Jeffrey’s notepad has moved

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Over the weekend Jeffrey’s notepad moved to a self-hosting WordPress site (AKA “”).

I did this so I could have greater flexibility in tweaking the HTML and CSS for the site. One of the (few) unintended consequences was that if you were using the RSS feed on this site, it won’t update you with additions to the new site.

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Yes, and . . .

Yes! (and . . .)How many times have you said “Yes” to a request, only to regret it later?

Many of us like to please our coworkers (and especially our bosses), but always saying “Yes” to a request puts you on the fast-track to being needlessly overburdened and overworked.

And yet when you say “No”, the listener almost always stops listening immediately and prepares for a fight.

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Unexpected Slack

Slack (book cover)

Slack, Tom DeMarco

I’m re-reading Tom DeMarco’s Slack again at the moment, this time with the purpose of providing a thorough review for the bookshelf. It’s such a good book, it might take me several entries to get it all covered. Right now, though, I’d like to write about the weather. And slack.

It’s snowing in northeast Ohio at the moment and although not much has hit the ground yet, plenty is predicted. Cancellations poured through. First it was my noon appointment, then it was the afternoon ones and finally, at the time of this writing, everything scheduled for today was cancelled or postponed. My nearly-full day suddenly became wide-open.

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Dear Readers:

Management. Leadership. Administration. Hiring (and Firing). Performance reviews. Interviews. Teams (building, growing, leading). Projects. Managing up, Managing “down”. Authority. Responsibility. Communication. Delegation. Career growth. The list goes on and on.

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A Beginning

Every blog must have a first post—this is that obligatory first one that must be published so the rest may follow.