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It’s Always About What You Do With It

Are you hearing all the stories pouring in of Ash Cloud dilemmas?  Precious inventory sitting in airplane hangars, key team members stranded all over Europe and the USA.  The vast, almost incalculable cost.  School children far from loved ones.  Horrific crowds and monumental price gouging for alternative transport.  Those with the Atlantic Ocean between there […]

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Work Life Stories: Broadway Baby (Part 2)

We met Erik Orton earlier in the week, and left his story as he reached crunch time for choosing his next step in the search for integrity in his work life.  Time to introduce Erik’s family, five children, all home-schooled. For Part 1 of Work Life Stories: Broadway Baby, go here. “I needed day job […]

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Work Life Stories: Broadway, Baby (Part 1)

Erik Orton is a playwright, composer and producer by day, and a presentations whiz for a large investment bank by night.  Erik’s story is the journey of an integrated life and what that means to him.  From high school, he was interested in theatre and music, pursuing a Bachelors in Media Music (film scoring, studio […]

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Tear Down That Wall?

In the furor over the NYT Mommy Blogger’s piece over the weekend (which I am not getting into as others have done it better), I noticed a comment (amongst the hundreds of comments across one of the at least 12 follow-ups I’ve read in the past couple of days).  I can’t quote it, because I […]

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Work Life Stories: Flex in High Finance? An Unusual On-Ramp Tale

The big bad world of Wall St high finance is not the most conducive to mothering and flexible work options.  Here’s a unique story of just what is possible when you dare to ask.  After her MBA, Sariah Toronto spent several years with Citibank and then moved on to another major financial institution for 18 […]

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Work Life Stories: When the Dream Turns 180º

Working from home is not as easy as it sounds.  It is one thing when you’re self-employed and an entirely different proposition when you’re with a company that works hard and plays hard – with long hours, expecting face time and trying to create a culture as well as run a profitable business. Lindsay Hepworth […]

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Work Life Stories: The Mother of Invention

Meet Design Mom, Gabrielle Blair, mother of five, with her sixth child on the way.   She is Co-founder of www.kirtsy.com, “Digg for Chicks” says Mashable, and her Design Mom blog has been named a “Top Motherhood Blog” by the Wall Street Journal. Gabrielle has mothered full-time, run various businesses, worked full time, worked part-time.  Warm, […]

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Work Life Stories: A New Kind of Dad

Still a statistically small group, stay-at-home-dads are becoming more prevalent and represent a unique corner of the work life balance milieu.  I asked Stephen de las Heras, one of my daddy friends who is parenting and balancing a freelance photography career, if he would share his story. “I’d clawed my way up through the publishing […]

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Work Life Stories: Books and Babies

The first in my series of work life stories is representative of a relatively new piece of the economic puzzle – mothers who work from home, often at night or in the early mornings and make a decent financial contribution in the process.  It’s a hybrid approach – entrepreneurial, but with low costs of entry […]

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One-Size-Fits-All?

I love stories.  I love hearing them and I love telling them.  In another life when I was a recruiter, the single reason I stayed in the profession for so many years was the chance to sit down several times a day and ask people, “So tell me your story.”  Why people do what they […]

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