Aramark Strike in Houston

Houston Aramark Strike Protest Outside our ITEC Houston event, representatives from the SEIU service union are protesting for worker’s rights. I spoke with a few of them, and what might have been their PR representative. They want better wages, health care, and to protest other concerns they have with their work conditions.

Meanwhile, I’m inside at the CrossTech Partners booth with an ear infection, deaf in that ear, and thinking about what else needs doing.

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Still Here

In Repose Some of you sent mail asking whether I was going to stop blogging. Short answer: no. I could just as much stop blogging as I could stop breathing. For over ten years (a decade!), I have been writing my thoughts and ideas down onto the Internet for people to take away, change, challenge, and adapt. Not because I just want to give ideas away, but because you enrich me with your thoughts and points of view, and because I love seeing where you go with the things I put out for consideration.

Some of you asked me what book it was that I read on the plane that helped me gain my most recent perspective. The book is called CrazyBusy: Overstretched, Overbooked, and About to Snap! Strategies for Handling Your Fast-Paced Life, by Dr Edward Hallowell (who happens to be from Massachusetts, btw). It appeals to people who want to better understand how modern living (especially all of us online) can give us true ADD-like symptoms (Attention Deficit Disorder is a medical condition, but Dr. Hallowell says we can develop symptoms that are pretty darned close to the real thing).

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Saying No

stop sign Doing anything well requires the ability to keep your plates clean and ready to accept a helping of what comes next, but by saying yes to every little thing that comes along, one will be less likely to be ready to handle the things that come up. ( David Allen, author of Getting Things Done, handled this topic well in his book, Ready for Anything). In looking over all that I have on my plate, I realize that I have to go back and say no to a few things, in order to be fair to my more pressing obligations.

I should state clearly that part of this stems from my eagerness to please, and my own weakness and aversion around saying no firmly.

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SOBCon08 was Great

Jon Liz and Ann Flying back from SOBCon08 in Chicago. It was a great experience, and I’m grateful to Liz Strauss and team for putting it on. I’ll have more to say soon. I’m working on my business right now, and trying to get things done, and kind of overloaded. I’ll put up something meaningful for Monday, but I wanted you to know that SOBCon was a good time, loaded with great people, and is worth your radar for 2009.

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