Seeking Answers in Work and in Play

questionsI admit it: I’m a long time Sims fan. For those who don’t know, The Sims is a life simulation video game series, developed by EA Maxis and published by Electronic Arts. I recently started playing the Sims 4. It has been years since I last played and, of course, the latest version is different from previous ones. I often find myself with questions: How do I rotate objects in the room? How do I go to work? Is there some place I can eat while on a date?

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Respecting the Details

brainI had already decided I needed to write about something less technical this time around, and then a 24-year-old writing about the Millennial Retirement Plan in Time magazine caught my eye. If that isn’t funny enough, Jack Dickey (the esteemed author) seeks guidance from a 31-year-old salesperson (oops) retirement planning expert.  Turns out I have some free advice for Jack, too!

Unlike Jack, I find myself just about in the middle of my productive work life: I’ve worked the 24 years of Jack’s entire life and realistically expect to work about that many more. Perhaps that is why Jack made me laugh out loud when he pontificates that “what little employability I have comes from my brain. I’m not going to break down in my mid-60s”.

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Time Keeps On Slipping Into the Future

future is the cloudDo you know where you want to be in 10 years?  OK, for most of us 10 years is perhaps too far out for us to take seriously. So how about 5 years from now; where will you be and what will you be doing?

In reality, none of us really knows how to plan for the future anymore. The future comes quickly and the game board keeps changing. Typewriters and fax machines have been replaced by computers, scanners, and email. And if you haven’t noticed, computers have been replaced by smart phones and tablets and email is being replaced by texts, Twitter and Instagram.

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It’s Only a Matter of Time

Oh, the dreaded laptop failure!computer failure

To be more precise, a Microsoft Windows 8 corruption recently stopped me dead in my tracks. Well, we all know it is not “if” but “when” a hardware failure or software corruption will ruin your day (or your week).

My laptop began life circa “the next best thing–Vista!” Since then, the operating system has been upgraded to Microsoft Windows 7 and then to Windows 8 over a year ago. The hardware has been flawless throughout the years.

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A System That Works For You (Not Against You)

conductorEvery business has its own unique set of needs, as does every job within that business.

The construction industry is unique and every project manager’s job is very demanding. It’s like conducting an orchestra. The PM has to know about every note–what it is and how it contributes to the whole piece–while at the same time, actually playing the entire selection with the orchestra.

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