This was posted on LinkedIn Pulse a few days ago, but wanted to make sure it had a home on my blog as well. I don’t understand why there is so much secrecy around what people earn. In my field, there is a very strict code of conduct that says that we are not allowed […]
Having worked in media and digital since the mid 90s – first in video post production, then video game producing, business analysis for websites, and more latterly as a project and program manager – I’ve seen the invention of countless processes and terms and missions and core beliefs and strategies that have been proclaimed THE MOST IMPORTANT THING EVER. I’ve been thinking lately about four of these, which are a bit all over the map in terms of type, and wondering about why they are misused or misunderstood so often. In an effort to see where my understanding sits with others, I’ve composed a short list of observations about terms that I encounter frequently. There are only four in this list, but there are many more that I’ll be thinking about in the weeks to come.
Yesterday I finished a really good SCRUM training with Stacia Viscardi that has been stirring something in my brain that has (on the surface) very little to do with Scrum. At one point over the two-day course she asked us what single thing we’d like to change about our working style or workplace. I said […]
“In a culture where the daily human hopes have shrunk to the myriad opiates of self-centered satisfaction, art is more necessary and powerful than ever … Rather than experience life as a shard, art can unite and connect the strands of the universe.” Anne Bogart Share Share List
I am instinctively suspicious of restaurants owned by celebrity chefs because I’ve been to some that are real stinkers (hello Michael Cain – UK super chef…I’m talking about you). The more restaurants a chef owns the less likely I imagine it is that they are paying close attention to the fine details. It is one […]
For most of the past two months I’ve either been on an airplane (I’m in one now), in meetings, or in a hotel room by myself. This wasn’t exactly what I expected when I decided to come back, although I knew that I’d be traveling some and I expected that there would be a certain level of intensity based on the volume of changes happening all at once. Now that I’m living this new (old) life, though, I’m discovering all the things that I didn’t anticipate and I’m trying to figure out how to be me again in my changed environment. I don’t know if that sounds like a straight-forward, easy proposition but as it turns out, it isn’t. I’ve always embraced change and am generally pretty excited about the possibilities for renewal that come with an unexpected challenge. But lately I have been feeling a bit at sea and I need to find some strategies for getting the support I need at work so that I feel more able to adapt with a positive energy. And I need to set some boundaries so that I have more time for living. That was one of the points of this move, so I need to make it happen.
Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. Actually, it is the only holiday I like. Living in the UK for the past six years has made me realize how much I enjoy it. Brian and I have hosted an annual festival of gluttony for our friends in the UK seven times and each year I feel even […]
Two Sundays ago, my father’s oldest brother Vincenzo Petralia (Uncle Jimmy to his hundred or so nieces and nephews) passed away from cancer. When I found out that he had been diagnosed with cancer earlier this year, I wept for a long time – partly because I had many fond memories of him and partly […]
This has been a time of enormous change for my husband and I: I’ve moved to White Plains and my husband will be joining me in early December, I’ve changed my job (I’m now back at my old stomping grounds at a digital agency in NY), we’ve rented out our flat in Manchester, and I’ve […]
WARNING: This is a fairly quick and un-inventive post. I just wanted to give a quick update for family and friends… It has been a whirlwind week in New York for me: I’ve started a new (old) job, found a gorgeous apartment to rent, reconnected with some good friends, arranged for all my possessions to […]