How to Create a Positive Collaborative Environment for Freelance and Full-time Employees

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How to Create a Positive Collaborative Environment for Freelance and Full-time Employees

The workforce landscape is changing drastically. New generations are stepping in to replace the droves of retiring Baby Boomers, women are high-tailing it out of the corporate world to start their own businesses, the demographic makeup of the workforce is shifting the majority to the minority, and organizations around the country are hiring freelancers instead […]

How to Manage Inefficient Communication With Freelance Employees

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How to Manage Inefficient Communication With Freelance Employees

One of the four major workforce trends headed our way is the rise in freelance workers. In fact, the freelance workforce is already 53 million strong, and growing*. To prepare for the workforce of the future, it’s time managers take a close look at how managing freelance employees varies from managing fulltime, in-house employees. Good […]

How Do You Effectively Manage Freelance Workers?

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How Do You Effectively Manage Freelance Workers?

The US freelance workforce is currently 53 million strong, and growing fast*. In fact, right now freelancers make up 34% of our national workforce. Sarah Harowitz, executive director of Freelancers Union says, “This is an economic shift on par with the industrial revolution.” Surprised? Don’t be. The rise of freelance workers is one of four […]

The Truth About Women Leaders in Higher Education

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The Truth About Women Leaders in Higher Education

Women are making major strides on many different fronts of higher education, including college enrollment and degree completion. Did you know that more women than men enter college and earn their bachelor’s degrees before the age of 30 in America? However, there is still a major underrepresentation of females in one key area: college and […]

An Excellent Business Plan Does Not Guarantee Success

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An Excellent Business Plan Does Not Guarantee Success

Looking back, I am amazed at how many times I’ve jumped into a new business completely clueless. For me, this ended up being a good thing. Did I have an exit strategy? No way! Was I able to follow my business plan to a T? Definitely not. As I was learning, my business plan kept […]

Leadership Lessons from the Kitchen: How to Face Hard Muffins and Hard Situations

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Leadership Lessons from the Kitchen: How to Face Hard Muffins and Hard Situations

Let’s talk about muffins – blueberry muffins, banana nut muffins, apple muffins – and the thud they make as they hit the compost bin, since these particular muffins are rock hard. I should back up. I left the Ivy League for culinary school years ago to become a chef. During my nine years as a […]

Leadership Lessons from the Kitchen: What Mother’s Day Brunch Can Teach Us About Teamwork

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Leadership Lessons from the Kitchen: What Mother’s Day Brunch Can Teach Us About Teamwork

Today, I’d like you to join me at brunch, my favorite meal. Before you start salivating over the idea of a Croque Monsieur, I should tell you that you’ll be joining me in the kitchen. Not just any kitchen—the kitchen of a busy restaurant. If you’ve been reading my series on leadership lessons I learned […]

Leadership Lessons from the Kitchen: How to Prevent Difficult Communication from Burning Your Fingers

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Leadership Lessons from the Kitchen: How to Prevent Difficult Communication from Burning Your Fingers

I would never have guessed at the time, but leaving the Ivy League to go to culinary school gave me the opportunity to learn a lot about leadership. I recently shared four of the lessons I learned as a chef  and the response was overwhelming. Since my lessons seem to have hit a nerve, I […]

What is Your Definition of Success?

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What is Your Definition of Success?

I once heard Arianna Huffington say that it’s time to stop bragging about how many hours we work, and how exhausted we are. She believes it’s time to redefine success*, taking it beyond money and power, to include well-being, wisdom and wonder. I couldn’t agree more with this definition of success. Success to me is […]

How to Merge Creativity and Business

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How to Merge Creativity and Business

Business is so much more than ROI and numbers. It is also about creativity and compassion. The truth is, you cannot run a successful business if you are not creative. Bringing creativity into your leadership is more than just supplying the Playdough at a company retreat.  It is about fostering innovation and allowing mistakes to […]