Here’s a little post just to get the juices flowing again.
It has been quite possibly the longest time between blog posts I’ve taken since launching this thing three years ago, and I’m not proud of that. Between the demand of a nicely-diversified consulting practice, a good helping of friends and family, and a bit of angst with current events, I’ve just been un-mused.
It’s not that I haven’t seen strategic topics worth writing about. I mean, here are the topics in my list. Maybe you’d like them. The possibilities are endless:
- Maybe I could I pile onto the debacle that is unfolding at GE as CEO succession leads to a cost-cutting “renewal?” The title for that one might be “Ground the jets, it’s time to make a statement.”
- Or, perhaps it would be fun to wade into politics with a screed on how our demand for speed and 140 letter concise-ness in all things is leading us to be binary thinkers on pretty much any topic. Maybe I could call it “You are either with me or against me so shut up.” Or, better yet, “Antifa thinks you are un-cool so I hate you too.”
- Then, there’s the possibility to write on listening because, I mean, what better way to teach people to listen than to use a one-sided medium like a blog. I might call that one “Listen to me while I talk at you.” Or, I could go with a Trumpier title like “I’m right-er than you.”
- Of course, there’s always fodder in the press about the economy, like how we are heading toward labor force Armageddon and how maybe a looser immigration policy might actually be good for economic growth. We could call that one “maybe we should put a few more gates in that wall, after all.”
- Then, of course, there are other great business leadership topics that come to mind from time to time, like how too many people think strategy is–for some reason–sexy, but sales is greasy and grimy. I could call that one “No business ever went anywhere without sales, but plenty of businesses have no strategy.”
- Or, maybe there is a chance to write on how men don’t have the monopoly on harassment in the workplace. Maybe I can call that one “#Metoo and it’s no joke.” It’s unlikely that one gets written, folks. Too much water under that bridge.
There are plenty of options. But it’s just that I’ve been a bit overcome by the things I mentioned above, and perhaps a bit emotionally nagged by the onslaught of storms, mass murder, fires, a death in the family, and revelations of political and corporate malfeasance. Indeed, I’ve been nagged enough to wonder whether commentary is really just another way of escaping responsibility.
Perhaps it’s not, but I needed to take a break. I guess you could say that I had a case of writer’s blecch.
Hope your October is going swimmingly (well, at least not in a flood).