We humans are funny beasts in many ways. We want things to be good and relentlessly look for the bad. This is a short post that inspects this bias and compares it to cycling and the wind.
Recently, I was reading a report about executive development and was struck by the authors’ surprise that succession planning dropped down in priority as a leadership development from 2009 to 2011. The report is a fantastic and highly useful piece of work. I found many, many insights to help me think more programmatically about how we do talent development at Research Square. Yet, I don’t share the authors’ shock and dismay at the displacement of succession planning as a leadership development priority. Even in the face of the pending succession crisis triggered by accelerating baby boomer retirement. Why do I feel this way?
Remy’s four now and four year olds say the darndest things. I had a convo today that I wanted to type up for posterity. No idea what he means, but maybe you’ll understand what lurks in the depths of the introspective pre-schooler mind.
I’ve written about success before. I’m not interested in revisiting that piece, highlighting what parts I agree with and what I don’t. That piece looks pretty prescriptive. This piece simply shares what I think about success meaning for me. It might be interesting to nobody, which is fine.
I’m overdue for a Remy update. Not that everyone’s waiting with bated breath for this, but the future me will appreciate that I take the time to do this. These updates are a great written history.
Since last May, I’ve been part of a Vistage group. It’s a group of professionals who serve as a accountability and development community. A facilitated peer group, if you will. At the beginning of the year, we set new strategic initiatives. Well, blah blah buzzword blah blah blah. We set goals. Many set a personal health goal for which success is measured by the number on the scale. Below is my response. Opinionated? Yes, but I’ve been challenged to speak my mind with less hedging, so I did.
We don’t watch a ton of TV around our house. We don’t have cable and use Amazon Prime and Netflix as our providers, so we tend to get in a pattern of following a couple of shows through as many seasons as we have access to until we run out. Last night, I got to thinking about the characters I find most interesting and what those choices probably say about me. So, anyway, here’s my favorites (in no particular order) plus suppositions about why. Remember that I haven’t seen the current season for the shows that are still running, so please don’t be a spoiler.
I’m always surprised when I learn that some people still read my blog posts. I started this habit of publicly accessible race reporting back when fewer people did it, which lent me more readership than the quality of reporting ever really warranted. Since I entered parentdom about 5 years ago (counting the fetal incubation period), the regularity and tenor of my posts have shifted. This post shares my thoughts about the re-prioritization of athletics that undergirded this more visible change.
I did this event a couple years ago. I was soooo much more fit then, so even with a 3 hour training run in my legs from the prior day, I still ran a highly respectable time. But that was 2010 and now it’s 2012, the year of inconsistent training. Hence this being called a participation report.
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