Thursday, February 12, 2009

It's Getting Serious

Here's an odd thing I noticed about myself. Since January 20, I find that I am once again wearing a tie to work every day (except casual Fridays).

I had gotten out of the habit. I told myself that my open-collar look reflected my creative and free-thinking approach to my job. I kept ties around. I wore them when I had a speaking engagement or a big meeting. But I rarely wore a tie over the last few years.

Since Inauguration Day, I have worn a tie every day but Fridays. It was the second week before I realized that I had started a new pattern. It's a small thing, but I think it reflects a new sense of purpose and seriousness. It is related to new leadership at both the state and federal level. We're starting fresh. There's a great deal of work to be done and we'll tackle it in a professional manner.

And, as an aside? I look pretty good in a tie.


the cajun said...

I think so many of us feel the same way. Work to be done, new challenges to face, and it needs to be done in a professional way.
Cheers to you.

Jon Mahaffie said...

Hey Mike, this is Jon Mahaffie, I seem to have lost your email address. Mine is stressgrenade @ if you forgot. Anyways, I just noticed on facebook, as a friend of other friends, a girl named Livia Mahaffie, living about 15 minutes away from me. Do you know anything about her?

Lee Ann, Public Servant said...

Mike, I started working on Monday holidays again. Have not done that for years. I've hung pictures on the wall, cleaned out old files, and polished my desk. Professional life is good.

StusStutters said...

Mike, read "Grown up Digital". The net generation is not wearing ties. You are just allowing, or aknowledging an unfortunate link to the past. Wear tie die and tell them to go # themselves. If they are making the decision based on whether you are wearing a tie or not then you are not going to get the decision you are seeking anyweay

StusStutters said...

Mike - in Montana we wear shorts, (entire staff of 6) except for "very" professional meetings from April to October. You need to explore ways around the HR BS.

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