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  • Writer's pictureChad T. Ahern

Rally(ing) in A New World of Work

Do you ever see a word and get thinking about different meanings?

On Monday, a fellow coach, Kelly Merbler, posted a wonderful small LinkedIn piece around the word #rally and the importance of coming together; to which I heartily agree.

For me the word inspired a new perspective on an old passion -- off-road rally racing -- or simply RALLY. It might seem like an odd choice for a professional coach but it is a near perfect metaphor for my work right now in the world today.

Rally isn't as quick as a NHRA drag race.

Rally isn't as straightforward as NASCAR.

Rally isn't as fast as IndyCar.

Rally isn't as glamorous as F1.

Rally is rough and tumble and dirty. There is nothing straight or smooth about the roads they race. It's about controlling a car with attention that accommodates imperfection.

And that's where I'm (and a lot of other people are) right now. COVID-19 has upended our usual ways of work; ways that were straightforward, fast, and sometimes glamorous. We are now trying to do our best to keep moving forward in less than ideal conditions in a world that still feels like it's moving awfully quick.

The point of sharing all of this is to say that I'm still here and working the best way I can to help you. My work may not be as perfect, quick, or polished as I'd like it to be BUT I'm going to keep moving forward in my best efforts to support you.

I invite you to join me in appreciating your own imperfect path and work as you keep moving forward.

Here's to all of us running our own rally cars the best we can in this new world of work.

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