In every workday, there are corporate rituals: procedures and routines designed to ensure safety, performance and productivity. We respect them and adhere to them. We also need to develop rituals in our private lives: Habits that help us feel relaxed, refreshed and de-stressed so we, too, can safeguard our health, performance and productivity. We need
So—here’s the final 2 tips of our countdown for partying like a pro: #6: You’re considerate of the help. For some reason, when certain employees are let off the leash, they go wild. They think because their party is being given by their company, it gives them license to be rude and demanding—especially to the
I read a line recently: “If a door doesn’t open, it is not your door.” I have no idea who said it, but the quote stayed with me. There have been a few doors in my life that haven’t opened. However, most people who know me will say that, when I can’t get through a
Swim to the shallow end! Allow me to explain. The other night, I was watching Fashionably Late with Rachel Zoe. As many of you probably know, Zoe is a top fashion stylist, who also starred in her own reality TV series. As I watched this new show, her segment entitled, “What were you thinking?” rang
I have been noticing a growing focus on Facebook: Many of my friends are seeing their children off to college for the first time. There is a great deal of pride mixed with a lot of sadness and a sense of loss. And, even though I have no children, it can be heartbreaking to read
Funny—these words from the song of the same name by The Clash came to mind when a client recently asked me about retirement. The thought of retirement is in one way thrilling and in another way frightening! It’s easy to know what you’re retiring from. It’s harder to decide what you’re retiring to. You can
Of all the tips I can give for dressing with confidence, the most important is this: Wear clothes that fit you properly. Here are a few do’s and don’ts to help you: Do wear pieces with a flattering cut. Like a precious gem, cut accounts for 40% of perceived value. Do buy items that fit
While revisiting the first series of Downton Abbey last night, this quote—said by Mrs. Hughes to John Bates—caught my attention. I have advised many people over the years who have felt defective in some way. Sometimes, they were fired from a job. Sometimes, they suffered an illness. Sometimes, they succumbed to panic attacks and depression.
If you are one of the many executives that travel a lot for business (often at the last minute), here’s a quick tip for you: Make a generic packing list. Yeh, yeh—who likes to make lists?? But I have found them to be a lifesaver in my career! Just take a few minutes to sit
Years ago, I lost 55 pounds. It was a major feat for me. I changed my diet, and kept my daily intake under 1700 calories. I drank tons of water, and gave up diet soda. I worked with a personal trainer, and began weight/resistance training. I stayed committed to my goal, and rarely strayed. I
It’s Sunday. A day of rest. So, today, make sure you take time off. Time off from feeling guilty. Time off from thinking you never do enough. Time off from worrying. Time off from hurrying. Use all that free time to enjoy yourself! Really enjoy yourself! After all, who deserves it more than you?
Here’s a clip from my interview with Gerry Diamond, where we discuss the importance of doing your research—and listening for vocal cues during—a phone interview. Have a look: Navigating the Phone Interview Cheers to a successful career!, Michelle Copyright 2015 Michelle Kerrigan