The Medium, not just the words, make a difference

Words matter. The medium matters too. Sometimes the medium takes the form of a paper, an essay, a brief blog, a poem, or a song. One form or another often determines whether the words take the form of effective communication.

It’s…


Hall of Famer Phil Niekro was a credit to life in general and baseball in particular

Hall of Famer Phil Niekro won 318 games over his 24-year career with the Braves, Yankees, Indians, and Blue Jays. He was a five-time All-Star who had three 20-win seasons with Atlanta. …


Jimmy Buffett has a few thoughts.

Substitute “writing” for “making music” and you have it.

When I woke up this morning
I was tired as I could be
I think I was counting my money
When I should have been counting sheep

My agent he just called me
And told me what I should be
If I would…


Some examples from the summer of 2020

You need periods of broadening your writing topics to keep you sharp and to stimulate your creativity. That was one of my goals in the summer of 2020. …


Five Tips for Building a Business, a Reliability Program or a Sailing Team

There is a saying in sailboat racing that getting to the starting line is harder than getting to the finish line. I know it to be true. Like building a business or a subset of it is fun if you enjoy it, doing the actual competitive sailing — even when…


Frederick Winslow Taylor, of course!

Fred Taylor was about to get a good butt-kicking. It was his first real job and the opinionated young engineer just didn’t like the way the plant was being operated. Following an economic recession, he had taken a job as an apprentice, then clerk, a machinist, and then had advanced…


William Marston, of course!

William Mouton Marston would have been an interesting Medium writer had he lived a century later. His interests were diverse, he was wildly creative, and he even wrote under a pen name (Charles Mouton). Although three of his creations are still in use today, Marston is mostly forgotten.

Personality Profiles

Marston wrote…


The fans are missed, the play is good, the rules needed more thought

Hockey and baseball are my favorite major sports. I gave some initial impressions of the return of Major League Baseball a few weeks ago. …


Focus on these key tips to avoid failure

It was painful. Two dozen well-paid, influential leaders in our company listening to a second boring PowerPoint presentation about things that had happened months ago. …


Avoid worry and waste by putting skin in the game

Hurricane Isaias is bearing down. August hurricanes are rare. Mild panic ensues. Communities board-up. Events are canceled. I race to the coast to repair a roof. …

JD Solomon

Author of “Getting Your Boss’s Boss to Understand”. Finding inspiration in unique people and solving unique problems.

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