Job Superpowers


A couple of months ago, I had the opportunity to speak in front of new audience.

It was part of a high school education day to introduce the young women and men to the tantalizing possibilities of what awaits them in job roles and career paths. Being a statistician, I wanted to gather post presentation survey data on how the audience felt I did. One survey question was, “Was there anything you would have liked to hear more about in the presentation?” Reading this response caught my eye,

…does knowing more about stats help you in everyday life?

Are you more satisfied with things you by because of your ability to analyze things?

Continue Reading »


 Book Recommendation:

Lessons in the Fundamentals of GO

by Toshiro Kageyama, 7-Dan



Four parts to this post

  1. Heuristics

  2. Excerpts

  3. Challenge

  4. Meta



Heuristics // Games –> the Grind


You want to display how smart a character is in a story?

Show them mulling over a  strategy game.

Now, just because you love playing RISK on Friday nights doesn’t make you a brilliant military strategist. Even still, I think applying heuristics from strategy games can give us a helpful point of view for how we approach our work.


Let’s consider the game, GO.


Continue Reading »

Growing Up Again

Growing Up Again

Book Recommendation:

Growing Up Again: Parenting Ourselves, Parenting Our Children.

by Jean Illsley Clarke and Connie Dawson



  • Who would benefit from reading this book?

    Current or would-be parents.


  • What could you get out of this book?

    A systematic way of looking at parent child interactions, challenges for you to grow personally, and promptings for you to process through your upbringing. 


  • How long to read?

    If you were to read it straight through, it would probably only take you one week or two. I took a couple of years. I read a chapter or two and then move on to other books and hobbies for a while, then revisit. Not because the book was dull, because with not having kids yet I was reading it more for the personal introspection.


  • Pages & Highlights:

    310 p. and 23 highlights


  • Structure: 

    The authors parsed the book into eight sections. Sections 1 — 3 explain their system of viewing parenting, 4 — 5 overindulgence and denial, 6 prenatal and birth experience, 7 growing up again and again, 8 adoption.


  • Thesis:

    To parent our children well we need to fill in the gaps left by our upbringing.


How Do I Parent Well? 


I do not have children. I want to have children, but I expect them to still be a number of years removed. Thinking about being a parent even with that buffer of time is one of the most sobering contemplations.

Continue Reading »

Pro Public Speaker

 Book Recommendation: Confessions of a Public Speaker

By Scott Berkun




  • Who would benefit from reading this book?

     If you want to move from the hobby realm of public speaking to the professional.


  • What could you get out of this book?

     Berkun opens up the behinds the scenes on the public speaking stage. You get to see what he makes on the typical engagement, how much travel is required, and the prep. investment for those speeches. You get a mix of public speaking tips / public speaking as a job. 

Continue Reading »



Book Recommendation:

Stop Acting Rich: …And Start Living Like A Real Millionaire

by Thomas J. Stanley




  • Who would benefit from reading this book?

     If you need encouragement about the path you are on making purchases based on value rather than prestige. If you are not on that path and perhaps you have confused success with purchasing rather than achieving.


  • What could you get out of this book?

     If you have read The Millionaire Next Door , I think the first thing you will get is encouragement if you are following the principles from that book. Second, the research described in the book provides a shopping list of brand that millionaires buy. I found this helpful because I struggle with wanting to buy value but it’s not clear to me when the cost is for branding frills or if I’m buying a product that will last additional years. If found Stanley’s research on the purchasing habits prescriptive.

If you’ve not familiar with his earlier work, you might get an adjusted worldview about how high net worth individuals act with their money.

  Continue Reading »