Work with watcha got

Work is never perfect.  Never is the execution flawless from end to end.  I got hit upside the head with this last weekend when we finally, after months and months of preparation, put on a live orientation training for nearly 1500 volunteers who, in January, will staff events on behalf of the Superbowl 50 Host Committee for the entire Superbowl game week (I know, you’re not a sports fan, nor am I, but the Host Committee has some bad ass … Continued


“I learned from my teachers, but became through my music” says Macklemore in his song The Town.  On my morning run, that lyric got me thinking. When are we learning?  From mentors, new situations and challenges.  New tasks, new ways of being.  Pretty much we’re learning all the time. But, what are the things that help us become.  Where we find who we are in all the learning.  We secure our point of view and engage in something in a way … Continued

Have patience for educating

It’s easy to point the finger when peoople (and groups) don’t “get” you, don’t engage with you the way you or your projects need or simply step around you.  “They don’t know this” and “They don’t get that”.  Instead, add a line item to your responsiblity list: educate people about what you do and how you do it. Teach, mentor, educate, communicate, find right.  Seek to understand.  When you do these things, people want to work with you, not around … Continued

Resist talking about the work…

Here’s some awesome advice from a colleague.  It goes something like “Resist talking about the work.  Do the work and clarity will come.” It’s too easy to sit around a table spinning and debating, refiing and tweaking an idea or an approach before we’re ready to write it down.  To let it live.  And in those minutes (and sometimes hours) we’ve taken seeds of ideas, just tiny inkling of what could be, and rounded their corners effectively sucking the possibiity … Continued

Look in before you look out

When on a new project (or…ehem, job) it’s easy to think it’s immediately important to first pursue relationships outward and upward.   To aim attention on the big fish and the big names.  “Go meet those people.” “Build those relationships”.  We feel pressure to stick our hands out and introduce ourselves and begin to make our mark.  That’s not how I work.  First, I like to look in.  Then I’ll stick my hand out. Looking in means understanding the immediate … Continued