Rising Up to Embrace Our Humanity #COVID19



“Come on. You can do it. I know you can. I believe in you.”

I’m watching my baby make the transition to “toddler,” and it’s a bittersweet moment. No longer will she stay where she’s put. She’s going to start exploring the world, and that exploration will only speed up as time goes on.

This moment, this incredibly precious moment, is forever burned into my memory. We learn very early in life that when we fall, we try again. When we struggle, we try again. When we fail, we try...


Let’s Err on the Side of Human #COVID19



Things are crazy right now. That’s not a secret. You may be tired, overwhelmed, and unsure of what to do next. That’s okay. No one expects you to have all the answers – right now or frankly ever. They do expect you to get answers. They do expect you to make the best decision with the information you have in front of you.

You have to keep going. You have to make decisions. When you go radio silent, that’s when people let their fears and insecurities get the best of them. Have confidence...


Essential v. Non-Essential: Is Feeling Discretionary a Symptom of the Virus?


Dear Reader,

As I write this, I am profoundly self-conscious of the fact this advice is going to miss its mark to many who are suffering beyond comprehension. Others, however, may find this advice helps them see silver linings and gain back some confidence and control. Ultimately, to any reader, my hope is that you are weathering these storms as well as anyone can.

To all the people who are keeping my pantry full, my family healthy, and life as normal as possible during these...


Communication, Empathy and Business Continuity -- Keeping the Human in Human Resources #Coronavirus



We are clearly entering a new era. Coronavirus and infection are changing the way we live. Most of us are working from home, often alongside our children, who are remote learning from home. This new situation has no endpoint – we don’t know how long this will exist – and we are finding new ways to work productively,

For leaders who are trying to keep a team on track, it’s important to communicate. Teams working from home – especially for the first time – miss that water cooler conversation. It’s important to send regular email. Where possible, if...


Couples that Quarantine Together, Stay Together



Many of us are “stuck” inside with our significant others. For most of us, we’re probably seeing a whole new side of them as we work from home alongside each other. Personally, there’s no one I’d rather be with 24/7! But, that’s a long time to be around anybody, so here are some tips to come out of these unprecedented times stronger, together.

Set Boundaries & Be Courteous

Things are a little bit different right now -- especially schedules -- and it’s easy to work crazy hours when working from...


Got My Resume Through an Applicant Tracking System (ATS) with a 95% Success Rate!


Having trouble getting your foot in the door? In this video, Self Made Millennial Madeline Mann will show you some resume hacks that will help to get through a company’s automated resume scanning software using the right keywords.  



Originally published on the Self Made Millennial LinkedIn channel



Leadership, COVID-19 and Ms. Kennedy



“Don’t be afraid.”

The leader who says this to an employee either is very much afraid or lacks even a scintilla of empathy. In either case, the statement (or response) is so bad.

First, it is remarkably disrespectful. Don’t tell people how to feel!

Second, if employees listen to you, they may become ill (or worse). Fear is healthy now—it may keep us and those we care about safe as we social distance.

Third, the comment undermines whatever credibility the leader may have. I cannot think of a worse time to project dangerous...


Confessions of an Amateur Telecommuter and Home Schooler



We are in some uncharted territory! From toddlers to school-aged kids, to college students on sabbatical, to our adult, working community, and even retirees- we are all adjusting to our new normal. And, for the unforeseen future, many of us are all trying to make it all work under the same roof. 

In the interest of full disclosure and transparency I don’t have all the answers nor am I an expert at telecommuting while homeschooling under pandemic conditions. As a matter of fact, I find myself very much the amateur. Yet, there’s...


Right Now Won't Last Forever



We are concluding day three of mandated social distancing here in Northern California but it seems like it's been three months. Its been made apparent that this new style of existence may last for three months.... thus feeling as though we've been in the bunker for 90 years (don't check my math on that).

Our staff in the incubator exists of a sixth-grader and an eighth-grader (adapting to virtual learning), my wife, my dog, my mother-in-law and I.... so if you are alone and feeling lonely in this time, you might want...