Category: Workplace Dynamics

Some days you're the bug, some days you're the windshield. 2

On being new

I’m three weeks in at my new gig, and it’s been a crash course in being new. Again. There is discomfort in the feeling of being adrift and un-moored in a place where you barely know where the bathroom is, much less how to DO YOUR WORK. The discomfort is good for you; I think it’s what opens up your mind to taking in all the new details of the cultural norms of a workplace and positions you for the learning and growth that should come with a new job.

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Be daring

I’m about to make a big change in my professional life. As these things often do, this feels big, daring, significant – and a little bit terrifying. Here’s to keeping our eyes on the horizon, being bold, and taking the leap.

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A perfectly framed question

I once worked for a CEO who could make me sweat simply by asking me a question. One day, as I was reapplying deodorant after a particularly tough meeting, it occurred to me that he wasn’t doing this to be a jerk. He was doing it because it was his job to make sure we had thought of every possible angle before committing the resources of the company to a particular course of action. And so was born my obsession with becoming a great question-asker.

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My Tribe

I got to spend most of last week with the people in this world that I feel most at home with. Colleagues, friends, compatriots with whom I have walked through fire, at work and in life. They are friends, to be sure, but they so are more than that. It was not the first time I’ve felt the true benefits of having a “tribe” – a collective of people that understand your life, your work, your experiences, your passions on a deep, fundamental level. And you understand theirs. I’ve been lucky to find these people at every point in my path, but there was something magical to having them together in a concentrated span of space and time. I felt right, I felt confident, and I felt an energy that continues to fuel me, even a week later.