Innovation remains an important priority for enterprises small and large as well as a major driver of our economic prosperity, if not even more important than ever. As a result, individuals and leaders continuously seek to increase creative output and improve innovation results. Yet we find ourselves, especially as women, mired in the never-ending search for continuous improvement – those elusive productivity gains allowing us to maximize our time and how we allocate this precious resource. Efficiency and effectiveness are top of mind for many of us daily, and on some days may feel like hourly. (more…)
In our free teleclass on April 24, Julie Shifman of Act Three discussed how to use small-stepping to reach your goals, avoiding the hopelessness and discouragement that often come when facing a big challenge. Scroll down to listen to the 30-minute call.
I’m not crafty but at the beginning of every year I make a vision board. It’s my one craft project for the year and it’s so much fun. Reading magazines is my guilty little pleasure and it comes in handy for this task. Over the past few weeks I’ve been ripping out pages, pictures and words that speak to me. I spent this evening gluing my favorites on a piece of poster board. (more…)
I remember my polished image staring back at me at that downtown consignment store. I could hear Dolce and Gabbana cheering me on, with my cinched waist, tapered suit pants and power pumps.
I looked pretty sharp, I looked really professional, and crazily enough, I looked like a lawyer. (more…)
In 1996, after many years on the faculty of Tufts University School of Medicine, I became Senior Medical Editor at ZonePerfect Nutrition Company, a nutraceutical start-up. Warp-speed growth created an all-hands-on-deck atmosphere in which we were asked to do whatever our skill sets qualified us to do. Because I had taught expository writing at Harvard and Brandeis, I was elected to write copy for bottles of fish oil. A lifetime as a foodie-cook made me the logical choice for website food columnist and cookbook reviewer. And my MD-in-an-apron persona earned me a starring role in a series of infomercial cooking demos. By the time ZonePerfect was acquired by Abbott Laboratories in 2003, I had published a successful cookbook and established a reputation in healthy cooking circles. But nothing prepared me for what I went on to do: start my own business. (more…)