Topic: family

Working With A Sibling Can Be Crazy, But Also Crazy Wonderful

Working With A Sibling Can Be Crazy, But Also Crazy Wonderful

There are some very famous sister pairs who work together. Ones that come to mind right away include Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, Venus and Serena Williams, Jessica and Ashlee Simpson, all seven of the Kardashians, etc. They’ve all talked about how magical it is to work with their sisters and how every day is like heaven because they spend it with their best friends. But let’s get real. Those women are making millions. If I was making as much money as Kim Kardashian, I would skip and hold hands with my sister all day.
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Leadership Is Genetic, So You Were Born For The Corner Office (Or The Mailroom)

Leadership Is Genetic, So You Were Born For The Corner Office (Or The Mailroom)

Quotable football coach Vince Lombardi once said that “Leaders aren’t born, they are made.” Turns out he was wrong: For the first time ever, scientists have identified a specific DNA sequence associated with occupying a leadership position. Meet genotype rs4950, the lil’ guy that “appears to be associated with the passing of leadership ability down through generations,” according to the study’s lead author. “The conventional wisdom — that leadership is a skill — remains largely true, but we show it is also, in part, a genetic trait.” More »

3 Tips On How To Talk With Annoying Family Members About Your Job

3 Tips On How To Talk With Annoying Family Members About Your Job

Ahhh, Christmas: Season of gift-giving, egg nog, gathering around the tree, and making awkward conversation with relatives who don’t understand your career at all. When I started off as a freelance writer last year after almost 10 years as a full-time editor, one relative asked me if my main income would come from my personal blog. (Nope!) Most of my other relatives still seem to doubt that I’m able to make anything close to a full-time income with writing. (Yep!) But I love ‘em nonetheless. You probably have similarly confused family members. So here are three tips to make holiday career conversations easier. More »

‘My Family Embarrassed Me At Work’: Four Cringe-Worthy True Stories

âMy Family Embarrassed Me At Workâ: Four Cringe-Worthy True Stories

Writing about Ivanka Trump and her super-embarrassing father this week got me thinking: Sophisticated, ambitious Ivanka can’t be the only person out there who’s been humiliated by a member of her family. So I asked around and gathered true stories from four people whose family members pulled major cringe-worthy stunts that embarrassed them on the job. Their stories made me laugh, cry, and want to call my mom to say, “At least you never made me try sell you a vacuum!”
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10 Ways To Survive Thanksgiving When You Hate Your Family

10 Ways To Survive Thanksgiving When You Hate Your Family

I don’t know if it’s just me but sometimes when I watch those Thanksgiving TV episodes where no one ever seems to home to their families (even if they like down the street) and instead do dinner with their friends, I get a little jealous. Dinner with friends just seems like so much less work and funnier, though that may be because these are all comedies. But for some people spending this holiday, after traveling on a crowded plane or train or car, with their family can be quite stressful. Maybe you don’t get along with them or you are just on edge because of work and don’t want to deal with seeing cousins and their five children right now. As we saw on Saturday Night Live this week, going home is never perfect so we came up with some strategies for helping you get through it. More »

‘I’m Embarrassed To Talk With My Family About My Job’: 5 Cringe-Worthy True Stories

âIâm Embarrassed To Talk With My Family About My Job': 5 Cringe-Worthy True Stories

Just about anyone getting started in a career faces a moment in which you’re a bit embarrassed to tell your family what you really do all day: “I fold sweaters.” “I fetch coffee.” “I audition over and over.” “I make copies.” If you feel a little bashful about your current career status, take comfort in these extreme stories from people who really hate talking with their families about their jobs. Read on for stories from a pet psychic whose family thinks she’s a con artist, a Butterball Turkey employee with vegan parents, and the daughter of an investment banker who paid for her own posh lifestyle by working as an escort. More »

Anne-Marie Slaughter Represents Her Atlantic Piece Better Than That Cheap Cover

Anne-Marie Slaughter Represents Her Atlantic Piece Better Than That Cheap Cover

Mommy covers seem to be taking a turn for the solely incendiary these days, what with TIME getting a conventionally attractive blonde to model attachment parenting with her boob out and now The Atlantic — which harps on the “Sad White Babies With Mean Feminist Mommies” trend. Author Anne-Marie Slaughter may have raised strong points about the archaic work policies — not the lack of ambition — that keep women and parents from their families, but you wouldn’t know that given how cheaply The Atlantic emblazons that buzz-worthy “have it all” on their cover. A feminist straw man by all means. Rebecca Traister of Salon sets the tone right by going after the “having it all” myth straight on: More »