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

When Mars Meets Mercury…in Retrograde

Two days ago, I got a text from my sister, Jackie, who runs our company operations. “We started the day with a major water leak in the men’s bathroom; we ended the day with a pipe breaking in the other side of the office. I checked, and I should have known, Mercury goes retrograde tomorrow.” Mercury retrograde began July 26 and will end on August 19. For longtime readers of this blog, you know all about my experiences with Mercury in retrograde in 2014 and 2017. Long story short, because … Continue reading

There’s an App for That

Ever wonder what it takes to launch an app? Or what the inspiration is for someone’s idea for an app? Well, I got to hear firsthand how it all happened when I was attending my sister Jackie’s birthday party last month. I was seated next to Conrad, a friend of Jackie’s from Texas, and he enthusiastically told me about an app he launched just three days earlier. It’s called Wait Check. The Inspiration Conrad and his girlfriend went to their favorite nightclub in Austin, hungry and ready to boogie. But the … Continue reading

Ask for What You Want

Ask for what you want: That’s one of my favorite pieces of business advice. In fact, I use it often when I give speeches or mentor people. It actually applies to your business life and to your personal life. Just last week, I was on the phone with a colleague who works at a local university. We were brainstorming ideas to get younger alumnae involved in the dean’s advisory council. So I suggested that we ask for what we want. In the quarterly university magazine, why not run an ad? … Continue reading