Abercrombie & Fitch's Big Misstep: Narcissism

In the 90's and for much of the first decade of this millenium, Abercrombie & Fitch was the brand to beat. The clothing was pricey and the sales figures were strong.Abercrombie & Fitch wasn't selling clothing but an experience...an aspirational experience targeted to teenagers who hoped being decked out in Abercrombie clothes would help them realize their high school dreams. The teenagers couldn't get enough. Overlay those aspirations with a Freudian twist and you get all the elements of narcissism: vanity, conceit, egotism and elitism. ...more

This sentence, and the very fact that a "look policy" exists, is making me sick to my ...more

The Death of Chick-Lit? I Doubt It

I guess I shouldn't have been surprised last week when people started sending me links to an article called "The Death of Chick-lit" and then they started sending me links to the reactions about the article. After all, I read chick-lit and I'm not afraid to say it. Chick-lit is dying? Really? I've been listening to people proclaim chick-lit's death since 2007. Call me skeptical. ...more

Like you, I'm not ashamed AT ALL to say that I read chick lit. In fact, I love it as a genre. ...more

Is Fear in the Workplace Holding You Hostage?

The paradox of these changing times is that on the one hand it is an ideal time to re-evaluate your career path whether you still have a job, got laid off, or started/own a business. On the flip side these anxieties are transforming the workplace and business climate in such a way that many people are scared into full paralysis. ...more

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What I wonder in some cases is whether we create more of our ...more

What Saved the Superchicken? Strategic Planning!

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Charity Auction Tips

With the recession suppressing charity fund raiser ticket sales, more and more organizations are looking to Live Auctions to help make up for lost revenue.  Many are huge successes but there are a few tips to keep in mind when planning your own:     1.       If you have international travel packages you will substantially increase the value by including airfare. If you have no ...more

Faculty self-interest trumps collegiality at the University of California

In a letter that has made jaws drop throughout the University of California system and in colleges and universities around the country, a group of 23 University of California, San Diego department chairs have called on the UC to--among other things--sacrifice campuses, specifically UC Merced, UC Santa Cruz, and UC Riverside, that value teaching as well as research. ...more

In Connecticut, we are having a similar budget debate. Legislators are talking about ...more

How the Economic Downturn is Changing Customer Service & Small Business

I'm working on my personal budget by tracking where my cash goes every day.  It is a process most small business owners are very familiar with.  More consumers are watching every dollar closely these days and this financial awareness may not change when the economy improves. As entrepreneurs, small business owners and the self-employed work and wait for an economic turnaround; one expert advises they may need to consider the business landscape is forever changed. ...more

Should students feel the brunt of university budget cuts?

I opened my local newspaper this morning to find faculty opining that any cuts to their salaries should be reflected as reduced time spent in the classroom. For example, the article quotes Professor Keith Watenpaugh of the University of California, Davis religious studies department: ...more