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Deadlines: No More Running Around in Circles

For many, the end of June marks another kind of deadline, the end of another fiscal year. Even for those organizations which follow the lunar calendar, June 30 means “tick-tock” the year’s halfway over. Either way, although it’s challenging, we can’t squander milestones like these. They offer the perfect opportunity for reflection, creative problem-solving, and action.

Pausing to reflect, solve, and take action seems like a
luxury, but if we don't, we'll continue to drive in circles
and not move forward at all.

Reflection. Deadlines or not, it’s often hard to find time for reflection. When one day’s to-do list requires a week, how can we afford to pause in order to reflect? Some would argue that it’s vital to pause and reflect when the work becomes overwhelming.

What we should take back from the pandemic

Professionally, how can what we’ve learned in the last 15 months make us more valuable, better able to address the problems we try to solve?

Does it feel weird to you? Walking outside without a mask? Do you live somewhere that no longer requires them inside? For the last 15 months, our worlds have been so turned upside down, righting ourselves is bound to cause some vertigo.

As we all find our balance, many people have floated the notion that before returning to normal, we should consider what parts of our previous normal are and are not worth our return. Let’s build upon it.

Related Content. Hear Douglas Spencer’s words of gratitude (and admittedly a little snark) as the pandemic begins to wane.



Market Research and the Massachusetts Children’s Alliance

In one of last month’s episodes of our podcast, Messaging on a Mission, we speak with Market Research Strategist Matthew O’Sullivan and Massachusetts Children’s Alliance Executive Director Tom King about the impact market research can have on an organization’s operations and mission.

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Pride in Our Workplace

June is LGBTQ Pride month in the United States, so for this issue’s Mission Drivers, we’ll feature Spencer Brenneman client, Pride in Our Workplace! If you have someone to suggest let us know!

Pride in Our Workplace is a nonprofit organization that provides all LGBTQ+ professionals with ways to amplify their voices and create thriving workplace cultures. The business case for diversity and inclusion is stronger than ever. By centering the LGBTQ+ perspective within our most important conversations, Pride in Our Workplace helps LGBTQ+ professionals and allied businesses to drive positive change in the workplace.

Focal Pointing

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Well Said

“All of us are put in boxes by our family, by our religion, by our society, our moment in history, even our own bodies. Some people have the courage to break free.”

—Geena Rocero

Geena Rocero is a Filipino-born American model, TED speaker, and transgender advocate based in New York City. Rocero is the founder of Gender Proud, a media production company that tells stories of the transgender community worldwide to elevate justice and equality. Rocero has spoken about transgender rights at the United Nations, the World Economic Forum, and the White House.

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