Up and Down

Master the skill, up and down. On the golf course, up and down on the green means getting there and sinking the putt in short order.

Maybe it’s similar in life, up and down. Each day, get up and get your work done; pursue the goals of your life, the goals of the day. Whatever that is for you. But get UP, and do. DO.

And then be ok in coming down, slowing down, each day. Let yourself do that. Come down. Rest. Respite. Relax. Slow down. SLOW DOWN.

And then do the whole thing again the next day.

Get good at the up and down.

It will serve you well.

Settled in Unsettled

Weird feeling, let me attempt to explain a little.

My family structure, a new chapter, still searching for settled. Family under two households, a second divorce, forward still, the kids the common denominator that we remain committed to, whatever “family” looks like anew? We’ll see.

My work life, jobs shifted, a position I accepted, then became something different. now opportunities, lots to learn, LOTS to learn, keep learning, doing, being, open, to contribute, the common goal, contribute, to move the business forward.

“All good,” I tell myself, make myself, will make, am making the best of it, both.

Settled in the unsettled.

Think of the possibilities…

Everyday…

Make it GOOD.

Expedite

ex·pe·dite/ˈekspəˌdīt/Learn to pronounceverb

  1. make (an action or process) happen sooner or be accomplished more quickly.”he promised to expedite economic reforms.”

This theme is a common one in many manufacturing industries; we need to pull-in material to clear shortages; the RnD team needs their supply urgently to prepare a test; we need special handling for a special customer on the particulars of an order.

That’s the nature of the business sometimes; boot-strapping, hustling to catch up, make up time, pull-in; all right now; I wonder when we’ll be able to shift mentalities and practices to improve efficiencies and reduce the expedites needed.

Wishful thinking, perhaps, but we need to work to that end, to grow the business in a sustainable way. That’s the trick, I guess; doing both at the same time.

Onward.

ISO Simple

ISO simple, say what you do, do what you say.

Not so simple all the time. Not so simple when everyone’s not on board.

“Whatever…”, or worse. Slippery slope to no so simple. Slippery slope to non-compliant; on paper, but then, can you recover, adjust, improve.

That’s the point, right? Improve. IMPROVE.

Say what you do, then do what you say.

ISO simple.

GOOD.

Check Sent

The power of the Sent Folder in email? Maybe really underrated.

Does anyone else do this? Is this a secret weapon for more productive follow up, a helpful reference…

What did you do an hour ago? Did you send that email? What did you accomplish yesterday, last week…

Much insight can be gleaned from the Sent Folder in your email app.

Find the power, feel the power, tighten things up, get on track, stay on track,

Check Sent.

Short

Not the measure of height, but measure of materials, do we got enough to go?

Do we got enough to build what we need? What the schedule says, demands, screams for.

Life of a planner, manufacturing life, too much, not enough, go go go again.

What’s short? Can we pull-in?

Can’t make the schedule if they can’t improve on delivery.

Sales up, good!

Running lean, good?

Running out, not so.

Don’t be short.

Shanty Town

It’s not near Cape Town or Karachi, not even Skid Row— nothing like that scale or density of population, but in this home town of mine, San Jose, California, homelessness has over the years become a societal problem on the rise.

The pandemic has only made it worse.

Vast disparities of income versus the cost of living is part of it. Mental health issues are part of it. And with the pandemic, pretty suddenly many whole could just make it, can’t anymore. And so they live in their car, maybe, or under an overpass, or in a shanty.

In this wealthiest of regions in this wealthiest of nations, how can this be so? And how can we fix it?

Can we agree that it should be fixed? That we are better than that, that we can do better than that. Let’s figure it out. Let’s make it better.

We can do this. We are called to do this. Love your neighbor as yourself. love your neighbor as yourself.

Compromise 2

The way forward.

Compromise.

“Not every disagreement on every issue requires a war; that’s not reasonable; that’s not responsible leadership.

We elect our leaders to govern; we expect our leaders to govern.

If you’re not protecting our people and moving our society forward, you’re not governing. You’re not doing your job.

The Gang of Six, 2018.

The Gang of Eight, 2013.

The Grand Bargain, 2007.

Consider the art, the duty, of compromise. I believe it’s a fundamental trait we humans possess, and must adhere to, to co-exist in the world. We are a social species, which means we are meant to live together.

To live together, in this world, in this country, in our community, in our family, we must hone the skill and willingness to compromise.

Compromise: the path forward.

Lists

I’ve been making lists for a long time. The practice likely parallels my efforts in school, work, and life to be more organized. It’s been a mixed bag of results.

But the lists go on!

I prescribe mostly to the idea that having one (or at least only a couple few) master list(s) is a good idea.

At least, better not to use the backs of envelopes, loose/scrap paper, post-it notes to keep track of things. White board at home? Ok.

I end up making a few lists: grocery; work (at least a couple, different places, tactical, strategic; personal, those tend to be the most stagnant.

But make ‘em all the same, chase ‘em too. Every day. Do so. Let’s GO~

House White Board

Up and Down

Up and down things go, every hour, every day. Moods, fortunes, progress, or lack there of.

Sometimes, maybe frequently, the best we can do is keep going. Sometimes the best we can do is take the step forward.

Let’s do that today. Up or down, when things settle, go forward. Let’s go forward together.