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Business & Careers


Co-Opting Nazi Germany?

The other day, the actor Tim Allen made a comment about what it was like to be a conservative in liberal-leaning Hollywood. He likened it to being in Germany in the ‘30s: The Last Man Standing actor said on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” on Friday: “You gotta be real careful around here, you know. You’ll get…


The Scary Realities of Sleep Deprivation

Studies came out almost four years ago about the effect of sleep deprivation on performance: it was similar to being drunk. Some said, even more dangerous than driving while intoxicated. That’s heady stuff. That’s scary stuff. I’ve been trying to get more sleep than I used to and doing a good job of it. However,…


Bringing Kids on Business Appointments

No, no, no. Do not do this. Do I sound like Grumpy Cat, or what? I’m serious. This is the fastest way to deep-six your career, and believe me, I’m family-friendly. I know what it’s like to juggle a million things… and oops! What to do with the kids? Childcare or after school care or…


Monday Mottoes – #181

Self-doubt and second-guessing run rampant. At a reception recently, yours truly functioned as a life coach, making the rounds of guests and offering my two cents which could probably easily equal two million dollars for the friends involved. People seem to gravitate to me for advice. This was strictly off-the-record and gratis, simply people going…


Millenial Minds—Midterms or Mortgages?

Yet another mom has checked in with me, informing me that her 20-something child has just dropped out of the college. I don’t know if I’m hanging with the wrong crowd, but this is becoming an epidemic. I’m personally acquainted with four young people who kicked college to the curb. Then I realized: college-aged kids…


Ready With Your Resume

The best time to prepare for a new job is when you don’t need one and are not looking for one. So that would be now. But of course, you don’t have the time and you don’t have the interest to go through all of that updating, crosschecking, and reference-requesting. And don’t forget the awkward…


Oscillating Otters and Other Computer Screen Distractions

I am under deadline and trying to believe that I don’t have carpal tunnel syndrome from spending up to 18 hours per day on the computer. However, my latest hassle does not revolve around mental anguish and physical pain. Instead, it’s Bing. Their latest home page involves North American river otters in Yellowstone National Park,…


Monday Mottoes – #179

It’s Monday morning and a whole new week spreads before us. What an opportunity to do things that matter! Don’t let it pass by in a daze or a haze. I love motivational books, CDs, DVDs. They’re so powerful and usually work to get us over the idea of anything that might hinder great achievements….


The Mystery of Scotland Yard

Yesterday we learned that the first female head of Scotland Yard, Cressida Dick, had been named after 188 years. The police commissioner, in her mid-50s, served the force for 31 years, overseeing counter-terrorism there for several years before retiring to the Foreign Office. And now she was back. In full power. Which caused me to…


Remember, Pressure Can Be Positive

I know a whole lot of people going through a whole lot of things. The pressure is practically killing them. It’s emotional, intellectual, financial, and spiritual stress. Which is generally just another word for fear. There are business deals in the balance. A marriage on the rocks. Cars breaking down.  Kids gone awry and astray….