Hectic September

This is a few weeks of notes as my life has been hectic recently. Away trip for leadership training, operational issues at work, family traveling at home so I’m Pappa Dog this week. Boredom has not been an issue yet!


I seem to spend more time on ‘my’ reading and podcast list than I have been creating actual content. It feels redundant. All of this content is available directly from the original creator if you follow the Now page. If you find value in their content, then please support them directly. I am focusing more on my personal direction and content.

“Hell Yes, or No” vs. “Soft Yes, and Fast Quit” – Phil Venables

“Bottom line: You just never know what hidden gems exist even in some of the opportunities that are perceived to be less inspiring until you take a short peek. When you’ve taken that you’ll quickly and intuitively know whether to fully commit without having expended much effort, and then, there is still plenty of room for when more obvious Hell Yes opportunities do come along.”

“Backup” plan

I’ve been going thru my digital life and trying to ensure I have a backup of everything important to me and my family. Not only a backup, but a good way to restore those files in the event they are lost. I have OneDrive covered using my Synology NAS and the Cloud Sync plugin. Unfortunately, they don’t have a great option for iCloud. I did find a couple idea in these posts:

But nothing seems truly native, set and forget. So I just enabled photo backup on my personal OneDrive account. It’s not as fast as true iCloud integration would be, but it does work just fine for my needs. The only downside is the volume of work photos that will need to be deleted in two places: whiteboard pics, etc.

The rest of it

Reading/Podcast notes

Life Updates

Just when I thought life was settling down, we go and get another puppy! Little Remi brings the pack back to three. She has a big personality for a little pup, so I hope she brings some joy back to Rusty and Ellie. That will take some time – right now Ellie is afraid of her and Rusty isn’t sure what to do with her. I am grateful for a job and a team that gives me the flexibility to work from home part of the day to care for the pup.

Reading/Podcast Notes

Listening/Reading updates

A bit behind on these due to my workload.

The more things change…

The blog is back on WordPress. That change isn’t without a lot of irony, especially considering I’ve had to skim all of my old posts to get this completed. Life is just too busy to not prioritize my efforts. I would rather spend my time improving my leadership and creating content than pushing git updates. WordPress allows me to do just that.

I would still advise anyone to strongly avoid self-hosting. I would also recommend anyone with a busy life from using Jekyll. Focus on the things that bring you high value for the least effort, especially outside your core areas.

Weekend Listening

Yard work in 90+ temps and 100% humidity doesn’t agree with catching up on your podcasts. At least, not with AirPods.

Daily Info Intake Notes

Condoleezza Rice joins Broncos’ new ownership group: Former Secretary of State ‘will be a great benefit’ – CBSSports.com – So how does a former public servant have so much free capital?
Microsoft Windows Autopatch is Now Generally Available for Enterprise Systems – Too bad it requires a Microsoft E3 or E5 subscription. This should be a basic offering for any enterprise.
The Daily Swig – Cybersecurity news and views – Adding this to my RSS feeds.
How to be a Great Technical Interviewer – yield code(); – Interesting. This is a skill I need to build.
My Ultimate Zsh and Vim Config [ July 2022 Version ] – Daniel Miessler – I’m getting shell FOMO.
Fewer in U.S. Now See Bible as Literal Word of God – This makes a lot of sense considering the state of the US.
Governor Gavin Newsom announces California will make its own insulin – KION546 – How is this not happening at the federal level? More ammo to start replacing the old guard in DC.
Microsoft Warns of Large-Scale AiTM Phishing Attacks Against Over 10,000 Organizations
Alleged Hunter Biden Leak Shows iCloud Can Be iPhone Security’s Weak Link – Just enable MFA. Seriously…just do it.
Thread by @RyanHawk12 on Thread Reader App – Thread Reader App – Great advice from @ryanhawk
Top 50 PowerShell Scripts for Microsoft 365 Admins  – Office 365 Reports – This should be useful for someone.
Why Aspiring Influencers Should Build Their Brands on Their Own Domains – Daniel Miessler
So You Want to Start a Blog… – Daniel Miessler – More ammo for me to move off Jekyll and manually tweaking every little thing.
Risky Biz Soap Box: Running a global vulnerability management program – Risky Business – One vulnerablity system to rule them all.
Peter Santenello – Inspecting Perspectives the Media Neglects – Jordan Harbinger
Risky Business #671 – The case for an American-owned NSO Group – Risky Business
The Greatest Gap In Life – John Maxwell Leadership Podcast

Prioritizing the most important thing is the most important thing, not getting more time in your day.
Prioritize action.
John replies to all emails within 24 hours.
Why are you procrastination? Is it fear of failure?

Reading Notes

I’ve switched up several things in my daily workstream. Like using Bear as my primary note and blogging app. I’m focusing on DayOne as my journalling app, but it also works really well for stream of consciousness writing. Trello is becoming my goto task tracker as it just works better for my work style. I’ve also switched over to Apple Podcasts from Overcast. Life is much simpler in the ecosystem.

Reading/Listening notes for the last few weeks:

Welcome to Management: How to Grow From Top Performer to Excellent Leader (Ryan Hawk)

1/4 through and great
Los of nugget from show guests

How to use Siri Shortcuts with Bear – FAQ & Support – Bear App – Converting my shortcut for capturing my reading from a text file to Bear notes.
Merill Fernando • 🇦🇺 • 🇱🇰 on Twitter: “Local Administrator Password Solution (LAPS) coming natively to a Windows device near you. What about Azure AD Joined devices you ask? 👇 https://t.co/CqcHLwNTjJ” / Twitter – Looks like LAPS will be native in Win11. Why did this take so long?
Apple introduces new professional training to support growing IT workforce – Apple – I wasn’t aware there was a cert or training program for Apple. Thanks to the IT Brew for this link.
MacAdmins.org – Slack group dedicated to helping other Mac admins.
Risky Biz Soap Box: HD Moore on taking Rumble to the cloud – Risky Business – Good interview with Rumble’s creator. I’ve been interested in this for a long time and would love to check it out more.
PodcastOne: 690: Jane McGonigal – How to See the Future and Be Ready for Anything – Looking at crazy future risk scenarios to build your resiliency.
Editing and formatting entries in Day One for iOS – Your Journal for Life – Day One – Use for developing my second brain process in day one
Markdown Guide – Your Journal for Life – Day One – Why am I using DayOne? Markdown support, privacy, tags, etc
The Apple II Documentation Project (Hacker News link) – A trip in the way back machine!
What you should ask a potential employer – Lobsters – Potential employer questions from a developer POV.

Tuesday’s Reading

Episode #474: Jeffrey Pfeffer – How To Gain Power, Break The Rules, & Advance Your Career – The Learning Leader Show – Advice that runs contradictory to common leadership advice. I’ll be getting the 7 Rules Of Power (not to be confused with the 7 Laws of Power).
Episode #475: Chandler Bolt – The Life Changing Process Of Writing A Book… (How You Can Do It Right Now) – The Learning Leader Show

Writing is crystallization of thought. Writing can build your career – you become an authority by becoming and author.
Chandler’s process for writing: mind map -> outline -> rough draft.
How does Chandler write books and remain a busy exec? He blocks out intense time, then relies on his team to handle things for him during these blocks. Block out time and be intense about it while you’re in that time. Have a solid team to support you during your windows, trust them to get things done.
How do you find the time? Figure out what your time is worth: Divide your salary by 2800 to determine how much an hour is worth. Hire/Delegate everything not core that less that that hourly cost.
Person brand fastest to 6 figures.
Invest in things that build a defense moat around what you value (lifestyle, family, etc.). Turn this into a system so you can keep building them.
Plan your things before your business’s things – vacation, thinking, etc. Business will fill in the whitespace.
Writing topics: Broken record conversations – this things people keep asking you.
5 takeaways from the RSA Conference – Cybersecurity Dive – Organizations get 24 hours — if they’re lucky.
Microsoft won’t say if it will patch critical Windows vulnerability under exploit – Ars Technica – 🤦‍♂️🤷‍♂️😭
The 10 Commandments of Excellence – Great advise!
Episode #476: Kat Cole – Pragmatic Optimism, Reflection Questions, Humble Confidence, Building Trust, & The Hot Shot Rule – Ton of great notes on this one!

Should I listen to Episode 78?
Lead by action: Bring the coffee/donuts/etc to demonstrate service oriented leadership, vulnerability.
Hold ppl account and set expectations
Ppl closest to the action know what to do long before the leader does
Conflict resolution – humble and service of the team, assuming positive intent first
Connectivity and proximity
Humility, curiosity, confidence builds teams / raise your hand, raise your voice
Excellence mindset/framework: Courage and confidence balanced with Humility and curiosity lead to sustained excellence

Courage is speaking up and saying the uncomfortable things
Confidence is the belief you belong there
Humility is the belief you can’t do it alone, others have value and matter
Curiosity is the wonder, the desire to inquire
Having command over these mindsets, modulate each as the situation requires

Perspective breeds confidence
Find your way to speak – your wedge

“I have a question.” instead of waiting for your space to speak
“I want to add to that.”
“I would be failing you if I didn’t bring up this point.”
Is there something going on?

Burnout – catch it before you start letting people down

Do not over-commit – learn how to gracefully say no
Cancel if you need to
No is a complete sentence
No by saying yes –
Be clear on your values and priorities
Check-in with those closest to you and who matter most, including yourself

What has been the best part of the last 30 days?
What has been the worst part of the last 30 days?
Tell me one thing that I can do differently to be a better partner/teammate?
What has worried you the most in the last 30 days?
What is one thing you are most proud of in the last 30 days
What have you been most grateful for?

You can’t think your way into making a dent
Ask, answer, act.
Hotshot rule

682: Hustle Culture – Deep Dive – Joy comes from the process/journey, not the destination.

Monday’s Reading

Risky Business #667 – “Shields Up” for cyber’s forever war – Risky Business – Always a great listen.
Why Everyone Needs a Blog – Daniel Miessler – Interesting reasoning behind blogging.
Just Copy What Works – Daniel Miessler
Examples of barbell strategies – by Dwarkesh Patel – Do a lot of no risk and high risk, but nothing in the middle. Reap bigger rewards? Almost sounds too easy.
Apple’s Passkey Replaces Passwords With iPhone and Mac Authentication – WIRED – I can’t wait for this to be a real option for a environment.