The key to success? A sponsor

Last night I attended a presentation of the results of economist Sylvia Ann Hewlett’s latest study: The Sponsor Effect. (Just an overview here as I plan to be writing about it elsewhere, too). Hewlett and her researchers find that advancement into the executive ranks is more likely when an upper-level manager has a “sponsor” — th… read more »

Fun and frivolity with $10,000

Over at Facebook, and in personal conversations (how retro!) I’ve been asking a question lately which has sparked quite a discussion. I started off by asking how people would spend an extra $10,000, but it turns out that my friends are upright responsible citizens. People first wanted to pay off debts, save for retirement, etc. All good ideas, but not… read more »

Sarah Palin's Alaska

Confession: I have been using several of my last 168 hours to watch multiple episodes of Sarah Palin’s Alaska on TLC. I have a business reason (I wrote a short post over at the website as part of the “Meta-conversation” the show is having). But let’s face it. That’s not the reason I’ve watched at least 6 hours worth of Pal… read more »

Guest Post: Your finances and your job (there's more to work than money)

(Laura’s note: Today’s guest post is from Caroline Ceniza-Levine, the career coach who introduced me to the List of 100 Dreams exercise that appears in Chapter 2 of 168 Hours. She agreed to share some thoughts today on the issues of money and jobs, and how they relate — and how they don’t).
By Caroline Ceniza-Levine
Career choices a… read more »

The joy of commuting, plus the weekly round-up

I’m back blogging at BNET again after the holidays. My post this week is called “Hate your commute? 5 ways to use it, lose it or enjoy it.” I’m learning to write in tip format, which turns out to be good for getting people to click. Not all of life can be organized into bullet tip points, but part of life can, so I’ll write such thing… read more »