A Director Dragged Me Out Of The Room

We were setting up the quarterly trade show, where hundreds of buyers would come and review the newest sneakers and apparel. We rented a convention centre, littered the rooms with life size posters of Marion Jones and Roger Federer running, swinging. Sneakers were displayed on beige panels. Mannequins that had 6 pack abs wore tight… Continue reading A Director Dragged Me Out Of The Room

Lose Our Shxt At Work?

“Fuxk you guys, do whatever you want. You’re responsible!” Yelled Jobs after he let the team make iTunes available to Windows. *1 “This is a fuxking insult to everything I’ve done at this company … Get out of my office you two jerks!” Said Bill Gates after he let the XBOX team develop its own… Continue reading Lose Our Shxt At Work?

Act 3: GSDers, Assemble!

We were in Xiamen, and one of us was thrown into jail. We were hosting a 6-day tradeshow (voluntary confinement)inside a convention center where hundreds of clients checked out new sneakers and sportswear. Some of us got into a scuffle with a client. Cops were called, and they let the customer go. Our team was… Continue reading Act 3: GSDers, Assemble!

There Are No Dots To Connect

This week’s #bossbetter theme has been “connecting the dots,” an idea Steve Jobs shared in his famous commencement speech. I loved it. Isn’t great to believe that destiny will always somehow be on our side? When I looked back, dots did connect:– I spent about a year as a recruiter. I had to interview at… Continue reading There Are No Dots To Connect

Leading the New Normal

In 2009, the company I worked for went through a re-organization and laid off a bunch of folks. The news of a massive downsizing was announced, and before the big bosses figured out how to translate the numbers into actual humans, we had to show up everyday to work, attend meetings, schmooze at the water… Continue reading Leading the New Normal