It's a new year, and with it comes resolutions. I resolve to re-invigorate this blog, which has languished in the throes of a new job and new life patterns. For me, a new year also means cracking open a new journal. I have tried, on and off, to keep a diary or journal since 1983. In … Continue reading How I Journal
I hear a lot of people claiming that others live in a "bubble." It's meant as an insult, meaning that someone has a sheltered, limited viewpoint and doesn't understand the real world. But what is the "real" world? The bubble insult is often applied to urban, educated, or wealthy people, but it's also applied to … Continue reading Enter the bubbleverse
You are making dinner for a few friends. The plan is for spaghetti, but you forgot to buy the sauce and now you're out of time. But hey, it's still free noodles. And you went to all the work to plan it, so they should be grateful, right? You manage a hotel that is offering … Continue reading Is some better than none?
I just got back from vacation, which means that I have had the opportunity to be in a lot of places where newbies (tourists - often myself or my family) encounter a lot of veterans (locals, workers, frequent customers). The product of this combination is often a newbie doing something inappropriate for the setting, followed … Continue reading smh (shaking my head) – an opporunity
If you wonder where you should focus your attention in your organization, think about the last time you gave someone an award for something. It was probably because they did something that your group really needs, but doesn't happen enough. Probably something that, if done all the time, would take your group to a higher … Continue reading What should I work on next?
For every problem, there is a solution. In change, there is opportunity. Just because you can't do anything, it doesn't mean you can't do anything.
Well, they might not really be jerks. They might just have questions or they might even be agreeing with you. But under the pressure of presenting, when someone seems to attack your message, it’s easy feel that way and to try to shut them down, interrupt them, or otherwise get around them. At least, that’s … Continue reading Dealing with jerks at a meeting