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Author: Stan Prueitt

Janus – Time For Setting Goals

In ancient Roman Mythology Janus was the god of beginning and transition.  His temple was opened at the beginning of war and closed during times of peace.  His image had two faces, one looking back at the past and one looking forward toward the future. The month of January is named after Janus, the god of beginnings, and according to Roman Mythology he is the one that ushers in new beginnings.  January or new beginnings lead us to the tradition of making New Year’s Resolutions.  For many people making New Year’s resolutions is a way of making a fresh...

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If at First You Don’t Succeed, Try A Hammer

“I call it the law of the instrument, and it may be formulated as follows: Give a small boy a hammer, and he will find that everything he encounters needs pounding.”   Abraham Kaplan, The Conduct of Inquiry: Methodology for Behavioral Science. I was under my Jeep working on installing a new suspension and the control arms were not aligning properly.  So out of frustration I reached for the nearest tool I could to hopefully “tap” the pan-hard bar into place.  The nearest tool was a crescent wrench.  I started tapping on the bar with the crescent wrench with no effect....

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It was Mrs. Peacock, in the conference room, with a meeting

As I write this epistle the meeting drags on.  The board room is full, warm, and the topic of the meeting is…well, I am not sure why we are meeting.  What is the purpose?  Will we be taking actions, making decisions, or again disbanding before committing to something?  Will we be forced to call another meeting to rehash what was or wasn’t discussed in this meeting?   This meeting seemed important when I accepted the invitation on my calendar.  Many important players are here so it must be a critical meeting.  The monotonous voices drum in the background enticing me...

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Use a Picture, It’s Worth a Thousand Words

A 1911 newspaper article in which newspaper editor Arthur Brisbane, speaking about journalism and publicity, said “Use a picture. It’s worth a thousand words.”  We have come to agree that a picture is worth a thousand words, or worth 51,786 lines of code, or 7,845,567 bits of information.  We all use pictures, charts, and graphs to quickly relay information.  We PMs use Gantt Charts to relay time-lines, pert charts to show sequence and relationship, work flows to show movement, histograms to represent a population, and now even Memes to relay information. Dr. Melvin L Prueitt, my father, was a...

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Missed It by That Much

I was at the rifle range last week with my wife sighting in a new scope on my AR-10 (308 caliber) rifle and she was sighting in her .223 with red dot scope.   We started off shooting close at targets at 25 yards.  We would adjust the scope until we got a good grouping on that target and then we would shoot at a target a little farther away at the 50-yard mark, then at targets at the 100-yard line, making some slight adjustments at each distance, and finally to the 400-yard line.   My AR-10 was spot on at...

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