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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

‘Major’ Decisions

Janet Walkow

College is an exciting time when a person can explore particular interests and discover personal passions. At least this is what I recall from my undergraduate liberal arts education. While I focused on science, my program encouraged taking classes and seminars in all areas ranging from art history and philosophy to social sciences and nutrition. I was encouraged to go … Continue reading

Learn from the Worst

Christine Jacobs

It is wonderful to have great role models at every stage of your life. Think of perfection: Supportive, doting parents Engaging challenging, yet loving teachers Helpful, constructive troop leaders, religious fellows and other professionals Mentoring, coaching, sponsoring bosses. Yes, all of these things would make for a marvelous life and provide positive examples at all phases of your development.  However, … Continue reading

Self Confidence and Women

Janet Walkow

When my daughters were young, parents were inundated with the notion that we needed to build our children’s self-esteem at every opportunity. This spilled over to youth sports, where it became the norm to distribute trophies to every child on every team at the end of the season. At last count, we still have over 3 dozen trophies stored in … Continue reading

Ducks Pick Ducks

Christine Jacobs

… Promotion Mystery Solved Over the course of my long career I have seen many women hit the glass ceiling and they are always surprised.  They have been promoted, treated well and told that they were on the fast track.  And then, somehow and for some reason, they do not break through to the next level. Why Women aren’t Moving … Continue reading

Spring Cleaning

Janet Walkow

…make it a personal experience Most of us think of spring as time to tell winter goodbye, welcome the warmer weather and get ready for the summer months. At the first sign of spring I embrace – and anxiously await – the change from the black & white & grey of winter for the Technicolor months ahead. Hibernation is over. … Continue reading

Politics

Christine Jacobs

 Why you should care Voting is a very personal thing.  Individually we have issues we do not know enough about to care and those which are our personal litmus tests.  For example, when debating between two candidates who seem to each have pluses and minuses, I have a friend who uses taxes as the tie breaker.  Who will cost her … Continue reading

Finding Fault With Ourselves

Christine Jacobs

“Women, even at the highest levels of professional accomplishment, are significantly less likely than men to demonstrate ambition to run for elective office. –Women are less likely than men to be recruited to run for office. –Women are less likely than men to consider themselves “qualified” to run for office. –Women are less likely than men to express a willingness … Continue reading

I Am Only One Person

Christine Jacobs

…so everything has to be consistent I have long felt the need to integrate a sense of ‘me’ into my whole life.  For many years I worked long hours running pharmaceutical production facilities and power plants.  And, I was the single mother to three wonderful, but demanding, offspring.  How did I get everything done? First, my children might question that … Continue reading

(Re)Model Behavior

Janet Walkow

In an earlier post, Tolerating Bad Behavior, LWP Chris describes how men in powerful positions have the ability to control and manipulate women and get away with it. The lingering question is: how can women address this sort of behavior and maintain/regain control of themselves and their environment? Time to Model Good Behavior I’ve been enjoying this year’s selection of … Continue reading