“What does the CIA look like in the absence of the Free Press? Like the KGB.” – Malcolm Gladwell, Revisionist History, The Road to Damascus
I’m trying a new format beginning with this week’s post. I am going to start using the essay format for each post. Identifying themes in the week and crafting an entry that analyzes and comments on the events of the week. I am hoping this approach will help me work on my writing and analytical skills. The theme of this week is accountability and transparency.
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Re-discovered some Ella Fitzgerald. It’s so fitting to hear her classics while walking through NYC On a spring day. You can just imagine that some of the same amazing sights lifted her vocals and inspired some of the lyrics. I even took the A Train to Harlem, just to catch the same vibe. Music is […]
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It’s a real challenge to stay even-keeled and kind in places during times that send some off into twitter tirades. All of us wrestle with the delicate struggle between emotions and reason. My approach has generally been to retreat into myself and clam up in situations where I would rather be confrontational but know it […]
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My exhaustion has reached level 10. I believe there is a pronounced personality misalignment with the project team I am on but I am trying to tough it out. Also, LaGuardia is the airport where dreams are crushed, 6 flights in 6 weeks and only 1 has been on time. None of this frustration is helped by how NYC cold snaps can kick your butt.
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Another busy week and my first time experiencing a NYC Snow Storm. After these past four-week, I don’t believe I could be anymore tired. The travel up and down is mentally and physically growing. The hot, then cold, and then hot again constant temperature changes is maddening. You have to pack everything; to that point, […]
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The traveling marathon has begun. I could probably run a blog on just the everyday experiences of business travel but I don’t like to relive the struggle more than I already do. What’s different this year is that the schedule and destination is set way in advance. Same client, location and dates for the foreseeable future. So, if there is any silver lining in all this travel, it is that I can still maintain some semblance of my everyday life when I am not on the road.
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This weekend marked the 25 year anniversary of my dad passing away. It has been a very eventful 25 years filled with every imaginable turn. Though I wish I could have had him there with us along the way I feel like he has been there and I hope I am making him proud. He was without a doubt the most important thing in my life up until he died. He has remained influential by being an example I hope to replicate and reminding me how short life is and why we should push beyond our comfort zones. We never know how much time we have. May you all climb mountains, see new lands, and engage with the most interesting people. Life is too short for all the other BS.
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I learned first hand the power of blogging my way through my inner musings and then taking immediate action on those reflections. What would have been a sour week be grumpy about being in Vegas turned into a great one. I reflected and posted about my mood and how I needed to not let it get the best of me. The post served as a mirror to my inner thoughts and made immediate changes based on what I saw. By the end of the week I had received recognition from my peers and company along with a great performance at a race that I held back in.
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Emotional Intelligence, it’s literally one of the hardest things to measure and develop. The majority of my reflection on life centers around whether or not I made the right intelligent decision versus an emotional one in every scenario. I am an innately emotional person. I have worked over time to suppress my emotional response and let reason and rational drive how I interact in the world. I don’t want to be a stoic or cold, but I want to avoid letting my emotions driving me to do or say things that my cooler head would never allow. This approach is a hard struggle, and at times I do make an emotionally driven mistake. In this time of divide, I am going to try and double down on this approach, because I want to be able to look back and show how I channeled my emotions into social passions that actually made a difference and not just noise.
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Worse Before Better. Sometimes that is how things work. After last week, I am pretty sure we are experiencing that process right now. Eight years of progress seems completely halted by the last two weeks. We have to remember that before those eight years we were stuck in a quagmire of progress as well. So, with after a big deep breath, we must step back and look at the big picture and reflect. Take whatever strength we can from the wisdom of hindsight and use it to fuel the fight ahead.
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