Hello, my name's Ryan. Welcome!

I'm a servant leader and shortstack developer that writes about leading teams and learning technology.

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CSS Grid is a Treasure

December, 17 2019

I'm working on a fun new project that is making me write a lot of HTML and CSS. I've taken this opportunity to learn CSS grid. Wow, it's really nice. I wanted to share some treasures, as well as a…

How to Install HashiCorp Packer using Bash

November, 21 2019

Building on my last post, I wanted to breakdown a similar bash script that will install a tool from HashiCorp called Packer. HashiCorp is a company creating tools that make managing cloud…

How to Install Firefox Developer Edition using Bash

November, 10 2019

Today, I'm going to run down a bash script for installing Firefox Developer Edition on Ubuntu 18.04+. I found several blog posts already out there on how to do this, but none of them actually worked…

Bash Helper Scripts

November, 09 2019

Returning from a long break, I thought I'd try something totally new. I've long been looking for a way to programmatically rebuild my laptop, so I can nuke it whenever I feel like, run a set of…

Power over Distraction

January, 18 2019

I used to have a really big problem. I used to be a terrible procrastinator. I am way too good at distracting myself from what I should be doing. I'm changing that though, and I'm doing it by…

What's a Shortstack Developer?

January, 07 2019

A shortstack developer is always two pancakes short of a full stack. A full stack of pancakes is five pancakes and a shortstack is only three. A fullstack software developer is expected to know…

How A Manager Refers to Their Team Matters

January, 04 2019

You can spot a leader that takes stewardship seriously, owning the idea down into their core, by how they refer to their team. How do you refer to the team you work on? Do you actually act as their…

Decision Maker or Decision Listener?

January, 03 2019

Agency is the capacity of an actor to act in a given environment. Organizations with heavily centralized decision making are creating environments where their best equipped team members (those on…

Borrowing Time vs. Owning Time

January, 02 2019

One of my primary issues with leaders that were brought up in command and control organizations is how they perceive their team, ownership over it, and their time. I see many managers suffering from…

What's a Servant Leader?

January, 01 2019

Servant leadership was originally defined in the 1970s as a departure from traditional leadership: This (servant leadership) is different from traditional leadership where the leader's main focus is…

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