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I wasn’t sure what to expect when I signed up for a workshop on writing effective op-eds with a group of academics. Maybe we would all take turns standing at a podium, playing intellectual defense as people searched for holes in our arguments. …


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It was Sunday morning. I was a little groggy from a late night and found some mindless task outside while the absolutely not “pandemic-puppy” played around my ankles. …


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I read an article in the New Yorker where they interviewed a noted communication expert on “why we’re feeling so much social anxiety as we reopen.”

You know the ones I’m talking about, right? The plethora of pieces showing up that say you’re languishing, afraid, or experiencing PTSD.

Maybe you…


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“You don’t follow through!”

My husband said this about me during family therapy yesterday. Then, today, it came up again in a team meeting. You’d think I’d be used to it by now as people have been saying this about me my entire life.

It’s an easy allegation.

It’s also…


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I woke up this morning at 8:00am to the soft sound of surf and chirping birds.

“What should I do today?” I thought to myself while admiring the gorgeous morning light. “Maybe I’ll buy that boat.” After all, anything is possible. “Or maybe I’ll just go for a hike instead?”


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Prior to the pandemic, our friends were mostly all, well, sorta the same. Great people with families and kids and upper middle class careers. All people who’d “made it’’ by any conventional measure. More importantly, all people who you’d consider yourself lucky to claim as friends. 14 months after the…


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So it feels like there’s a collective theme emerging as the volume on the “back to the office” conversation grows louder: trauma — lots and lots of trauma.

This morning I woke up to a viral article about my former employer entitled — “Surviving insert company name here.” I opened…


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When I was a global managing director at IDEO I often pushed us to get more creative… With hiring.

That’s why when I am consulting, one of the first questions I ask a founder, CEO or any member of the leadership team is “Where do you feel your company is…


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I was at the top of my design firm, seemingly invincible. But I also just so happened to be running a division that was struggling and on the verge of failure. …


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“Can’t we just enjoy this glorious fried chicken we drove 1400 miles to eat?”

Over the past week, I’ve been introducing my husband David to coastal Georgia, a place where I have deep connections. We’ve been talking a lot. The break from upstate New York in February has been good…

FRED DUST

Founder of Making Conversation, senior design advisor for Rockefeller Foundation & former global managing partner of IDEO — fan of words and good conversation.

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