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The More Things Change, They Stay the Same

Christine Jacobs

(originally posted 2/2013) This expression was at the front of my mind this week when I ran into a woman I worked with at my first company after graduate school, over thirty years ago.  We have run into each other every once in a while and have followed each others careers and families from afar. When she asked what I … Continue reading

Fair Pay for Women

Christine Jacobs

… Lily Ledbetter & Me April 9 is National Fair Pay Day as designated by Presidential Proclamation.  One Tuesday in April is designated to indicate the pay gap between men and women.  Simply put, with women only earning 77 cents to every dollar for men, we work one day (Monday) free each week.  Read more about this holiday at:  http://www.pay-equity.org/day.html. … Continue reading

Leaning In

Christine Jacobs

………… Necessary, but Not Sufficient I have been fully prepared not to like Sheryl Sandberg’s book, Lean In.  The Facebook COO is beautiful, privileged, brilliant, successful (career, husband, children) and incredibly wealthy.  The hype around the book has been that women are holding themselves back from complete success.  They need to “lean in” and fully commit to making their careers … Continue reading

Camera Angles

Christine Jacobs

LWP Janet and I strongly believe that there are many movie production techniques that if used to produce your own life, would lead to wonderful outcomes.  One of these is to move the camera around and view your life from others’ points of view.  You can be whoever you want to be and behave however you want, but you need … Continue reading

The More Things Change, The More They Stay the Same

Christine Jacobs

This expression was at the front of my mind this week when I ran into a woman I worked with at my first company after graduate school, over thirty years ago.  We have run into each other every once in a while and have followed each others careers and families from afar. When she asked what I was up to, … Continue reading

Costumes

Christine Jacobs

Everything you wear tells others something about you.  One of the very first impressions anyone gets from another person is what type of clothing or shoes they are wearing. Bright colors or black.  Fitted or loose.  Stylish or time worn.  They all reflect your moods, your activities your style or just an image you want to send.  But, they do … Continue reading

Rehearsals

Christine Jacobs

It is not always easy to see your way forward in tough situations.  Many of us worry about becoming emotional or that our views, opinions and strategies will not be received well.  The best way to get through this is to rehearse.  Think about what you want to say and how you want a meeting or confrontation to proceed – … Continue reading

Making Plans

Christine Jacobs

I am one of those people who buy lottery tickets several times a year when the publicity and the jackpot are high.  In between buying the tickets and the drawing—which I have not yet won—I make plans for my winnings.  These do not involve new cars, big parties, jewels or second homes. Playing the Lottery I thought about this when … Continue reading

Taking Stock

Christine Jacobs

Out with 2012 and in with 2013.  I. for one, am ready for the New Year. I survived a major birthday, some inconvenient medial issues and the world survived the end of the Mayan calendar. Reflect on Your Accomplishments I often dwell more on what is still on my to-do list but sometimes it is good just to reflect on … Continue reading

The Signal and the Noise

Christine Jacobs

I have recently fed my inner engineer geek self by reading Nate Silver’s wonderful book: The Signal and the Noise.  Silver became well known as a forecaster of election results by understanding how political forecasts work and adjusting them for accuracy issues.  His book talks about not only election results forecasting, but also sports betting, global warming and many other … Continue reading