In the days before the American election, members of NATO met to discuss what to do if Trump was reelected. The minutes from that secret meeting were accidentally released on Twitter by an intern.
Poland: Thank you for coming to this emergency meeting. This was supposed to be for members of NATO only, to discuss synchronized contingency plans in the event that Trump is reelected. I’m not sure what the rest of you are doing here.
Russia: Although we aren’t members of NATO, we felt it was important to infiltrate this meeting in order to offer our support for your anti-misinformation planning. Mother Russia would be happy to send our surplus of highly trained workers to recount votes, and to alleviate the workloads of Facebook employees. …
In the summer of 2008, my director called me, and a guy we’ll call Dan, into his office. I wondered if one of us — or both of us — was about to get fired. Dan and I were supposed to work together. But it seemed like the only thing we excelled at was exchanging angry emails and tense phone conversations. After two weeks of this, our boss intervened.
But instead of yelling at us, he staged a conflict management session. We aired our grievances. We came up with a workable compromise. …
In January 2013, I started an MBA. I was working full-time and had two children under the age of two. One of those children was still nursing. I had no free time for two years. Whether it was a school assignment, a work deadline, or a child who needed to eat, there was always something or someone who wanted my attention.
For many people, this pandemic is a lot like that. Work and family commitments keep them sprinting from sunrise to sunset in a desperate bid to keep everything from crashing down. Maybe this is your situation. …
My 8 year old’’s best friend wants to have her over for a play date, but her family doesn’t social distance. I keep getting requests from her mom for sleepovers and movie nights, since the kids’ schooling is all online now. My kid misses her friend, but there’s no way she’s going over there. What do I do?
Awkward in Arkansas
This is a tough situation and I definitely empathize. I have the best humans a dog could hope for, but sometimes they want to give me a bath. I am not comfortable with this! But there is a solution. Play dead. …
Company culture is like a plant. Feed it right and it will thrive. Ignore it, and it can shrivel, or overwhelm its environment. If you’ve noticed that your company’s culture could use an intervention, here is a five step planyou can use to build influence to affect change, even if you aren’t the CEO.
But first, let’s tackle a question that might might stop you from acting.
This seems like a reasonable question. Company leadership makes all of the important decisions. Shouldn’t they be the ones to fix the problems in a company?
The answer to this one is a little more nuanced. Leadership makes the ultimate decisions on company direction. But employees have more influence than might seem obvious at first. When you write an email, join a video call, or reach out to a colleague over an instant messaging platform, you adopt a certain tone. You make choices about who to trust and who to help. Multiply those choices by the number of employees in your company. If enough workers choose to act a certain way, they define company culture. …