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9-5 & Beyond Archives - Page 2 of 2 - All The Single Girlfriends

Patty Azzarello’s New Book On Business Success: Destined To Become A Classic...

Apr 12, 2011 by

True confession. Although I regularly read business books – everything from building a personal brand to using social media to having successful virtual teams – I don’t really like business books. For me, most are too theoretical and tend to paint an overly rosy picture of the benefits the reader will get if they follow the advice in the book. A few years ago I read Who Moved My Cheese? According to the book’s website I am one of 24 million people who bought this book. You would think with that many people reading the book it would have a dramatic impact on my thinking about business. Here’s what I remember about it. Not much. Oh, I remember it was a quick,easy read. I remember thinking it was clever. But, I didn’t note or...

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“You” As A Digital Brand...

Mar 23, 2011 by

Recently I was re organizing my home office. Er .. ok, I was moving piles of papers to make my desk seem less cluttered. I came across an article that someone had sent me in 1997.. don’t even ask Girlfriend! I don’t remember who sent it to but I saved it because at the time the concept intrigued me. It was Tom Peter’s The Brand Called You which you can find at Fast Company online. As the fates, would have it soon after reading it I was “right-sized” or “down-sized” or whatever the politically correct term was at the time. I was fired from my  job with the Georgia Lottery Company. Peter’s idea that a company would want to hire “more than a resume” was radical 14 years ago. He talked about managing our...

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Lonely: A Professional Plus?

Mar 16, 2011 by

Back in high school, guidance counselors and teachers hammered into us Baby Boomers how difficult it was for the 76 million of us to get into college.  Early on we learned to game the system by presenting ourselves on our college applications as the well-rounded, social young people we were expected to be. Most of us learned that too well.  Right up to today, so many of us struggle to conceal that we were and are, well, one-dimensional loners.  Of course, pop culture, ranging from Bette Midler to the Beatles, reinforces that stigma about being one of those many lonely people. And it doesn’t matter a bit, does it, how successful we Apart People might be, compared to those who never bowled alone. Then an unusual book comes along.  It’s Lonely: Learning to Live...

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9 Steps On How To Produce A Video...

Mar 9, 2011 by

Have you always dreamed of producing a film or documentary? It’s not as easy as it looks! Here are some tips about the realities of making moving pictures that I’ve learned. 1. Creative brainstorming. This usually happens when you are procrastinating. Like when it’s time to clean the kitchen or break up with the guy you have been dating for 7 months. 2. Planning. The key part of this is to be realistic about what resources you actually have at hand as opposed to what, say, they have at Pixar Studios. Pixar Studios has access to a 3-D scanner. I don’t have a copy of After Effects at home, just PhotoShop Extended. 3. Then the stress of working out all the crap. Seeking the basics of what you need and getting teams together. Who...

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Oh Shut Up About Women Not Being Represented in the Fortune 500...

Feb 28, 2011 by

A recent Forbes magazine article titled Disappointing Statistics, Positive Outlook has me seeing red. My good friend and often mentor, Bruce Peters, sent it to me. He knows I like to follow the current reporting on women’s business issues. The article starts, “As we move toward the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day (March 8), it is clear that the world of business is being transformed by women, but the gender makeup of business leadership has barely changed.” Once again, the focus is on the Fortune 500 – companies that are in the public eye, like PepsiCo. According to the article, “In 2010 only 2.4% of the U.S. Fortune 500 chief executives were female.” Yawn. Are you tired of this, girlfriends? Do you run your own business? Are you and executive of a company...

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Single: Addressing the Professional Stigma...

Feb 22, 2011 by

The single state, at least for women, is a mixed bag professionally. Sure, on the one hand, employers discriminate favorably in hiring and promoting single women.  They recognize the advantage of having on their team those of us who have few pressing family obligations, bring in that paycheck, and a strong work ethic. There are now a number of discrimination employment lawsuits in professional services such as law contending the employers demoted or terminated those who acquired family responsibilities. On the other hand, once we’re hired, the workplace can be a tricky environment for single woman.  Some of us are resented because we have the scheduling freedom to accommodate the employers’s or clients’s needs, even whims. The hostility can be palpable.  Some are treated with condescension.  One boss invited me to be “with his...

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Single (For Girlfriends) Usually Means Self-Supporting: The Implications...

Feb 12, 2011 by

Since I have always been single, I have no idea what the financial pressures are in the married state.  What I do know is that being self-supporting from my early 20s has meant I have pushed myself to learn how the world of work operated.  I didn’t seek to change it, either from within or externally through movements. The lessons learned aren’t pretty.  However, once I accepted the first premise that human beings, not carefully created systems, operate the workplace, I could live with the realities.  After all, humans have their shadow side, what Christians call “original sin” and Shakespeare called “cankered in the grain.” That shadow side demands that whoever has the power exerts the power.  No workplace is a democracy.  It’s up to us to figure out the rules and if we...

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Starting Over, Over and Over

Feb 11, 2011 by

The shock for me – and now for more and more of us – was that I was older, yet I had to start over again.  In 2003, my communications boutique had collapsed.  My personal life hadn’t been too hot either. [My free e-book GeezerGuts].  African-American bestselling author and Yoruba priestess Iyanla Vanzant puts this way in her new book Peace from Broken Pieces. You need to start over when you “trip over the fallacies and fantasies that you have created or inherited. You slip on your dysfunctional puzzle pieces and your distorted sense of self.” It took longer than I expected but I did get on the other side of all that.  By trial and error I discovered that my talent and the market were right for social media.  Finally I found out...

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