In Praise of the Obvious

How many times do you sit down and read a book, or some piece of research only to find yourself saying "Oh, well that's obvious" as you come upon some information that makes complete sense to you, though you'd never actually made the connection yourself. It happens all the time, no matter how much we … Continue reading In Praise of the Obvious


What am I up to?

Photo by Lukas on For those of you who have been paying attention, you've probably noticed a conspicuous absence of posts or activity on my part. That's because I've been working on something that is incredibly important to me and which is taking up a lot of my time. We've successfully soft-launched, and the … Continue reading What am I up to?

Data, Intelligence, and Truth

In an age when the sum of the world's knowledge is at our fingertips (literally), and everybody with a keyboard is capable of adding to that knowledge - for better or worse - one of the biggest challenges Emergency Managers have is in figuring out how to handle the sheer amount of information that flows … Continue reading Data, Intelligence, and Truth

Consistency is Key

Photo by Jorge Zapata on No, not that kind. Well...yes, consistency is incredibly important for pasta, and baking in general, but that's not the consistency I'm talking about. The consistency I'm talking about is the discipline to do the important things day after day, no matter how mundane and repetitive they feel. More importantly … Continue reading Consistency is Key

High Quality

Photo by Pixabay on One of my core beliefs is that if something is worth doing, it is worth doing right...the first time. As a result, I sometimes struggle with my self-imposed deadlines for having posts up, as I talked about in an earlier post. I'm not a believer in posting just for the … Continue reading High Quality

52 Weeks, 52 Books – Week 5, Book 5

By Jacob Botter So, not only did this one take me a while to get through, it also took me a while to really begin to process and fully understand. This was the phenomenal book about how we think and re-think, titled (appropriately) ReThink by Stephen Poole. This was a challenging read for me because … Continue reading 52 Weeks, 52 Books – Week 5, Book 5

52 Weeks, 52 Books – Week 4, Book 4

This one was a struggle, a real struggle...I've had a bunch of high-priority things come across my desk at work, and have not had as much time to read as I would have liked. On top of that, the book I expected to finish this week has some very challenging themes and ideas that have … Continue reading 52 Weeks, 52 Books – Week 4, Book 4

Skills? Degrees?

Why Emergency Management Should be Paying Attention to this Discussion There was an interesting conversation that happened at the Davos Economic Forum this past week, and it is one that Emergency Management as a profession needs to be paying attention to. Is it more important to hire for skills, or education? It's interesting to see … Continue reading Skills? Degrees?

52 Weeks, 52 Books – Week 3, Book 3

This week's book has actually been a few weeks in progress and is one of the many books I listen to rather than read. My job involves a lot of travelling, and one of the things that passes the time while I'm driving is to listen to audio books of all types. This one happened … Continue reading 52 Weeks, 52 Books – Week 3, Book 3