Month: December 2012

More of Yourself to Give

‘Tis the season of giving, perhaps moreso this year with recent heartbreaking tragedies and a wonderful emphasis on donating time and money. Giving is a fundamental part of human nature, perhaps that’s why we feel more whole when we do it.

But often times people forget about themselves. If you really want to give and share the best of you with others, then you need to take good care of yourself. One metaphor – which can also be literal – is you can’t care for a sick person if you become sick.

Exercise regularly, eat right, work on issues that cause stress, get enough sleep. Prioritize these things. I’m not saying ignore others and focus on yourself 24/7. But when you take care of yourself, you’ll feel healthier, more energetic, and more balanced. And imagine how much more of yourself you can give to others. They’d be getting the very best version of you, and don’t your family, friends, and causes deserve that?

So take good care of your body, mind, and spirit all year round. Then you can give more of yourself to others.

Fortune 500 vs. The English Language

I first heard it in 1996. It was “strategize”. Maybe it didn’t help that it was uttered by a jerky manager. And he stated it proudly, like by pronouncing this nonsense word he had suddenly divulged the secret to success – “We must strategize!” (Insert eye roll here.)

Corporate-speak has always inflicted its gibberish upon employees. From beaten-to-death cliches to lazy bastardization of simple terms, I always wondered why my co-workers repeated these monstrosities. Peer pressure? Wanting to impress management? Weakness of character??

I steadfastly refuse to cave to the pressure. I will not use “ask” as a noun, a synonym for “request”. I wil not use “lift” as a synonym for “effort”. I’m sure my co-workers wonder “Why is he saying ‘request’ when he could go along with the program and say ‘ask’ like the rest of us? Does he have some kind of personality disorder? Plus it saves an entire syllable!”

So fine, call me a word snob. But I will not conform to the madness. I’ll continue to fight the good fight and refuse to bend to corporate linguistic malfeasance. And I’ll dream of the day when Fortune 500 leaders who make millons will actually use correct grammar. Is that too much to ask? (verb!)

Companies in the 99th Percentile for Awesome

It is the rare company that has:

– a positive and inspiring leader
– a skilled team that has a common goal and enjoys working and playing together
– a great product that adds significant value and is potentially disruptive
– a huge market ripe for change
– supportive investors

If you work for such a company, know that these opportunities are special. Give it your all and savor the experience.