2017: A Year in Review

Welp. Here we go!

Another year is almost in the books, and we’ve got a brand new one in front of us. It’s simultaneously jarring and inspiring. There is hope for what the new year will bring, along with a bit of nostalgia for what this year, and years past, have meant.

What will be writing about in 2018? What stories will we be sharing? What challenges will we have overcome? What successes will we have shared?

The story of the new year is in front of us, and it’s up to us to choose how we move forward in 2018.

But before we do so, it’s important to look back a bit.

Here are the blog posts that tell the tale of 2017.

January – March

Resist Hate

“If not for the sake of the policy decisions forthcoming in 2017 and beyond, then for the sake of a society that seems to be turning on itself, more intent on scapegoating whole groups of people than any kind of fact-based analysis.” Read the rest here

3M Half Marathon: On a Whim With the Wind

“Running and completing this particular race meant relying on my experience and a solid plan to take it “easy” as much as possible.

And you know what? It worked!” Read the rest here

Busy Isn’t’ Better – Stop Multitasking

“Clear the mental clutter that is making you feel overwhelmed; make a list of your tasks or projects. Turn off your phone and email notifications. The sound distracts you and annoys your co-workers (it’s true, they’re just not telling you).” Read the rest here

Everyone Needs a Coach

“A good coach knows your strengths. A good coach knows your weaknesses. They know when focusing on one and not the other will make all the difference.

Coaches ask the tough questions. They won’t let you off the hook.” Read the rest here

Metrics That Matter: Pancakes and 5Ks

“It’s easy to get wrapped up in metrics. Do any kind of google search on the topic and you’ll find enough articles on metrics and big data to make your head spin. The hard part is figuring out what matters and having the courage to stick with it.” Read the rest here


April – June

Your Plan? Be Ready

“Sometimes people aren’t ready to start planning until they can’t continue doing things the way they have always been done. So if you’re lucky enough to be in just the right place at just the right time to be granted that moment, you have to be ready. Your team and your organization are counting on you to rise to the occasion.” Read the rest here

Takeaways, Lessons and Links from Every Session I Attended at #SHRM17

“Here are the key takeaways from every session I attended at the SHRM Annual Conference (#SHRM17) in New Orleans last week, complete with links for connecting with speakers and additional information.”

The easy part is over. Time to begin the work of continuous learning.” Read the rest here.

Do You Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans?

“Most of all, missing New Orleans means appreciating the time we had. Not everyone gets to go to the SHRM Annual Conference, and not everyone has the same opportunity to have the same extraordinary experience that I, and most the people I know, have shared over the years.” Read the rest here


July – September

Extraordinary Effort on Ordinary Things Will Make You Less Engaged at Work

“The best organizations don’t require people to put extraordinary effort into ordinary things. Helping employees see and predict what happens next is part of building such an organization.” Read the rest here

Harvey: How to Help

“Consider donating to a charity or non-profit supporting those impacted by Hurricane Harvey. As I write, rescue operations are still underway in east Texas, and communities along the coast like Rockport have been referred to as a 100% loss.

It will take years to recover, and the effects of disasters of this scale are often felt most by the poor or disadvantaged. There will be no shortage of need as Harvey slowly, but surely makes its way out of Texas.” Read the rest here


October – December

Resist Hate – Be a Helper

“But more than anything we need helpers who do the little things day after day, without fanfare, when no one is watching, when times are good and when times are bad.

We need people who show up and do good work for the greater good.

We need people like you, your friends, and your family to peel away from the TV for a few hours a month to match outrage with action. To match shock with compassion. To match inhumanity with humanity.” Read the rest here

Our People Are Our Greatest Missed Opportunity

“We consistently miss the opportunity to empower our people. We consistently miss the opportunity to build more HUMAN organizations.

When we do that, we don’t talk about the important things in meetings. The loudest voices win. The best ideas don’t rise to the top. People hold back for fear of standing out for the wrong reasons. We succumb to tactics that breed success at human expense. Missed opportunities abound.” Read the rest here. 

Last Week in NYC

“This trip has become a bit of a tradition, and over the years we’ve expanded our NYC palette to include experiences that lead us to venture away from what many would consider a typical NYC vacation experience. That said, we also emphasize taking time to relax and go with the flow. This always leads to great experiences, no matter the itinerary.” Read the rest here


Wishing you all the best as this year ends, and a new one begins. Have a safe and happy New Year.  See you in 2018!



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