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Giving from your gifts

We’re over a month into social distancing.  The “new” routines are no longer new – we’re pros at Zoom and wiping down our groceries is automatic.  Social media is replete with humorous memes about “WFH” and homeschooling, photos of car parade birthday greetings and recipes for no-knead bread (helpful only if you are lucky enough to source flour and yeast).  Andrea Boccelli brought the world to its knees with his hauntingly beautiful Easter rendition of Amazing Grace on an empty piazza in front of Milan’s Duomo, and cities around the globe stop to applaud healthcare professionals and first responders.  For the most part, we are all in this together.

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The gift of Zoom (yes, really)

Social distancing has not meant a slowdown in activity for me. My calendar is as full as it has ever been, mainly with Zoom meetings. Today I was on the platform from 9am to 4pm with one half hour break for lunch, and back on for happy hour from 5-6:45. People love to publicly hate Zoom, but I’ll cop to finding great solace in it these days. I’m an extravert, a fact that surely explains some of my enthusiasm, but there’s more. The three Zoom groups I love the most have renewed relationships and strengthened bonds; revealed the wicked senses of humor and deep compassion of people I previously knew only tangentially; and have allowed us to be authentic in new ways. Paradoxically, distance has created closeness. Regardless of how busy I am, I wouldn’t miss these three meetings for anything:

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Hiking through the coronavirus world

Twenty years ago, I hiked the Inca Trail in the Peruvian Andes.  In one memorable segment, our group passed through four micro-climates.  As we set camp that night, we marveled at the richness of experiencing four completely different ecologies in a single day. I’ve never forgotten it.  

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Crushing It : Victoria Rothberg

Introducing “Crushing It” – a series of conversations with leaders that Platinum Rule Advisors admires for their ability to treat people the way they need to be treated.  We hope you find these stories as inspiring as we do!

Our inaugural “Crushing It” features Victoria Rothberg, co-owner of Nashville restaurant answer.  A graduate of NYU Stern Business School, Victoria earned her restaurant management chops rising through the ranks of the Be Our Guest and Hillstone restaurant groups.  Along the way, she encountered terrible bosses and wonderful ones, including, in the “wonderful” category the CFO of Be Our Guest. Most importantly, she met her now “work husband” and answer co-owner Chris Raucci, with whom she opened five Ted’s Montana Grill restaurants while at Hillstone.

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Coaching v. Consulting

What is the difference between mentoring, advising, coaching and consulting?

We are in a zeitgeist where people and companies leverage outside help extensively. Mentors, coaches, consultants, advisors … these terms are frequently used and often confused. For many professionals, the differences are murky. How do I know which I need?  

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The Power of PI – blueprints for people

People don’t come with blueprints. We learn this truth as children, navigating conflict with siblings, on the playground, in the classroom. Most of us have unwittingly hurt someone else’s feelings with a comment that landed wrong, or been surprised that an action we perceive as helpful is received as destructive. When we reach adulthood and start professional lives, these differences often present as workplace conflict. People are wired differently, and we don’t come with maps to help others navigate us. 

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Golden v. Platinum Rule

Few people enter adulthood without learning the “Golden Rule” – treat others the way you want to be treated. This advice provides a solid foundation for interacting in basic ways, asking us to refrain from behaviors that are universally unpleasant or harmful. Be kind. Don’t hit. Share nicely. Don’t cheat. Be polite. In its simplicity, it’s a useful blueprint for life.

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