The Challenge of Professional Writing

“Good writing is clear thinking made visible.” – Bill Wheeler

I write awesome emails. Well, at least that is the feedback that I have received. Don’t get me wrong – I have been prudently coached on how to write awesome email messages. Not to let all that coaching go to waste, I have perfected the art over the last 15 years of my professional life. Now the time has come to share the wealth. Let’s make the world better – one email message at a time.   Continue reading “The Challenge of Professional Writing”

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The Challenge of Records Management

“Knowledge is of no value unless you put it into practice.” – Anton Chekhov

The first link that comes up when you google “records retention” is IRS.gov. Sounds kind of important, right? But how often throughout your day do you think about records retention? While most of us probably have some kind of method for keeping papers from piling up on our desks, most of us do not think about how our actions fit into the bigger picture of the enterprise records management.  Continue reading “The Challenge of Records Management”

The Challenge of Impromptu

“You’ve got to go out on a limb sometimes because that’s where the fruit is.” – Will Rogers

I am sure you have heard that the fear of public speaking is THE number one social fear of all. But do you know what number two is? It is the fear of starting a conversation with a stranger. This means that if you are ever at a networking event where you do not know anyone, you cannot wait for someone to approach you. It is up to you to start the conversation.   Continue reading “The Challenge of Impromptu”

The Challenge of Prioritization

Personally, I am no good at storytelling. However, I am able to recognize a good one, when I come across it. This story was shared with me by my good “work friend”. From what I understand based on my attempts to research it, it is somewhat of a virtual urban legend. With no definitive author, it usually goes by the name of “Jar of Life”. Here is the version that I shared with my team.   Continue reading “The Challenge of Prioritization”

The Challenge of Small Talk

“It usually takes me more than three weeks to prepare a good impromptu speech.” – Mark Twain

I am sure you have heard that the fear of public speaking is THE number one social fear of all. Can you guess what number two is? It is the fear of starting a conversation with a stranger. This means that if you are ever at an event where you do not know anyone, you cannot wait for someone to approach you. It is up to you to start the conversation and, most likely, to keep it going.  Continue reading “The Challenge of Small Talk”

The Challenge of Politics

“Human nature is like water. It takes the shape of its container.” – Wallace Stevens

My entire career I have worked for a large corporation. So the question of office politics is not new on my mind. However, “Organizational Savvy and Politics” has recently become one of the focus competencies on my development plan. Thus, it is time to take it seriously – do some research, read the theory on the subject, reflect on personal experiences, etc. – in hopes to be able to apply it all in practice. Continue reading “The Challenge of Politics”