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A shared timeline: me and Microsoft

When I say I work in Microsoft Building 1 — I work in Microsoft Building 1. The first ever building on what is now the primary campus. I marked up this photo from 1985 (I was 6) showing the two offices I’ve had in this building.
My first office looked out over Lake Bill, named after Bill Gates.
My second looks out towards the “Executive Briefing Center” which sits between our building and the building the houses the CEO.
I spent my day at the EBC with a huge company everyone knows discussing future business.
 Interesting to see it through those eyes and to stop and reflect on your ability to make an impact.  When I was 6, my future offices were being built.
Microsoft has released some stories about the build out of what is my “campus” and there is another forthcoming I believe.
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A life of accountability is easier than it seems. Except when you have to unstick your face from your desk.

Today, Microsoft officially closes its books on reconciling our last fiscal year (ended June 30).  It takes about 10 days, and for many, it’s quite a lot of work.  I happen to be accountable for 2 of 30 total ways the company measures its success.  There have been teams of people working round the clock for weeks and really hard this entire year pushing through every obstacle and doing the transformative work Read More

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Don’t argue to win

I’ll start by setting the scene:

1. Housekeeper asked for a week off this week. First time she has asked in 20 months and while I use a service, I insist on Blanca.
2. This week I have been doing several small projects a) installing my air conditioner, b) insulating my refrigerator to facilitate the creation of clear ice, c) unpacking my 7″ silver artificial Christmas tree.
3. This evening earlier, I got to sit down with someone I don’t often get to have conversation with…Curtis Bigelow. We debated politics and the need for affordable housing among other things. I saw “Jason the Debater” come out in full force.

All the projects created quite a bit of detritus in the form of pieces of styrofoam (from the A/C installation) and other things. Sick of the mess, I decided to take things in to my own hands and vacuum (Blanca would normally have taken care of this today).

Then I couldn’t find my vacuum. I’ve spent almost the last 2 hours searching for it. In my 800 square foot home. Where was it and why couldn’t I find it? Turns out it was near the front door behind the large blocks of styrofoam I had purchased to do the A/C job. After disrupting Blanca’s day off to ask, I found it was right where I had left it…two years ago…with the pine needles from the Christmas tree from that year still in it. The last time I vacuumed. Blanca uses her own vacuum.

And this was the moment where I summoned my counsin Jennifer‘s thought process and thought of what I imagine might be written in whatever book she often cites called “Jesus Calling.”

And I thought of the book of Matthew and its declaration that we should: “Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons. Freely you have received; freely give.”

And so tonight I look to Jacob as my guide: “If God will be with me and will watch over me on this journey I am taking and will give me food to eat and clothes to wear so that I return safely to my father’s household, then the Lord will be my God and this stone that I have set up as a pillar will be God’s house, and of all that you give me I will give you a tenth.” I will be giving to others a part of what I have been given myself — something I have always held as a principle and believe to be right and just.

Happy Father’s Day.