2706, 2013

HBR: Entrepreneurs Get Better with Age

June 27th, 2013|Categories: Harvard Business Review|

When my mother turned forty, we threw her a tongue-in-cheek funeral-themed surprise party, festooning the living room with paper tombstones engraved with Rest in Peace. That party theme is now a laughable conceit — forty then was older than forty now. Almost. In today’s world, there is still a bias against older people — employers […]

1804, 2013

HBR: Mayer, Sandberg, Slaughter: Driving Change, at a Cost

April 18th, 2013|Categories: Harvard Business Review|

Working women have been calling for more seats in the boardroom, more days of paid maternity leave, more corner offices, more money, and more — well, more! for a long time. So why does it seem like we’ve only now reached a dull roar on these issues — maybe even what some are calling the […]

1803, 2013

HBR: For a Career that Lasts, Build Real Relationships

March 18th, 2013|Categories: Harvard Business Review|

I’d just hung up the phone, dismayed. After spending the better part of an hour on the phone with an entrepreneur a friend of mine had asked me to advise, there was no talk of how he could return the favor — he barely coughed up a thank you.

There’s an economic case to be made […]

1902, 2013

Independent Work May Be Inevitable

February 19th, 2013|Categories: Harvard Business Review|

I never intended to disrupt my career over and again, eventually becoming a free agent. And yet it turns out that the odds were pretty good that I would disrupt myself out of corporate life — and that you might, too.

My decision to go independent was set in motion over a decade ago. When my […]

1902, 2013

HBR: The Mockingbird by Mary Oliver

February 19th, 2013|Categories: Harvard Business Review|

Having just posted Independent Work May be Inevitable over at HBR, The Mockingbird by Mary Oliver, one of my favorite poets, seems fitting:

The Mockingbird
by Mary Oliver

All summer
the mockingbird
in his pearl-gray coat
and his white-windowed sings

from the hedge to the top of the pine
and begins to sing, but it’s neither
lilting nor […]

402, 2013

HBR: Why Innovators Love Constraints

February 4th, 2013|Categories: Harvard Business Review|

While dreaming and disrupting has unfettered me in many ways, it has shackled me in others. One of the most unexpected was losing a part of my identity. Once the rush of leaving a name-brand corporation wore off, it began to seep in that I could no longer call someone and say “Whitney Johnson, Merrill […]

1101, 2013

HBR: Women Need to Realize Work Isn’t School

January 11th, 2013|Categories: Harvard Business Review|

Academic institutions are churning out ever-more female graduates. But the very skills that propel women to the top of the class in school are earning us middle-of the-pack marks in the workplace. Indeed, a recent study found that women account for 51.4% of middle managers in the U.S. but only 4.2% of Fortune 500 CEO’s. […]

101, 2013

HBR: Instead of Making Resolutions, Dream

January 1st, 2013|Categories: Harvard Business Review|

As January approaches, and we bid another year adieu, our thoughts turn to making resolutions: this year I will lose that extra weight, drink less alcohol, give up sugar, get out of debt. All worthy goals, but why do we perennially return to resolutions that seem based on the idea of fixing all the things […]

1712, 2012

HBR: Women, Finance the World You Want

December 17th, 2012|Categories: Harvard Business Review|

Women are gaining financial independence to an unprecedented degree — they now make up the majority of college graduates, are nearly half of the labor force and are becoming the primary earners in many households. Yet most remain uneasy or uninvolved when it comes to talking about and managing money. — USA Today

A number of […]

1710, 2012

HBR: If You Want to Lead, Read These 10 Books

October 17th, 2012|Categories: Harvard Business Review|

Last week, John Coleman posted a list of recommended books, 11 Books Every Young Leader Should Read.

There were no books by women on the list.

While part of me cries “unfair” more than I would like it to, this is John’s list, and he gets to recommend as he chooses. What actually concerns me — and […]