Stay in the moment to be happy

I'm slightly obsessed about the TED Radio Hour. There was a recent episode called Simply Happy, featuring the work of Harvard researcher Matt Killingsworth, that struck a chord with me. Killingsworth created an iPhone app called Track Your Happiness that captures feelings in real-time. Basically, it pings you at random…

Interviewing CTO Candidates

Now that Suma Nallapati has officially been named the new Chief Technology Officer for the Governor's Office of Technology, a position that I report to, I wanted to share some insights about interviewing the candidates. What an honor to join the interview team! I was suddenly spending hours interacting with…

Blog Posts and Laundry

The problem with a blog is that you're always on the hook to write the next post. On a reasonably frequent schedule. With reasonably interesting content. Over time, it has become a chore akin to doing laundry, which I do as infrequently as possible. I even bought more boxers and…

What I learned at Develop Denver

Knowing that I'm not a coder, my boss suggested I attend Develop Denver. This isn't a typical conference sponsored by high-brow vendors, sporting an exhibit floor of dozens of wannabe high-brow vendors, attended by suit-wearing professionals interested in networking and getting free conference swag. Develop Denver attendees are wearing shorts…

Proud to be an ISTJ

[caption id="attachment_733" align="alignright" width="251"] George Washington was an ISTJ[/caption] I'm just another introvert ... sensing, thinking and judging my way through life. Get it? I'm an ISTJ! And at least according to this site, so are George Washington and Dana Scully. From Wikipedia, George Washington was "an able administrator, excellent…

Joining the 500+ Club

I recently joined the 500+ club on LinkedIn, meaning I now have over 500 connections. Check me out! At first, I thought it was cool. It is in some respects a measure of professional stature. The more connections you have, the greater your ability to help people find jobs, find…

My DiSC profile

I recently took a Lean Agile course in which the instructor had us do something called DiSC Classic. DiSC is a personal assessment tool used to improve work productivity, teamwork and communication. It measures four dimensions: Dominance. Emphasis on shaping the environment by overcoming opposition to accomplish results. Influence. Emphasis…