Starting the New Year off with a bang, I was responding to a LinkedIn invite and up popped their algorithmic list of possible people I might also know. Perusing the extensive list I saw many people from my old workplace design life and suddenly realized how far away I had traveled from them and it. But the greatest distance between us is a philosophical one.
The point of departure is around what is the best kind of physical work environment. Continue reading
ACCOMPLISH: Jan 1 – Jan 14
What if you went to work tomorrow happy to do work?
You can accomplish small or large, slow or fast or any size and speed in between. Because what accomplish looks like is as you see it, not as others see it or see you. Know that accomplish is your natural state of being. You are in control of your accomplish path. Like a trip, you choose, define, book and engage it. Accomplish has no end win or fail. The winning is in each increment of the doing, each step along your way. If you do, you accomplish and you win continually. If you engage in accomplish you will always gain, always move forward, never be stymied or intimidated by fear of failure or success. Employ accomplish and you will always be accomplished.
resolve to: KEEP GOING
Writing my book has been the proverbial journey, in every aspect. One of the biggest learnings I encountered along the way was how different an arts education is from other majors. I was surprised at the amount of people who lost patience and became testy as I offered up the many, imperfect versions that resulted from the creative process. Seemingly, they had not experienced or been taught that iteration is as basic principle of creation.
In our instant world, the process of ‘try, try again’ is seemingly looked at as failure. What, you didn’t get I perfect the first time?! There is no such thing as first time perfect, or perfection for that matter. There is, however, the continued striving and advance toward excellence. Or at least there used to be. In our hyper-critical society, striving for excellence is starting to be characterized as failure. Continue reading
Best way to spend an evening? Share ideas, stories and experiences with a great group of people. Congratulations to close the gap ca and Planned Parenthood Mar Monte for bringing together great women for a great cause – increase the number of progressive women in the California Legislature.
Here are some stats I learned last nite:
- Women only hold 26% of the California Legislature seats but are over 50% of the population, and that number is declining.
- 57 seats will be open on account of term limits in 2012, which means nearly half the seats in the state legislature will come open in the 2014 or 2016 elections. This is opportunity now.
- Women often wait to be asked to run rather than self nominate. So start asking them.
- Women win elections as often as men, they just don’t run as frequently. Let’s break this pattern.
Why should we have more women in politics? Continue reading
Padmasree Warrior, Cisco’s Chief Technology Officer, states in her recent article: Women Have The Skills To Stand Out In STEM Fields., Huffington Post. Posted: 06/20/2013 9:24 am
“In the United States and around the world, there are far more technology-oriented jobs than candidates to fill them.”
I was first introduced to this reality in 2010 by Kennan Kellaris Salinero’s at her “Science ‘UnSummit’ Conference” in Washington, DC. Kennan has a non-profit Yamana Science and Technology “that envisions a science culture where both people and ideas flourish in the presence of effective support, balanced lifestyles, and thriving workplaces.” The decline in science candidates in general posed a troubling issue for her science colleagues too.
Here are some stats, from the National Math + Science Initiative (NMSI),
- The U.S. may be short as many as three million high-skills workers by 2018. Continue reading
What do Newtown, a local car rampage, video games and my trash can have in common?
The day before the Newtown murders I experienced my own violent incident in my neighborhood. A 17 year old, teenage girl, for all intents and purposes, went on a violent rampage with her car, right in front of me. I had seen her, just before, round the corner at the intersection where I was standing, at such a high speed that I remember thinking it was miraculous she hadn’t flipped the car. Minutes later she came back down the street, again speeding, and a few seconds later I heard tires squealing and the sound of a crash. My first thoughts were this was probably that same car. I started to walk down the street toward the accident to see if anyone was hurt, but then I suddenly stopped short as I witnessed what ensued. Continue reading