Zappos Core Value #2: Embrace and Drive Change

Zappos successfully navigated some big changes recently, when the company adopted a holacratic operational model.  No titles, no top-down organizational chart.  Everyone gets a chance to do what they’re good at and love!  This may not be for everyone, and some even left the company.  I think the defectors are missing out.  I pray that someday I get a chance to “fill the shoes” of one of those former Zapponians!Part 2 of a series.Zappos Core Value #2:  Embrace and Drive Change...more

The Ten Days of Zappos

Growing up in New York, I associated autumn with September, because that’s when the school year started, and with October, because that’s when we drove up to the cider press in New Paltz to look at the pumpkins and lug home bushels of apples for pies and applesauce....more

Now You Can Build a Unique Business Brand with These 7 Tips

If you own a small business, you’ll definitely want it to grow into a trusted brand. You’ll also want to generate a steady flow of income to make your business thrive.You can only achieve this by building a unique and formidable brand for your business. This is what big businesses and companies leverage, and that’s why they’re able to hold their own....more

3 Unusual Habits You Won’t Believe Successful Entrepreneurs Have

Ask anyone about the habits of Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Warren Buffet, Sergey Brin and Mack Zuckerberg, and they’d probably tell you they’re courageous, creative, persistent and risk-taking.But, apart from these characteristics that successful entrepreneurs share, you’d be surprised by some odd habits these people share.1. CryingWhile you may consider this habit to be embarrassing and a sign of vulnerability, many successful entrepreneurs are reported to have cried on different occasions....more

Revisiting Our Climate Path

Just about four years ago, my husband and I changed professional course. Trexler Climate + Energy Services, our environmental and energy consulting firm, had started as a one-person shop in 1991. It grew into a 15-person firm well-known among companies, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), and governmental agencies. We worked on the first carbon offsets, the first carbon footprints, took the first companies carbon neutral, built the first carbon pricing model, and more....more

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When will I be ready?

It’s been about a month since I quit my job. I totally got burnt out. Earlier this year, I had already started looking for a job. Because almost overnight, my boss became psychologically abusive. And I knew that by the end of the year, my very trusted co-worker/assistant who works hard and is very knowledgeable about our work environment, was going to retire. Other problems popped up at work. One day I just felt foolish working so hard when some people, including some in the administration wasn't. ...more
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Thoughts for Entrepreneurs

NoteStream™, like so many entrepreneurial ventures, was created to fill a void. The idea took root while I tediously searched on my smartphone for information about French wine. I wanted articles that were credible, weren’t summaries, but were formatted for reading on a smartphone. After realizing that mobile had yet to deliver on this surprisingly simple request, NoteStream was born. I’ve since learned a great deal about French wine—but that’s not all I’ve learned....more