- Secrets To Your Success | Secrets to Your Success | Thu, Aug 29, 2013 2:59 PM EDT | Comments
When Erin McKenna decided to opened a specialty bakery in 2005, she had very little baking experience and had never run a business. But she taught herself to bake vegan, gluten-free, and soy-free goods, one recipe at a time. The business lessons came on the fly. Once year after she opened the doors of Babycakes NYC, her cupcakes were named the best in New York.
"It wasn't just best gluten-free or vegan cupcake," said McKenna. "It was just best across the board. But it was this — such huge praise. So it was very much overwhelming and a beautiful moment for me."Read More »
- The Daily Muse | Secrets to Your Success | Tue, Sep 3, 2013 1:53 PM EDT | Comments
Want the Same Promotion
Opportunities for promotion don't come around very often, so when they do, you may find yourself competing with a colleague for the same spot. Suddenly, your congenial workplace can turn into an episode of Survivor: The Concrete Jungle, with each person gunning for his or her own success at the expense of everything and everyone else.
Fortunately, though, you don't have to choose between getting a raise and maintaining a good relationship. We've outlined three of the common mistakes people make in this scenario that can quickly turn office friends into office frenemies.
Mistake #1: Saying Nothing
While this strategy might (emphasis on might) minimize conflict, it can also put a lot of strain on your relationship. After all, it's hard to maintain good rapport when you're tip-toeing around such a major issue or fearing that another co-worker will bring the topic up at happy hour.
Don't let the awkwardness build. A simple, "Hey, I heard that you're applying for that Projec...Read More »
- Secrets To Your Success | Secrets to Your Success | Wed, Sep 4, 2013 12:02 AM EDT | Comments
Nancy Allen began her acting career in commercials and went on to score roles in big films including "Carrie," "Blow Out," and "Robocop. She was even nominated for a Golden Globe for her role in the movie, "Dressed to Kill." But a request from a good friend--and cancer survivor--changed her path in life....Read More »
"If someone had said to me, you know, at some point in your life you're going to be a program director and then an executive director at a cancer support center, I would have said it's never happening ... I know nothing about that," said Allen. "But everything in my life led me to being right here today. "
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Allen's friend, Wendie, is a cancer survivor, and asked for her help in starting a cancer support center. "It was a time in my life where, I think, I was getting not tired of acting, but tired of the business of it all. And I needed something that had a little more purpose. We would meet here everyday and make ph
- Sarah B. Weir, Shine Senior Writer | Secrets to Your Success | Thu, Aug 29, 2013 2:46 PM EDT | Comments
- The Daily Muse | Secrets to Your Success | Fri, Aug 23, 2013 4:23 PM EDT | Comments
Deal with Bad Manager
If you're feeling unhappy in your 9-to-5, you're not alone. According to the latest Gallup poll, only three in 10 employees are fully engaged at work. And it's not because of long hours, dull assignments, or a lack of team culture. The biggest culprit? Terrible managers.
Sound shocking? Not when you look at it from the other side-turns out, managers are also struggling. Only one in 10 leaders is actually groomed for the job-but then again, half took the role solely to snag a raise; only 23% actually wanted to lead a team.
So, if you're stuck with a less-than-ideal boss, what can you do? Well, you can either let this manager mayhem make your life a miserable daymare (like a nightmare, only with sunshine), or you can accept that the game has changed and adjust your action plan accordingly. I would strongly suggest the latter-s...Read More »