The more we understand each other with our language, the better we will empathize, collaborate, and solve together.

Here’s my Lexliecon, I’d be curious about how yours looks and sounds. (Photo: Fempire Offsite 2020 // Williamsburg, Brooklyn // rings from Starlin NY)

Jargon. Acronyms. Insider speak. We each have our own library.

We also interact with the libraries of others.

How well we do three things will indicate just how effective we are at navigating, succeeding, and elevating in this world. These three things have many links and follow on points, but in case you are in a hurry, here’s what you need to know up front:

Seek to understand.

Beware of creating outsider/insider.

Onboad

If working in Corporate America for the last old adage “there’s no such thing as a stupid question” is in jeopardy.

It’s uncomfortable to not know the…


From the Archives: Professional Excellence Newsletter // December 5, 2014 (reprised: September 24, 2020)

Throwback Thursday: Dusting off the contents and mission of a newsletter I wrote for 2 years. Atomizing and updating as time allows.

December 5, 2014 // September 24, 2020

Greetings Team:

A bit of an intro for the first monthly installment… humor me this once, if you wouldn’t mind…

Together we are going to go on a journey of becoming not just excellent professionals, but excellent people. The first few steps of our journey are contained here below. I hope you have your oven mitts on, because you are about to pull some hot tips out of the oven. I also hope you are ready to hit the professional “gym” to strengthen the muscles (figurative, literal) you will need to advance. …


From the Archives: Professional Excellence Newsletter // December 5, 2014 (updated September 24, 2020)

Tip №1: Saving minutes a day, hours a lifetime

Ever find yourself bringing a lot of “junk code” from Microsoft Word into an email, or from a highly-stylized website into a Google Doc? To strip the text of its formatting commands, first do the usual “Command plus c” (to copy), but when you go to paste, make sure to simultaneously hit “Shift plus Command plus v”.

Only works when pasting into a web document or an Adobe Suite program; does not work when pasting into word.

Also, does not work in Safari browsers; best in Chrome, Firefox.

(h/t Brad Cohen)

Tip №2: Know proper use of the dash thingees

For Apple computers, simultaneously hit “Option plus regular hyphen”…


From the Archives: Professional Excellence Newsletter // December 5, 2014 (updated September 24, 2020)

May you all travel through hardship, to the stars.

Sine qua non

What on earth does it mean?

Without which nothing. Evokes something even deeper than essential, elemental.

NB

What does it stand for?

The term NB is an abbreviation for nota bene, which translates to “note well” and which we take to mean “pay special attention to what follows; this is to be noted well”.

i.e. // e.g.

When should I use ‘e.g.’? Are they interchangeable? Do I need punctuation?

  • The term i.e. is an abbreviation for id est, which translates to “that is” and which we take to mean “that is (to say)” in the sense of “that means”, “which means”, “in other words”…


From the Archives: Professional Excellence Newsletter // December 5, 2014 (updated September 24, 2020)

Be Excellent in all you do. I believe in you.

Foundation: 4 things for your Professional Excellence journey to be a success…

  • №1: Permanently (and forever) set your north star to being a person of: integrity, character, your word, follow-through, and authenticity. Resolve to have a positive attitude and a strong work ethic.
  • №2: Believe in things, entities, and ideals higher than yourself and monetary gain. Be empathetic, it is one of the most important traits you can have (and entrepreneurial powerhouse Gary Vaynerchuk agrees).
  • №3: Treat everyone you encounter with: dignity, respect, and kindness. Take an extra moment to thank people, guide people, help people. It will warm their soul and yours.
  • №4: Admit your faults, say you are sorry, ask…

From the Archives: Professional Excellence Newsletter // December 5, 2014 (updated September 24, 2020)

№1 Stop putting yourself last

To be professionally excellent, it starts with your mind and body. They both have to be at peak health in order for you to advance (and consistently maintain; then to advance further yet again — ad infinitum). There are some outstanding learnings and tips in the two articles linked below (NB: some of which I’ve already cited and will refer to again, for certain). For now…


A critical inquiry into the project of preparing Junction City High School Students for ‘healthy’ lives in the ‘real’ world

Gender Studies Undergraduate Thesis, Highest Honors 2004 [Introduction]

Junction City High School before renovations in the late 2010s. (Image from Wikimedia Commons: file licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license)

Over three decades ago, Gayle Rubin opened her essay “Thinking Sex” — now the sine qua non of sexuality, queer, gender, and women’s studies — by exhorting her reader: The time has come to think about sex.(1)

Disengaging herself from the other approaches to the topic of sex, Rubin puts forth the bold and original project of reexamining and questioning the ways that sex, sexuality, and all of their expressions and variations have been understood, interpreted, framed and even regulated over time.

She implores that we shift our thinking from the traditional…


Personal Musings BTS Series (circa 2007–2010): A look behind the scenes of the why, how, and what I was thinking as I came of age professionally in Washington DC.

“And I jotted each of these items down in a little notebook so I could remember them later on, because that whole week I never lost the feeling that I was participating in world event and was linked in a tiny invisible way, to everything that took place everywhere.” (The Mystery Guest by Gregoire Bouillier, p. 38)

As someone who has been journaling since I could write (age 5? 6? 7?), when I cam across this passage in The Mystery Guest, shared with me by a friend, I couldn’t help but put it as my new tagline/sub-header above.

It was…


Personal Musings BTS Series (circa 2007–2010): A look behind the scenes of the why, how, and what I was thinking as I came of age professionally in Washington DC.

Originally posted on my now retired WordPress on January 2, 2008

I know, I know… a slightly cheesy title, but in all honesty, I really think it fits. First the back story, then the top 4 (I like the number 4, it is solid and stable… again, go with me here).

December 23, 2007 // 07:32:12 AM: Cab arrives… whisks me away to DCA. … Look out into the foggy abyss. Wonder if the flights are leaving.

December 23, 2007 // 08:12:44 AM: Check in at American Airlines desk — carry on suitcase, drop the other off at screening (right…


Personal Musings BTS Series (circa 2007–2010): A look behind the scenes of the why, how, and what I was thinking as I came of age professionally in Washington DC.

Originally posted on my now retired WordPress on January 6, 2008

Today’s 5 words/short phrases:

  • Etiology
  • Etymology
  • Beacon Level Error
  • Like The McLaughlin Group (variations on this simile)
  • Biting the Wax Tadpole

As most of you know, I love words, nuanced meanings of things, and Latin. As 2008 continues to unfold (Day 5, feeling on top of things *does a few Rocky punches in the air*), I would like to make this a special feature of my blog in an effort to edify, codify, learn and share. …

Leslie Bradshaw (she / her)

Vigilante poetess. Lifts spirits, weights, potential, 1st generation wealth. Rides for the over-achieving, under-pedigreed.

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