Top of Mind Thursday December 17, 2020: The Doctor is In

Last week, the Wall Street Journal published an op-ed piece demeaning First Lady-elect Jill Biden for using the title Doctor.

Leverage2Market LogoDr. Biden rightly earned a PhD in education from the University of Delaware–of that, there is no disagreement. The writer argues that because she doesn’t have a medical degree, it is improper for Jill Biden to use this honorific.

There are currently over 3 million PhDs in the US. It’s highly unlikely most of them are told they shouldn’t be using the title they worked hard to obtain.

The tone of the article implies that the writer is particularly upset because Dr Biden is a woman (in fact, at one point he even refers to her demeaningly as kiddo). He’s very much out of date. Over the last several years, American universities have minted more women than men as PhDs.

However, many women I know who’ve earned this degree tell me they encounter a similar attitude on a regular basis. Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris’ husband noted this comment would not have been made if Jill Biden were a man, and I suspect he’s right. However, I also know people of color of both genders who have been subjected to this treatment.

The WSJ has been asked to remove the offending article. I disagree. Publishing opinions like this shines a spotlight on what’s been kept quiet in academic situations for a long time. The reaction and outrage to the article means it’s a good thing this was brought out in the open–which may not be the reaction the writer was expecting.

Meanwhile, right now, a large dose of respect and common courtesy may be just what the doctor ordered.

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Top of Mind Thursday December 10, 2020: A Shot in the Arm

Good news! The first set of vaccines to prevent COVID-19 is here and ready for initial distribution. People in the UK have already received initial doses, and US authorization is expected momentarily.

Leverage2Market LogoThe world is ready to breathe a sign of relief. As the population is vaccinated, we can start to move back to some sense of normalcy. Schools and businesses may be able to reopen, and family gatherings may be back in vogue once again. This may lead to lower unemployment and a sustained economic recovery.

But we can’t jump for joy yet.

  • It will take time to distribute the vaccines, one of which requires storage under extremely cold temperatures.
  • Each vaccine requires two doses, which increases the complexity of completing the process.
  • There are likely “flu-like” side effects which, while confirming the vaccine is working, may also reduce the number of people who follow through with their vaccinations.
  • There isn’t enough vaccine to treat the general population and won’t be for months and months.
  • At least some part of the population will resist getting a vaccine and therefore continue to spread the virus.
  • One vaccine appears to be causing severe reactions in people with known allergic conditions. This can be managed at the medical level, but may cause people to question whether they want to be vaccinated.
  • Until sometime toward the end of next year, the virus mitigation protocols (masks, social distancing, etc.) will still be needed.

So while things are looking up, we’re not home free yet. We can celebrate the great progress made in an incredibly short timeframe, but we need to remain vigilant to stay safe.

And get ready to rollup those sleeves when your turn comes to be vaccinated.

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Top of Mind Thursday December 3, 2020: The Home Stretch

Hard to believe we’re in December. Last time most of us looked around, it was March. Then the whole world went off the rails.

Leverage2Market LogoDecember brings us to the end of a long, strange, unpredictable year. Nothing is as it should be this time of year: Family gatherings are cancelled, postponed, or downsized. Travel plans are rethought. Even the traditional Black Friday sales are different this year.

Nine months into this pandemic, the overwhelming sentiment appears to be fatigue. We’re all tired of dealing with this virus. We’ve had more than enough of all the illness, death, and economic disruption. We’re all longing for a time when we can go back to business as usual, sit-down dinners inside restaurants, live sporting events and entertainment, and mask-free close-up socializing.

But as much as we’re ready to be done with this virus, the virus isn’t done with us. As predicted, COVID-19 cases are spiking, ICUs are overflowing, and indoor winter gatherings are likely to exasperate the situation.

It’s been a long, difficult nine months–not just for those who have lost loved ones, but for those who’ve lost their jobs and their way of life, too. There’s hope on the horizon. Vaccines will become available in the new year. A new administration will take a different approach to managing the pandemic. We just have to stay the course for a while longer.

A runner doesn’t slow down as they pass third on their way to home plate. A receiver doesn’t stop running when they get close to the goal line. A race horse doesn’t slow from a gallop to a trot with the finish line in sight.

Everyone around us is just as tired of the pandemic as we are. Let’s work to keep our energy and empathy up as we power through the home stretch to a better 2021.

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COVID-Proofing Your Culture: Why having a culture that doesn’t suck is more important than ever.

Rebecca Friese
Workplace Crusader
FLYN Consulting
www.thegoodculturebook.com

Rebecca Friese helps organizations transform outdated practices into market-leading cultures. She’s an experienced consultant in organizational transformation and change management, with experience that ranges from large scale Fortune 500 multi-million dollar projects to start-up clients. She is the author of the recently released book The Good Culture: The Leader’s Guide to Creating a Workplace that Doesn’t Suck.

In this podcast, Rebecca talks about what really makes a good culture (hint—it isn’t ping pong tables and kombucha on tap), and tells us how the pandemic has impacted work and culture. She explains how culture and brand are related, and discusses the role of empathy, resilience and innovation in building a culture. Plus she talks about the type of culture change we may see in the new presidential administration.


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