It is OK to not be OK

Listen: things are not normal right now. It is OK to not be OK. A global pandemic, catastrophic fires exacerbated by climate change, a divisive election, ongoing political bickering amidst diminishing civility, human rights violations, and racial/caste injustice… In the face of unprecedented, unimaginable, unrelenting heartbreak it is OK to not be OK. Focus on …

Continue reading It is OK to not be OK

Lying is Incompatible with Leadership

The first duty of every leader is to the truth. There is no faster method to completely undermine the efforts of your smartest people than to obfuscate, distract, distort, or dissemble. There's no more egregious waste than that of resources dedicated to the pursuit of a false premise. "Good deception" or leading an enemy on, …

Continue reading Lying is Incompatible with Leadership

What kind of “normal” are we going to bring back?

We're being tested in a novel way, both in the kind of test that we are facing and in the duration of it. Because of the unique nature of this challenge, the difficulties of public policymaking and everyday societal failure points that lead to inequity are becoming VERY visible. Even with very good leadership functioning …

Continue reading What kind of “normal” are we going to bring back?

Historical Perspective Is Neat

Historical perspective is a neat thing. I warn clients away from being armchair epidemiologists, and society doesn’t need yet another pundit on anything. So I’ll stay in my lane with three comments about the COVID19 shutdown protests: 1) as a humanist and a marketer, there’s a lot of cognitive dissonance around watching the protesters root …

Continue reading Historical Perspective Is Neat

Elf on a Roomba

Is Burnout a Millennial-Only Trait? These are the robots of our discontent…

The article How Millennials Became The Burnout Generation has certainly made the rounds lately and boy oh boy did Anne Helen Petersen strike a chord. "When it came to the mundane, the medium priority, the stuff that wouldn’t make my job easier or my work better, I avoided it. I realized that the vast majority …

Continue reading Is Burnout a Millennial-Only Trait? These are the robots of our discontent…