Published: June 7, 2020

“… With a million people or by yourself.” — Otis S Johnson

An abbreviated edition following another heavy week…


  • Has the recent pandemic inspired you to work in healthcare? Here are five non-clinical careers to consider. Plenty of roles require various skill sets, personalities, knowledge, and leadership styles that may be perfect for people looking to make a difference without a medical degree.
  • Sometimes, we put our foot in our mouth. Make an inappropriate comment to a colleague, share an insensitive joke, ask a question that brings up someone’s biggest stressor in life. Oops. Here’s what to do when you’ve said the wrong thing.
  • Video: Co-Creating With Your Audience | Future of Storytelling. National Geographic shares how they create opportunities for audiences to join the discussion.


I’m so over the phrase “now more than ever”. You too? Let’s just agree that upskilling and reskilling are really (and I mean, really) important now.

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“If you believe in a cause, be willing to stand up for that cause, with a million people or by yourself.” — Otis Samual Johnson


🎙 Were you waiting for a new episode that didn’t drop last week? Here’s why: I didn’t release the scheduled episode. The episode with Aenslee Tanner will go out this week. And it’ll be about managing ourselves and our careers during unpredictable times – which clearly, we’re in. Catch up on this season on career resilience here.

📣 Did ya notice the nameplate? I finally decided 💃 on the name of this publication. To make it official and to allow it to take its own space separate from the podcast. My friend, welcome to the Briefing Notes. It will (except for this edition) follow the same format, and most importantly serve the same purpose: to help us navigate an evolving world and thrive in our chosen careers.


Second Breaks|Briefing Notes is researched, written, and edited by me alone. Each issue takes hours to produce and requires paid subscriptions to numerous journals, magazines, and books to get the widest and best source of information. If you find value in the newsletter, I’d so much appreciate you subsidizing my coffee habit 😊 It helps with the research and the writing!

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Who’d have thought this is where we’d find ourselves in June this year? 2020 is certainly living up to being a most memorable one, with plenty of unpredictable twists and turns.

By this time next year, we will have plenty of stories to tell about how we acted (or reacted), what we did (and didn’t), what we said (and refrained from saying). What we stood for.

Let’s you and I aim at living up to the stories we’d be proud to tell.

Here’s to a productive week ahead. Hit ‘reply’ with your comments, your proudest moment this year, and the Black voices you’ve been learning from lately.

Cool beans,
Lou Blaser


A former management consultant and IT leader, Lou Blaser is the editor of Briefing Notes and the host of the Second Breaks podcast. She is also the author of Break Free: The Courage to Reinvent Yourself and Your career. Lou’s work is focused on exploring how to navigate, thrive, and turn midlife into the best phase in our life.

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