Blake's Blog

From The Greatest Good to The Great Wall


Having described Grand Canyon & Grey Towers and a great haunt in Toledo, I'...

When in Toledo, Eat at Packo's


I'm a sucker for great, small, fun, authentic... 'dives and diners.'...

Grand Canyon & Grey Towers: The Greatest Good (photojournalism)


In the past couple weeks, having sprinted from working with groups in the Department...

Nothing But the Truth


I recently watched Nothing But the Truth with Kate Beckinsale, Alan Alda, Matt Dillon, David...

Bedside Reading


With the recent celebration of our 16th wedding anniversary, followed immediately by the occurrence...

Innovation & Commoditization


Among several others, I had a couple of specific, very interesting conversations in the past...

Takers and The Invisible Man


As is often the case, I notice things when they happen in 'threes.'...

Toxic Behavior, 10 Worst Work Habits, 10 Worst Things to Say in the Workplace


While checking email recently, a link popped-up with a few interesting workplace articles from the...

Book Review: "Lost in the Meritocracy: The Undereducation of an Overachiever" by Walter Kirn


For the last two nights, this 211-pages-page-turner absolutely possessed me. The [not-long-but] short of...

Creative Destruction


Like ants in a mound, we all sense the vibrations of impending change.

In particular,...

Book Review: "The World Without Us" by Alan Weisman


Once upon a time, in an organization far, far away, I coached a young man...

Book Review: "How the Mighty Fall & Why Some Companies Never Give In" by Jim Collins


Jim Collins' (or, ahem, Collins's, if I am to be contemporarily...