On this episode of “Corporate Geographic,” we track the creature hiding in plain sight — the Never Married — and learn how to exist alongside them

Much has been portrayed about the “singleton” in popular culture. Bridget Jones and her dinner party where she describes singletons as “covered in scales beneath their clothes” immediately comes to mind. So does the comic strip, “Cathy.” Or any brunch conversation on “Sex and the City.”

But what we don’t see explored in depth — much less at all — is the unconscious bias against the Never Married, especially in the workplace. Race, religion…

When you’ve spent countless days at home staring at your own walls, wondering exactly when you’ll start climbing them, it’s easy to to get lost in a swirl of “What if’s?” Following are near-term possibilities, assuming anyone is brave enough to daydream about them with me. But first, let’s start with the obvious…

Office hours

But what IS a weekend? (If you’re thinking of the Dowager Countess in “Downton Abbey” then you get a germ-free cookie.) If our conventional office spaces go the way of the dinosaurs, it stands to reason our perception of work vs. …

A continuation of Part 4 — The scale down

It wasn’t until this pandemic that I came to understand the extent to which global brands and retailers rely on our overly-busy, complacent lives and the behavioral norms we’ve long accepted.

For some of them, the pandemic is the WORST thing to happen because it forced our needs to change. We sat still, questioned the status quo, changed our behavior, and sought solutions from those willing to disrupt — instead of, say, risking our lives to use legacy products or visit brick-and-mortar establishments.

We’ve long been familiar with the concept of…

A continuation of Part 3 — Put the wrecking ball away

In recent years, we’ve been conditioned to scale UP, not down, so this theory seems counterintuitive. If social media made us hyper-connected and insecure, the pandemic has made us more self-possessed homebodies concerned with quality over quantity.

Just ask a New Englander. Their social norms are largely informed by generations of cold, long winters stuck inside with only people they’re related to. They pride themselves on self sufficiency, ingenuity, and small but deeply meaningful social circles.

If this pandemic has taught us anything about social connectivity — it is…

A continuation of Part 2 — Clue — The place you spend most of your adult life. Alex, what is “office”?

America boasts 4 billion square feet of commercial real estate worth about $1.7 trillion. *Insert mind blown emoji here.* One of the questions most debated about a remote workforce is, “What about all of that commercial real estate?”

*Bites nails and paces floor.*

Sit down. It’ll be fine. Here are two reasons why:

  1. Not EVERY organization will go totally remote. (In 100 years, maybe, but not right away.)
  2. Adaptive reuse

Adaptive reuse traditionally refers to the transformation of important…

A continuation of Part 1 — Boom goes the virus and everything else

If we aren’t talking about employment rates, you and I and anyone else in the white-collar world are talking about remote working. Why stop now?

Remote work and flexible hours will stick around

Now that we’ve pulled back the curtain of our days and de-compartmentalized our lives (work vs. home, etc.), there’s no going back to the 9–5-office-only method. A fully integrated and realized life is like a Pollock, not a Rothko.

After a significant adjustment period, many conventional professionals are now saying, “Why didn’t we do…

A continuation of Predictions, not promises, for a post-pandemic world An introduction Boom! goes the virus

First, we were irritated. Next, we were isolated. Then we lost it. (Frankly, if you didn’t have a personal reckoning during this event, I think you quarantined wrong. *Shrug*) This sequence of events led to booming phenomena:

The baby boom

Much like 9–10 months after 9/11, we’ll see a huge spike around the new year of the products of friskiness and boredom in home prison, not to mention the inherent need to physically connect and comfort.

Or so we thought.

It turns out the…

For the first time in likely ever, the entire world — and most everyone in it — experienced the same event at the same time. Unless you are a (lucky?) native from deep within the Amazonian rainforest, the microscopic piece-of-you-know-what directly impacted or at least inconvenienced you.

(Before I go any further, I’d like to pause and acknowledge how easy it is to write about this when I haven’t personally experienced the trauma of COVID-19. My compassion is with those who have. Furthermore, I consider face coverings “face bras” and, as such, I won’t leave home without wearing one.)


I live with an overactive, big thinking mind that needs space and time to dream. It took me north of 30 years to figure this out. Once I understood, I began a quest to design my life around how my brain works.

Doing so changed everything.

I work remotely while I travel aggressively for two key reasons. First, like most solo consultants, adventure cures boredom and loneliness. Second, I tap my deepest well of creativity — the very source that feeds my soul and pays my bills — when I experience a change in scenery.

Drop me far outside of…

Through my consulting work — a hybrid of strategic communications, leadership development and team skills building — I’ve noticed a most interesting trend: Young and mid-careerists, especially those who find themselves in executive roles early on, are generally expected to excellent, not become excellent.

It’s a paradox that can stop even the most talented professionals in their tracks.

As we move from a legacy workplace to a post-digital workforce, professional development for all staff, especially those in the comms function, is at an inflection point. Older millennials, and those before us, were given time and space to grow into our…

Meghan E. Butler

Emotional Intelligence @ Work

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