Benchmark This

“How do we compare to the best in the industry? Have we benchmarked ourselves?”  A best practice when assessing the performance of a program is to “benchmark” it against others. Is it bigger or smaller? More efficient or less? Higher growth or lower? There’s both an art and a science to benchmarking, which can provide … Continue reading Benchmark This

Book List 2022

I’ve written in the past about my love of books. At any given moment, I’m typically engrossed in three different stories: a physical book, a digital book, and an audiobook. The physical ones sit in a tall stack on my nightstand and come along with me on trips. The digital ones are on my phone, … Continue reading Book List 2022

How Our Kids Change Us

I’m home alone tonight, which is unusual. My daughter returned to college this afternoon, after we spent the morning together casting early ballots and walking through fallen leaves. My older son is at a Halloween party with his friends, after working with me on his college applications. My younger son is at a professional hockey … Continue reading How Our Kids Change Us

Back to School

It’s that time of year again. Dashing to the mall for back-to-school clothes. Scrambling to finish summer reading assignments put off in favor of outdoor play. New backpacks, sneakers, and school supplies at the ready. I’ve always loved fall in the U.S. northeast. The leaves change color, there’s a bit of a chill in the … Continue reading Back to School

Take a Break

This summer, I took a real vacation where I immersed myself in family, food, and fun. For me, taking a break from work and social media was enormously beneficial for my physical and mental well-being. It is, no doubt, often difficult to get away. It involves complicated logistics (Who will take care of the dog … Continue reading Take a Break

Women Are Struggling

“Your husband is going to fall off his chair when he sees this bill,” quipped the saleswoman as she rang up my purchase. This was in January of this year (not 1955, as you might have guessed), when I ventured to the mall to get dress clothes that my teenage son could wear to his … Continue reading Women Are Struggling

Grappling With Loss

Last week’s massacre of 19 students and two teachers at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, was horrific and devastating. The innocent victims suffered and died at the hands of an 18-year-old with an AR-15 style rifle. Every one of these youngsters was someone’s child, with hopes and dreams for the future. They were friends … Continue reading Grappling With Loss

Building a Vibrant Network

I’ve always been turned off by the concept of networking. In my mind, networking conjures images of crowded rooms filled with swarms of extroverts shaking hands and smiling insincerely, everyone more eager to talk than to listen. Over the din of clinking highball glasses, I picture back-slapping and horn-tooting, business card and favor trading, and … Continue reading Building a Vibrant Network

Making the Invisible Visible

Can you imagine if the universe of what we know (or, said another way, what we know about the universe) were restricted to what we can see with our naked eyes? The classic Powers of Ten short film, created in 1977, does a marvelous job conveying the relative size of things. Beginning with a view … Continue reading Making the Invisible Visible

What We Remember

In honor of a recent life milestone, I’ve been reflecting back on some memorable moments. My family will tell you I have a “terrible memory.” Case in point: We watch a movie together and not until the very end do I realize that I’ve already seen the film. (This happens often.) I don’t retain digits … Continue reading What We Remember