Sometimes “No” Means “Yes was the title of Alexia Vernon’s post of earlier this week. She packed a lot into her two minute vlog, reminding us along the way of the value of tuning into ourselves for clues — clues that will help us identify what we are really saying “no” and “yes” to. She also reminded us of how a “no” can frequently be an invitation to make room for what a “yes” will bring about, i.e., what we really, really want if we’d just get out of our own way.
We often think of “no” and “yes” in the context of our own voice. But what about the “nos” and yeses” we receive in response to a request we have; how do we process and internalize our feelings and reactions when we hear “no” but were hoping for “yes?” Continue Reading »
Over the last few months, I’ve heard a lot of local and national political candidates talk about their version of America and how their opponent’s America looked very different. And I agree. There have been some significant ideological differences between candidates, particularly here in Nevada. With that said, however, I’m always more interested in the areas where people agree…. even if their approaches for getting to or sustaining a particular vision or result don’t neatly align.
I’ve had the privilege of doing a variety of different work around onboarding recent college graduates into their first full-time, post-collegiate jobs. A lot of this work has been looking for mutually-beneficial solutions for meeting young professionals where they are to take them where employers need them to be. Which of course has had me thinking…… what are the specific gaps between what colleges provide students and what employers expect them to know? Certainly this differs across fields. But if we could come together and agree on some particular skills, we could save employers (and young professionals) a lot of time, energy, and heartache down the line. Continue Reading »
Admittedly, I am not a football fan. But I, too, will be among the millions tuned into the kick-off of Monday Night Football 2010. It is the season opener for the Baltimore Ravens and NY Jets. And, there’s a lot of hype leading up to this game. As far as I can gather, it is not because each team ended the 2009 season in second place, or because the last time they played each other during the regular season (2007), the Ravens beat the Jets 20-13. No, all eyes – especially those of Jets fans – will be on the Jets’ cornerback, Darrelle Revis.
After a 36-day contract holdout, almost every sports columnist has weighed in on the same question: How long will it take Revis (as he is commonly referred to) to get into football shape? After reading several articles and listening to ESPN’s coverage, the question I have is: What does the strategy of “Team Revis” teach us about managing the intersection of work and money?
You and I may not be cutting 4-year, $46 million deals, but that doesn’t mean we can’t glean valuable lessons from Revis’ experience. Here are three that jump out at me: Continue Reading »