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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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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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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