April 2020

To plan or not to plan?

I’m a planner. It helps me be productive and ensures I make time for fun. So, it has been interesting to read the advice to plan ahead by only a couple of days or weeks during anxious times. While context is everything, here are some questions that work for teams as well as individuals when the future is uncertain. What do I want to do? What do I need to do? What professional and personal boundaries will I establish to help me? What’s the first step? By when? What will progress look like? How will I take care of myself along the way? I have posted some resources on my web site. Please also let me know if I can provide some additional support to you and your teams.


Integral Communications Group, an innovative “employee activation agency,” has a toolkit to “establish and run healthy, connected, and productive teams” released in weekly installments. I particularly like the process for creating a team charter.

This year marks the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II and I’m re-reading ‘Forgotten: The Untold Story of D-Day’s Black Heroes, at Home and at War,’ by my friend and colleague Linda Hervieux. I recommend it to anyone who is interested in how people lead themselves through extreme adversity. The social and military history are equally fascinating; the storytelling is superb.


Obstetric fistula is a childbirth injury that leaves women and girls incontinent and often shunned. At least 1 million live with untreated fistula in Africa and Asia, according to The Fistula Foundation, which provides funding and training for local medical teams to conduct what is a relatively straightforward surgical repair. The foundation has earned four stars from Charity Navigator for 14 years in a row.


 “Taking action means saying ‘no’ to indifference … It is a choice: whether or not to support a woman, whether or not to protect her, whether or not to defend her rights.” Dr. Denis Mukwege, 2018 Nobel Peace Prize winner and fistula surgeon

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