Erin McKenna

When Erin McKenna decided to opened a specialty bakery in 2005, she little baking experience and had never run a business. B…

  • Thinking about telecommuting? Although working from home can offer more flexibility than being in a traditional office, you still have to meet your employer's deadlines and expectations - and that takes discipline.

    "Today, telecommuting is something that enters many of our work worlds, [so] we should all create spaces at home that are conducive to working there," says Heath Boice-Pardee, EdD, associate faculty member at the University of Phoenix School of Advanced Studies and community manager of the PhoenixConnect® academic social network.

    Here are Boice-Pardee's tips for being productive at home:

    1. Set boundaries.

    A potential drawback of not being in an office is having no line of demarcation between your work and personal life. One way to avoid this is to set firm boundaries.

    "Have a dedicated workspace," Boice-Pardee stresses, preferably with a door you can close to reduce noise and interruptions from the rest of the household so you can concentrate on your job. "When my family comes i

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  • boss resigns

    These days, it's rare to meet someone who's been in the same position for his or her entire career. But, while most of us understand that transitioning to another role is a near-certain eventuality for any professional, we often forget the fact that bosses move on, too.

    It's disruptive when anyone resigns from his or her post, but especially so when the head honcho is involved-after all, he or she was holding the group together, right?

    In my 14 years of having bosses, I've seen a fair number move on to greener pastures, and I've picked up a few dos and don'ts to help get me through (and even see the opportunity for greener pastures of my own). If your boss has put in his or her notice, remember these guidelines over the next two weeks.

    Don't: Panic

    I'll never forget the first time one of my bosses resigned to start his own business. (Back then, we called it "retiring" whenever someone got the entrepreneurial bug.) While I'd think nothing of it now-I've seen plenty of bosses and colle

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  • You've seen the infomercial before. Men and women prancing around, showing off their rock-hard abs that they supposedly achieved by working out just six minutes a day! Why would you spend hours each week on a treadmill when you could look this good with a super-quick fix?, they suggest.

    Deep down, of course, you know it's all smoke and mirrors. Nobody just wakes up one day, magically looking like an Abercrombie & Fitch model after a few six-minute sessions. While there probably are a few people out there that were blessed with bionic genes, most of us would need to endure years of rigorous training at the gym and choke down more salads and protein shakes than we'd care to count to achieve that level of fitness.

    Not surprisingly, the same is true for a rock-solid career. Yet, many of us still hang on to the belief that overnight success is a real possibility-if only we could find the right idea, the right contacts, the right job, the right approach. And sure, again, there are a few ind

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  • Dominique Crenn was the first female chef in America to be given two Michelin Stars, which are awarded to restaurants for their excellence. For the top-rated chef, this honor marked another "first." Back in 2007, she was the first female executive chef in Indonesia at the Intercontinental Hotel in Jakarta. Crenn, who appears on the popular Food Network competition, Iron Chef, knows that success is personal. "Success is not about money, it's not about who you know," she said. "It's about yourself and who you are inside."

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    According to her speech at TEDxFiDiWomen in February, Crenn learned her lessons about success from her dad when she was a young girl growing up in Versailles, France. The cooking and love of food, however, came from watching her mom and grandmother in the kitchen, and from eating at top-rated restaurants as a child. Crenn once joked with reporter from the Contra Costa Times that she was born with foie gras in her mouth.

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  • Photo courtesy of Shannon Leavitt

    Do one good deed a day.

    That’s what waitress Shannon Leavitt and her 10-year-old son Kaden of Pocatello, Idaho, have promised as part of their “Pay it forward” campaign. The duo wants to help spread acts of kindness throughout the world.

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    Their deeds include buying strangers tanks of gas, carrying someone’s groceries in a shopping mall parking lot, buying notebooks for neighborhood kids, and purchasing another person's meal at a drive-through restaurant. Leavitt once paid for an elderly couple’s dinner at a Chinese restaurant and gave her coat to a young girl who was shivering while she walked to school. The person on the receiving end always gets a simple white card from Leavitt and Kaden that reads, “Pay it forward.” On the back of the card, there's another message: “Please do a good deed, whatever it may be. Then pass this card to that person and tell them to do the same thing ... pay it forward.”

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