Aiming for perfect? Try good enough

I don’t usually suffer from perfectionism. Indeed, one of the reasons I love writing for newspapers or online is that the turn-around time is so fast that perfectionism doesn’t come into it. When you’ve got 2 months to write a magazine feature, I find, the editing process takes 2 months. When you have 20 minutes to crank out a blog post, you… read more »

The BNET round-up

This week over at BNET, I had two posts. The first was called “How To Get a Raise (And Get Your Kid To Eat His Veggies).” I interviewed Stuart Diamond, author of Getting More and a famed negotiation professor at Wharton, about ways to better handle negotiation, including negotiation with our little ones. I can’t say the negotiation tactic… read more »

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 »