How to Create an Emotional Connection With Remote Employees

Over the years, working in management roles in global companies, I've come to learn a few things about managing remote employees. Specifically, how to best motivate remote employees and how to keep them engaged and part of the global organization. Read more »

Playing to Win: How Strategy Really Works

One of the books on my recommended reading list is "Playing to Win: How Strategy Really Works" by Roger Martin and A.G. Lafley. It's a very interesting read and I highly recommend it. Roger Martin and A.G. Lafley talk through their experiences at P&G and explain what strategy is for (winning) and what's it's about (choice). If you are interested in how to implement the Playing to Win framework in your organization, I highly recommend picking up a copy of this book.  Read more »

My Recommended Reading List

Below is a list of books I highly recommend reading! I have found them all to be well worth the investment of time and money. They are filled with invaluable business advice and life lessons. I always keep them on my Kindle, at the ready, for when time allows to re-read them.

They have greatly helped me over the years, while working in various roles and in various capacities. I hope they can help you too!

I have also listed some of my favorite magazine publications. If you are in a country where it's difficult to get a copy of these, try out an app called Flipbook, and search for these magazine titles. Some of these publications release their articles through this platform from time to time.

Business: Read more »

jQuery Vector Maps

I've been playing around with jQuery a bit lately, and I thought it would be cool to create a world map to visually show which countries I have been to. I came across jQuery Vector Maps ( It's well documented and very easy to configure to your liking. With a few lines of code and using their stock World Map, I was able to create a visual map showing all the countries I have visited. See if in action here:


Drupal "Broken Links" Module - How to Fix Permission Restrictions Deny you Access Issue - SOLVED

For those of you with multilingual Drupal sites using the Link Checker module to identify broken links on your site, you may come across this issue where you have nodes showing up in the broken links page with only a message of:

"Permission restrictions deny you access to this broken link."

Duck Duck Go Search Engine (your new alternative to

Recently,,, and other major search engines have started removing certain websites they deem inappropriate from their search results...essentially filtering the web according to what they feel you should or shouldn't be looking at. I have a problem with this, seeing that most people assume these search engines are indexing the web and what they are displaying is a representation of what is on the web, hence if you don't find it there, you think it probably does not exist. Read more »

Lesson Learned - Google Code is not Always Perfect

Last week I learned a new lesson in life...Google code is NOT always perfect. If I had let that thought enter my head, I would have saved myself a few hours. So what happened? Well, I was playing around on one of my hobby websites, performing some updates and upon completing the updates, I noticed all my html tables where breaking the layout of my site. Uh-oh! What did I do? After several hours of trying to roll back updates, examine code, etc, I realized it wasn't anything I did at all! Google's Chrome update was the one to blame. Read more »

Windows 10 - How to Configure Privacy Settings

Windows 10 by default wants to learn everything about you to offer you targeted ads. Now this is good if you wish to receive targeted ads, but if you like to have some privacy then you may want to disable a few things. I will show you how to turn off some of the user tracking services in Windows 10. Here we go...

Step 1: Let's open up the Settings page


Step 2: Click on the privacy button


Windows 10 - How to Set Cortana to Always On Voice Command (Listen for Hey Cortana)

If you have just upgraded your copy of Windows to Windows 10, you are probably interested in seeing how far Microsoft has come with their assistant Cortana (the new rival of Siri and Google Now). You may have noticed you need to click the microphone icon every time you want to give Cortana a command or ask her a question. The feature to always listen / always on voice command, is disabled by default. I'll walk you through how to enable this feature, it will only take a minute or two. You can also teach Cortana to recognize your voice, so that she ignores others. I'll quickly show you how to do this as well.

Step 1: You will need to get into the Cortana settings area of Windows. The easiest way to do this is to click into the "Ask me anything" box. 

Windows 10 - How to Set Google Chrome as your Default Browser

For those of you who have upgraded to Windows 10, you may want to know how to set Google Chrome as your default browser. As Cortana starts to become your go to application, it will no doubt start to open many things up in the default browser. That default browser is Microsoft's new web browser called Microsoft Edge.

Now Microsoft Edge is a pretty cool browser and much improved from the previous versions of Internet Explorer, but if you are like me, you have come to love Google Chrome's slick and simple interface and how Google integrates everything across your various devices with your Google account. So for now, we probably want to stick with using our favorite browser, Chrome.

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