Friday, October 3, 2014

These things really happen...and they need to stop

A colleague of mine called one morning to ask a favor: If I could post a series of emails on my blog. The emails, posted below, transpired after what is easily described as an assault on her during a business-related outing a few months ago.

While asking for this favor, she mentioned that she is just tired of hearing people say things like "that never really happens" or "I've never seen it" or generally assume that these events are part of some world gone by...if only that were true.

One last comment...You might be wondering why she asked me to post these instead of doing so herself. I'm sure she has many reasons, but the one I find the saddest is the fear of backlash or retribution. Not just from the individuals involved, or the company she works for, but the community she feels apart of. The idea that something terrible has happened to someone and that individual cannot even count on the support of people or organizations who should be on her side is complete and utter bullshit.

I applaud her courage for reaching out and deciding to make this public in hopes to raise awareness about these atrocities to all people.

These things really happen! They happen now! They likely happen to people or friends of people you know personally!

And they NEED TO STOP!!!

(Email 1/3)

(Email 2/3)

(Email 3/3)

What’s in a name?

In 2010, I started this blog for professional reasons, choosing the name Rising Tide Harbor.

A harbor, as I’m sure many are aware, is a place on the coast where boats go for safety or protection.

I’ve also always liked the phrase “a rising tide lifts all boats”. It’s an aphorism that means general improvements will benefit all participants.

It was in this mindset that I hoped others would find my experiences, ideas and questions about Lean & Agile in organizations useful in someway. Either by not feeling alone with similar questions or that they might find my experiences or ideas helpful somehow.

Over the last few years I’ve realized that many if the problems and issues I see in organizations actually run much deeper…or perhaps broader. They reach outside the organization into the systems around organizations. These topics tend to be more about politics, economics or society.

So today I’m choosing to relaunch this blog, under its original name and original intent, but to cover these boarder topics as well. I hope folks find this content just as enjoyable, but if you are interested in my more professional musings or experiences look over at for that content.

Thanks for reading!