Topic: lessons learned

7 Career Lessons We Can Take From Bethenny Frankel

7 Career Lessons We Can Take From Bethenny Frankel

Entrepreneur Bethenny Frankel turns 41 today. The last few years have been rather jam-packed for former Real Housewife of New York. The creator of Skinnygirl Margarita had a baby, got married and saw her career literally explode in front of her. Bethenny has skyrocketed into a whole new echelon status of entrepreneurs. The girl has 500,000 people following her on Twitter and Facebook and 1.6 million viewers watching her show on Bravo every week. She is also a best-selling author and is now moving into cosmetics, cleanses and fashion. According to Bill Newlands, Beam Global Spirits & Wine North American president, Bethenny is tapping into extremely lucrative markets right now including premiumization, convenience, low calorie and the female consumer. “I have no idea how people could just stamp their name on something. I’m obsessed. I use everything, I named every single product. I created the packaging and the logo,” she said. More »

Anna Wintour Turns 62, Lessons Learned From Her Career

Anna Wintour Turns 62, Lessons Learned From Her Career

Anna Wintour turns 62 years old today if you can believe it. The Vogue Editor-in-Chief is still going very strong as the magazine has made a beautiful transition into the digital world (Anna took home the Webby award earlier this year for best fashion web site) and it continues to expand. There are obviously some very important lessons we can take away from this non-nonsense woman. Number 69 on Forbes‘ most powerful women list said, “I assure you all the people that work with me on a day-to-day basis don’t think that. That’s just something that’s been fabricated by the media. And as you well know once something is out there, particularly in today’s world, it just gets exaggerated. I keep my head down and do the job to the best of my ability.” Besides keeping our head down and working hard (while looking fabulous) let’s look at other lessons we can take from this iconic figure. More »

8 Career Lessons Learned From “The Happiest Woman In America”

8 Career Lessons Learned From “The Happiest Woman In America”

This is the happiest woman in America. She’s 50 years old, works full time (sometimes from home), and has a son in high school and a husband. Ok, it’s hard to say there’s precisely ONE happiest person, but Mary Claire Orenic has a good claim to the title. She was discovered by a company that works with Gallup pollsters to measure American attitudes and behaviors. They looked at their data to find the characteristics of well-being for the largest demographic in the country: women age 45 to 55. They came up with Orenic. Gail Sheehy at USA Today is in the midst of a fascinating series looking at all facets of Orenic’s life, including her career. What can we learn from her? More »

My Father Taught Me Life Is Too Short To Skip Dessert And Then Some

My Father Taught Me Life Is Too Short To Skip Dessert And Then Some

I have my father’s nose. I find this to be a bit upsetting sometimes. It’s French, the nose, that is, and if you were to Google “French noses” a photo of Gerard Depardieu would probably be first in line. But luckily, my nose doesn’t look like Depardieu’s and neither does my father’s. However, it’s still French and has garnered such adjectives as “unique.” Yeah, unique all right. More »

Eating Disorders In The Workplace: How To Approach It

Eating Disorders In The Workplace: How To Approach It

I once worked with a woman who suffered from an eating disorder. In a small office that shared just one bathroom and in such close quarters, it was hard to ignore. A few of us often discussed approaching her and offering a support system, but we never mustered the courage to do so. Her bulimia was blatant and affected everyone in the office in one way or another. After she absolved all her sick days and could no longer function at the level she once had, she quit. It will always bother me that I never spoke to her about it, that I never even tried to get through to her when the truth was staring me in the face. More »

The Day I Walked Out Of My Job Was One Of My Finest Moments

The Day I Walked Out Of My Job Was One Of My Finest Moments

I’ve only walked out on one job. It was Fashion Week 2006 and we were trying to finalize the model line-up for the runway. The models, each one skinnier than the one before, were bustling around in their underwear – no bras – and being fitted and photographed by Polaroid cameras. In the midst of it all, my boss was in a meeting with a very well known designer with whom we working on a capsule collection for that upcoming spring. I loved this designer. I put him in a category with Alexander McQueen and Coco Chanel – I was star struck. More »

Working It: How I Got Into Marketing

Working It: How I Got Into Marketing

At some point we’ve all joked, “Who do I have to blow to…?” The good news is that we were only kidding. Right? The bad news it that the only time I’ve ever said this (totally joking – I swear), I was thinking about my career. Because I think joking about sexual favors should only apply to personal growth and self-actualization. And that is not a penis joke. More »

Executive Suite: How Barbara Corcoran Overcame Her Fear Of Failing

Executive Suite: How Barbara Corcoran Overcame Her Fear Of Failing

To kick things off we are talking to real estate legend Barbara Corcoran. After working about 20 different jobs by the age of 23, Corcoran took a $1000 loan to start The Corcoran Group. It was a life changing move. Today, she has grown the business into a $5 billion real estate empire. Her latest book Shark Tales was released in March and her show Shark Tank took ABC’s #1 Friday night program spot in its fifth week. More »

Coworker Conundrum: The Lazy Coworker

Coworker Conundrum: The Lazy Coworker

“I’m not in charge of that.” “No one ever told me anything about that.” “I have a lot on my plate right now.” “I’m pretty sure that goes to a different department.” These are the responses you hear every time you ask the lazy coworker for something. It doesn’t matter what it is, they definitely aren’t responsible for it. More »