Six Productivity Habits That Give More Back Than They Take

When I’m busy or procrastinating on a big project that needs to get done, my good productivity habits fall by the wayside. I check email too often, rationalizing that I need to be accessible in a crisis mode (actually staying productive would be more helpful but my stressed out self has poorer … [Read more...]

10-Day Blog Challenge Day 1: Finding Your Focus

I posted on social media that I’ll be doing Natalie Sisson’s 10-Day Blog Challenge. Normally I blog 1-2 times per week here, plus posts for Forbes and Money. So 10 days of straight blogging in one place will be a lot! But after writing for over 10 years, I need to mix it up so I'm taking the … [Read more...]

What Life Changes Do You Need To Make? 10 Soul-Searching Questions To Ask

There is no magic bullet…. However, the first step that I advise often takes people by surprise: to be successful in your career change, start by changing everything else first. – Caroline Ceniza-Levine In a recent Forbes post. I wrote about how life changes are the surprising first step to … [Read more...]

Achieving A Goal Is Admirable, If You Picked The Right One

Sometimes we’re so focused on achieving a goal, we don’t realize we don’t want it anymore, or it wasn’t the right thing to begin with. In a recent Forbes post, I wrote about tackling that interview bugaboo, the “tell me about yourself” question. A mistake many job candidates make is to answer the … [Read more...]

Staying Motivated After The New Year Rush

Now that we’re well into February, are you staying motivated on your goals? In a new year Forbes post, I profiled Four Fun Ways To Make Your New Year Resoluions Stick – including gamification, habit stacking, scheduling your worries, and an interesting study on happy faces. If you’ve fallen off … [Read more...]

Life Lessons From a 90 Year Old

"To celebrate growing older, Regina Brett wrote the following. I hope this is helpful and I hope you enjoy!!! 1. Life isn't fair, but it's still good. 2. When in doubt, just take the next small step. 3. Life is too short – enjoy it 4. Your job won't take care of you when you are sick. … [Read more...]

How to Catch a Monkey in the Wild

Monkeys love the seeds that are in the middle of gourds. So trappers will tie a gourd to a tree, and cut a thin sliver all the way to the middle. Monkeys have very long, thin fingers which allow them to slide their hands into the thin slice and grab the seeds. They don’t know enough to let go of … [Read more...]

Book Review: Hard Lessons by Jonathan Schorr

I always like reading about industries unfamiliar to me firsthand because success and obstacles have common threads across industries, and looking from the outside in often gives a perspective that is tough to see when you're waist deep in immediate issues.  Jonathan Schorr's Hard Lessons is a … [Read more...]

Book Review: Improv Wisdom By Patricia Madson

I have to love the book that introduced me to the term, bricolage, or as Madson puts it, "use what is there artfully."  Improv Wisdom by Patricia Madson is a must-read for improvisers but still a good read if all you know about improv is Drew Carey in "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" Madson, chair of the … [Read more...]

Crazy Times Demand Crazy Thinking

When trouble arises and things look bad, there is always one individual who perceives a solution and is willing to take command.  Very often, that individual is crazy – Dave Barry That quote makes me laugh out loud.  The cynical me finds it funny to think that the only person available to help in a … [Read more...]