“Continuity gives us roots; change gives us branches, letting us stretch and grow and reach new heights.” — Pauline R. Kezer

You will notice a different look and feel to the newsletter this week.
Earlier this year, I became unsatisfied with a few key things.

  • My website did not represent the current state of the work I was doing for my various clients.  I wanted to showcase my customers’ results.
  • The whole website look and feel needed a good refresh. The changes over time just didn’t mesh well together!
  • Most importantly, I was finding that the underlying technology and the way I was using it was slowing me down.

These are challenges many of my clients have faced in their work as well. Design and implementation need to be regularly revisited in order to maintain quality and value.

I looked at my website and stared across a chasm to what I knew would be better for my current and future clients as well as more effective for me.  I stared with a bit of fear because I knew it would be hard work Since I was excited for the changes, I was also impatient with the time that would be required to implement them.

As with any paradigm shift, I would gain some new things and also lose the convenience of familiarity while I made the jump.

Over the last few months, I have been working with my webmaster to re-envision both the technology we use and how we represent the work I do.

With this newsletter, I jumped between mountains and I am scrambling up the side of a new one.

You will see my website has a new look and feel and new content. Let me know what you think.

You may also notice that many of the previous newsletters, and some other previous content, hasn’t made it to the new site yet.  The key word is yet; they are coming back.  In many cases, they will be coming back with improvements!

I know that the new design and technologies will enable me to move faster.

To lead with speed, sometimes you need to invest in the engine!

Are you?

Yours in the calm pursuit of excellence,

Alan Willett

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Within the Rush, Find the Joy

I am always amazed about how busy this time of year is!

There is a rush to finish the business year well. At the same time, there is an emphasis on family togetherness and taking stock of personal achievements.

It can be difficult to find time to focus on joy.

When you are focused on speed, do you call for the help you need?

A friend and I looked over what needed to be done and estimated it would take us at least two to three full days. Next I called in our local fence repair experts.

When Is It Most Important to Plan?

Planning should never be analysis paralysis. Make the best decisions you can with the information you have. Then go!

When Faced With the Impossible, Consider the Crazy

My brother Paul stared at the broken grain conveyor belt. I was almost a teenager, and I watched him with awe. He always seemed to come up with crazy ideas on how to fix things.

What Can We Learn From Others?

One of the delights of our walks around our woods and grasslands is being surprised by dragonflies.

Warning: Rapid Perspective Changes Ahead

Soon after watching the sunrise in a city very near Death Valley in California, I was talking with one of the residents.

Vroom Into the New Year

Now is the time to get started in the world of work again, and you want to get started fast!

Untangling Impossible Problems

The task before us seemed impossible. The trumpet vine had grown vigorously on our trellis for twenty years.

Under Pressure?

I have a folder on my computer labeled “engineering disasters”.
I add to it anytime I see articles about problems that resulted from engineering failures.

To Pursue Personal Excellence, Start with a Focus on Value

Steve Jobs once said, “We are here to put a dent in the universe.” When I think about that quite literally, I do laugh out loud. But I do appreciate the idea!

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