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Would You Take This Dream Job?

The following situation (or something substantially similar) actually exists in real life.  How close is this to your dream job, or is it pretty much the opposite? The Job: Congratulations.  You have been chosen to start work at our organization. You get to pretty much design your own job; it just has to fit within…


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Leadership In Adversity

Life is complicated.  Things don’t always go the way we expect, much less the way we want.  Yet, it is often adversity that brings out our best leadership qualities. For Steve, that moment came in early October when his wife Ann had a serious accident resulting in a brain injury.  As she drifted into unconsciousness…


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Are We Creating Unhappy Women?

A friend of mine is terribly worried that our next generation of high-achieving women may be destined for unhappiness because they will have difficulty in finding husbands.  Are our self-affirming messages to today’s smart, capable young women setting them up for future misery? This well-intentioned concern raises some interesting points.  First, it assumes that a…



She’s Inspiring At 69

Have you heard about Mamyrock, the new British DJ who is taking Europe by storm?  (TimesOnline: She happens to be a 69-year old grandmother and former “trailing spouse” who started this new career just a handful of years ago.  How cool is that? Simply knowing that she exists inspires and reassures at the same…



What Goes Around Comes Around

Yesterday morning, someone lashed out at me verbally, including some unkind statements and a veiled threat.  He was upset because something I inadvertently had done while helping a third person was causing him delay on his journey.  Without getting into the details of the situation much less who was right or wrong, because that isn’t…


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Is It Okay To Say “That’s So Gay”?

Chatting with friends yesterday evening, one fellow parent related that her 15-year old son (let’s call him Jack, which is not his real name) had been reprimanded by his teacher for saying, “you’re so gay” to a classmate. As a straight-A student and generally all-around “good kid,” Jack was genuinely surprised to be called to…


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Changing Careers?

Changing one’s career path takes initiative, and often it’s not straightforward. However, the end result is worth the effort – it’s just a matter of getting from here to there. Based on my own recent experience in changing careers, the following may be useful to consider: Reach out to and extend the fringes of your…


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How Can They Be Sure?*

Highly educated young women are reportedly intending to opt out of the career achievement cycle. Is this next generation of women taking too much for granted, or are they wiser than we think? It was not that long ago that women finally won the right to vote in the US, and it was just within…