I have loved sports from the moment I learned what a ball was and and what to do with it. I spent hours as a kid playing football with myself — throwing a ball up onto the slanted roof of my childhood home and trying to catch it as it…


“Not my job” is a bad reason for not doing something, and owning things forever is overrated

A blonde woman stands on top of a wind turbine with her arms raised
On top of a wind turbine during my GE days — definitely not part of my job description!

I started my career at one of the largest companies in the world — General Electric. I was part of a leadership development program that took me through four different jobs in two years, and then I spent another six months or so as a technical product manager before leaving…


The number one rule: be curious, not judgemental.

A picture of the ocean crashing onto rocks with a quote by Walt Whitman that reads “Be curious, not judgemental”
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I love Ted Lasso. I think the show is wonderful, and I’m a huge fan of Ted’s positive, outgoing leadership style, his honesty, and his willingness to meet people where they are. I don’t claim to be the leader that Ted is, but I like his approach, and the “darts”…


Two years ago, when I started tracking how many books I was reading in earnest, I wrote a wrap up highlighting some of my favorites and listing some I planned to read the following year. I skipped last year, but I’ve gotten a few requests this year to pick it…


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I didn’t wake up this morning thinking “let’s drag the editorial board of a world-renowned publication in a Medium post,” but then I saw the Op-Ed by Joseph Epstein entitled “Is There a Doctor in the White House? Not if You Need an M.D.” (which I am not linking to…


The first-timer, part 1 — the new adult. Their 18th birthday was a month ago, or maybe they just missed voting the last time around. This is the first time they’ve gotten to vote, and they are almost inevitably in line with their parents or their friends. They’re excited. They’re…


On Friday, like a large number of people in this country, I received a number of messages made up of a single expletive as news broke that Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg had passed away due to complications from pancreatic cancer. My immediate reaction was disbelief, followed by bone…


I’ve always been a reader. I read voraciously as a kid all the way through high school, and even in college when I had reading to do for my classes I usually had a book going on the side. But I never tracked what or how much I was reading…


Author’s Note: This encounter happened in May, which is when I first drafted this piece. I’m sharing this story with you now because I’m still very moved by it, and I hope it affects you in a similar way.

Social media gets a lot of flack for all manner of…


First let me say — I know it’s May. I know it’s a bit late for a 2018 recap. To that I say — whatever, it’s still the first half of 2019! I know there are companies out there still doing their planning for 2019, and if they can do…

Natalie Anderson

Problem Solver, Process Paratrooper, Agent of (Productive) Chaos, and Ray of F*cking Sunshine. I write about all those things, and also about books!

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