1. The 1:1 Meeting →

    In the wake of the world’s recent condition, there’s been a lot of talk about remote work. My last role was as a remote team leader who regularly engaged with 13 employees across a handful of time zones. Aside from the numerous messaging and conferencing tools available, the single-handed most valuable tool that I used to stay engaged with the team were our 1:1 meetings (read “one to one”, or “one on one”).

    Each week, I met with each team member for 30 minutes. We talked about project priorities, task challenges, caught up on our personal lives, and periodically checked in on their career trajectories. The 1:1’s helped me build and maintain great relationships with our team, and allowed us to minimize interruptions during the week while each of us were “in the zone” on our projects. I could go on about the benefits, but I think you can already see the value behind this tool.

    If you’re considering running 1:1’s in your new role as remote team leader, I recommend getting started with this guide from Michael Lopp: The Update, The Vent, and The Disaster

    (Hint: If you schedule your 1:1’s in blocks, you can still have big blocks of time for other tasks associated with your role.)

  2. Missing Hikers Rescued in Adirondacks High Peaks →

    This is an intense story of two hikers who were rescued yesterday in the Adirondacks after being forced to spend two nights in harsh Winter weather.

    After making their summit of Algonquin Peak, a heavy fog settled in just after they reached the top causing them to lose the trail leading down the mountain. A recount of their story noted the fog was so thick that they accidentally fell off a rock edge into a massive pile of snow:

    Their friends later determined the fall, which brought them down the opposite side of the summit from the side they climbed up, to be about 100 feet.

    The man was resourceful, and did what he could to keep him and his friend warm, a reminder that every piece of gear is worth its weight in gold in a survival situation:

    On the first night, when she lost feeling in her toes, he dumped everything out of his backpack and wrapped it around her legs, zipping it up around her. After about 20 minutes, she could feel her toes again.

    I love hiking in this area, but there are sections of trail that can be treacherous in the normal hiking season if you aren’t being careful or properly equipped. And so, Winter peakbaggers have always seemed like strange breed of people to me.

    I am glad to hear they survived, and am in disbelief they came away with all of their fingers and toes. These folks were very lucky.

  3. 2017 Jeep Wrangler Pickup →

    Rumored in 2015, it now looks like the Jeep Wrangler pickup truck is really happening. I am looking forward to this one, and can’t wait to see what kind of tops they will offer for it. I am hoping for an option to access the bed from the cab.

  4. Pan-American Adventures →

    The Pan-American Adventures website is documenting a trip where some adventurers are using a four-door Jeep Wrangler to travel from Wisconsin, to Alaska, to the tip of South America, and back home.

    I was intrigued to see how they were using the space inside the Jeep in conjunction with the awesome tent pop-top from Ursa Minor Vehicles. To my surprise there are three people camping on the Jeep on the trip! Their logistics post explains it all.

  5. The Political Compass →

    Every four years or so, usually during presidential primary season, I visit the Political Compass website. After a short survey, the website uses your stance on various issues to mark where you stand on graph measuring economic and social beliefs. It also shows where you stand relative to various historical persons.