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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

Getting to Yes

Janet Walkow

I’ve learned over the years that if you want or need something, you have to ask for it. If you don’t, you’ll likely be disappointed.  Without asking, you’ll have a better chance of getting it than if you didn’t ask.  While you won’t always get what you want, there are ways to improve your odds. My term for this is … 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

Good Memories and Bad

Christine Jacobs

When I receive a compliment, I say “Thank you” and move on. Sometimes it feels good for a while but good comments are quickly forgotten and do not embed in my memories. But oh those insults!  I remember every slight and every insult.  The girl who told me I had “cow eyes” in third grade?  I remember where we were … Continue reading

From Thanks to Spanx

Janet Walkow

Last week in the U.S., individuals and families prepared and indulged themselves in Thanksgiving traditions. For many years, Thanksgiving meant lots of cooking, eating and leisure time spent with family and friends. When I was growing up, there was little planned once we left the Thanksgiving table. We talked, walked, played games and ate leftovers without a care in the … Continue reading

Transitions

Christine Jacobs

We tend to think of our lives moving forward and everything that happens as being additive.  We make new friends and learn about new ideas.  We start new jobs and move to new homes.  The memory of who we were stays with us. But, is that who we want to be? Finding You As part of my personal journey, I … Continue reading

Coming in from the Rain

Janet Walkow

When I was growing up, my grandfather used his expression when a person did a really foolish or inappropriate thing or use poor judgment.  One time my cousin was earning extra money pulling weeds from the yard and unknowingly uprooted all of the flowers in my grandmother’s prized flower beds. I can’t count the number of times my grandfather told … Continue reading

Modern Communities

Christine Jacobs

It has taken me a while to understand online communities and online communications beyond email.  I think of communities as being people and organizations that physically come together.  My thinking is finally advancing into the current century. The evolution We are basically a tribal species.  We have solitary thoughts but bring ourselves together in communities—both physical and virtual.  We create … Continue reading

Asking for What You Want

Janet Walkow

“Ask for what you want and be prepared to get it!” ….Maya Angelou Have you ever ended a phone call making plans with a friend and thought, “Why didn’t I just tell her that I don’t really like the restaurant she picked….or that I really wanted to see a different movie”? Or, how about finishing a meeting with your boss … Continue reading

Using Resources Wisely

Christine Jacobs

LWP Janet and I were Girl Scout leaders for 6 years, leading our daughters and their classmates.  We loved working together and challenging girls in our troop.  A piece of the Girl Scout Law encourages Scouts to use resources wisely.  The definition of resources is up to you. On the surface we always used this law to mean using global … Continue reading