How to Approach Layoffs at Your Organization

The coronavirus has triggered unprecedented layoffs around the globe. On the week of April 4th, 2020, unemployment claims in the US reached 6.6 million. And as the economic ramifications of the global shutdown echo for the rest of the year, organizations will continue to pare down their employees to fit their budgetary needs. You might…

Just Shut Up And Write the Book!

Ever since I was a little kid, I wanted to be a writer. It turns out I’m terrible at fiction and poetry. But, I naturally found this form of writing called blogging, and it suited me well. I’m pretty good at it. I decided that I’d take this style of blogging and write some nonfiction.…

A New Form of Privilege

COVID-19 is ushering in a new form of privilege.   There are four adults in my home. We have five vehicles.  Late Wednesday night, I was driving home, sitting at a stoplight, and a bus came through the intersection. The header on the front of the bus said: “Essential Travel Only.”  On the bus, there…

Returning to Normal Won’t Be All That Great

Covid-19 has taught me to be more conscious of how I spend my time, money, and energy. “The Curve is Flattening,” “What Our New Normal May Look Like,” “Get People Back to Work!” I have been seeing headlines like these all week and it freaks me out. I’m lucky, I live in a state that…

The Power of Social Contracting

When it comes to your organization, how do you feel about the amount of control you have over employee-leader relationships? There is the messiness of power in organizational life, and it’s a challenging but powerful question to ask. Michael Bungay Stanier, the author of The Advice Trap and Coaching Habit, joined me on Punk Rock…