Get your head out of the boat

I learned to sail as a kid. I remember sitting hunched in a Sabot, head down, clutching a wooden stick and rope, my eyes darting between them as an instructor warned about the buoy ahead. Thunk. I kept sailing, and with practice came names — tiller and mainsheet — and with names came an appreciation for what they do — steer the boat and adjust the sail — and with appreciation came using the tools to reach a goal.

Tell them, tell them, tell them

Whenever I outline a presentation or document, I think, “Tell them what you’ll tell them. Then tell them. Then tell them what you told them.” My Sea Scout Skipper gives that advice in youth leadership meetings. It didn’t sink in as a teenager in the program, but it drives how I communicate now. Why risk your audience missing the point? Instead, dig a pit of success by gently hammering the idea into their head.

2022: Year in Review

2022: A year in a line of unforgettable years. It was another step closer to normalcy from the pandemic lockdown, but self-imposed changes replaced the chaos of the pandemic in this busier-than-usual year. As a result, some of my 2022 goals followed the best-laid plans of mice and men, turned sideways by shifting priorities. I’m not bothered by those goals I didn’t accomplish, though. They made sense at the start of 2022 but didn’t fit by the end of the year.

2022 Goals

Apartment 304’s 2021 year-end summit was a smash. We played games, and team bonded, and ate (and ate and ate) good food, but the strongest chord struck during team presentations. Spencer asked a question about goals for 2022, and I realized that I was so focused on company goals that I hadn’t thought about my own. Fortunately for me, Keith prepared a presentation on goal setting. I’ll follow his lead.


This site came about as a 2022 goal – specifically as a way to practice writing in the open. I look forward to the adventure. In my professional life, I work as a software consultant at Apartment 304. Give us a ring if you’d like to chat about cloud architecture, DevOps, or engineering leadership. When I’m not writing software, you might find me volunteering with the Sea Scout ship 936 Mariners, where the youth learn nautical and leadership skills, and I get to mess about in boats.