Zerlina Maxwell, thank you for your fierce grace

“You were drinking. You were drinking. What did you expect?”

…you need to make your move now. You need to stand alongside survivors and you need to be allies in public. I know it is easy to be cynical. I know. But I’m optimistic because campaigns, like the one from UCLA, are shifting the conversation away from what women can do to prevent their rapes and onto the behaviors of the potential rapists.

Zerlina Maxwell

Shared Responsibility Starts with Personal Responsibility

Please give me feedback! This is an idea I’m interested in understanding more deeply. Let me know if my take on it is crazy or not. Thanks!


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Matt faces a dilemma.  His company is performing well, but Matt feels like the time for change is now.   His business unit has been successful over the last thirty years by developing bespoke products, but his peers feel that a drastic change would be too risky. They argue that the most important focus is to deliver their existing commitments to the business.  They think the time to change will arrive at some point in the future. Meanwhile, Matt wants to lower cost and improve control through standardization of their products.   With globally consistent products, the regional teams could translate the global strategy into regional imperatives more quickly and share knowledge faster across the regions. When Matt worked for Amazon in in 2009, it was a turning point in Amazon’s history–Jeff Bezos galvanized employees with the idea that, “the book has had a…

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Life Doesn’t Frighten Me

Maya Angelou’s wonderful poem about courage.  It was written for children and I still love it today!

Life Doesn’t Frighten Me
Shadows on the wall
Noises down the hall
Life doesn’t frighten me at all

Bad dogs barking loud
Big ghosts in a cloud
Life doesn’t frighten me at all

Mean old Mother Goose
Lions on the loose
They don’t frighten me at all

Dragons breathing flame
On my counterpane
That doesn’t frighten me at all.

I go boo
Make them shoo
I make fun
Way they run
I won’t cry
So they fly
I just smile
They go wild

Life doesn’t frighten me at all.

Tough guys fight
All alone at night
Life doesn’t frighten me at all.

Panthers in the park
Strangers in the dark
No, they don’t frighten me at all.

That new classroom where
Boys all pull my hair
(Kissy little girls
With their hair in curls)
They don’t frighten me at all.

Don’t show me frogs and snakes
And listen for my scream,
If I’m afraid at all
It’s only in my dreams.

I’ve got a magic charm
That I keep up my sleeve
I can walk the ocean floor
And never have to breathe.

Life doesn’t frighten me at all
Not at all
Not at all.

Life doesn’t frighten me at all.

– Maya Angelou

Bias & Decision Making

We all have bias…it is how our brain is wired.  Once you accept this, the next step is to become conscious about your biases.  Then you can examine them and assess if they are helping or getting in the way of what you intend to accomplish.  A nice short video interview with Daniel Kahneman, Nobel Laureate, as he describes common decision making errors – i.e., unchecked bias!



The Rise of Executive Feminism

The Rise of Executive Feminism

Williams and Dempsey propose we are “in the midst of a powerful new feminist movement…and the backlash has already begun”.  Are we on a new frontier of feminism?

Over the last two years I’ve asked myself and the executives I work with:  What is needed to create environments where all people feel included and valued?

Take a look at Williams’ and Dempsey’s blog…what do you think?


The Scarecrow

A lovely example of great storytelling. I am also glad to learn that this company is not owned by McDonalds.  When they first opened a friend cautioned me “don’t eat there, it is owned by them”.  Alas, he was misinformed.