Entries by Trevor Lee

MAKING ADJUSTMENTS TO THE WAYS WORK IS CHANGING

How has work changed for you and your company since the start of the pandemic?

Recently I was having a conversation with my brother about this. Both of us have been forced into remote work as our norm since the beginning of the year. As we talked it became clear that we’ve experienced similar benefits and challenges despite being in different fields. One of the things I try to do consistently in my job is evaluate what’s working and what isn’t so I can make adjustments. But this conversation made me realize I hadn’t spent enough time reflecting on the ways the pandemic has changed things–both for better and for worse. 

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LEADING AN ORGANIZATION WHEN THE WORLD IS ON FIRE

It felt like we were finally coming out of a fog. With stay at home orders lifting, social distance restrictions easing up, and the market continuing to rebound, a few weeks ago it seemed as if we were on a path to a new normal. Till we weren’t.

On May 25th, four Minneapolis police officers arrested George Floyd, a 46 year old black man. He was accused of using a counterfeit $20 bill to buy cigarettes. 17 minutes later he was unconscious. Shortly thereafter he was declared dead. The videos began to circulate and the protests started. The protests turned into riots and overnight our country was on fire. The pain of the unheard crying out for justice.

We have not made an official statement and I’m not sure that we will. For now, here are five questions pointed towards our beliefs, not our opinions, that I can answer with confidence on behalf of our organization: Do we believe that institutional racism is alive and rampant and needs to be taken apart piece by piece? Yes, we do. Do we believe that violence and racism are tragically woven into the fabric of our country? Yes, we do. Do we believe that the perpetrators of this injustice, and many others, should be held accountable for their actions to fullest extent the law allows? Yes, we do. Do we grieve alongside our brothers and sisters whose pain we cannot fully comprehend? Yes, we do. Do we believe things can and will get better? Yes, we do. These are things we believe, not things we think. I believe that distinction is important.