Who’s Guiding Your Career?

It used to be if you wanted to get ahead in the corporate world and learn the ropes that you would find a mentor. Some (mostly larger) companies have formal mentoring programs, with detailed roles and responsibilities, programs and processes. You might be in a management training program. Or just new to a company. And if a formal mentoring program was in place, you might be assigned a mentor. Or you might be a member of an organization where more senior members of your industry offer to mentor you (i.e., help you navigate your way up the corporate ladder). For myself, when I first started in the produce business working for my mom, there were no formal mentors. My mom, who was my boss, was too busy running her company to formally mentor Continue Reading

Time Flies When You’re Having Fun

I don’t know about you, but this year just flew by for me. Thankfully, the great thing about being a blogger is I can recall most of the things that were on my mind this year as I wrote them all down! Looking Back It has been gratifying to see people’s reaction and responses to my posts here. And when I repost on LinkedIn, I get a real-time sense whether what I am writing about is relevant. “To Hug or Not to Hug” is my most read and shared post of 2017. Soon … Continue reading

Holiday Cards…or Not

I noticed a dramatic decrease in the number of holiday cards I received at work this year. This could be due to people trying to be more mindful of the environment by using less paper, trying to save money, realizing that sending out cards en masse for business may be out of date, or all of the above. Whatever the reason is, I’m happy fewer cards are sent. Let me tell you why. In business, I do not understand sending a holiday card to a supposedly important client, when there … Continue reading

Non-GMO Madness

Non-GMO vodka? Really? When I saw this ad, I realized it’s finally time to blog about GMOs. I have been putting off writing this post for many years because GMOs are a controversial subject. And that is mostly because many people do not know the facts about GMOs. So I will share some of what I know and what I’ve learned so far, in hopes that you will be more enlightened to make your own decision about them. First of all, what is a Genetically Modified Organism (GMO) when it … Continue reading

Tea Anyone?

I’m a coffee drinker. Actually, in some ways I am a bit of a coffee snob. At home, I’ve switched from my beloved Peet’s coffee (which I have brewed every morning for at least 15 years) to my new favorite, Lavazza Classico medium roast. It’s not quite as strong as Peet’s, yet very rich-bodied. But occasionally, especially in the evenings, I like to have a cup of tea. Especially when I am cold. I’m pretty boring with the tea—Lipton’s black tea and hot water. But last week, while visiting a … Continue reading