Build Breaks in the Action

January 23, 2013

Pacing in a permanent white water world, a world of permanent change, depends on you. You cannot trust the river to provide a manageable pace. You have to do that. In kayak parlance, you need to work the eddies, the calm pools off the sides of a river. In fact, you might think of your.. read more

Are You Nurturing Your Networks?

January 23, 2013

Pick 3-5 people whose presence in your career you particularly value, even cherish. Take the time to send each of them a meaningful email, post an actual letter, make a phone call or, even better, schedule a lunch. Such people have proved vital to our success and happiness at work. The care and maintenance of.. read more

Assessing Yourself Professionally

January 23, 2013

Consider assessing yourself professionally by assessing your “brand you”, a key component of self-rescue. Pressures to downsize, right size, and resize have shredded many organizations. Global opportunities and challenges keep organizations churning even those managing to grow. Nearly three decades of whitewater have atomized organizations, redefined ‘loyalty’, and left employees grappling with this truth: they.. read more

Project Based Work Requires New Skills

January 23, 2013

As noted, it’s a new world of work, and most of us don’t have ‘jobs’ anymore. We have portfolios of projects. This is not the 20th century anymore. Not close. Go on a job hunt and see how long the conversation centers on duties and responsibilities. Quickly, talk turns to what change you led or.. read more

When is it time to get out?

January 23, 2013

You need to recognize when your reading of the water, the business market, the work environment indicates that you should not proceed. For example, avoid waterfalls. The roar provides the first clue. The sound starts as background noise and grows to a din that fills one’s experience, driving out other realities. Perhaps an assignment amounts.. read more

Reading the Business Environment

January 23, 2013

Successfully navigating today’s turbulent job and business environment requires that you study your world, that you develop an ever more sophisticated understanding of the river, both the river about you and the river before you. You have to study the business, the organization, and your place in each. You have to look out at the.. read more

Cultivate Exuberance

January 18, 2013

Permanent whitewater requires not only a positive spirit, but what Kay Redfield Jamison calls “exuberance.” Exuberance can appear anywhere. It manifests itself in persistent intensity. Anyone, anywhere can manifest it. For example, Wilson “Snowflake” Bentley, a Vermont farmer, had a passion for photographing snowflakes and became the world’s foremost authority. Jamison writes, “Exuberance carries us.. read more

Relax? Now What?!

January 18, 2013

After finally adapting to the instantaneous change of the rapids, what do you do when you encounter a still period, that period of rest…at least relatively speaking? You suddenly find yourself not having to paddle quite so much. You take a deep breath, and then another. Somehow you find yourself in still water. How do.. read more

Becoming Resilient

January 18, 2013

In a turbulent environment, the challenges vary every day. They keep coming and changing. Some you handle more successfully than others. As a set, they require skill, flexibility, and resilience. Building and maintaining resilience turns on your tending to your mindset, body, and heart as well as to any warning signs that your resilience is.. read more

Taking Care of Your Health

January 18, 2013

Running a white water river involves pacing. One does not simply ‘run the river’. Try it and the river wins. One has to impose a manageable pace onto the river, one that includes finding and idling in eddies, even consciously ‘working the eddies’, namely moving down the river by going from eddy to eddy. In.. read more