RX100: If you don’t love this camera, you don’t understand love!

This is a great camera.
The RX100 has all the manual features of a larger camera, but it fits in my pocket.
They say that the best camera is the camera you have with you when need it. Because of its compact size, the RX100 is always with me.
The camera I bought is a refurbished camera. It came packaged like new and I have had no issues since it arrived.
There are different versions of the RX100 with different improvements and features, shop for the features you prefer.
One of the downsides of having a camera with me everywhere is in as much as I travel, there is a lot of wear and tear. Most of that wear and tear was in the first year before I figured out how to keep it both available and safe.
I estimate in the three years I owned it, I shot about 20000 pictures (burst mode doncha know). Probably about 8000 were worth keeping, but man with that big sensor, they were *really* worth keeping.
I did have one problem with my original RX100 which caused me to replace it. It started to unexpectedly power up. This unexpected action would happen in my pocket or sometimes while setting on my desk. It became impossible to keep it charged as I was always struggling to manage the power by removing the battery. It was past warranty, so there was no manufacturer recourse.
My old RX100 finally met its match when it powered up and fell off my desk when the lens expanded out of the body and pushed itself over the edge. Perhaps it was despondent.
Anyway, the RX100 is great camera and I highly recommend the camera and the vendor who refurbished my current one!!!!

20130209 1406, Iceland Sólheima jökull (2a)

Just a quick note or two on this picture…

This is from a trip to Iceland. The picture is the glacier “Sólheimajökull”, an easily accessible glacier for tourists. The picture was a regular still shot from a 500 meters away. In the lower right corner of the picture, you can see dark, horizontal layers that are a geological history of thousands of years of volcanic eruptions. In that same corner, you can see a few colorful specks that are hikers preparing to hike the glacier. I bring this up for one reason, how great the sensor on this camera is… The lens is only about a 2x optic zoom, but if you are steady with your shots you can later zoom and crop other details you might not have noticed. The picture below was cropped from the picture above. I love this little camera!!

20130209 1406, Iceland Sólheima jökull (2b)

Zombies and Climate Change

Zombies and Climate ChangeZombie Figure (01)

If you mention “zombies” to people, the common reaction is “Zombies? What’s all this stuff about zombies? It’s everywhere!”

George Romero is known as the father of zombie movies. Unknown to most people, zombie movies weren’t really about zombies. He used low art (a horror film) to explore highly relevant social issues. Zombies weren’t fast because their speed wasn’t the problem, their danger was their unavoidable, mounting threat… you can run, but you can’t hide.

Back in the day, the issues were social order, consumerism, the distribution of resources… you know, light topics.

Flash forward to today and the zombie phenomenon is more popular than ever with books, more movies, graphic novels, and one of the most popular cable television programs ever.

The conflict in the zombie dramas is not between us and the zombies, it is in how we treat each other. Do we act in the interest of the other guy? Do we hunker down in the mall with enough clothing, jewelry, and junk food to last for months? We’ll be ok for a while, but eventually we go out or the out comes in.

Or, do we revert to a more primitive time and look to our own self-interests by hording resources and dominating the weak?

The characters fight to survive each other and to protect their interests while ignoring the looming zombie apocalypse. Under emotional stress, we revert to our primitive instincts. How they (really us) react is a combination of personal ethics, ambition, and group identity.

Like the slow moving flood of zombies, there is an inevitability to climate change.

Whether or not you agree to the details of the how, it is happening. Those that deny it are mostly responding in a heartfelt manner to support an ideology. I don’t agree with them, but I understand the sources of their passions.

The science shows that the steps we take now will affect how bad it will be.

So, do we ignore it and hunker down in the mall surrounded by nice stuff?

Do we ignore the plight of others so that we can each serve our own self-interests and survival?

Do we take the steps now to contain the slow moving zombie climate that will change our planet in ways we cannot imagine now?

Or finally, do we put aside our impassioned debates and face the inevitable threat?

We must all act together. It is the policies and actions we take now that determine if our grandchildren will be able to control their own destinies or if they are forced to choose sides in a fight for resources.

Alice won’t be around to help.




Leadership Helped Me Lose 15 Pounds… and Counting.

signs-road-works-conn-ave-0aI think like everyone, I could stand to drop a little weight.

I’m not morbidly obese, but I have a specific weight, 195 pounds (or about 88.5 kilos) where I really start to feel awful.

I’m lethargic, I have nightly acid reflux, blood pressure is up, and my lab results tend toward those seemingly inevitable middle-age guy twin-cities’ destination: Prediabetes and Prehypertension.

Four weeks ago I was at 195. Continue reading

Maybe I’m just old fashioned…

Maybe I’m just old fashioned…Exec number 1 (0)


If you are a 1/3 owner in a business and you are claiming a tax loss of about $1 billion, the math implies that you had to destroy $3+ billion in corporate value to use that write-off.

Everyone associated with the company lost their jobs and a liquidation process probably recovered only pennies on the dollar for the debtors and other investors.

I’m pretty sure that is not considered a good business model.

But hey…
I might just be a bit old-fashioned.

Interview… 9 September 2016 0800EST

20160909-radio-interview-2Thank you Jamie Meloni for the great interview at “That Business Show” from WHNZ 1250.

I really appreciate the chance to share my ideas and philosophies of leadership. Your show is a great resource for the local Tampa Bay Region.

You can check out what a great job Jamie does with my interview during the 0830 segment of That Business Show with Jamie Meloni 09-09-2016 8AM. My favorite part was the discussion regarding Power vs. Leadership. Continue reading

Leaders and managers, the important difference

There is a huge difference between leaders and managers.
Never sell managers short, they are the stewards of resources.
Their problems will cost you money

Leaders are the stewards of culture.
If the organizational culture is toxic, it is the fault of the leaders.
Their problems will cost you your whole organization.


























Ken Wrede

Kenneth W. Wrede

Following the EndGame

First, thank you to everyone that has been following me for the last 18 months or so. I really appreciate your thoughtful comments and interest. I know I have been a little slow online the last few months, but your encouragement has made me rethink my blog and the purpose it serves. I have been using my time during these last months for writing and working on a new project.

My goal now is that I want to keep 5,000,000 businesses from failing.

As a step towards that goal, I am launching a new Website called EndGame Leadership.

The early goals of this blog has been for me to capture and articulate my thoughts on a variety of topics that are interesting to me.

One of my pet projects since my EMBA Program has been a personal appraisal of my experience of 35+ years of leadership training, both as a student and teacher. Through that analysis, I have been developing a leadership model that I believe really cuts away all the nonsense of leadership we think we know and presents what is really effective.

I am calling the end result “EndGame Leadership“. There are a many ways people grow as leaders and it is usually a bottom-up, solitary, personal process. They develop their skills on an ad hoc basis and when experience slaps them in the face.

I have taken a fresh approach and researched why have businesses failed? I can’t control anything if a business fails because of market issues or problems with the economy. But, when the research shows that 25% of all businesses in the US fail because of leadership issues, now we have a starting point. When those failures can be traced back to root problems, we know what to fix. My approach was to create a leadership model that is engineered to avoid the root causes that lead to failure.

I would appreciate it if you will check out the new site. Let’s find a way to work together. I can’t save 5,000,000 companies by myself.  (http://EndGameLeadership.com)

There is a preview available of my first book called “6 Rabbit Holes of Leadership”. The book is an attempt to help the novice leader avoid the pitfalls that bogus advice gives though that advice seems often compelling. For more experienced leaders, I hope the book helps you to realize that you were not alone on your journey and I hope the pages give you the framework to help those who look to you for advice.

The preview I am including is the first four chapters out of nine chapters. Please sign-in and take a look.

This site isn’t closing, I have occasional items I’d like to discuss, but this blog will be more personal and, at times, whimsical. If, however, your focus is leadership, please head to the new site and follow me from there. Many of the previous resources are there, but the focus is on leadership.

Thank you for your previous and future support!