Tag Archives: Work

The sprint at the end

The sprint at the end of a project does get you there.  It focuses your and your team’s energy, keeps the pressure on, and is an occasion for heroic efforts.  It can work. Except. Except it only really works when … Continue reading

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Choke points

Lately I’ve found Google Maps to do a pretty good job of predicting how long drives are going to take, with traffic.  That’s a huge plus in terms of planning, predictability and figuring out the best routes, and I’ve wondered … Continue reading

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The Tyranny of Outlook

Last week, as I rushed, apologetically, to start a meeting five minutes late, the person with whom I was meeting nodded knowingly and said, “hey, it’s OK.  That’s the tyranny of Outlook.” Thank goodness for a bit of perspective. As … Continue reading

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If you can’t take the heat

A little while back I decided to make breaded, baked zucchini “chips” at home.  My mother has made them a bunch of times, and when she makes them they rarely make it to the dinner table because everyone (including the … Continue reading

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Are you a fundraiser?

There’s an old line that parents swap, and it goes something like: People who aren’t parents think that there’s not a chasm between people who are and are not parents.  People who are parents know that there is one. It’s … Continue reading

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When I grow up

It wasn’t until three or four years ago that I figured out what I wanted to be when I grow up. Not what specific job, not each twist and turn of my career. The characteristics of a job that is … Continue reading

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If only that job were…

…bigger here and smaller there, just a bit more senior, with more (less?) supervisory responsibility, had a bit more of this and a smidge less of that, and it paid a bit more…well then it would be the perfect job. … Continue reading

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The transitions

I had a yoga teacher who loved to rib the class about all the activity that would start after (or before) a really tough pose: “It’s amazing how thirsty everyone gets, how it becomes time to fix your hair or … Continue reading

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Your job, and leverage

If your life is one of service, then the one question to ask yourself when figuring out where you are and where you’re going is: What role, what organization, what situation allows me to maximize the impact I’m having on … Continue reading

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The risk of being a bull

Time is the scarcest of all professional resources, yet we never seem to get enough of it.  A recent conversation with a friend and advisor helped me understand that one of my greatest professional strengths and joys might be exacerbating … Continue reading

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