Closing the Loop [socs]


Team, let’s touch base and zoom in so we’re all on the same page as we circle back around as strategic partners and kick it up a notch. As you are aware, we have been tasked with an unprecedented action item to become industry disruptors. It’s an a-ha moment, and we’ve got to get boots on the ground ASAP to beef up our bottom line. Feel free to crowdsource, cast a wide net, drill down, deep dive, brain dump, go viral, and bring to the table any curated guesstimates and back of the envelope ideas. This is a paradigm shift, so pull the trigger, raise the bar, take it to the next level, and run it up the flagpole. It’s crunch time, team, and I expect 110% from each and every one of you. We need to do our due diligence, double-click, and crush it! I dialogued with our senior executive thought leader during an impactful forward planning meeting today, and she empowered me to reveal that this is a cradle to grave game-changer which will reflect on our corporate values. Do more with less, move the needle, grab the low-hanging fruit, bite the magic bullet, and leverage the new normal, but first and foremost, don’t drink the Kool-Aid!


Written for Linda’s words I hate.

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29 responses to “Closing the Loop [socs]

  1. Lol your the opposite to me and get agasillion points 💜💜

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  2. Cynthia Praski

    Fantabulous! You win the Most Awesome Award! I wonder if there’s a way to stick in “deplaning” ?

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  3. Ha. I used to love the skip-level meetings we would have that sounded just like this, and everyone in the room was thinking how the work was piling up out there while we sat in this stupid meeting.

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  4. I am so glad I retired and don’t have to go to meetings loaded with this type of jargon anymore. You did a great job. I promise I won’t drink the kool-aide.

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  5. Ahhh those were what I called, Day Dream Meetings. 😄 they were brought on by boredom. 😉

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  6. I see what you did there…

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  7. I’m terrified that I understood all that mess of nothingness😱

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  8. Good one — reminded me:

    Had a meeting with the “C” suite staff in a mid-sized corporation. [No, it turns out you don’t know everything I’ve done in life.]

    The purpose of the meeting was for me to present my findings and recommendations concerning an ex-employee who was being an online pain in the corporation’s ass, and how to respond to/retaliate for his [no kidding] bullshit complaints and ongoing attempts to extort nuisance money from us. It was only a six-week gig but paid pretty good, and my findings were bulletproof.

    “C” staff and THEIR support people filled the large conference room that overlooked downtown. Everyone brought iPads, phones, tablets, paper, drinks, snacks, and God knows what else, prepared for the usual 1-3 hour meeting whenever they discussed ANYTHING. It was all very impressive.

    The in-house lawyer introduced me and gave a long, yammering speech telling everyone background they already knew about the whole situation, and finally turned the podium over to me. Now in control of the Power Point laptop, I put up the only slide I had — it had my name and contact number so they could find me later, and gave my briefing, which in its entirety said:

    “[Name] is small potatoes, is literally delusional and cannot be coerced, and is costing us pocket-change. This meeting alone is probably costing us more than he will in a year. He has nothing to lose, so there is nothing you can do that will not just raise his profile and make the situation worse. In short, don’t wrestle with a pig; you’ll just get muddy and the pig will actually enjoy it. If you have any questions about implementing this policy, feel free to contact me. Thank you for your time.”

    …and then I went back to my chair and sat down. The entire thing took under 90 seconds, and that included fumbling with the Power Point.

    It also got me a full-time gig at $8K/yr more than I’d made up till then, with the CEO and President often telling me that I was the only one who’d just tell them stuff off the cuff that was more useful than the diluted happy-talk, catch-phrase crap they got after it filtered up to the “meeting” level.

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  9. Well done Paula, you really stepped up to the plate with your blue sky thinking on that one! 🙂

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  10. Always best to avoid the yellow snow too….off for some fresh air, that was way too much like a working day…

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  11. Nothing like corporate conference speak! 🤣

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