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Should We Want Medicare for All?

If you've been watching the news lately (and I wouldn't blame you if you weren't), healthcare has, to put it mildly, been a subject of note in the Senate. We just saw the demise of the Republicans' latest attempt to repeal Obamacare through Graham-Cassidy, so some are wondering about the future of Bernie Sanders' bill, Medicare for All. A number of prominent senators, mostly Democrats with their eyes on a 2020 presidential run, have co-sponsored the bill, and a lot of citizens are getting excited at the prospect of universal healthcare. Let's take a breath for a moment. Firstly, the bill doesn't have the slightest chance of passage. I'm open to being wrong on this, but I sincerely doubt that

Let's Do a Contest!

I'm excited to get the word out about my blog, so I'm sponsoring a fun contest! The rules are that anyone who is subscribed to my blog on Halloween will be eligible to win, so if you're not already subscribed, make sure you head over to that little box on the right side of the blog, enter your email address and sign up! You can also get extra entries for sending your friends over! All you have to do is visit my posts on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn and tag your friends in the post. If they reply that they subscribed, your name will be put into the drawing again. There are no limits on the number of entries you can get, so bring everyone over! But let's answer the big question - w

Ask the Recruiter

In my other world over at Level Up Prep, my career services company, I occasionally write a segment I call Ask the Recruiter, where I take one of the many questions that seem to be one of the repeaters among job seekers, and give my usual answer. In this particular iteration I decided to do a video recording to make it a bit different, and I'm including it here in case it may be helpful to anyone who is considering a job change. If you are, you're not alone. In some research I did earlier this year, I discovered that only about a third of workers are actually engaged at work right now. That means that between you and two of your co-workers, only one of you isn't looking for another job right

An Argument in Favor of Banning the Box

If you've not yet heard of Ban the Box rules, it's only because you've heard it under a different name. In New York we call it the Fair Chance Act, for example, but the practical effect is the same. As an employer, you must not check an applicant's criminal background, nor ask about it, until an offer has employment has been made, with a few narrow exceptions. This is a trend that is cropping up increasingly throughout the country, and as it has gained popularity, I've heard a lot of complaints from hiring managers and business owners about why it's a bad law. I have this conversation all the time, so I'd like to take a moment to discuss why arrest records and criminal history are terrible f

Some Tools for Your Business and Career

I spend a lot of time thinking about all of the various things that impact business. I'm a big nerd, I can't help it. In case you weren't already aware, there are a few different ways you can get updates from me: Twitter: I post important updates on compliance, laws and (brace yourself) politics that effect business in areas I serve or by request. If you're interested in the quick and dirty on what's new in the compliance world, that's where you'll want to be. Facebook: If Twitter isn't your thing, I maintain the same feed from there on my Facebook page. Same content, but without the fear of being sucked into a vortex of 140-character opinions. LinkedIn: I share articles of interest from oth

Automating My Wardrobe

An entrepreneur friend of mine, Zak, gave me a great piece of advice when I was launching my portfolio career. I needed to wear the same thing every day. Steve Jobs did it, Mark Zuckerberg does it, and it helps them to be at the peak of their creativity and productivity. As the theory goes, the less mental energy you spend on making little, unimportant decisions, the more you'll have to make bigger, more consequential ones. Steve Jobs wore that same black mock turtleneck every time you saw him. His closet probably looked like Inspector Gadget's (this may be a joke only people of a certain age will get...). Now that I think about it, Zak always wears the same outfit every time I see him, too.

Inbox Zero

For those of you who may be unfamiliar with the term, Inbox Zero is a concept where you clear your inbox of any emails. That doesn't simply mean unread - it means any emails at all. I mentioned in a recent Instagram post that one of the ways I keep it all together is an insane level of organization. This is one of my methods. Before I jump into what they are, I'm going to address what at least some of you are thinking. There's no way I can sort through all my emails. Yes, you can, it's tedious because you let it go too long and now you have to make up for lost time. I get too many emails to get to inbox zero every day. Yes, we're going to solve that as well. You're going to need discipline f

Learning to Drink for Work

Let me start by being clear - I'm not talking about drinking a long lunch on a Friday and going back to the office, keeping your head down and doing as little as possible until the weekend comes. You're not Karen Walker (if only...). When you reach a certain point in your career, having a cocktail or other adult beverage with work colleagues or bosses is not only acceptable, it's expected, and learning to do so without getting sloppy in front of executives is actually a good skill to master. It may sound silly, but it will come in handy in the corporate world to be able to have a drink with the bigwigs and still manage to maintain your composure. There are a few handy tricks to keep in mind.

Mission Control: Ready to Relaunch

People are always asking me how I do it. I have a family of four, a full-time job, two businesses of my own, I've written a book and I maintain a steady social media presence on multiple platforms. When I tell people about all this, they stare at me wide eyed and ask me how I could possibly make it all happen. I usually don't know how to answer them. I sometimes shrug and say, "Oh, I don't know," because aren't women expected to simply make everything happen and make it look effortless? I can't let anyone know that sometimes I struggle, or that I ask for help from time to time. Sometimes I tell them that I'm neurotically organized and blame it on my relentless inability to turn off, but that

Men Don't Actually Have It All, Either

I've written a lot about women and work. I've spoken at length about the gender wage gap. I consider myself one of those people who is attempting to "have it all". I do feel that women have a tough time making a balance between work, family and even squeezing in some time for themselves, and we put a lot of pressure on ourselves. I think it's time to take some of that pressure off. We think men can have it all, and we aspire to that, but I don't think they actually do have it all. Without question, women are still considered to be the primary caregivers for both children and elders, and that is not only an actual burden that we bear, but a perceived one, as well. It is that perception that o

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