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Book Giveaway: “Wishful Thinking”

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by Katrina on April 27, 2015

* We’re giving away 2 copies of Kamy Wicoff’s new book, “Wishful Thinking.” * * Enter to win by leaving a comment at the end of this blog post. * Six years ago, I left my full-time job because work stress and chronic busyness combined with the exhaustion that comes with raising very young children was making me sick. Then […]

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Do you love your job?

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by Katrina on March 17, 2015

It’s easy to find examples of what companies are doing wrong—micromanaging employees, burning out workers, stifling innovation, the list goes on . . . But now I’m looking for examples of what companies are doing right. I’m setting up short (30 min.) phone interviews with managers at companies that Foster innovation and creativity Make employees happy […]

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Solicited Advice

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by Katrina on October 7, 2014

You guys! I need your help. Can you answer one question to help to me prepare for a conference I’m speaking at next week? Here’s the question: What is the single best piece of advice you’ve received on balancing work and family? Please leave your answer in the comments below. (Or you can tweet it […]

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Sunday Night Blues

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by Katrina on April 21, 2013

I have a lot going on right now. Interesting but intense freelance work. Finishing a book and trying to figure out how to promote it. More than the usual amount of business travel. Coordinating major house repairs. Trying to ensure my children are clothed, loved, fed and not too overdue for their dentist appointments… And […]

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The Atlantic magazine story

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by Katrina on June 22, 2012

I’m blown away by this essay: “Why Women Still Can’t Have It All.” Finally, someone is saying what’s true. The author, Anne-Marie Slaughter, was a high-powered working mom in Washington who stepped off her career fast track to be with her teenage children. Then she wrote an essay, which was published in The Atlantic, saying […]

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The Venn diagram of parenthood

by Katrina on March 1, 2012

I’m not sure why I put this together, but I thought it might make for interesting discussion. Notice that “good” dads and “bad” moms occupy the same part of the chart? I used to be heavily in the blue/green circles, no yellow. Now I like to think I’m closer to the Swedish moms, in the […]

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What are you on?

by Katrina on January 19, 2012

A story in the New York Times caught my eye recently. The author questions whether we really live in “the age of anxiety” as it is often said. Earlier eras might have been even more jittery than ours. Fourteenth-century Europe, for example, experienced devastating famines, waves of pillaging mercenaries, peasant revolts, religious turmoil and a […]

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I just put together a very simple survey about working parents and stress. It takes only 5 minutes to complete. If you’re a parent and you work to help support your family, here’s what I’d like you to do: 1. Take the survey. 2. Forward the survey (or this post) to everyone you know. 3. […]

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Are you stoned, or just multitasking?

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by Katrina on January 21, 2011

It’s a much studied fact that too much multitasking has the same effect on our I.Q. as a bong hit. It makes us stupid. And yet, life with young children can require, at times, an absurd, stuntman level of multitasking. I first noticed the stoner effect of multitasking after my first child was born. That’s […]

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Poll results: 37% of us have a hospital fantasy

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by Katrina on December 18, 2010

A couple weeks ago, I put together a poll asking people if they ever fantasize about having to go into the hospital, just so they could get a break from their stressful lives. So far, 109 people have answered the poll. Here’s what you said. 44% of you say you do NOT have a secret […]

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