Committing to Raw Writing

Maggie and I have been talking about blogs. We need to write more, we tell each other. At a marketing workshop sponsored by our publisher, the message is clear: blogs are the thing for people with ideas. We have ideas, lots of them. And we are brimming over with energy for the promise of our new revived blog. We dive in.…

She’s Not Sorry, She’s Authentic

“Sensitivity, sensitivity, I’m just loaded with that,” my daughter sang in the role of Queen Aggravain, a very insensitive ruler in her school’s production of Once Upon a Mattress. Today, the word is authenticity and who isn’t striving to be loaded with it? Be yourself. Be real. You be you. It’s been the thorn in…

The Blessings of Bossy and other “B” words

Bossy: (adj.) fond of giving people orders; domineering: “she was headlong, bossy, scared of nobody, and full of vinegar” synonyms: domineering · pushy · overbearing · imperious · officious · high-handed · authoritarian · dictatorial · controlling · high and mighty antonyms: submissive Driving through rush hour traffic, my thoughts were interrupted by Sheryl Sandberg,…

Helping the town of Carrboro get Better Together

This winter, Maggie and I co-moderated a panel for a conference session called “Better Together.” This wasn’t just any panel – it was made up of employees from all departments and levels of an organization with a powerful success story to share about the inclusive, collaborative culture they had created together. This was a culture…