2021, The Year That Was(n’t)

I once had to use performance ratings (horrid phrase) geared around the word “expectations.” Such as “meets most expectations” or “exceeds expectations.” My and others’ experience with this performance rating system was as expected and maybe I’ll write a blog about it once I can get past the mental scars. In the meanwhile: 2021, here’s […]

The #TrueLeadership Holiday List

On the first day of Christmas, a True Leader gave to me, a question about what I really need. On the second day of Christmas, a True Leader gave to me, two travel mugs. On the third day of Christmas, a True Leader gave to me, three supportive DMs. On the fourth day of Christmas, […]

The How, Why and Venn of Next Normal

In the 1950s, the average age of a Fortune 500 company was 60 years. In early 2020, as we approached the end of the first quarter of the 21st century, it was less than 20 years. In 2021, trends have hyper-accelerated or pandemic pole-vaulted into existence. Amazon’s profits rose 220% (source: NY Times). JC Penney, […]

Pret a Pandemic: The Covid Capsule Wardrobe

The days are long, the past year has not been short. 90% of my wardrobe is mothballed and 10% has developed fabric pills and decaf mocha latte stains from over-use. High heels and floral flats are gathering dust but I’ve gone through four pairs of sneakers. After 365 days (March 6, 2020 – March 6, […]

Four Ways A New Manager Can Wreck A Perfectly Good Team

“I’m having the best work week, my boss is on vacation.” – Actual quote by multiple people recently. “At work” these days can mean anything from being in a workplace with a mask to being within hearing distance of your mobile phone. If your productivity and engagement levels go down when your manager is also […]

2020: The Year of Hyper- Acceleration

In the 1950s, the average age of a Fortune 500 company was 60 years. As we approach the end of the first quarter of the 21st century, it is less than 20 years. This trend is getting faster due to the disruptive impact of technology. Companies live shorter lives. Products have shorter lifespans. Skillsets have […]

There’s No Place Like #StayHome: Week 10 – Just Keep Paddling

“As one goes through life, one learns that if you don’t paddle your own canoe, you don’t move.” Katherine Hepburn Thankful to have paddled, Zoom’d, puzzled, streamed, and ran through first 10 weeks of #stayhome #workhome #staysafe #socialdistance. May you paddle your way through a safe & pleasant Memorial Day Weekend, and please take time […]