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15 Tips to Avoid a Monkey Business

April 18th, 2012

Some women retire from corporate America and find endless ways to pursue interesting hobbies, and others toy with the idea of starting a business.  I’ve heard dreams of stores, restaurants, yoga salons, tutoring services, and much more—but far fewer well-researched ideas. A few years ago I asked a group of business owners to speak to budding…

I’m on Linkedin…Now What?

April 18th, 2012

One of my blog readers from the Philadelphia area sent me these two  questions that other women may be wondering about as well:“I have begun to make steady gains in the networking process through LinkedIn, and I signed up for a Networking function with Meeting Planners International.  Now that I’m making lots of connections, I…

Just Dive In and Get to “Next”

April 18th, 2012

One of my dearest friends has had many interesting life experiences both in and out of the workforce.  She’s a mother and grandmother who has moved through multiple careers in state government, on Wall Street, at interesting non-profits, newspapers, and more.  Though her resume is quite impressive, there was a time several decades ago when…

To Work or Not: Let Big Kids Be the Judge

April 18th, 2012

The scene is a psychiatrist’s office.  Your son or daughter at age 40 is recounting an unfortunate childhood—one that did not include you opening the door when they got home from school.  You did not serve milk and cookies and oversee every minute of their homework.  You did not drive them to multiple after-school activities. …

The Cost of a Typo

April 18th, 2012

My daughter and her college friends have many a chuckle with the “Damn You Auto Correct” web site that chronicles the weird text messages people inadvertently send.  They are indeed funny, and the fact that people write things like “typos thanks to i-phone” in their signature line, suggest that errors are more acceptable in today’s…

Work with a View

April 9th, 2012

Just about all professionals are concerned with work-life balance. Not so many spend as much time thinking about their work-life view. Deb Martin (a freelance writer and editor originally from Westchester County, New York) and her partner Jim Richards (a photographer and technology consultant who spent years knocking around the Rocky Mountains), think first about…