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Flamingos, Mice and Freedom

People say I am crazy.  I left a six figure senior level corporate job last June after a series of events that created a bad environment for my employees, and me.  It was the first time in my life that I had ever left a job without another job in the waiting.  There were good reasons, and faced with that situation again, I would not change a thing.  I learned something of great value from that experience, as horrible as it was.  I always say that values are those things for which you would stand in front of a moving train.  I found my values, and the moving train. As a result, I have clarity about the kind of people who I want to work with and for, and the kind of leader and employer that I will be.  I came face to face with the decision between money and self-respect, and I chose self-respect. I also learned that I am strong enough to stand up for my values, that I am resilient and that I can learn to dance again in the face of adversity. With that knowledge, I know that I can do anyt…

Bullying 101 - What you need to know

A person in a position of authority and trust breaks the rules and crosses the boundary.  She is afraid of what might happen if she stays and what might happen if she flees.  She feels trapped. It's fight or flight. She looks for a way out, but the door is closed. She must fight. Regardless of the outcome of this situation, the damage is done. No apology or any amount of money can make the memory of this horrible moment pass. Only time. 

Bullying and harassment is a well documented concern.  We see it in schools and we in the workplace.  With all this attention, you would think we would be seeing some progress. But not so, according to sources. 

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Bullying is characterized by acts of intentional harm, repeated over-time, in a relationship where an imbalance of power exists. It includes physical actions (punching, kicking, biting), verbal actions (threats, name calling, insults, racial or sexual comments), and social exclusion1 (spreading rumours, ignoring, gossipin…

The Power of Freedom

Whether you believe in Karma, God, or the Universe, there are voices that we must listen to and lessons to be learned in this journey.
Last year I made a difficult decision to leave my job after finally realizing that I could no longer sustain the situation.  My leaving was not premeditated or planned, nor was it intentional or engineered. It was my decision, however, and it was difficult.
The situation had been eroding for some time, but I told myself it would get better. I even set a time frame: "In 6 months, this will be a bad dream, and things will be better".
I am an extrovert, but this situation sent me inward. It made me afraid and untrusting. I disconnected from friends, family and many activities that I had enjoyed. I stopped going out in public for about four months, while I tried to understand what had happened and how to reconcile the situation. I was devastated by the situation, fearful and speechless. 
As in any type of divorce, we agreed to part with terms an…

Hello, this is purpose calling.

I seem to be wondering and wandering a bit, but then again, who isn't? Are we not all on a path of some sort? Do you know the end? Do we know the next minute? Of course not. To know that we would need to be omniscient and all knowing. God. To think that we are in control of that is just arrogance or ignorance.
Recently I have been rethinking life and things that are filling up life. I have been thinking about things that add up to life, and whether those things comprise a life, or a lifetime. If this were a true life resume, what would it say?  What purpose have I fulfilled, and what purpose is yet to be fulfilled?
Over the course of my career as a corporate writer, communicator and corporate planner, I spent the majority of my time expressing purpose or translating purpose so that others could see it too. My first conscious pass with purpose was with an organization that called it "raison d'etre".
To work with purpose, for purpose has been my personal mantra. Some …

A Voiceless Compendium

People say I am crazy.  I make people uncomfortable because I just don't want to play the same game that I have played for the past 20 corporate years of my working life.  
My well meaning friends and family call me with "suggestions" and politely asked me if I have gotten a job yet. What they really want, but what they don't want to say is, they would feel better if those six figures were rolling in. Crass. I know. But the world turns on a dime, milisecond by milisecond, literally.
The answer is, I am working on a new direction and no longer interested in soul-killing work.  The fact is, this decision has been in the works for 7 years, and continues to evolve.  Change takes time and lots of painstaking thought and consideration, especially when one is shedding institutional cultures, politics and thinking processes. It's like making a u-turn with a ship.  It takes time.
My process began with a one year plan in 2005 to "change my job, my body and even my ha…