Last Week in Mid October,
Dot #1: Voices were heard against violence in video games and a loud backlash was heard against the people who speak out against this violence
Dot #2: More shootings – in a another school; of another police person; another government attacked
Yes, Dots 1 and 2 are directly connected. There is a cause and effect. We are a society that continues to glorify violence and killing. Killing is good in war. Killing is heroic. Killing is a badge of honor. Killing and violence makes a man out of a boy. Killing and violence wins the game. Killing and violence is fun.
Growing, cultivating, giving life, giving birth is applauded as none of those things. Growing food is only for survival. Growing and sowing is a chore. Growing up is painful. Growing up is necessary evil. Growing up is an obligation. Growing and birthing is women’s work. Growing and birthing is dirty work. 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
What if you knew how to respond to a work crisis,
no matter how small or big?
HARNESSING THE ENERGY OF DISRUPTIVE EVENTS
In my upcoming book, Do Work DIFFERENT, I have a story about a high-tech company who went through another set of disruptive events – the dot.com bust and 9-11. The story illustrates how most businesses, collectively as groups and individually as the people in them, fail to connect the dots between internal and external events and their resultant combined effect on the work we produce. How in doing so, the disruptive events not only interrupt our short-term, everyday work momentum, they push us backward. Those who see the connection, acknowledge its effects and take immediate, proactive steps to recover are able to move on. Those who deny the influence of the events take longer to return to normal, and sometimes never recover. Continue reading