NGL, or, as those with the energy to type it out say, not gonna lie: I feel, to be honest, a little sapped. No doubt, I have been in a better headspace. Things had seemed, before now--meaning this past month or so--a touch sunnier. They'd been not quite so little man at the bottom of a big hill, with sore feet, heavy legs, and not enough sleep.
But then it's not every day your family has to deal with the lingering effects of its second bout with Covid; six days and six nights without heat and hot water because of a service and parts shortage; a spouse's broken kneecap and its recovery; and waiting, nervously, for that text or call about a dear father-in-law who is in the hospital with a troubling cardiac issue. Add to all that a professional fixation on inflation, and the market headwinds, and an ongoing lockdown in China sure to further affect pricing and the supply chain, not to mention the battle lines and the human casualties of the war in Europe, and it all feels fairly ... grim.
What about you? I hope you're better. And if not, maybe you will be after reading stories from the latest issue of Inc.
It's been said that a good magazine is a reflection of its moment, and, at first glance, as I look at this issue, that cloudy mood is reflected here, too--in stories on bad business deals and broken health care and pharmaceuticals priced out of the range of those who need them, in a not very pretty tale of one founder's struggle with mental health, and to cap it off, in a piece on the seemingly inescapable climate crisis whose effects are already being felt.
But then I turn the page to find Mark Cuban having his Anthony "Nuts" McAuliffe moment, and I get some sap back. And then there is Andy Dunn talking about his climb out of bipolarity, which makes my feet feel more nimble. Then I read about the founders fixing the most vexing problems on earth--all of them showcasing the resolve and dedication to changing the world that the American entrepreneurial spirit is known for--and the hill seems not so high. I hope, like me, you'll take comfort and energy from their commitment.
This same spirit is echoed in our annual Best Workplaces package--a celebration of those who, faced with the Great Resignation, haven't allowed themselves to get grim. They're preempting the battle. They're listening, and locking arms with their teams. They're prioritizing the human part of human resources, and not only keeping their best people, but also strengthening them, and doing so enthusiastically. They're countering the Great Resignation with the Great Retention. Of course, all businesses are different, with their own challenges. But check out the companies we feature from this year's list and ask yourself, How can I be more like them? NGL, it'll do your headspace some good.