Butter is Good for You and Stress May Be Even Better

Butter is Good for You and Stress May Be Even Better
Butter is one of my favorite foods. Put it on a piece of toast and it becomes my very top food choice. For years, experts made us feel guilty about eating butter. It was a “death” food. Then, last year, it all reversed, and the cover of Time magazine (June 23, 2014) had a headline of “Eat Butter.” The subtitle was “Scientists Labeled Fat the Enemy. Why They Were Wrong.” What wonderful news. No more olive oil or dry toast. It was certainly a day for butter ... Read more
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Thought Pioneer: How to Lead Through Exploration

Thought Pioneer: How to Lead Through Exploration
You’ve all been in the room with a creative thinker. They are the ones known for “thinking outside the box.” In a brainstorming session, they can come up with idea after idea. They are often quick and witty, and you may wish you were more like them. Every organization needs one or two creative thinkers to help other staff think more broadly. Creative thinkers, however, may not be particularly detail oriented. They may not be planners or implementers. These activities ... Read more
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Ice Breaker or Bad Break?

Ice Breaker or Bad Break?
Before you attend a meeting, it’s often a good idea to think about how you will introduce yourself. The meeting leader usually gives clues such as asking each person to give a one sentence introduction or a short paragraph on your role in the work group. Sometimes, though, the facilitator decides to use an “ice breaking” question. These can take a variety of forms and are meant to help the attendees get to know one another. Whether you love or hate this sort of activity, ... Read more
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High Achievers May Not Make the Best Mentors

High Achievers May Not Make the Best Mentors
Sometimes a mentor just seems to materialize. A professor takes an interest in something you have written or a research project you have completed. You find her supportive and encouraging. She is helpful with career advice and is happy to serve as a reference when you are applying for your first professional job. Other mentors may be found at work. Your first supervisor may help you adjust to the professional workplace and may help you recognize your potential. If you are an engaged ... Read more
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Giving Up Your Helicopter

Giving Up Your Helicopter
Everyone knows the definition of “helicopter parent,” a term used to describe parents who constantly “hover” over their children, directing their activities, solving their problems, and providing career and life advice. Sometimes, helicopter parents go a bit too far—calling teachers, coaches, college professors, even bosses, when they think their son or daughter has been overlooked or underappreciated, or when there appears to be a problem that they think their child ... Read more
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Own It

Own It
Entrepreneurs are different from most of us. They are innovative risk-takers who prefer to start their own business rather than work for someone else’s organization. This may have been their ultimate goal as they obtained their education, or they may have arrived at the decision after working for someone else for a few years. Perhaps their family operated a business, and they were part of that endeavor while growing up. If so, they understand the dedication and time it takes to open ... Read more
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Your Office Needs to Grow Up Too

Your Office Needs to Grow Up Too
When you were a teenager, you probably had a bedroom that reflected your teenage interests. Maybe you had movie and concert posters and pictures of your favorite singer and of all your friends. Your college dorm room may not have been too different. Perhaps you switched to travel posters, playbills from shows you had seen, and memorabilia that related to your college or university. Now you have an office. It might be an 8 by 10 cubicle or a regular office. There may be two desks, or if you ... Read more
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Feeling Sandwiched?

Feeling Sandwiched?
The term “sandwich generation” was coined many years ago to refer to women who have responsibility for the care of their parents or an elderly relative while they are trying to raise their own children. It’s an apt analogy. When fewer women worked, the task of caring for older family members almost always fell to the daughter, frequently to the one who lived the closest. Today, most women hold jobs and they live further from their relatives, making this situation even more ... Read more
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Mother’s Day Should Be Every Day

Mother’s Day Should Be Every Day
This year, Mother’s Day is the tenth of May. It has fallen on the second Sunday of May since President Woodrow Wilson declared it a national holiday in 1914. In the past 100 years, the day has become increasingly commercial. Weeks in advance, stores and catalogs start advertising cards and gifts and flowers. If you are fortunate enough to have a mother you love, you won’t want to miss acknowledging her on her special day. While you are at it, ask your mom, or, better yet, your ... Read more
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Do NOT Text Your Mother Today

Do NOT Text Your Mother Today
Every time a group of women get together, the topic of children comes up. If there are mothers of young adults present, the conversation always turns to the fact that they never get to actually talk to their kids anymore. They only receive text messages. Many women claim that their children use texting to avoid having to talk with them. They explain that when they call their daughters or sons, their calls don’t get answered. Instead, shortly after the unanswered call, the parent ... Read more
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