Reading… This month’s book is The Fifth Discipline: The Art and Practice of the Learning Organization by Peter M. Senge. It’s an older book and one I’ve read several times, but my boss keeps asking me how to set up a framework to transition from an industrial age organization to a data driven organization. That amount of organizational change requires a cultural shift to a more dynamic learning organization. And…I could go on about this one for a while. This might be its own article.

Writing… I’m never going to finish this book. I probably wrote about five pages this month. And I got part of the way through the paper I’m supposed to write but despair of getting it finished on time. I haven’t written concisely for an academic journal for a long time. I’ve been a bit ambitious with the things I’ve said “yes” to lately. Maybe too ambitious.

Cooking… On the grill as much as possible! Because we’re enjoying the summer weather and our new deck? Partly. Because our oven is lurching along toward an untimely demise and fills the house with stink when we use it? Probably more of that. But let me tell you, grilled cinnamon sugar peaches with ice cream are the greatest thing ever and make you forget that you have an oven, let alone a dying one.

Listening… Paul Oakenfold. Whether you thought Swordfish was incredibly cheesy because of the ridiculous coding sequences (although who doesn’t want to be coding frantically with great techno and multiple monitors showing obsecure visualizations while you’re enjoying rare wines) or suspended your disbelief enough to enjoy the action and the creative storyline, you have to admit, the soundtrack is boss.

Thinking… Does saying something “is boss” make me old? I actually looked it up, and in slang, things “being boss” started showing up around the turn of the 20th century, and then came back in the ’60s. I’m not that old. But I work with some folks who are. Reminds me of all the debates we have at work about retaining “millennials” and the eye-rolls that accompany. I’m on the cusp of millennialhood. If millennials are working in our offices, they’re retained. But some folks have gotten used to cursing millennials for so long, they haven’t realized that there’s another generation coming up with a perspective shaped by a whole different string of world events. Hello, Gen Z. Welcome to the workforce.

Wishing… For a nap. My needs are simple this month.

Training… I don’t know why I keep putting this here. Although I did get a lot of working out done running up and down stairs at MORSS. I wondered why I was so tired, and then remembered that the Air Force Academy, where the symposium was held, is at 7,200 feet. Whew!

Loving… All the family time we had this month! My son got to meet his aunt, uncle, and cousins in Denver and thanks to my conference, we got to spend a little more than a week out there with them. We love our family time and we’ll take it whenever we can get it!

So what are you guys up to, currently?

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