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Now THAT'S comedy!
A funny story is best told with a wry quirk of the lips, and nothing more. In my experience, a story laughingly told is as often met with puzzled silence as with answering laughter, and followed by, "You had to be there."
President Tr--. Nope, I still can't make myself say it. Maybe in a year or two. Or four.
Like 48% of American voters, I'm... let's go with "disappointed" by yesterday's election results. This wasn't how I expected it to play out. I thought that we had better taste in leaders, I really did. But, there it is. The votes are in and our candidate lost. I was upset, I didn't sleep well, and I was a little distracted at work today, but the sun still came up and the second Civil War didn't start overnight.
From the angry and overwrought messages in my social media feeds, I'd say that quite a few other people are upset, too. Since I've carefully curated my feeds to eliminate views that I find obnoxious, rude, or crass, I can safely say that 99.9% of people like me -- I kept one conservative friend from college to prove that I'm open-minded -- are pretty pissed and scared right now.
I already asked everyone to take a deep breath last …
For my birthday yesterday, my son shattered a glass jug of chocolate milk, spraying the sticky, spiky, dangerous mess all over our garage. As I spent the next hour helping him clean it up, I was struck by how appropriately this moment summed up the whole year. It feels like 2016 has been the Superfund site of calendar years, with one toxic mess following another across the national stage as well as my family's life. But when you start your year like this...
... the best that you can hope for is that things will get better from there. In many ways, they didn't. Yes, we went to Hawaii for Spring Break thanks to the generosity of my parents-in-law, but we also got to find out just how Hawaiian expensive emergency rooms are (answer: very!) when my daughter fell on the peak of Mt. Haleakala. 2016 was the year of expensive medical treatments, with my ACL repair, my daughter's tropical ER visit, and my wife's back surgery. Even the dog got in on the fun, tearing ligame…
As I leave Reed Group to start a new adventure, I find myself wondering: how do you measure 7 ½ years of work and life together?
I could measure it in accomplishments, I suppose: We built 4 SaaS products and showed the absence management market how technology could be a differentiator.We grew a software business from the ground up that now serves 1500 employers, 10 MM employees, and counting. In the process, we went from the chaos of a first release by “those IT guys” to a professional technology organization with over 300 people worldwide.We grew a small family business from 225 people to the 2000-employee-strong international company that it is today
That all looks great on a resume (or a LinkedIn profile), but it’s unsatisfying to me. Here’s how I really want to measure my time since 2009: in the moments and personal milestone we shared.
There are the hundreds of people who joined our technology team over the years, and while some left (hey, it’s a hot market), I’m proudest of thos…