A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines. With consistency a great soul has simply nothing to do.­­― Ralph Waldo Emerson, Self-Reliance

I promise not to exclude from consideration any idea based on its source, but to consider ideas across schools and heritages in order to find the ones that best suit the current situation. - The "Oath of Non-Allegiance"

My style

  • I live by my mottos: "Things have a way of working out for me," "Beg forgiveness rather than ask for permission," and "It doesn't hurt to ask"
  • I aggressively tackle challenging problems.
  • I proceed as if success is inevitable.
  • I become bored quickly if I'm no longer learning or if I don't see the project improving.
  • I am friendly with almost anyone.
  • I am willing to help anyone with anything if asked.
  • I am driven by data.
  • I never compromise on quality. 

What I value

  • Directness and honesty, even if it's uncomfortable for me to hear.
  • Wittiness and humor.
  • What’s possible more than what’s present.
  • Questions I can't answer not answers I can't question.

What I don’t have patience for

  • I am disturbed by repetitive noises like tapping, drumming, fidgeting, squeaks, and rattles. 
  • An authority figure or manager that infringes on team autonomy.
  • Coming from a position of fear. I understand that some of the things we are working on feel big and scary, and reality is rarely as bad as we imagine. 
  • Saying one thing and meaning another. I tend to be literal in my communications.
  • Gossip, backstabbing, spreading rumors, or any other treacherous behavior.

How to best communicate with me

  • Be crisp. Start with the headlines. I prefer bullet points to prose.
  • I don't want to know how we got here, focus on what we are doing going forward. 
  • I love to solve problems, remove barriers and help others move the ball forward.  Come to me with problems and with your recommended course of action. 
  • I value authenticity, honesty, directness, and transparency. If I say something you disagree with, tell me. I am hungry to be challenged in thoughtful and constructive ways. I respect people who have the confidence to question someone (even the boss!). 

How to help me

  • Tell me what I need to know, not what you think I want to hear. I prefer radical honesty.
  • Nudge me to be quiet if I'm talking too much, or to slow down and explain more if I'm going too quickly.
  • Provide opportunities with big challenges that have big outcomes.

What people misunderstand about me

  • My approach is more disciplined than it first appears, and it’s one based on personal experience rather than orthodoxy.
  • I am motivated by and always seek to “do the right thing,” and choose to act "for the common good" rather than seeking personal benefit.
  • I am more vulnerable to criticism and rejection than outward appearances would suggest.
  • I'm not upset with you, I'm upset about the problem at hand.