RBG And Turning A Trail To A Highway

“Fight for the things you care about, but do it in a way that will lead others to join you.” – Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg The death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Friday brought with it instant questions and analysis about what her death means in this American moment, and all the possibilities ofContinue reading “RBG And Turning A Trail To A Highway”

Balancing The “More” With The “New”

Many organizational questions boil down to the categories of Evolution and Revolution: “What can we improve or change?” (Evolution) and “What can we do that hasn’t been done before?” (Revolution). A number meetings I’ve been a part of recently – with different groups of people, in different contexts – have ended up circling the same question: “Instead of Evolution,Continue reading “Balancing The “More” With The “New””

Making a Mosaic Instead of a Melting Pot

Like many people in the first decade of the 21st century, I was hooked on the TV show LOST. I watched it religiously, talked through theories with friends, and followed the character names to learn more about the real-life figures they were named after (Locke, Rousseau, and Faraday, to name just a few). One of theContinue reading “Making a Mosaic Instead of a Melting Pot”

Lessons from the Life of John Lewis

Two years ago, I was fortunate to be working at Harvard’s 367th Commencement ceremony, at which John Lewis received an honorary doctorate. In his speech, he encouraged everyone in attendance to make “necessary trouble” and stand up for justice, “even when injustice wears a uniform.” Mr. Lewis’s death last Friday has caused me – along with manyContinue reading “Lessons from the Life of John Lewis”

Poison Ivy And Privilege

In New England, where I live now, poison ivy is commonplace. But in the UK, where I grew up, there is none. So unlike many New Englanders, I didn’t grow up with regular exposure to poison ivy; nor did I grow up looking out for it, or being able to identify it with a “leavesContinue reading “Poison Ivy And Privilege”

Take Time To Take Stock

In the midst of our own busyness – and business – as the world has changed so much on a macro and a micro level over the last few months, it’s easy to forget that each and every one of us has also been fighting a pandemic. Playing our own individual role in preventing theContinue reading “Take Time To Take Stock”

Alleviating Zoom Fatigue

Zoom fatigue is real. Articles are popping up all over the place about this, because many of us are feeling it on a daily basis. If you’re exhausted after sitting through a string of work calls and hangouts with friends and family, there are valid reasons for this. Between the focus needed to pay attention, the awareness of being lookedContinue reading “Alleviating Zoom Fatigue”

The Value of Pre-Made Commitments

“I have found that my pre-made commitments — the ones you refuse to talk yourself out of — are the ones that stick… Anything I’ve enjoyed doing in the long run — marriage, business, leadership — I was terrible at to start. But I made the pre-made commitment to improve and I’ve tried to learn from myContinue reading “The Value of Pre-Made Commitments”

Understand Your Silos

Do you find that within your organization, it feels like different groups of people are speaking different languages? And that when you get together for a meeting – even about something simple – that misunderstandings and defensiveness occur? In the last few months, one word has come up in every new client meeting I haveContinue reading “Understand Your Silos”

Drop-In AMAs

Do you have that one colleague whose work you just don’t understand? You’re always confused about what their role is and what it is they actually do? Turning it around, would any colleagues wonder the same about you? Whether we work in a complex organizations with multiple departments, or in a small tight-nit organization, manyContinue reading “Drop-In AMAs”