<p>It's easy to say you're open to feedback. I've even gotten pretty good at acting on it regularly, both personally and on my businesses in the past. </p> <p><em><span style=”font-size: 12pt;”>But then you launch your own start-up. </span></em></p> <p>Now every piece of well intentioned "feedback" feels like a failure and betrayal all rolled into one ungrateful … Continue reading are you really open to feedback?
<p>Well the Belmont Stakes came and went and though there was no Triple Crown performance from California Chrome, it was a fun run-up of speculation and possibility. As someone that used to live in Cincinnati and had the pleasure the experiencing the debacle that is the Kentucky Derby infield, I still enjoy following the pageantry … Continue reading the benefit of blinders
<p>I'm absolutely horrible at it. In the age of texting and FB, I very rarely call anyone, nor do I send personal emails, just for the heck of it. Days are packed enough and any thoughts I may have while driving or in the shower about dropping so and so a line to see how … Continue reading the gift of the impromptu note
<p>I've always had a dedicated space. Everything from a gorgeous office in downtown Boston while I was a consultant to the standard issue beige corporate cube to a section of a long desk and a filing cabinet when I was at a larger start-up.</p> <p>And each time I would change roles or jobs I would … Continue reading looking to declutter your workspace? become a nomad
“Beggars can’t be choosers”. Everyone has heard this little nugget.
It’s supposed to be helpful advice to somehow suggest only when you’re in a position of abundance should you expect to have the luxury of choice.
But I don’t buy it.
It’s when you’re at your neediest that you have to be your choosiest. Because your choice will matter more.
Continue reading we're beggars but we're also choosers
One of the perks of my new “working arrangement” is that I’m able to be more flexible about the time I spend with S, my 2 year old. So I can take her to her preschool class or have breakfast with her and catch up the hours later at night or over the weekend.
And honestly, as someone who has been back to working 10-12 hour days since S was 3 months old, it’s been an adjustment to see her in non-weekend hours that aren’t also the melt-down prone bookends of the day.
But it’s been wonderful. I can really focus on her and whatever awe-worthy stage she’s at for that week. And I’ve realized that there’s a lot I can learn from her approach to her day.
Continue reading what a 2 year old can teach you about productivity
<p>It was inevitable. My husband and I have been juggling a crazier than normal schedule the past couple of weeks, with him traveling a lot and me having meetings scheduled whenever and wherever I could get them.</p> <p>Which means we desperately rely on our nanny to keep things running smoothly for S and our home. … Continue reading you need a village to raise a start-up
<p style=”text-align: left;”>If you asked me 10 years ago, heck even 5 years ago when the best time was to start a venture, I would have said pretty much anytime besides when you have young kids at home. </p> <p style=”text-align: left;”>You see, I am the eldest daughter of a father whose true first child … Continue reading 5 ways being a mother has made me a better entrepreneur
It's week 10 of this full-time start up gig and while I have few moments to devote to reflection, it occured to me the other day why I'm feeling this innate fit, this contentment, that I've realized I've never really felt before. Previously, in my roles at bigger companies, my job could be boiled … Continue reading are you a seller or a creator?
<p><em>"So tell me, are you doing this because you're really passionate about the topic and want to change things personally, or do you think there is a big business in here?"</em></p> <p>I've gotten versions of this comment in a number of conversations with potential investors lately. The first time I encountered it, I stared across … Continue reading since when was passionate enthusiasm a liability?