Radio Shack: What Could Have Been

Make Things HappenSome time ago, I came home from the gym and explained what I thought Radio Shack should do to become rel­e­vant again. My thoughts were trig­gered by a funny Onion arti­cle I saw: Even the CEO Can’t Fig­ure Out How Radio Shack is Still in Busi­ness.

At the time, it was a long story.

Then, I guess about a year ago now, Radio Shack had an exec­u­tive change. And, boy did I wish I had writ­ten down my ideas. Espe­cially since the new CEO doesn’t think they need to rein­vent, just reboot.

Any­ways, just this morn­ing I real­ized how to tell my idea briefly: [Read more…]

Listen With Your Heart

HorsesSince receiv­ing 2 tracks pre-release, I’ve been anx­iously await­ing my friend Matt’s album, Ini­ti­a­tion. Turns out today’s the day.

It’s not a long album, but I’ve been lis­ten­ing to it non-stop. It’s fan­tas­tic.

I wanted to share because I want to sup­port him. But, also because I want you to have the oppor­tu­nity to expe­ri­ence Matt’s mes­sage. Matt’s medicine.

You see, I met Matt in the Ama­zon1. We’ve trav­eled to some pretty crazy places together. Know­ing him as I do, his heart, his ded­i­ca­tion I real­ized what this album means to me. (And, I’m about to tell you.)

My favorite quote, and per­haps the one I want on the urn where my fam­ily keeps my ashes, is one attrib­uted to writer Arne Gar­borg (1851 – 1924):

To love a per­son is to learn the song that is in their heart, and to sing it to them when they have forgotten.

You see, Matt loves human­ity. He’s singing to remind us of our very own essence. Of what it means to be human.

You can down­load Matt’s album for free just enter a pur­chase price of zero. If you can make the time, lis­ten first. If you enjoy it maybe put some­thing there other than zero?

Bet­ter yet, share it with the friends you love and let Matt sing them our song.

  1. Jun­gle, not book­store. []

Transparency is a Double-Edged Sword

Ink Blot Test

I like swords… and trans­parency. Trans­parency pro­vides account­abil­ity, though it’s effects will chal­lenge us to rethink a lot of our “social mores”.

Ripped right from today’s head­lines, the pros & cons of trans­parency. I have two sto­ries, one which I believe is “pro” trans­parency, the other “con” trans­parency. The catch is, I’m not going to tell you which is which: [Read more…]

The Beginning of the End?

I’m not an econ­o­mist, just an observer. An observer with­out a sense of timing.

It’s been clear to me that as “an econ­omy” we’ve been unre­al­is­tic in our “infra­struc­ture invest­ment”. We’ve not been invest­ing in peo­ple or in future lead­er­ship for some time. Most peo­ple I know may have bet­ter roles than they did five years ago, but they’re doing the same work — and prob­a­bly with fewer peo­ple report­ing to them.

Unem­ploy­ment is too high. Wages are stag­nant. Com­pa­nies are avoid­ing the inevitable lack of robust infra­struc­ture, while at the same time seem to use the “best case analy­sis for bud­get planning.”

I used an anal­ogy the other day. [Read more…]

It’s Not Programming, It’s Problem Solving

Children Learn to ProgramThere will come a time, not to far off, where we stop refer­ring to “mobile com­put­ing” and just say “computing.”

Seems like, in spite of the ridicule I’ve received with these ideas in the past, peo­ple aren’t going to be “pro­gram­ming com­put­ers,” they’ll sim­ply be “prob­lem solving.”

I’ve writ­ten before about every­one learn­ing to code, and in my newish role at CA that’s trans­lated into the idea that:

Any per­son that does busi­ness with an orga­ni­za­tion (employee, part­ner, or cus­tomer) should be able to write soft­ware to make their expe­ri­ence better.

It’s a very bold state­ment, con­sid­er­ing that short of writ­ing an excel macro or export­ing a CSV file, most enter­prise tech­nol­ogy is quite inac­ces­si­ble to mere ‘peo­ple.’ [Read more…]