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Ken Faw
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CIO, American Laser Skincare
CIO, American Laser Skincare

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Why can't you bottle up a perfect day like today? With +David LeDuc... Sorry for the bad exposure on this pic...
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Cherries are done. Strawberries are done. Next up? Peaches! This one is a White Giant from +Stark Bro's Nurseries & Orchards Co. (actually, from my back yard)... And there are PLENTY more where it came from!
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Here's a shot taken by my dear friend, Dave LeDuc... here on Google+ if you look for him.
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Originally I didn't share this post because if what I heard was bad practice, I didn't want to be the one to spread it around. +Stark Bro's Nurseries & Orchards Co.  was serious and helpful, and now it seems like something worth sharing, especially their link below to their blog for getting your trees to produce. (If you know of a better way to take a private post and share it publicly, let me know.)
A friend of mine mentioned hearing about stressing fruit trees to increase production... is that real? If so, what are the guidelines for doing it? Do you have an blog posts about it?

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This choice of words is epic. Now even computer software has insecurity issues.
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I received marketing mail from a vendor today that said they could handle "all my technology needs at headquarters, regional offices, branch office locations and clinics."

So before considering whether I was redundant in my role and moving on to a new one, I noticed that they didn't seem to have a list of what "all of my technology needs" were.

Funny. They missed that part.

At +James O'Sullivan's request, here is my intro. I am an agile evangelist and dev lead-turned-CIO. After 20 years of consulting, writing software for companies and always moving on, I worked to transition into the IO role so I could build my teams and stick with my projects until they were done and we had the accomplishments in the bank.

In 1997, I started a regional software services firm (with a partner) called Pillar Technology Group. We grew it to $18M in 8 years, after which I left on a sabbatical to establish a stable home for son, whom we had learned was severely autistic. Later on, I was the president of a second regional consulting practice and the national practice director of integration strategies for a retained IBM systems integrator.

As a consultant, I have developed the integration strategies and enterprise architectures for Luxottica Retail, PepsiAmericas, Unitedhealth Group, Owens Corning and many other companies. I have coached entrepreneurial software startups and launched several software products and web properties, including two dot-com startups that made it through the bubble to the present.

I am happy to contribute where I can to conversations about building better places to work. Thanks, James, for the invitation.

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Since we learned about his severe autism twelve years ago, David keeps surprising us with little facets of his joyful personality. This time he just stepped up to a microphone during a break period in his confirmation winter retreat this weekend and started channeling a bass version of Steve Perry ("Ask the Lonely", 1983).

He had never done something like this before (though we were aware that he loved Journey), and it's pretty cool when things like this happen.

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This morning, my son and I went into a Best Buy with a totally unexpected layout... and I was lost - completed unable to function for a few minutes. Afterward I wondered where I have done the same to my customers...
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