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Everybody Panics

Confession: the other day, I made a big mistake at work.

Essentially, it involved me sending out an earlier version of an email instead of the final version. “Oh, that’s not so bad,” you might say, … Read More

Our Fully-Formed Selves are Already Inside Us

By Vega Subramaniam

There’s a project I’m working on right now, a book on toxic leadership behaviors in the social justice sector, that I have been “working on” (pfft) for the past four years. It sits on my cyber shelf … Read More

New Year, New Patterns

By Vega Subramaniam

It doesn’t matter what year it is or how old I am. On December 31st, I am ageless. That instant before 12:00:01 a.m. holds every promise of every possibility I’ve ever felt over my whole life. This … Read More

Exactly enough hours in the day for the holidays

By Vega Subramaniam

I am behind on everything. Everything. Mala is more behind on even more of all the everything than I am. Everyone else I know is even more behind on even more everything than Mala and I are. … Read More

16 Nov '18

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Compassion: The Original Performance Enhancing Substance

By Vega Subramaniam

Two of Mala’s three core values are Compassion and Conscientiousness (the third being Courage, because Mala can only have sets that begin with the same first letter…or fashion themselves into convenient acronyms. Ask me sometime about her … Read More

[Insert Meaningless Title Here]: Why Job Titles Do Not Equal Your Destiny

By Vega Subramaniam

Titles: who needs ’em?

Perhaps you are in a professional rut. As a coach, I often come across people in this position, and I’ve certainly been there myself. Whether it’s because you no longer want to do … Read More

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

So Many Jobs, So Few Lives

By Vega Subramaniam

I have many more lives left to go. As in, “in one of my next lives, I’m going to be…” a lexicographer, librarian, astronomer, world literature professor, ancient Greek historian, craft store owner, violinist.

There are a … Read More

31 Aug '18

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Overwhelmed but Still in the Game

By Vega Subramaniam

There are times when I open up my email, and I just want to crawl under the covers and turn it all off. And mind you, I say this as an “Inbox-50” kinda gal. In other words, … Read More

24 Aug '18

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Rebounding from Failure the Counterfactual Way

By Vega Subramaniam

When things go wrong, what questions swirl in your mind?

Perhaps these sound familiar:

  • “How did I let this happen again?”
  • “When will I ever learn?”
  • “Why do I keep doing this?
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