Posts tagged “Timing

The Lightning Field, Part 2

Posted on May 28, 2017

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Click here for Part 1. “Every man, every woman, carries in heart and mind the image of the ideal place, the right place, the one true home, known or unknown, actual or visionary.” -Edward Abbey, Desert Solitaire We make the cabin our true home for the night, supplementing dinner with what we’ve brought to share – salad, sauce, drinks, conversation, perspectives, music, connections, and paths. In darkness we find ourselves lying in the field watching the light parade of stars, jetliners, and cigarettes before we scatter for bed. Sunrise brings another golden hour, a quick breakfast, and multiple last looks at the field before our ride arrives on schedule but all-too-early at 11am. Returning to our cars in Quemado, we exchange contact information and best wishes for…

The Lightning Field, Part 1

Posted on May 26, 2017

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Visiting Walter De Maria’s The Lightning Field is like going to an event. You might know the framework, but you can’t predict the exact experience. So after some fortunate advance planning (I read about visitors waiting 10+ years for schedules to align) and a journey into Western New Mexico, I stand with my main art friend and four other overnight visitors in an isolated cabin next to a grid of 400 polished stainless steel poles. A simple framework. We congregate on the back porch of the cabin. Clear skies, no lightning expected. In the washed-out afternoon light the poles blend into the high desert landscape. Wind comes and goes, loud then silent. Rabbits scurry from beneath the cabin, a few cows stroll in the distance. Without connectivity to the outside world,…

Seven Magic Mountains

Posted on April 7, 2017

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As Ugo Rondinone’s Seven Magic Mountains appears in the distance, you may have to resist the urge to accelerate down Las Vegas Boulevard to reach it more quickly. The shapes and colors draw you in, and after all, it’s only scheduled to be on display until 2018. Better hurry. It’s also a great lesson in planned obsolescence. The life cycle of the piece has been considered, which seems all too rare in our trash-generating society. Go beyond concept-design-installation. It helps to think end-to-end. *

The Good Old Days

Posted on November 5, 2016

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David McCullough once told a story about growing up and watching a presidential election with his father. Voting reports trickled in to the news the evening of the election, but David went to bed before the final results were known. In the morning, David rushes downstairs – as only a future historian would do – asking eagerly, “who won…who won?!?” David’s father hangs his head in dejection and says, “Truman…” Years later, David and his father were talking politics, and his father bemoaned the current state of affairs, “If only good old Harry was still in the White House.” With US election results coming in next week, I wonder how each of our perspectives will change over the years.   *

The Team of Yesterday

Posted on July 10, 2015

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One of my clients independently (i.e., without consulting me…can you imagine ha!) grew part of his team by 10x over the past year, with the greatest volume of hiring occurring in the most recent quarter. He just built the ideal organization if he had to relive the last 18 months of work. Unfortunately, his upcoming needs are different than historical demands, and it does not appear that was considered. The nature, scope and scale of his team’s work will change. In five years, none of those hired will be doing what they were hired to do. You have to look ahead with activities, competencies, volume of work as well as the point in time of matching resource demand with supply. It can be a moving target with needs shifting and skills evolving.…