2019 Decker Challenge: Half Marathon

I always marvel at the idea of New Year's resolutions. I guess it is clear I don’t typically set resolutions since we are now almost a full month into the year and I am just sharing my goals.

But what is the difference between December 31 and January 1? Why not start a new goal or resolution every Tuesday or on the third day of the third week of the third month? One thing COVID has taught me is that time is a construct and I firmly believe we shouldn’t be tied to norms or standards just because.

To practice…

When 2020 started, I set out to read 45 books. This would be more books than I have ever read in a single year… ever. It seemed ambitious. Then COVID-19. One of my coping mechanisms was to turn off screens and get lost in a different world or dig deeper into complex issues.

In some cases, it was either re-living experiences (Billion Dollar Loser: The Epic Rise and Spectacular Fall of Adam Neumann and WeWork by Reeves Wiedeman) or going deep into the weeds of pop culture (Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow). Like many others, I was inspired to do…

I love habits. I love learning about habits. I love building habits. I have even written about habits once or twice.

What I don’t like are resolutions. I believe goal setting should be ongoing. I set goals every week, month, 13 weeks, 6 months, and year. Those goals roll with me and the year and the systems I use are constantly changing. There is nothing better than turning on a few pump-up songs and pushing yourself to call your shots.

At least, I think it is pretty great.

This was my 2019-to-2020 process…

Queue: Quiet Dog by Mos Def/Yasiin Bey

Let’s call the 2020 shot…

This probably won’t surprise anyone, but the definition of “culture” is hard to pin down. I have yet to find one that appropriately communicates its significance to the business, team, or employees. The nature of culture is intangible and hard to define, and yet, good or bad, we know it when we see it. In hiring that is sometimes described as, “culture fit.” In meetings, it can be described as “alignment.”

Photo by Javier Allegue Barros on Unsplash

What does this even mean? Is it the intangibles of caring or purpose? Can it be quantified and boiled down to both results and learning? …

I am bipolar. Or manic depressive. Or I have bipolar mood disorder. Wait, is it bipolar affective disorder? Do I have mood swings? No. Sorry. I am unstable. Unwell. Maybe it is unable?

I am not sure what it’s called anymore. But I do know the stigma. Let me start by saying what bipolar looks and feels like to me.

Having bipolar means big swings of the highest highs and lowest lows. On an up-swing, I am joyful, blissful, unfazed, and undaunted. On a low, I struggle. I get in my head. I am not sure if I am doing…

A collection of thoughts exploring how to be candid about leading while being mindful of your mental health

According to the World Health Organization, one in four people on the planet has, or will be, affected by mental disorder issues. Around 450 million people currently suffer from such conditions, placing mental disorders among the leading causes of ill-health and disability worldwide.

Yet we stigmatize these diseases. Too often, we are punitive to the people that are suffering instead of supporting them. …

How are those New Year’s resolutions going? Have you achieved the often advertised, and hard to achieve, “New year, new you”?

If so, congrats! If not, don’t sweat it. A new year is the beginning of a new year, and it is also just the day after December 31st. It is as important or insignificant as you make it. Tomorrow can be the day everything changes for you. Next week can be the week you seize the moment to build new habits, routines, or tackle that big ass project.

Since any day can have meaning or not and any day…

The focus of the day will be on the postmortem of the 2016 election, but my day started a little differently. There is nothing more heartbreaking than seeing people you love devastated to the point of tears. To know that there is nothing you can do to make them feel better, only makes it worse.

I assume my closest friends are asking the same questions I am. What does this mean? How did this happen? What does this change?

Pundits and the heartbroken with pass a baton that blames some group. I challenge you to fight that instinct. People will…

Originally posted in the Austin Business Journal

Uncertainty in Europe after a critical Brexit vote puts immigration, jobs, and the global economy in question once again.

Our Governor Greg Abbott, immediately after the vote, went on an internet blitz to lure large, global corporations and growing European companies to the Lone Star State. He continued the Texas tagline started by Rick Perry, that Texas is good for business.

What’s true of Texas seems to be even more true for the central Texas region. Unemployment is 4.4% and we, unquestionably, have more jobs than people. The millennial workforce is now the…

(or the balance of leadership and empowerment)

As I relaunched my journey of writing again, I was struck by a discussion that seems to surround the millennial workforce, if you want to lead, you appear to have to become more private.

I’ve been processing this conversation over the past two months and wanted to come back to the original idea again.

The deeper question is simpler while the answer is harder. The questions that continue to pop up after writing that piece is much more complex. What do you do when you have an opinion that you feel strongly about?

Matt Glazer

Partner at Blue Sky Partner, Senior Consultant at Mission Capital, Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Trinity University. Views are mine alone.

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