My Feedback on Feedback: There are Drawbacks

I always bring a box of tissues. Year after year, after working my butt off to be the best employee, the biggest producer- while also striving to be an amazing wife and mom- I walk into that office for my year end review, and end up devastated and sobbing. Why the surprises? Haven't we all …

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The Intangible Merits Of Business Travel: Gotta Fly The Coop Sometimes

Runway reflections as we take off. Headed for home.  I really enjoy business trips. Granted, I don't do it regularly, but I added it up, and I've spent about 4 work weeks out of the office- and yes, away from my family- this year. A bit of a staggering amount of time to be away …

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Mastering The Art Of The Email CC

Let's talk about politics. They'll be no mention of Donald's or Hillary's or Russia in this discourse. We are addressing a different kind of politics entirely. Similarly confusing, maddening, and hard to navigate, office politics are an unavoidable workplace hazard. Especially when it comes to communicating via electronic mail. Any leader with a decent track …

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What Happened When I Closed the (Face)Book

The only thing to have FOMO about, is FOMO itself. It's been two weeks without any real withdrawal.  I removed Facebook from my phone. It started out as an experiment, inspired by this interview with Aziz Ansari, as well as the encouragement of an old friend (who I ironically reunited with through FB) that quit …

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Dear Day Camp Owners: Make Summer Great Again

Dear Summer Camp Owners, Some of my fondest memories were spent with you. But now, you're ruining my life.  Day camp was a magical place. As a camper, we played pirates on playgrounds, we learned how to swim in large groups crammed into an unheated pool, we whined and complained through organized sports, we stood …

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Forget the Golden Ticket- I Got the Golden Handcuffs!

I knew I was considering a career change, but I didn't realize Escape Artist would need to be at the top of my list. "How can you have never heard of the golden handcuffs?", Eliza asked incredulously as we sipped rose beside the rooftop bar on a beautiful Chicago afternoon. It had been a full …

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Mom’d Ambition: Striving to be a Madonna

Who says having children is a reason to turn in your career ambition and sacrifice it for homemade baby food, Music Together classes, and endless breastfeeding talk? One minute we're lamenting how there aren't enough women in executive roles, instructing high potential women on things like gravitas and dressing for the role you want, and …

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