Welcome to Our Corporate Life

Welcome to my blog. I’m Amanda Mitchell, founder of Our Corporate Life™ and this is my first post, so right now this is a one-way conversation. I’m hoping you’ll change that and be moved to comment when something strikes a chord.

We have a big mission here at Our Corporate Life™—encouraging companies and individuals to view the world through a non-traditional lens—one where we focus not on blame but on addressing the core issues that create workplace suffering regardless of who/what caused it. Hey, if you’re going to have a mission, why not go big?

My goal for this blog is to have a constructive dialogue about what’s really happening in the workplace so that we all have a much better understanding of the corporate experience. So much of what passes for dialogue these days seems more like people talking at each other, not toeach other. It is as if everyone is more concerned with scoring points than understanding the other person’s point-of-view. There’s an awful lot of yelling going on.

We can’t create practical solutions without a good grasp of not only the immediate issues but how solving one issue cascades throughout an entire organization. If we solve your issue but create a whole lot more for other people, we’ve really not accomplished much—other than kept ourselves in business. Don’t get me wrong, we want to work…but we want to use our brainpower against the tough problems, not ones that can easily be avoided in the first place.

Through this blog, I’ll be sharing my thoughts on what’s happening in the business world, those companies, associations and people that are making real headway to create a better corporate environment and those that are doing things that really get me steamed. Probably more the former than the latter because there are an awful lot of really exciting, positive developments in the work world, regardless of what you may have heard on the news.

All thoughts and comments—agree, disagree, provide hot tips—anything that helps move the conversation forward in a productive way is welcomed here. I look forward to getting to know you.

Amanda Mitchell is an executive coach and strategist specializing in helping senior executives deal with disruptive drama within their teams. An advertising agency veteran, she experienced first-hand the business implications of corporate drama both with her Fortune 500 clients and within the Manhattan ad agency she led. She founded Our Corporate Life (www.ourcorporatelife.com) to help executives solve the problems no one wants to deal with. She has been published in Bloomberg Businessweek, and quoted in Fast Company, CNBC.com, and Monster.com. She lives in New Jersey with her family.

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