Reminders When I Can Use Them

WorkLife_mIf you’re anything like me, you pretty much run all day. It’s gotten to where it actually works – or was almost working except for one thing. Reminders first thing in the morning drove me nuts because I had to hit snooze until I had time to get to them. Reminders set for a specific time might or might not catch me where I could do anything about them. And reminders set for one day only – who are we kidding?  (more…)

HBR: Women in the Workplace

HBRThe Harvard Business Review has been a respected source of the latest thinking in management and business practices since its inception in 1922. The September 2013 issue featured a Spotlight on Women in Leadership. This spotlight included articles entitled, “Women Rising: The Unseen Barriers,” “Great Leaders Who Make the Mix Work,” “How Women Decide,” and “Women in the Workplace: A Research Roundup.”  (more…)

Monday Musings: Routines

adjPink Mug_lMonday mornings. They either herald the start of an eagerly anticipated new week or usher in more of the same. I’m not big on drudgery and routine, so I try to mix things up a bit. One week I may focus on marketing. The next it may be outlining a series of posts or articles I plan to write. I don’t see why each and every week has to be a replay of each and every other week. In fact, the thought of a lifetime of repeating weeks is sort of sad.


Monday Musings: Do You Really Need a Business Plan?

adjPink Mug_lI know. It seems like a lot of work for nothing. You’ll spend hours perfecting it – then stick it in a drawer. Right? Wrong.

A well-written business plan is a road map for your company. It spells out what you plan to offer, who you plan to beat to the sale, how you plan to do those things, and what you expect to happen along the way. The bulk of the input comes from you – the business owner. When it’s done, the last place the business plan should be is in a drawer.