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Stop before the ‘but’

There are arguably words in the English language that can be harmful. The ones that come to mind immediately are, of course, racist or sexist or, just generally, mean-ist. Another one exists. It isn’t called out on politically incorrect lists. And we all say it all the time (sometimes harmlessly).…
Chris Chambers
November 6, 2018
PeopleThe business side

Be the spray nozzle

I am in awe of my yard tools. (Contrary to popular belief, I do not go so far as to sleep in my jacket and tie.) The awe: it’s something about the fact that we, as a species, continue to look at our tasks—such as yard work—and, not only imagine…
Chris Chambers
December 5, 2018
PeopleThe business side

Why listening is the new life raft

During my sophomore year, I played the lead in our high school rendition of Chicago. For those of you who don’t know the show, Billy Flynn’s an arrogant defense lawyer who specializes in getting convicted women out of jail. His character has several scenes with copious amounts of dialogue—like the one…
Chris Chambers
December 11, 2017
People

A dollar goes a long way…eh?

A friend of mine that runs a creative company in NYC has a Fear Jar on his desk. It’s purpose and M.O. go like this: whenever anyone in the office says something driven by fear, they have to put $1 in the Jar. At the end of the first year, there…
Chris Chambers
November 11, 2017
PeopleStrategyThe business side

Keep it in the jar

A friend of mine was telling me about her chicken soup. Or rather, the process of making it. It’s long and involved, and includes things like soaking the chicken in cold water with two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar for one hour before cooking it for 24. She cooks the…
Chris Chambers
October 11, 2017
People

So no one gets lost

Working in NYC, I see a lot of lost people. And I don’t mean the ones that just can’t figure out what to do with their lives (though there are quite a few of those). I mean the people that actually can’t find the way to their destinations. I either…
Chris Chambers
September 13, 2017
People

Why wings are good to have

I’ve recently learned about the enneagram—an ancient system of personality typing. In business, it’s generally used as a tool to increase understanding of workplace dynamics. And, to that end, it’s also used to gain self-awareness and the subsequent success that comes from knowing who you are and how you operate in…
Chris Chambers
August 11, 2017
People

Finally. Something we can control.

From what I’ve heard, we all have the same _______ (fill in the blank, eg. boss, family member, friend). The one who refuses to be wrong. And who believes that the only way not to be wrong, is to make everyone else wrong. Like blame musical chairs. And let’s face…
Chris Chambers
July 11, 2017
People

It always comes back

There’s a small piece in the Sunday Times this week about, of all things, leggings. I didn’t even know what leggings were, but fortunately there were pictures. Turns out my daughter wears them all the time. And she’s not the only one. Seems there’s a bit of a leggings craze…
Chris Chambers
March 11, 2016
People

Shootingtrouble

Back in college, I worked with a great friend installing fire and burglar alarm systems. After all the wires were run through the house, from every window and every door back to the panel, we still weren’t done. We still had to test everything. Inevitably, one of those zones failed…
Chris Chambers
February 11, 2016