Career

Leaning in: My 2 cents and 2 quibbles

Sheryl Sandberg’s new book, Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead, officially comes out today (Monday) but Amazon shipped over the weekend. So I read over the weekend. Sometimes while reading, I felt like I’d practically underlined the whole book, so much was I agreeing with what Sandberg has to say.
The title comes from her advice to young women. Not… read more »

How to cope when life is crazy busy crazy

Regular blog readers know that, over the past few months, I’ve been having dozens of people log their time for me. Some of these are going in the paperback version of What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast (out in September!), and some will be going up here.
First up? Lisa Lane. This mother of two boys (11 and 13) said she normally worked about 20-2… read more »

Friday links: the work from home edition

I was on Baltimore’s WBAL this morning talking about this week’s major workplace conversation topic: working from home.
Yahoo — under the leadership of CEO Marissa Mayer — just elected to cancel all work-from-home arrangements in the interest of becoming “one Yahoo.” I wrote over at CBS MoneyWatch that Yahoo is wr… read more »

Perks and progress

Whenever I write about lists of great places to work, I make a reference to “free M&Ms.” I always thought this was a great hypothetical example of the silliness of focusing on perks. M&Ms are cheap. You could supply yourself with all you should be eating for less than a dollar a day. Yet stories on awesome companies tend to focus on the free… read more »

127 timesaving ideas for busy wives

That retro headline is taken from the cover of the May 1963 issue of Good Housekeeping. I recently took on an assignment to compare extant titles of women’s magazines from 50 years ago and today. While I will probably focus on GH (I always do!), I also have Ladies Home Journal, Redbook, and Family Circle issues from 1963 sitting on the floor of my office ri… read more »