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Feeling guilty....

A capacity for guilt seems to define our sense of what it is to be human: on this psychoanalysis and the Judaeo-Christian religions agree…And anyone who invents an alternative story about all this will be taken to be trying to avoid guilt, to be immature, utopian or psychopathic.– Adam Phillips...more

3 Things NOT to say in an interview

Part of the reason I've been so busy at work lately is that I have been sitting on interview panels a couple times a day for the last two weeks. As such, I have interviewed close to 20 people, for both entry-level and mid-level manager positions. I collected a number of tips of things NOT to say in your interview from both college new hires and folks that have been around the block a few times. These are all actual quotes from actual interviews where I was the interviewer. ...more

DC's Native Cocktail -- Rickey Recipe

Yesterday, DC City Council took the extraordinary step to unanimously name the "Rickey" DC's Native Cocktail....more

5 Beauty Tips for Busy Women

Two kids in two years has meant that I get very little time to myself in the morning.  Last week I estimated it at 15 minutes; today my mother called and so it was shortened down to nine.  Nine minutes!  Fortunately, I’ve sufficiently honed my “beauty” regimen that I was ready on time and still had time to drink my coffee before I headed out the door.  (And yes, ...more

Notes from (our travels to) a small island — Tips for traveling with little children

As I mentioned last week, the family and I have embarked on our annual summer vacation. After a marathon trip of planes, trains and automobiles, Mr. K, the babies and I arrived in England on Saturday morning. As that was five days ago, you can see it’s taken me a while to get over the jet lag and into something of a routine. Here, in no particular order, are a few of the things we learned on our trip “across the pond” with two toddlers:...more

Overlooked Business Skills: Delivering Bad News

There are a number of critical business skills that are all too often overlooked in school, training, and in practice. People know when others are good at their jobs, but often can not explain why. Each Monday I will tackle one of these skills. This week: Delivering Bad News. ...more

Swimming like a duck — Tips for *appearing* calm and collected at work

Just by virtue of age and unwillingness to change jobs I am becoming a “senior” level associate. That means that there are increasing numbers of people junior to me, though I want to make clear that they don’t work for me and I am not their boss. It just means that they tend to view me as older and wiser and hit me up for advice all the time, and then scurry to their respective corners when I have work that would be more appropriate to hand off to someone with a lower billing rate....more

Oh No! You might be a feminist!

I have had more than one conversation recently where someone has said, "I'm not a feminist, but..." and proceeded to rattle off standard feminist talking points. In fact, Mr. Idgie and I were having a Serious Discussion a couple days ago where he looked at me and asked, "You're not a feminist...are you?" in such a manner that answering in the positive would be akin to confessing that I enjoy kicking puppies. I looked straight at him and said "Yes. I am. And you are too!"...more

The ICC -- Just another slap on the wrist for Gaddafi?

I was greeted with the happy news this morning that the Pre-Trial Chamber I of the ICC had issued arrest warrants for Muammar Mohammed Abu Minyar Gaddafi, Saif Al-Islam Gaddafi and Abdullah Al-Senussi for crimes against humanity (murder and persecution) allegedly committed across Libya from February 15, 2011 until 28 February 28, 2011....more

Overlooked Business Skills: Saying No

There are a number of critical business skills that are all too often overlooked in school, training, and in practice. People know when others are good at their jobs, but often can not explain why. Each Monday (yes, today is Tuesday) I will tackle one of these skills. Today is Saying No....more