Cool Boss

I really enjoyed working for engineering managers who had a good sense of humor, some awareness of pop culture, and were comfortable in their own skin. Paul was one of my favorites. Thursday morning, main conference room, the daily operations meeting open to all of the regional office staff. A good opportunity to hear the … Continue reading Cool Boss


I was laid off in March 1986, a casualty of falling oil prices and a downturn in the industry. This was incredibly stressful. A little over four years since graduating from college I was now unemployed and my wife was seven months pregnant with our second child. The company provided decent severance benefits and “outplacement” services. These … Continue reading Perspective