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The Gift of Struggle book launch, June 2019

2020 has been an unpredictable year to say the least. We’ve shouldered heavy burdens, adjusted to new ways of living, and are continuing to learn how to live in this “new normal.” I started off this year with an exciting plan for this blog, wanting to share more of my ever-changing leadership journey and all the amazing lessons to be learned from those I would have met at events! But this year threw a curve ball and we’ve all had to learn to lead our teams through these difficult times.

A lot has happened, and I want to share the blog posts from 2020 that have resonated with you all the most and say thank you for continuing to read. Life certainly has not been easy, but thank you for continuing to support my journey, even if it’s taken a bit of a back seat to my duties at Populus Group.

I want to continue writing for you all and sharing my story(ies), but for now, here are the blog posts of 2020 that have made an impact:

1) Manage the VUCA

What is VUCA? It’s volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity. In the Army, managing the VUCA meant knowing how to handle unpredictability in combat situations, but it’s applicable to our lives today—by managing the VUCA, we can be better leaders and decision-makers for our teams. Read more >>

VUCA is a military term meaning volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity.

 

2) Q&A Series: Episode 2

This series began as a way to share books from my bible row—the books that have helped me on my leadership journey and continue to inspire me! I know it’s been a while since we’ve launched an episode, but I promise this series isn’t over. Right now, I’m just managing the VUCA in my life! Check out episode 2, all about being a healthy and smart organization. Read more >>

 

3) Q&A Series: Episode 1

Episode 1 was all about asking yourself “how do I prioritize the choices I have to make?” and leading from the bottom-up. Who on my bible row helped me answer this question? Read more >>

 

4) 5 Lessons HR Learned During COVID-19

This is a recent post and one written by an awesome Climber on my leadership team, Karen Philbrick. She’s the Vice President of Human Resources at Populus Group, leading our organization through these hectic times. She’s learned a lot and taught PG so much along the way. What are some lessons she’s learned? Read more >>

VP of HR at Populus Group, Karen Philbrick on the Mt. Rainier Hike

 

5) Dear Leaders: We’ve Got Work To Do

On May 25th of this year, an innocent man—George Floyd—was murdered. His murder came after the murders of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and too many more names. It sparked anger and movement, pushing us towards radical change. Leaders, we’ve had to open our eyes to the racism and discrimination that still exists. We’ve had to look inside ourselves, find our blind spots and our organization’s blind spots, and commit to diversity, inclusion, equity, and equality. Many of us continue to work on creating safe spaces for all our employees—to have honest and vulnerable conversations. The work isn’t over. We’ve got so much more to do. But we’ve started and we won’t stop. Read more. >>

We didn’t see this year coming. It has presented unimaginable challenges and if you’ve lost loved ones, a job, housing, or any of the innumerable precious things that bring your life joy and meaning, my heart is with you. I want to thank you for being a part of this community. I published The Gift of Struggle about 18 months ago, and it’s connected me with so many of you. The stories you all have shared with me about the gifts of your own struggles touched my heart; I continue learning from others about what it means to be a great leader.

2020 has been an incredibly difficult year. Your resilience through this tumultuous time is incredible—I hope you know that. We’re in this together and we’ll move forward together. Happy holidays from me and my team(s) to you and yours!

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