Meaning-Making to Move You Forward

Meaning-Making to Move You Forward

Check out this “pop-up conversation” in which Amber describes what “meaning” is and how meaning violations play into our lives.  She suggests several questions, as well as “The 4-Room Apartment” by Claes Janssen, as ways to assess and make meaning of where you are now.

–Amber

Amber Peterson is a partner at Perme & Peterson Associates, LLC.

Amber Peterson of Perme & Peterson Associates

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Even Distanced, We Still Have Purpose

Even Distanced, We Still Have Purpose

In this “pop-up conversation,” Amber defines purpose and explains how vital it is to all of us, especially those who have lost jobs during COVID-19 or have been living in isolation.  Amber proposes using “The Decision Map” from Human Systems Dynamics Institute to decide how to move forward NOW with your purpose.

–Amber

Amber Peterson is a partner at Perme & Peterson Associates, LLC.

Amber Peterson of Perme & Peterson Associates

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Uncertainty – Hard to Live With, Necessary to Thrive

Uncertainty – Hard to Live With, Necessary to Thrive

In this “pop-up conversation,” Amber talks about uncertainty – what it is, why we need it, and how we can learn from it!  A comment from Brené Brown proposing that we “stitch a new garment” during the world’s struggle with COVID-19, and using the “Adaptive Action Cycle” from Human Systems Dynamics Institute, are among the suggestions Amber gives for tackling uncertainty.

–Amber

Amber Peterson is a partner at Perme & Peterson Associates, LLC.

Amber Peterson of Perme & Peterson Associates

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What I’ve Learned about Surviving Economic Busts

What I’ve Learned about Surviving Economic Busts

 

These are such scary times, both personally and professionally, that the easiest thing to do would be to crawl into a shell and stay there until everything sorts itself out.  Unfortunately, life goes on and so must we, as we maneuver through this pandemic and try to come out whole on the other side of it.

Luckily, I’ve learned a few things over my 30 years of being in business, about how to weather economic realities that are beyond my control.   I’ve successfully survived the impact of the first Gulf war in 1991 (just a year after starting my business); the Tech bust in 1998; 9/11 in 2001; and the Great Recession in 2009-12.   Here is what I am putting into my own playbook now to get through this unprecedented time;  I offer these “lessons learned” to you as well.  

  • Focuson the Future
    • Prepare for a very different future.
    • Consider the consequences of decisions for both short and long term to balance the needs of both.
    • Continually scan to see what patterns are emerging in business/industry; think about what opportunities these patterns might present for you.
  • Invest“plow the ground for the Future”
    • Now is the time to invest in marketing, building new skills, developing capacity, and expanding networks to be ready for a different future.  
    • Get better at what seems to be looming in the future (technology?)
    • Don’t have a lot of money? You can still invest by volunteering time and effort in ways that provide new learning opportunities, community visibility, and expanded networks.
  • Team upand care for the people around you
    • Care for the people (customers, employees, community, vendors, etc.) that make your business a success. Now is the time to be generous with others. 
    • Reach out to clients to maintain the relationship; find out what is becoming important to them.
    • Now more than ever, it is also important to build partnerships and teamwork across businesses and industries to identify and shape new opportunities for the future.
  • Stay Positiveand take care of yourself
    • Take care of your own mental health.
    • Don’t be shy to apply for benefits and loans of which you may be eligible – it is not a personal failure!
    • Everyone wants to work with a winner – your attitude is your strength.

Invariably, there will be those who prosper in the year ahead.  Remember the Chinese saying, “The times produce their heroes.”   Best to you, and good luck to us all!

–Cathy
Catherine M. (Cathy) Perme is a partner at Perme & Peterson Associates, LLC and the author of “Confucius in My Cubicle: Practical Wisdom for the Leader in All of Us” (2017), available on Amazon.

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Phone: 952.831.4131

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Navigating Grief During COVID-19

Navigating Grief During COVID-19

In this “pop-up conversation,” Amber shares what she has learned about the grieving process, how it applies to many (if not all) of us right now, and options for processing our grief.  Featured are the Kübler-Ross grieving cycle, Sheryl Sandberg & Adam Grant (authors of Option B), and a wonderfully humanistic article from “Harvard Business Review.”
–Amber

Amber Peterson is a partner at Perme & Peterson Associates, LLC.

Amber Peterson of Perme & Peterson Associates

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Phone: 952.831.4131

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Taking a Lesson on Vulnerability

Taking a Lesson on Vulnerability

In this “pop-up conversation,” Amber discusses Brené Brown’s book Dare to Lead and her research on vulnerability.  Vulnerability is interpreted by many as “weakness;” however, it is an opportunity for unparalleled human connection and happiness.  Listen in to learn more!

–Amber

Amber Peterson is a partner at Perme & Peterson Associates, LLC.

Amber Peterson of Perme & Peterson Associates

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Phone: 952.831.4131

e-Mail:  info@permepeterson.com

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