During the pandemic, there has been a lot of self-congratulatory excitement as organizations went ‘virtual.’ People did navigate the transition very quickly by moving meetings online and using team chat spaces to share work. …


Slide from my 2011 Enterprise 2.0 Presenation — Amended for 2021

The COVID pandemic has been a blessing and a curse for digital transformation efforts. It forced the adoption of tools, which everyone is celebrating. It also forced people out of their ruts and created new elasticity in brains, which increases learning and adaptation. However, using new tools and working in…


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This week the fantasy of the American dream died — in nooses designed for our most senior elected officials. It was a chilling end to the American dream.

It never actually existed.

The American experiment was created to enrich white men. The governance of our ‘democracy’ gave them the political…


Political and social strife, police abuse, systemic racism, deadly results of COVID-19, a dramatic and quick switch to digital and virtual work for many, ‘essential’ workers put in harm’s way without basic protections and support, children who could no longer play, and vast isolation.

2020 has forced a reckoning

Reckoning…


One of my cousins recently asked me “When are you coming home?” She was asking me when I would be back in Batesville, IN for a visit. …


Authenticity is Infectious — Me with business friends (and colleagues, partners, clients)

I have been thinking a lot about leadership. It took me decades to even think about what leadership meant — especially as it applies to me. I was raised in a world where acknowledged leaders neither looked like me nor had similar social positions and roles. …


Leadership is used in all sorts of contexts. I find it hard to unpack. For years I ignored it because it was too ambiguous and confusing to apply — certainly to myself.

In organizations, we typically conflate leadership with executive roles. The irony of that is that many executives are…


In 2020, the US finds itself in a crisis of trust. Division, not unity, is the norm. Isolation, depression, anxiety, and hatred are creating a toxic and vulnerable society. This cultural vulnerability is being exploited by those who benefit from it — foreign adversaries, the wealthiest 1%, and unscrupulous politicians.


Guilt and shame are poor motivators and excellent silencers.

When many white people think about racism, shame and guilt wash over them and more often than not, paralyze them. The idea of talking about racism makes many white Americans feel vulnerable and exposed.

Our history lessons have given most of…


Online communities may feel different than offline communities — they definitely don’t have the same immediacy and energy as those in the physical world — but the dynamics of how they form, mature, and change are similar. Offline those dynamics are obscured by the complexity of communities where engagement happens…

Rachel Happe

Connector of ideas & people. Fascinated by social dynamics & false truths. Co-Founder of The Community Roundtable. Mother to The Puzzle Master.

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