Entries by Chrissanne Long

The Enemy is Silence

Written by Chrissanne Long | October 11, 2017 Share Your Message with the World I called my mom to catch up this weekend, and we enjoyed a quick, but powerful conversation that led me to want to be bolder with my writing. I heard her telling me she was proud of me. And I also heard […]

We are Strong Without a Strong Mayor

Written by Chrissanne Long | October 9, 2017 Where did this “Strong Mayor” idea Come from? In 2013, Lakeland was caught off guard by a scandal that drew national attention, and resulted in several months of embarrassing discussions, and a long, drawn out impasse in our city government. This post is not to recount the […]

How do we Get There from Here?

We are what we consistently think — and do. Do you know why Rome wasn’t built in a day? Do you know why patience is a virtue? Do you know why excellence has never existed as a result of one single act? It’s all in the details — in every action, exchange, promise made (and […]

Who is that person?

A few years ago, someone asked me this question: “What advice would you give to someone who is just getting started as a professional?” … and my answer hasn’t changed. Show Up … and Listen. Your input isn’t going to matter if your only platform is your social media persona. Participation means showing up. That’s where people […]

Breaking in New Jeans

and embracing new ideas. I have a pair of jeans I love to wear. They are the perfect pair of jeans for me. As most people do, I have several pairs of jeans. But these are my go-to jeans. They never let me down. Whatever the occasion, they make me feel comfortable. I think we all […]

What Lies Beneath

And other Hidden Secrets The surface. What does it tell you about a structure? For example, the axiom “Don’t judge a book by its cover,” suggests that what’s inside matters more than what is on the outside. And yet. We spend most of the time we share with others avoiding depth. I had a conversation with […]

Towel Throwing is for Quitters

A Manifesto for Doers. Don’t throw in the towel, don’t walk away. The hard work is already done. All that is needed now — is patience. (And a lot of deep breaths.) (This might prove to be the hardest work of all.) Waiting for movement. We’re ready to run, we have it all figured out. We are ready […]

Exit the Echo Chamber

As long as we keep asking for opinions from the people who already agree with us, we’ll continue living (safely, and “right”) in an echo chamber of our own creation. We shouldn’t want everyone to agree with us —  honest, respectful and productive conversations are essential for growth — be it as an individual or as a community. […]

Are These Our Rules?

100 Years ago, the back office called the shots, and everyone did what they were told. There were no other options. Cutting costs was the order of the day. “Only the strong survive,” and “Nice guys finish last,” were the tenets on which businesses were built. It was a dog eat dog world, and the […]

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The Adventure Chooses You

I used to think life was like a Choose Your Own Adventure book, but today, I believe the adventure chooses you. It’s just up to you to decide if you’re willing to accept the challenge. Who the HECK do you think you are?! There are days, actually, last Saturday was one of those days, when the […]