Posts Categorized: On My Mind

The Trailing Spouse: To Be or Not To Be??

The Wikipedia describes a Trailing Spouse as “a person who follows his or her life partner to another city because of a work assignment.” It goes further to explain that the life of The Trailing Spouse is fraught with many challenges that may impact on their personal and professional lives. Challenges such as: Professional Sacrifice…read more

Why Engagement is the Wrong Word

I was engaged once.  It was 1988 and in between a course of sweetbreads and lamb at the Millcroft Inn in Alton, Ontario, the blue-eyed guy across from me popped the question.  I looked at the ring, and I looked at him, and I said, “yes”.  In other words, I said (on the inside), “I…read more

A Day of Rest….and a Day of Thanks

It’s Thanksgiving Day here in the U.S. so we’re taking the day off. To our U.S. readers, enjoy your day with family and friends, turkey dinners, and football…..or however you choose to celebrate. To our readers elsewhere, have a great day and great weekend ahead. Where ever you are, whether you’re celebrating the holiday or…read more

Gratitude

The month of November and Thanksgiving holiday are a natural time to reflect on those things for which we are thankful.  Not that thanks and appreciation should be limited to just one month per year, but it’s when it becomes front and center for many.  Amongst being thankful for friends, family, security, and a roof…read more

The Real-Life Impact of HR

Looking for a life-impacting role for HR? Explore the opportunity you can use to save lives and life styles. I am talking about the life skills and balancing of life decisions of both your employees and their spouses. My mom’s cousin lost her husband in the last year.  In her grief and lack of education,…read more

Gloria, Sinead and Miley Walked into a Bar…

And so it continues. Miley Cyrus, who has become everyone’s favorite person to trash on the internet over the last several months, popped up this past weekend on Saturday Night Live where she did her schtick (it has become a schtick, btw) of rolling her tongue around on the side of her mouth while flashing some sort of pop star gang sign with her long lacquered fingernails.

I still don’t get it although, to be fair, I think she does. It appears she’s moved into self-deprecating territory and, thankfully I guess, has quickly become a parody of herself.

One bit of good has arisen from all the Miley chatter though in that it has served as yet another catalyst for cultural discussions on feminism, women and the patriarchal culture in which we still live.

Singlehood, Childlessness, and Career

I was recently flipping through the stations on TV and stumbled across the 1997 “chick flick” Picture Perfect. For those not familiar, this particular movie stars Jennifer Aniston as an aspiring ad agency professional who finds her career, despite her obvious talent, slightly hampered by the fact that she’s single. Her lack of attachment (no husband, kids, or mortgage) is the basis of her boss and the agency’s fear that she’ll develop relationships with key clients and then leave, taking those clients with her elsewhere, without a second thought. She feels so hampered that it prompts her to concoct a story with a fake fiancé and wedding plans to prove her “commitment to the firm;” her plans to settle down reaffirm that she is in no hurry to make a move anywhere else.

For Women Only. Really?

I got a tad worked up recently when I received some information about a local event that is being advertised as a “Job Fair for Women.”  The employers participating are primarily in the retail and hospitality industry although there are other industries represented.  The communication included the line “If you know any women seeking employment…read more

Your Identity Beyond Your Career

Identity.

What do you want to be known for? What is important to you?

If you think you are too young to read about retirement or you roll your eyes at the thought of it because it seems impossible, then YOU need to keep your butt in your seat and read this one. If you still want to jump elsewhere – replace the word retirement with sabbatical, or career change, and most of all of this discussion is very applicable there too.