Tag Archives: Behaviors

Life races by: Are you paying attention?

A friend recently asked if I blog anymore. Truth is I’m nearly unable to keep up with real life, offline. I’m a part-time many things: Freelancer, volunteer, pet caretaker, chef, shopper, investor, wife, sister, and mother, BodyPumper, cyclist, reader, news hound… … Continue reading

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Are you keeping your work-life balance?

The truth is, there is no such thing as work-life balance unless your work, and your life, make very few important-to-you demands on your time and attention. We continuously make choices, juggle options, prioritize. In the end, we do the … Continue reading

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Would you default on your obligations by choice?

It’s unanimous. The U.S. Treasury, The International Monetary Fund, and just about every economist and financial expert agree: Failure to raise the U.S. debt ceiling, to pay bills the U.S. Congress has already incurred, will be a costly disaster that would … Continue reading

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No good deed goes unpunished: Ask McDonald’s

You have to feel a bit sorry for McDonald’s. The company collaborated with Visa to create a website to help low-income workers learn budgeting skills. The initiative — clearly good intentioned — was met with scorn and derision because, its critics say, … Continue reading

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What has happened to customer service?

I recognize my personal experiences are anecdotal, and can’t be used to make sweeping statements about the way things are for all. But darn it, to borrow a quote from one of my favorite movies, “I’m mad as hell and … Continue reading

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In appreciation of the kindness of strangers

Our little lab, Millie, hates the sound of a vacuum (among other noises) so last week, I leashed her on the porch with her bed, toys, and water bowl while I cleaned. I’d done it before but this time, I … Continue reading

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Job seekers: Does your resume show you think strategically?

I recently was reminded of the importance of defining where you want to go and who you want to be, looking at the resume of a friend who’s seeking work. The resume is well written and includes lots of examples … Continue reading

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Who’s your Valentine?

It’s getting close to Valentine’s Day, that annual celebration of commerce and measure of “how much does he/she really care for me?” Oops, I mean, that annual celebration of love. My favorite source of general knowledge, Wikipedia,  says the day honors, … Continue reading

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Retailers: Don’t ignore this year’s holiday “gift tae gie us”

The best advice I have this year for retailers is this: Forget for a moment about discounts and promotions, go to your stores anonymously, and see how your customers are being treated. If my anecdotal experience counts, it won’t be pretty. … Continue reading

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If you want to be negative, you may get subtracted

I am no Pollyanna. I am generally a happy person, an optimist by nature. I see the glass as half full, and possibilities. Earlier this year a Harvard Business Review blog post noted that most people who achieve their goals are realistic optimists, people who believe … Continue reading

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