Blog Profile / Bailey WorkPlay

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Interpreting Our Truth

We move at such a rapid pace through our day that we quickly assume one interpretation, stamp it as TRUTH, and move on. Who has time to slow down and consider that this is merely my chosen truth at the moment?

An Invitation to the WorkPlay Expedition

I made two commitments to myself this new year. One is to admit that I am a writer (I think a pretty good one). I love the process of writing and gain a tremendous amount of satisfaction in the creative work. The second is to finally pull my ideas together and write The Book that […]

An Intentional New Year

Through the last couple of weeks of December, I experienced an odd (but I can’t imagine unique) sensation. As the days slipped forward toward the inevitable new calendar year, I sensed the uneasy presence of dueling desires.

There Are No Right or Wrong Decisions

Every single day, we’re confronted with countless choices. Many are routine or seemingly trivial. Some of my own frequent decisions go like this: Which pants should I wear (should I even wear pants today)? Do I feel like listening to Black Sabbath, Al Green, or some Claude Debussy on my commute? Now that my day […]

Life Isn’t About the Destination

I often think and write about life as a journey. Today I consider another mindset. Our lives are meant to be creative and experienced in the moment.

The Beauty of Unexpected Trails

Today was a day for me to get some much-needed nature therapy. In the summer months, I struggle to get into woods because of the hellacious Southern heat and humidity. And August is truly one of the cruelest months. However, yesterday, I experienced a panic attack that took me by surprise. My daily medication usually […]

Finding Our River

Think back for a moment. Can you remember what it was like to be 18 years old? Even though I currently deal with occasional bouts of Stage IV CRS, I vividly recall just how much I wanted to escape my claustrophobic small town rural life of central Appalachia, grab my independence with both hands, and […]

Tales from Waikiki: Imprinting and the Power to Change

Earlier this month, my extended family and I spent a week vacationing in Hawaii. Out of that experience exploring the wonders of Oahu came some juicy ideas well worth sharing over the next few weeks. So, here we go… We stayed at the Hilton Hawaiian Village at Waikiki based on a spot-on recommendation that it […]

Finding My Voice, Here’s A Shot Of Whiskey

Over the last few months, I’ve been giving some serious thought to just what the hell I’m doing here. If you start poking around the archives on this site, you’ll discover that I’ve been writing Bailey WorkPlay for just over 12 years. In internet years, that feels like a lifetime and a half. I started writing […]

Happy Labor Day: We Still Have Work To Do

As someone who writes, thinks, and speaks about work, Labor Day takes a certain significance as a holiday. Its important political roots often get overshadowed by three-day weekend vacations, family cookouts, outlet shopping sales, and festivities recognizing that summer is almost over. (And for the record, I’m not begrudging any of these things…I’m damn happy […]

Motivation By Pizza Is Craptastic Management

What moves you to do your best work? To be your best self? Does it come from an internal drive built on pride and desire for improvement? Or does it come from appreciation, encouragement, and kudos from people around you? Maybe it’s the promise of a reward. A couple recent studies seem to indicate that […]

You Gotta Jump

All I can say to this bit of inspiration from Steve Harvey is…damn right. Jumping off the cliff – even knowing you have a parachute – is scary as hell. And I’ll be absolutely candid. I’m still falling, tugging at the ripcord. I’ve been torn up and beaten up on my way down. I’ve experienced things […]

4 Steps To Keep From Walking Into Another Bad Workplace

Eventually it happens to all of us when we enter a new organization. Sometimes it takes a few years. Sometimes a few months. For the least fortunate among us, only a few weeks. I’m talking about the waving of a red flag signaling our first WTF experience in our workplace. It’s usually accompanied by a […]

My Vacation To The Lake And Learning To Care Intentionally

There I floated on my bright yellow raft, not too far away from the dock. It was the first morning of our summer lake vacation and was starting to warm up into one of those typical late July hot southern days. But instead of feeling the peace of being on the water and the relaxation […]

Take That Donor Survey All The Way Home

In my home, I’ve adopted a phrase that reminds my family to not just leave their empty cracker wrappers, finished Starbucks cups, and used paper towels laying about the house. That phrase is: Take it all the way home. What I’m hoping is that it’ll be just that little nudge to take trash to the […]

Fifty Shades of Fundraising

It all started innocently enough. I was having a running series of craptastic days where I was constantly fending off internal threats to my integrity, capability, and autonomy as a digital fundraiser. Where departmental politics was bound and determined to win out over what – at least in my mind – is best for our […]

Got A Little Too Much JQA In Your Organization?

I’m always a little late to the game when it comes to finding good podcasts. However, I have a wife who has a longer commute than me (sorry, honey) and has found podcasts to be a balm to soothe her mind and stoke her intellect while navigating Atlanta’s daily traffic woes. One of the latest […]

Screw the Golden Rule: It Doesn’t Work in Digital Philanthropy

We’re taught that in order to be a good person, we should “do unto others as we would have them do unto us.” Don’t get me wrong – being a good person is a worthy goal. However, following the Golden Rule can make you an ineffective (and eventually unemployed) fundraiser.

Every Hero Needs A Theme Song

If we’re to be the hero of our own movie (and we better be) then we’re going to need a theme song to match.

Five Observations For Surviving The Modern Workplace

This post might serve as some indication as to the type of week I’ve had. One where the veil has been pulled aside to further clarify some observations that I’ve noticed in my long and winding career journey. 1. Our organization is not our family. This very notion that my organization is a family has always made […]

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