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Caregiving/Family/ Workplace

Flexible Work Environments are Key for Caregivers

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During a workplace seminar I recently attended, a member of the audience asked the speaker, “Why do millennials want the flexible work environments?”

The speaker replied, “Because they don’t want to work! Millennials don’t want to work.”

As one of the only millennials in the crowded event space, my interest was piqued by the speaker’s response and the subsequent non-millennial audience reception. The speaker and audience conversation continued dogging millennial employees, citing Generation Y’s preference for remote working opportunities and their engagement in the gig economy as sufficient evidence for the unfounded argument that millennials are inherently “lazy”, “have immature values”, and “lack sufficient work ethic”.

As a career-minded millennial that’s built her entire career through virtual work out of necessity (I am also a full-time caregiver to my spouse who was injured serving our country in Afghanistan), I was quite troubled to hear this discourse among industry leaders regarding generational misconceptions and ill-informed consensus regarding flexible work opportunities that can lead to mass discrimination within our caregiving community.

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Entrepreneurship/ Ranch Living

How to Run a Business from the Middle of Nowhere

rural business

Remember Raymond Tusk from House of Cards?

The Koch-inspired billionaire who headquartered his company in Missouri (of all places), lived in a modest house with his wife, and spent his free time roaming the Ozarks bird watching? Despite living thousands of miles away from politic power houses and industry hubs, Tusk’s enterprises extended their reach into international markets from the Show Me State, all the way to China.

While I’m not much like Gerald McCraney’s House of Cards character (we exist in totally different tax brackets), we do have one similarity – running a business from the middle of nowhere.

Throughout business school, I carefully researched up and coming metro areas and startup communities, trying to identify the “perfect” place to headquarter my consulting firm.  Continue Reading…

Workplace

3 Tips for Making Your Home Office Your Haven

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Fervently jotting down the dictated list of prioritized task and deadlines on a yellow legal pad, I proceeded to summarize the hour long skype­ session with one of my most valued clients.

Just another relaxing afternoon in the day of sweat pant exec, or so I thought. 

Mid­way through my “week 3 strategy” rotation, my 100+ lb. German Shepherd barreled through my half ­closed “office” doors and charged the mesmerizing laptop screen with the unbridled aggression of his carnivorous predecessors.

There went the web cam…

There went the café latte…

There went the meeting…

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