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Doing Well and Doing Good

Christine Jacobs

            A Grammar & Life Lesson Do you remember the difference between an adjective and an adverb?  The former modifies a noun and the latter modifies a verb. For example, look at the difference between the words well and good in the following phrases:  Do well in life.  Do good in life. Well, Well, Well Doing well can mean accomplishing … Continue reading

Nurture or Nature?

Janet Walkow

            …a personal story The role of our environment and upbringing versus individual/genetic composition is an ongoing debate. Knowing several sets of twins, each with markedly different personalities, interests and vocations, most people agree that both nature and nurture play a role in our persona’s. Family structure and early influences set us on life paths that typically require us to … Continue reading

Offensive Leadership

Janet Walkow

All of us have had to act on the offensive, protecting our interests, principles and people in our lives. In writing about offensive leadership, it shouldn’t be lost on anyone that the word, offensive, can also be used to describe someone or something that is repulsive or degrading. The duality of meaning describes what many of us have had to … Continue reading

Why Didn’t I Think of That?

Christine Jacobs

It has happened to most of the women I know in business.  You are in a meeting and you toss out a fabulous idea.  And you are ignored.  The conversation proceeds for a while; then a male colleague suggests the same or almost the same concept.  The room erupts with “Great idea, Tom!” You stew.  “Did they not hear me?  … 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

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

Finding Your Voice

Janet Walkow

As a leadership coach, I have worked with numerous women and men at transition points, as they take on new responsibilities or when they hit a leadership bump along the way. While most coaching occurs in a one on one setting, it can be especially helpful to provide feedback and guidance real time. Leadership Bumps A few years ago I … Continue reading

A Promotion

Christine Jacobs

…from “OLD FEMINIST” to “BAD ASS“ Several years ago I had an unnerving conversation with my then college aged daughter and several of her contemporaries.  They had heard a recent campus speaker define old feminists as those of my age bracket who wanted to talk about the advancement of gender equality in our lifetime.  Sure enough, I had recently heard … 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

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