There’s an ironic story about Jeff Bezos. Several years ago at Re:Invent, when he could be counted on to present, I watched him talk about his inability to predict the future of technology. What he said is constant is people’s desire to want more for less money. So while he…


Who are they and what are they to you, America?

Dr. Dre & Eminem

One of the most profound things I ever did in my life was to assemble my family tree. I started it when I was around 30 years old, and on a part-time basis over a couple years I found about…


Tonight the house is quiet and I am unable to focus. It is an old problem now. I may never get over it. I have come through a series of impossibles of the sort I gave myself to believe would never happen to me. For many of these impossibles, including…


Imagine for a moment a world in which class and character were always more important than race and religion. A world where people were something of a mystery until you listened to them speak and they gradually came into focus as recognizable by their particular interesting aspects and remained that…


Culture + Tools + Methodology = Virtual Team Success

It turns out that if people did ideal status reports, most status meetings would run themselves. Nothing’s perfect, but everyone having their status report in hand is a good start. First off let’s consider the dynamics and parameters of a status…


Some time ago I wrote My Black Life Doesn’t Matter. As the machinations and shenanigans associated with BLM continue to disturb my peace, I think I have come to an appropriate way to describe it. …


Culture + Tools + Methodology = Virtual Team Success

In our continuing series, we talk about how to structure an ideal status report and an ideal status meeting. As a traveling consultant, I’ve had to do these for years, and sitting in 10,000 hours of meetings, I can assure you…


The other day I heard that Trump was planning to make a speech and rally in Tulsa OK, aimed at black Americans. People were aghast, as they tend to be whenever Trump does anything. His awfulness never gets dull. My response was, Let It Be. It’s not as if nobody…


“The problem is the racism of your people”

“Yes, the problem is the racism of my people”

The above statements, largely accepted without question in America today, are racial accusations requiring a racial solution. That solution will never come. The sooner people understand this, the sooner a true solution will…


Culture + Tools + Methodology = Virtual Team Success

In this continuing series about communications for our business, we are discussing tools and tactics for keeping our minds focused on the right things at the right time. In the first issue, we covered instant communications between ourselves and our partners…

Michael DC Bowen

dad. architect. writer. entrepreneur. stoic. gearhead. hacker.

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