All of my blog articles start out the same way. I open a brand-new Word document on my computer. The bright white page fills my screen. The brightness makes me squint. In the upper-left-hand corner, the cursor blinks persistently.

The emptiness of the page is overwhelming. The cursor just keeps…


WarGames, 1983

I love automation. I love it for the efficiency it brings. I love it for the freedom it brings to humanity. I’ve observed over the years, that not everyone shares my passion for this subject, so I thought I’d write a brief defense of automation and offer a few cautions.


I used to work in a data center. My office was on-premises and the servers were on-premises. My physical proximity to the subject of my work and my co-workers was supremely important. Little by little, over time, this changed.

Changes in technology allowed me to physically decouple from the data…


City Slickers, 1991

I do one thing every day. That one thing makes all the difference. This article is about that one thing.

By now, I’ve got you thinking, “I wonder what it is. Does he wake up at 5 AM? Does he run 5 miles? Does he take a cold shower? Does…


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I support medical freedom. I believe it is a basic human right for each person to determine their own medical choices. No government, employer, or educational institution should discriminate against anyone because of their choice. …


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What is your company’s culture? If you are honest with yourself, it’s probably a mixed bag. Some aspects are great. Those are probably the reasons that caused you to join the company in the first place and are the reasons why you stay. Some of the other cultural aspects aren’t…


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Sometimes, engineers have ideas that can truly revolutionize everything, but management is too dumb to understand it. Once upon a time, I was that engineer. For a while now, I’ve been in management and at times, I am dangerously close to being too dumb for my engineers. …


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Last week, I had the opportunity to speak to over 50 interns that just completed their summer internships at CHS. I thought long and hard about what relevant message I could bring to this group and landed on the subject of early-career leadership.

Over the years, I’ve become known for…


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This week, I had the opportunity to speak to over 50 interns that just completed their summer internships at CHS. I thought long and hard about what relevant message I could bring to this group and landed on the subject of early-career leadership.

Over the years, I’ve become known for…


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“I’m sorry I’m such a problem child,” my direct report says to me. In reply, I say, “It’s okay. I have many problem children.”

What exactly is a “problem child?” In actual parenting, it would be the kid that gives his or her parents more than their fair share of…

Zach Hughes

Technology Leader at CHS. Passionate about leadership and innovation. Posts are my own.

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