Mid Year Performance Review- How Would Your Family Measure Up?

"Honey, it's time for your mid year check in."  How would my husband respond to this statement over steak and rosé tonight? Every year, as we turn the corner into the second half of the year, my boss sits me down and we check in on my performance year to date. We discuss things like …

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Handicapped by Handicaps: Understanding Golf Culture 

Golf culture. Can someone please explain this to me? When winter thaws, and spring begins to transform branches into buds, another metamorphosis happens in the workplace. My male co-workers adopt a new language, their conversations turn from fantasy football into a whole new dialect. Just when I think I'll be able to hack it and …

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When the Calendar’s Kicking Your Keister….

Thanks to the other woman in my marriage- First I erased the clutter in my closet. Then I erased the clutter in my diet (but more on that soon). Now I need to do something about the disaster that is my calendar. Between work and personal commitments, not to mention the kids' lives- we're utterly …

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Baby, It’s Cold Outside: Workplace Inclusiveness and Me

No better waste of time than human resources training, am I right? That's what many say. But today was different. Today it was personal.  Today we put years' worth of my feelings into words. Words like inclusiveness, and unconscious bias, and stereotype threat, and bystander effect.  Today we were asked hard questions. Today I realized …

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Smoke, Mirrors, and the Pursuit of Substance

There's a lot of BS out there.  There are a lot of gullible people out there.  Put those two together and it's a very dangerous formula. I work in an industry that thrives on numbers- stock prices, valuations, economic data. Revenues, revenues, revenues. How much revenue were YOU responsible for in the past year? That …

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Becoming Zensational: Putting the ME in Meditation

The first time I heard Justin Timberlake announce "I've got this feeling inside my bones" I thought for sure he was singing about anxiety. C'mon, I know you know what I'm talking about. A slight constriction in your chest. The smallest sense of difficulty in getting air into and out of your lungs. Asking yourself, …

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