Help My Wife Fight Leukemia & Lymphoma

Seventeen years ago, my mom was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma. It's hard to believe it's been that long and sometimes I'm afraid to talk about how lucky we've been. In 2003, she received treatment with a then-experimental drug called Rituxan, which has kept her cancer at bay. Drugs like this exist thanks in part to organizations like the Leukemia Lymphoma Society and, of course, to the dollars that are donated by you. 

On June 13, 2015, I'll be running a 10K in Central Park with Moms in Training, a fundraising program that benefits The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS). With your help, I will raise $10,000 toward the fight against blood cancers. I'm running for life. I'm running for my mom and for the 150,000+ others who will be diagnosed this year and need lifesaving drugs, patient education and services. Please help me reach my goal. Every dollar is a step in the right direction. Approximately every 3 minutes someone in the United States is diagnosed with blood cancer. We need a cure and we need it now. 

Please click here to donate $20 or more to help me reach my $10,000 goal. Donate to support me and donate to support the enormous battle against blood related cancers that we are fighting. We can do this! 

Thank you in advance. I'm so grateful that I can count on you. 

Best,
Gillian 

Eric Fixler Responds to 'Pull a Fixler'

Pulling A Fixler hasn’t [yet] entered the mainstream vocabulary in the way that pulling pork has, but it’s clearly resonating among the lot of us who find too much of our time, creative energy, and productive output neutralized by ill-conceived and poorly run meetings. I get that.

Taking control of your time is a powerful act, particularly in tandem with an expression of integrity and competence, both of which are wrapped in the core of Pulling A Fixler. It’s also a loosening of the grips of both FOMO and careerism, and declaring that you know that you’re not actually missing anything, career consequences be damned.

Many of us find ourselves voiceless inside organizations that are needlessly and illogically off the rails. Etsy in 2011 had gone through 3 CEOs in 3 years, and you’d be hard pressed to find anyone who thought it was in a healthy organizational state, or anyone who believed that the level of success that the company has seen under Chad Dickerson was inevitable or assured.

My Creative Mornings Talk

Exhilarated and exhausted is how I felt all day after delivering this Creative Mornings talk last month at Spotify HQ. Exhilarated to have shared my ideas and to receive such a warm welcome from a crowd that was much larger than expected. Exhilarated to have so many friends and former co-workers show up to support me. But exhausted because these talks really require that you give generously of yourself. Thinking and writing and practicing are hard and tiring, for sure. Being vulnerable in front of a room of strangers even more so.

Thanks to the entire Creative Mornings team for giving me this opportunity. Special thanks to my wife, Marc Maltz, Jane Praeger, and Marc Weitz for all their help in putting this talk together, and Bobby Jeffries for the beautiful slides. I learned a lot about public speaking and about myself. The best part? I can't wait to do it again.

My slides follow in the gallery below.

Disney's Approach to Lifetime Value

As I mentioned in my last post, we returned from a Disney Cruise a few weeks ago. All my east coast readers know how fortunate anyone who managed to find sun in February was. I've never felt more rejuvenated by vitamin D in my life.

The kids were beyond excited to see what Disney had in store for them (even our 8 year old). All I could picture was an endless array of princesses and theme parks dedicated to picking my pocket. 

 

Disney and Cuba

Recently I was on vacation with my family. We took the three rugrats on a Disney cruise, and I couldn't recommend it more highly. I took these photos with my iPhone while on the trip. 

You see, while we were sailing from Mexico to the Bahamas, our cruise ship came to a halt, and the crew of our ship rescued this raft from the middle of the ocean. On the raft were seven men trying to escape from Cuba to the United States. It turns out rafts are picked up all the time in the Caribbean. Men and women risking everything – literally everything – for better lives.

I didn't know this because I didn't stop to think about it. My grandparents survived the Holocaust, and my parents were made to leave Poland in the 50s and 60s. I am privileged and humbled to be in a position where my struggles are not about personal freedoms. 

We all need reminders now and again.