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A Wayne Gretzky Story

Christine Jacobs

…..…. on moving forward There is a famous quote by hockey great, Wayne Gretzky, where he describes one of his skills:  He didn’t skate to where the puck was but rather to where it is going to be.  I recently read a reference to this quote as a reference to relationships and had one of those real light bulb moments. … Continue reading

Whose Life is This Anyway?

Christine Jacobs

In the book, Out of Africa, pioneer Karen Blixen ponders life, “My biggest fear was that I would come to the end of my life and realize that I had lived someone else’s dream.” I have read this snippet several times in recent years.  Each time it makes me stop and think about my own life and my own dreams.  … Continue reading

Revisting the Past

Janet Walkow

At The Leading Women Project, we talk about how people can come in and out of our lives. Some stay for a long time, others are more short term. What happens when someone or something has moved out of your life – can you ever reclaim the past? I was recently in Colorado and a few days into my trip … Continue reading

Parallel Worlds

Christine Jacobs

I once heard about a drifter who lived in a tent in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park and tragically died in a fire.  On the evening news, there was a tribute from acquaintances who declared that “He had his own sense of reality”.  That line always brings a smile, as it sounded so prototypical California. But with deeper thought I … Continue reading

Waiting for Joe to Speak…

Christine Jacobs

Many years ago I worked for a small company at the director level.  I had met Joe, the company president, but had not had any extensive conversations with him.  Once, I walked past him while he was waiting to go into a meeting.  He caught my eye and I waited for him to speak first, since he was the big … Continue reading

Dual Career Dilemmas

Janet Walkow

I recently rendezvoused with a 20-something friend, Eileen, who lives in Washington, DC. Our conversation are always energizing as we exchange personal and professional updates and talk about what each of us are striving to achieve. Eileen is finishing up a 2-year gig and will be applying to graduate programs in various geographic hubs. Why? Her significant other, who lives … Continue reading

Know Your Fans

Christine Jacobs

It is often easier to internalize negative things said to you or general negative treatment than accept positive thoughts.  I have had several positions over my long career with peers or rivals whose insults went right to my core.  And, they made me doubt myself.  It was then tough to dig out from the emotional lows that this brought about. … Continue reading

Social Loafing

Janet Walkow

…does it lead to personal loafing? The other day I received an email that was addressed to 3 other family members, asking for an opinion on which of 4 places we should stay when on our next vacation. I typically take the lead in planning vacations, but decided a few months ago that I would leave all the major decisions … Continue reading

Watch the Flight Attendants

Christine Jacobs

My first airplane flights were very uneasy times.  I was afraid to move out of my seat for fear of tilting the plane.  And the noises!!!  With every creak or a flap change or sense of turbulence I would grab the armrests and hold my breath. Observe the Experts How did I get over this phobia?  By watching the flight … Continue reading

BYOV

Janet Walkow

       Be Your Own Valentine -2012 Edition Growing up, Valentines Day was barely a blip on my family’s radar. It amounted to a quick peck on the check and a hug. Sometimes my dad would surprise us and buy almond bark from Kegg’s Candy, dark chocolate, of course. We knew that this was really for Mom, but my brother and … Continue reading