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Random thought for the day: there should never be an elephant in the room.  But it always seems like there is.  I vote we all take a stance to make this character an endangered species across Corporate America.  It doesn’t make sense to avert the issue or topic.  As I’ve said before, bad news does not get better with age.  I don’t care if it’s your company’s imminent downsizing, trends in shrinking revenue/customer base, the need to outsource something, or so-and-so-sleeping-with-so-and-so (ok, maybe that one can hit the parking lot til a later date, but still – you get the point).  We have to address and mitigate all risks that come our way.  Now.  Not later.

Letting that big guy hang out in the corner doesn’t do anyone any good.  It’s distracting us all.  And ignorant for us not to mention it.  I know bringing it up may make the conversation more uncomfortable in the short run, but it pays infinite dividends in the long run.  Trust me.

Til Next Time,

Michael

Today is the first day at my new job.  Truth be told, it has a distinct similarity to a lot of the work I have been doing previously.  So from a transition standpoint, I will not be alarmed or otherwise shocked one way or the other.  But I will hopefully spend some time documenting the transition and any pertinent events that go alongside it in this forum.  Let’s hope for the best and we’ll see if the types of things I write about here changes at all.

Til Next Time,

Michael

Those of you who know me personally/professionally may already have heard, but today is my last day at my current job.  Starting Monday, I will be moving on to a bigger and better opportunity for myself.  I hope this allows for me to continue to bring fresh ideas to the blog and share some of my experiences as I migrate into a different corporate landscape.

Figured I’d give you all a heads up in case you see less (or more?) activity from me over the next few weeks.

Til Next Time,

Michael

“I’m more of a Missouri guy; y’know, Show Me”.

I love this because I’m from Missouri.  Also love it because it was said in perfect context since it’s the “Show Me” state.  I randomly overheard this in reference to fact-checking an operational readiness team on their smoke testing procedures.  Since those tests always seem to come back “clear” when in reality the production release sees issues.

Figured I’d share; my boss almost lost her coffee we were laughing so hard.

Til Next Time,

Michael

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Today is National Administrative Professionals Day.  Make sure you go find your local support staff, secretaries, or admins to thank them for all that they do.  You would truly be lost without them.  They always put up with your issues and help you out in times of dire need.  And, if you’re not a total grinch, get them something thoughtful (flowers, spa certificate, afternoon off) to show them how much you appreciate them.

Til Next Time,

Michael

They were right.  Unlike wine, it does not get better with age.  One of my recent frustrations with industry leaders and colleagues (internally and externally) is the seeming inability to share or receive bad news.  It seems like everyone has gotten trigger shy and is fearful for their jobs if they so much as mumble one piece of less than stellar news.

Some of the most successful companies embrace failure as a means to innovation.  Only by failing do they really succeed on the grandest level and reach the next evolution of their product.  While I think that’s a bit extreme to employ in corporate America, I do think we could all take a partial lesson and start to de-criminalize bad news.

Personally, I expect bad news.  It’s a fact of life.  It all goes back to that quote I posted a while back about the pessimist, the optimist, and the realist.  Maybe that’s why I wrote this post – my overwhelming sense of realism.  I understand that most things in life have some flaw and nothing is usually ever as good as advertised.  It’s how we accept the shortcomings, inconsistencies, or bad news that really makes us stronger and separates us from the pack.

So I can’t implore you enough – stop shying away from bad news.  Shedding light on it is the only way to move forward.  And, the biggest rewards go to the people who figure out how to fix the bad news.  Keep that in mind too.

In a future post, I’ll provide my solution to managing bad news and fostering leadership alignment and awareness even in times of unfortunate news.  Until then, what are your thoughts or tactics to peel back the curtain on bad news?

Til Next Time,

Michael


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