Monthly Archives: January 2016

Non-judgmental Ethics Sunday: Can I Call My Nonbiological Twins Black Because My Husband Is?

on January 31, 2016 in Ethicist, Nonjudgment, Relationships

Continuing my series of alternative responses to the New York Times column, The Ethicists, looking at the consequences of one’s actions instead of imposing values on others, here is my take on today’s post, “Can I Call My Nonbiological Twins Black Because My Husband Is?” I’m a Caucasian woman married to an African-American man. Shortly after we married, I discovered that I couldn’t conceive my own biological children. We opted[…] Keep reading →

Have I wrung this opportunity dry — absolutely, completely dry?

on January 30, 2016 in Choosing/Decision-Making, Entrepreneurship, Inc.com, Relationships

If persistence pays off, how far do you persist? How often do you persist (politely) until you’ve wrong an opportunity dry—absolutely, completely dry? As I wrote on Inc.com yesterday in “How to Build the Best Relationships With Both Leaders and Superiors,” people appreciate helping others—if you behave like you deserve it, but not like you’re entitled. A student of mine was applying to graduate school. She told me how she[…] Keep reading →

Inc.com Today: How to Build the Best Relationships With Both Leaders and Superiors

on January 29, 2016 in Inc.com, Leadership, Relationships, Tips

My post today on Inc.com, “How to Build the Best Relationships With Both Leaders and Superiors,” begins: Misunderstanding how we like helping others holds many back from building relationships with leaders and superiors. Getting their help can advance you. You get that meeting with that decision-maker/founder/CEO/titan/guru/expert who can make your project happen. You’ve dreamed of this chance for years. How do you interact with this person? If you’re like most[…] Keep reading →

Five years of daily posts! Not one missed.

on January 28, 2016 in Creativity, Habits, NorthKorea, SIDCHAs

When my friend set up this blog page for me, I asked him how often he blogged. I expected him to say something like three days a week, weekdays, when big events happened, or something like that. Instead he said “Every day,” then adding: If you miss one day you can miss two. If you miss two, it’s all over. I took the practice to heart. Today finishes my fifth[…] Keep reading →

Inc.com Today: Why You Should Never Let Anyone Call You ‘Smart’ in Business

on January 27, 2016 in Awareness, Entrepreneurship, Inc.com, Leadership, Perception, Relationships, Stories

My post today on Inc.com, “Why You Should Never Let Anyone Call You ‘Smart’ in Business” begins: Intelligence is good so entrepreneurs should like being called smart, right? Wrong. People call you smart when you have nothing they care about more. Look at who doesn’t care if you’re smart in business: Customers value products and services that solve their problems. Employees want to pay their rent and enjoy their jobs.[…] Keep reading →

Plastic grass for kids? What are we doing?

on January 26, 2016 in Nature

Doesn’t this playground I saw the other day look lovely? Can you see that soft, rich, green lawn? Doesn’t it look like a perfect place for children to play? I lush lawns like this more and more. How do they get it so green in late January? It isn’t grass. It’s plastic. It looks more like grass than any Astroturf so far. Why do we use it? Because it’s cheaper[…] Keep reading →

How Inc. Magazine improved overnight

on January 25, 2016 in Education, Entrepreneurship, Inc.com, SIDCHAs

Inc. Magazine, in its own words: For 35 years, we’ve been the premier publication dedicated to entrepreneurs—the most innovative, most courageous, and most essential business leaders in America. In that time, Inc. has won widespread recognition for maintaining the highest editorial standards as we’ve documented that world. How did it improve overnight? They hired me as their latest columnist! Today marks my first piece, “How I Wish Business School Had[…] Keep reading →