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1980s. Gaithersburg. Indelible in the hippocampus.

By Mala Nagarajan

All of a sudden. Rockville. Gaithersburg. 1980s. In the news. It’s all too close to home.

I grew up in Gaithersburg and Rockville. My two sisters graduated from Seneca Valley High School in 1979 and 1983. I … Read More

Decision-Making, Activism, and Charlottesville

By Mala Nagarajan

Honestly, the last time I thought deeply about Charlottesville was in the early 1980s, when the 7-foot-4-inch phenom Ralph Simpson was leading the University of Virginia Cavaliers into the NCAA’s Collegiate Men’s Basketball Tournament (aka March Madness). … Read More

Post-Election Reflections, Strategies, and Priorities

By Mala Nagarajan

Nearing four weeks after the 2016 election, and many of us are still angered, shocked, and disappointed. Some of us are still dealing with our reaction and emotions – immobilized like a deer in headlights, depressed like … Read More

How to hire a contractor for your organization’s everyday work

By Mala Nagarajan

As a nonprofit leader in need of staff, you may be tempted to hire a contractor (aka consultant) to fill a vacancy. Maybe you think it’ll be easier to get rid of the person if it doesn’t … Read More

A True North: Building A Map to The Life You Want to Live

By Mala Nagarajan

When Vega or I tell people that we’ve held our own personal strategic planning retreat every year for the past 12 years, we’re apt to get curious, astonished looks. And as often as not, we’re asked what … Read More

Environmental Scan

By Mala Nagarajan

Record-breaking winter weather. An impending financial crisis. An economic boom.

How would your organization be affected? Are you ready?

Conditions outside your organization can make (or break) you. One systematic way of preparing for pivotal events … Read More

Welcome to our blog!

Glad you found us. We want to help you and your organization promote a healthy workplace culture and strong teams.

Mala tends to write about what she stays up at night thinking about: human resources, operations, and technology. Her conversations are with … Read More