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Tom Krieglstein
Interests: I try not to ever limit my interests cause there is just too much I am interested in, but just in case you are wondering here is a short list. Reading, Skiing, Hiking, Chess, Computer Games, Business, Entrepreneurship, Skydiving, Horseback Riding, Farming, Writing, Biking, Walking, Swimming, Oceans, Gadgets, Gadgets and more Gadgets, People, Friends, Healthy Food, Weather, Ants, Cats, Dogs, Computers, Politics, History, Slam Poetry, Camps, Youth, Clothes, Soccer, Basketball, Baseball, Helping, Old People, Parents, Pens, Free Food, Sushi, Peanut Butter and Jelly... and so on.
Recent Activity
Entrepreneurs try to solve problems. Some hope to turn a profit in the process and others are content to leave money making out of the equation. Either way, they are still just trying to solve problems. But I've noticed that beyond the problem solving lies another, deeper, motivation. A motivation that drives entrepreneurs to want to successfully solve problems in the first place and put up with the daily stress and bipolar emotions of starting a business. The reasons seem to vary and I'm not going to claim to know even a small fraction of them. For some it's to... Continue reading
Posted Sep 17, 2010 at Tom Krieglstein
Confidence as an entrepreneur is a funny thing. In a conversation with an executive coach, I mentioned how, at times, I just don't know if what I'm doing is the right way to do it or not. I didn't get an MBA, I've never worked for anyone else beyond waitering/bartending in school, and business owners just don't get the same type of daily feedback that employees get. So I've had to make up many of my own processes to accomplish goals. For example, after I establish a goal, my process to completion works like this... Run through my past experiences... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2010 at Tom Krieglstein
Matisyahu - One Day (h/t @goaltribe) Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2010 at Tom Krieglstein
I want to be proactive in my work and life. A few weeks ago, I dedicated myself to being proactive by strategically mapping out my week, month, and quarter ahead of time. In doing so, my weeks are more effective, I'm focusing on what is most important, and I'm clearer on what needs to get done. All in all, I'm on the right track. I've run into one problem however... While I may have a great plan for my week, I'm forgetting to disseminate my plan to the rest of team ahead of time. So even though I'm more proactive... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2010 at Tom Krieglstein
Posted Aug 18, 2010 at Tom Krieglstein
"We like to think of ourselves as a Customer Service Company that happens to fly airplanes." - Southwest Airlines Zappos made a fortune off the same motto. Wonder how many other companies could take a clue from this quote and stop putting their least qualified people (or machines) on the front lines of their business in customer care. Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2010 at Tom Krieglstein
After our honeymoon phase, my relationship with Firefox turned into one of abuse with benefits. I loved the addons. The more I added, the harder I thought it would be to leave Firefox. But abuse, in the form of crashing and glitches, was constant. Chrome kept flirting with me through blog posts and friend recommendations, but I was too committed to Firefox to ever think about leaving. Then, and this is where the analogy gets awkward, my wife decided to switch from Firefox to Chrome. She quickly fell in love. Taking her cue, I snuck away from Firefox for a... Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2010 at Tom Krieglstein
p.s. I couldn't stop tearing up. Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2010 at Tom Krieglstein
Having something on your blog go viral should be awarded with some sort of Boy Scout merit badge. Or maybe teated like music album sales where a governing body awards you a gold, silver, or double platinum plaque. What ever the award, last week I experienced my first viral post. Because I love numbers, I geekly watched, probably too obsessively, where the traffic came from day by day. As stated in the beginning of the post, I only re-purposed the content from the original source. It took me longer to read the original post than it did for me to... Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2010 at Tom Krieglstein
I am frustratingly good at making a pretty good "product" last minute. The value in such a skill is I can be thrown into any situation and produce something with at least 80% quality without dying of stress. In fact, I'll stay level headed, and smiling, almost the entire time. The problem with such a skill is the pain point isn't high enough to force me to change my habit, so I continue to produce with a just-in-time mentality and reach only 80% each time. I'm not happy with 80%. As I previously stated, being more proactive vs reactive is... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2010 at Tom Krieglstein
Almost every single man, woman, and child has seen one of these videos, but I still can't get enough. This song played on my Pandora station today and I smiled thinking about the original video, then The Office remake, and then smiled thinking about my own wedding. All magical moments that gave me an amazing inner warmth. Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2010 at Tom Krieglstein
Ed Cabellon of SA Collaborative, #SAchat, and On The Go fame stopped into NYC today. Originally Annie and I were going to host him at Casa de Krieglbert for the night, but instead we just enjoyed a nice dinner so he could get back to his family in Boston. If you care about Student Affairs and Technology, Ed should be a part of your personal learning network. Beyond his passion and knowledge, my favorite trait about Ed is how genuine he is. Hat tip to you Ed and all your upcoming success over the next three years. (Anyone who knows... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2010 at Tom Krieglstein
Posted Aug 5, 2010 at Tom Krieglstein
Spending one month on the NBC Today Show Race To The Alter gave Annie and I a very tiny taste of what reality TV is like. I can only image what the experience was like for Ali to be this season's Bachelorette. Ali and I first met at Stanford University working for Supercamp. It was my last year as a Facilitator and I think her second year as a team leader. After working with her for the summer, and watching The Bachelorette on and off throughout this season, I'm impressed at how true she stayed to her real self. Kudos... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2010 at Tom Krieglstein
I took this photo at a small town gas station in Northern Wisconsin. Through a quick Google search, I see the "3 student rule" isn't an isolated policy. But why 3 verses 2 or 4? Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2010 at Tom Krieglstein
Every year big box retails host large "back to school" marketing campaigns to drive sales. In a slap to the face of higher education goals, Target's using its national brand to promote "beer pong" equipment as essential college gear. We're joining Cindy Kane and Jeff Jackson in using this blog as a platform to protest this type of marketing by Target and other big box retailers. Please use the image below to repost to your blog or email list and help spread the word that this is not ok. Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2010 at Tom Krieglstein
Last month, Erica Goldson graduated as valedictorian of Coxsackie-Athens High School. Instead of using her graduation speech to celebrate the triumph of her victory, the school, and the teachers that made it happen, she channeled her inner Ivan Illich and de-constructed the logic of a valedictorian and the whole educational system. In doing so, is now one of my heroes. Erica originally posted her full speech on Sign of the Times, and without need for editing or cutting, here's the speech in its entirety: Here I stand There is a story of a young, but earnest Zen student who approached... Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2010 at Tom Krieglstein
Twitter recently made a big fuss about a new tool called Blackbird Pie as a way to embed individual tweets into a website or blog post as seen in the screenshot below: While the embedded Tweets do look nice on the blog post, once the blog post is pushed out to its readers via an RSS Feed, things fall apart quickly: Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2010 at Tom Krieglstein
In a recent post, 37signals showcased what it means for a company to know where it stands. Their example was the NYC bike maker Francesco Bertelli. Bertelli is a great example of a company that knows where it stands. The best way to know where you stand is to figure out what you won't do. What will you say no to? Francesco puts his no's right out in front. It makes the experience better for everyone. And it's true, Bertelli makes beautiful bikes. Software and bikes are very similar in this regard. Too many software tools on the college market... Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2010 at Tom Krieglstein
College of Coastal Georgia recently transitioned to a four-year residential institution. Among the many changes, the campus will soon include residence halls and a director of residence life. Dave Leenhouts, director of CCGA's student life, heads the committee to hire their director of residence life. In a conversation with Dave over the weekend, he talked about how the big buzz word on the committee is affinity housing. In other words, pre-matching roommates ahead of time based on similar traits to ensure higher retention rates. The impact of first year roommates on an individual is huge and can have lasting life... Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2010 at Tom Krieglstein
The art is more impressive knowing it was made out of tar. Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2010 at Tom Krieglstein