Erik’s Editorial Corner

This year I headed to Florida to attend my annual IT conference and found the topic for this month’s article on the shuttle ride from the airport to the hotel. Our van had some technical difficulties and the driver called for a replacement van to drive us the rest of the way.

Erik’s Editorial Corner

This is the time of year where the little boys and girls dress up as cowboys, tigers, and princesses, roaming the streets for candy. As I fondly remember some of my favorite Halloween costumes growing up, I also think back to my strategies.

Of course I had a strategy! How could I optimize my route to get the most candy in the allotted hours? Who had the best candy in terms of size and flavor? And what would be the best-shaped, lightest, and largest candy container I could use?

These sound like such little questions now, but they were a big deal back then.

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I’ve been watching summer come to an end and the days get shorter along with it. When I look at the sunrise and sunset times from September 1 to September 30, it’s hard to imagine that we’ve lost an hour and 17 minutes of daylight over the course of a month.

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I saw a bunch of kids riding bikes and skateboards down the hill of our office driveway the other day and my first thought was, “That’s not safe!” I was worried about them running into cars or getting hurt.

At some point in life, I’d gone from thinking what a great idea something like that would be, to approaching it from a more practical and responsible place.

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My wife and I are getting ready to head down to Wildwood, NJ to join some of my family for a few days of shore fun. One of the things I’m looking forward to most is some fantastic pizza!

As I was salivating while pondering this idea, I remembered sharing this tradition with my wife when we first started dating.

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My family and I have been going through a challenging time this past month, due to the passing of my wife’s mom. When faced with difficult situations, I take comfort in finding some sense of order or predictability in them.

As I’ve been watching us go through this type of sadness and grief that is unique to losing such an important person in our lives, I’ve also noticed the structural adjustments in the family, which aren’t so unique.

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When it comes to making your team stronger, we can all agree it takes work. Beyond that, there are many different ideas on how to best build, expand, and strengthen the group of individuals that comprise our business team.

Some businesses invest lots of time and money to take their teams to retreats, team-building workshops, and sporting events.

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My wife and I just returned from a quick trip out of town and it reminded me how much I like to visit small towns that are different from our home. I enjoy getting up into the mountains and seeing life happen in a different way.

It’s neat to see what another area has to offer in terms of their history, recreation, and people.

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It’s no surprise to see this winter living up to its nickname as the “cold and flu season”. It has quickly taken hold since the holidays and it seems as though many people are either currently sick, trying to fight it off, or recovering from it.

Erik’s Editorial Corner

The holidays are fast approaching and time seems to be passing too quickly for many of us. It’s easy to get caught up in the momentum and feel a loss of control and increased stress.

What I try to keep in mind is that these things -- additional holiday commitments, other people’s expectations, and society’s pressures -- are not going to change.