Archive for January 2011

When projects take longer than planned

One of my favorite time management tips is to block various activities into your schedule, knowing exactly how long they will take. Almost all recurring events in life can be estimated fairly well. Traffic seems like a force of nature, yet long distance bus lines still manage to estimate their arrivals, based on the time of day. If I've done the basic research… read more »

The Round-up: Going "tiger mother" on your career

I had two posts over at BNET this week. The first was, I swear, the last thing I'm going to say about the "Tiger Mother." There's a lot of craziness about many parts of that story, but some interesting career advice, too, if you think about it. So I wrote a post called "How to go 'tiger mother' on your job performance.'" Then, some good news: companies are finally th… read more »

Detroit: the place for creatives?

I'm working on a column (and a portion of a book chapter) on creative destruction. As one industry dies, others spring up in the ashes to take its place. From conversations lately, it looks like that phenomenon is at work in... Detroit? Yes, Detroit. If you are a young, creative person, Detroit is an excellent place to check out, mostly because it is dirt cheap t… read more »

Gordon, redux

A few months ago, I did a post about buying Jasper (my 3-year-old) a toy Gordon train in the book store. He and I were having a nice morning together, he asked for the train, and I bought it. Then I wallowed in a whole debate about whether I was "spoiling" him. Then I started asking why I was so worried about spoiling, given the size of the expenditure compared with va… read more »

Advice Column: Time for a new opportunity?

A while ago, I received a letter from a woman who was considering ramping up her professional life. "In an effort to keep a healthy balance of work and family, I have spent the past several years working or volunteering with organizations that need my skills as a non-profit development professional, but doing so only while my children (ages 10 and 14) are in sch… read more »