How to Have a Crappy Conversation

This week brought an interesting theme. Two of my colleagues – and me - all found ourselves in a universally dreaded situation. We had to have crappy conversations. And they Stressed. Us. Out. (Nooooo sleeping here.) Colleague #1? He had to tell his somewhat-non-performing staff member who really loved working from home…that he would no longer be...
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Why You’re Scared About the Wrong Thing

So…things have gotten slightly anxiety-ridden in the Maloney house. The culprit? Well…I wrote a play. Yes, the theater kind. The last time I did this was back when I was in college. As in undergrad college. As in a looooong time ago. Oh, and I’m also going to produce the play this year. The last time I did this was…well never. Oh, and I’m going t...
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But Not Today

Well this is a tricky time, yes? Let’s count a few ways… There are the holidays, which often come with a multitude of festive moments…and a multitude of non-festive moments. Think traffic, crowds, and, potentially, a few forced smiles around that carefully-set dinner table. There’s also…and let me say first that I am in nooooooo way entering into s...
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How to Deal with Your Whole Lotta Nothing

So recently life got kind of…funky. The schedule, the business, the personal stuff... …all funky. Work projects got all bunched together, with odd, quiet stretches in-between. Same thing with my writing projects. And travel. And personal engagements. And good books. The result? Clusters of weeks where life sped along at an almost chaotic pace. Which...
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When Life Laughs at Your Best Laid Plans

This month found me exploring the country of Japan for the first time. Those of you who know me won’t be surprised to learn that I did a whole lot of planning…or, as I lovingly called it, “Japlanning”…in the months leading up to the trip.  And that Japlanning paid off. Mostly. There were a few moments, however, when things didn’t quite go according ...
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The Boomerang Effect

A recent work trip found me networking with two women I hadn’t met before.  It didn’t take long before I noticed a pattern pop up. Let’s see if you catch it. Woman #1: Whew, it’s so great to be here because I thought I might not make it. My daughter just had her wisdom teeth out and it turns out they were all impacted… Woman #2: I know what you me...
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