CHAPTER 1

Accessibility

One of the mid-level executives I had been mentoring for years reached out to me late one afternoon, and asked me to go for a walk together downtown. The invitation for a walk was not necessarily that unusual; more and more colleagues and peers, it seems, have discovered the simple pleasure of walking meetings, which have a unique way of invigorating body, mind, and spirit. No, the idea to go walking together wasn’t the surprising part; what caught me off-guard is that this had been a Sunday afternoon, a time traditionally protected from discussions of business and professional development. What did she want so urgently want to discuss, I wondered to myself? She had begun a new role with a new, nationwide organization ...

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