one of the major reasons Patreon and Kickstarter initiatives succeed or fail. Successful projects anticipate delays and slippages and have contingency plans and communication strategies in place to keep the backers and the …

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