📘 Getting Naked

Getting Naked by Patrick Lencioni was recommended to me and my team by my boss. A quick read (I read it in a few hours), it is super-insightful and provides a different perspective on how we approach clients.

If you haven't worked in a client-services firm or industry, you'll still get a lot out of this book - it applies beyond business principles and directives.

I pulled a few phrases from the book yet I can't help to think these are more impactful in context. Still, I thought they were important and clever enough to highlight.

I hate personal growth.

One of those quotes that out of context doesn't make much sense. Yet, it stuck out like crazy when I read it. Hilarious ending to a somewhat contentious discussion.

That’s when I was reminded that there is a big difference between understanding something and putting it into practice.

A take on advice I was given a long time ago. Everyone has ideas; if you want to stand out, make those idea real.

As I drove home that night, I felt a strange mix of euphoria and dread. Euphoria about coming to terms with a new way to be a consultant and feeling like I was actually part of the team I had just helped. And dread that it might all come to an end on Monday morning when I met with Marty and Kendrick.

Ahh, the feeling of change.

I assured her that it was okay—and quietly wished I believed half the things I had just said.

Jack's wife plays a prominent role in this story. The interchange that ended with this quote was amazing.

... and it was then that it occurred to me how much I had enjoyed being away from K&B these past few months.

I think we all struggle with this from time to time. The challenge of getting into a rut only to realize the challenge ahead to make a productive and adult decision to accept or reject the change.

Fortunately, my audience seemed to accept my sincere self-deprecation.

The easiest (for me) and most confident appearing way to connect with an audience.

The fear of feeling inferior is more about humility as a person, not needing to be the center of attention. Even taking on a role of true subservience to a client.

If there's one passage to describe the book, it's this one.

Most of us live our lives trying to avoid awkward and painful situations, which is why it is no surprise that we are susceptible to the three fears that prevent us from building trust and loyalty with our clients.

Painfully accurate.


You may have read about the recent flooding near the Clark Fork River in Western Montana lately. Living less than a mile from the Clark Fork, it's rather frightening to see the height and speed of the water.

I took some video last year, then again this year in a nearby spot. Keep an eye on the Grizzly in the background...


📙 A Higher Loyalty

On Sunday, I finished A Higher Loyalty by James Comey. It was well-written, and easy and quick read even though there are a handful of questionable statements (or more, depending on your political leaning).

Regardless, the book provides some context into the decisions made leading up to and through the 2016 presidential race.

Below are a handful of excerpts along with my commentary (in italics). 

Evil has an ordinary face. It laughs, it cries, it deflects, it rationalizes, it makes great pasta.

This comes fairly early in the book and it gives the reader an impression of James Comey's humor.

FBI directors can’t be that way with presidents. Everybody knows why. Or at least I thought they did.

A few early hints into his relationships with presidents. Comey served under three presidents. Incredible how vastly different each one was in dealing with the DOJ and FBI.

Without both, people don’t thrive. Bridgewater’s founder, Ray Dalio, believes there is no such thing as negative feedback or positive feedback; there is only accurate feedback, and we should care enough about each other to be accurate.

How does one get to "accurate" feedback? 

A leader who screams at his employees or belittles them will not attract and retain great talent over the long term.


Also, foreshadowing.

Humans tend to do the same dumb things, and the same evil things, again and again, because we forget.

A point about the organization above the individual.

I want what you have, I need to know what you know, and I want you to keep telling me the things you’re telling me.

Listen, listen, listen.

I love this quote.

I can imagine good and principled people in my shoes making different choices about some things. I think different choices would have resulted in greater damage to our country’s institutions of justice, but I’m not certain of that. I pray no future FBI director is forced to find out.

About the point where things start heating up. At least from a public perspective.

Later on, there's a critical decision that needs to be made and it basically comes down to choosing the lesser of the two evils. A frightening position to be in.

It was almost as if he were saying, “Good luck with that.” I began to feel a lump in my stomach.

You feel a genuine respect between President Obama and James Comey.

Jim, please be careful. Be very careful. This may not go well.

It gets even more uncomfortable at this point forward.

As Trump kept talking, I could see he was convincing himself of this story line and clearly thought he was convincing us, too. Of course, I didn’t think O’Reilly’s question was hard, or Trump’s answer good, but this wasn’t about him seeking feedback.

Reminded me of the great George Costanza:

Jerry, just remember, it’s not a lie if you believe it.

Oh, God, I was hoping that would just go away.
It wouldn’t go away.

To be fair, I don't this book will help.



18 months ago, we packed our belongings in a big truck. As the truck headed west towards Glacier National Park, we headed east to Europe for some time away.

We moved from the Big Apple to the Big Sky and we get a lot of questions, namely:

"Wow. How's that change going?"

"It's going" is the normal response, which is both funny and accurate.

There are a lot of obvious differences between Manhattan and Montana. Or, are there?

This film series intends to shed some light on the differences and similarities between a big city and a big town.

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Will You Pee For Me?

After more than a decade of knowing we’d need a transplant, and after nearly six months of looking, we are so excited to announce that we found a donor!

That was me.

Less than a week after finding our donor was a match, we went into surgery. That surgery was three years ago today.

Six hours after surgery I was in recovery. Six hours later, I was out of bed and walking around the floor.

How did I find out my kidneys were failing? I went in for an annual checkup and had my urine sent to the lab. Due to a large amount of protein in the results, I went back for a biopsy leading to the discovery of FSGS.

During your next check up, ask if they can run a urinalysis. It really is that simple.