Career Archive

Taking a Sabbatical

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Workbar at Staples. Thank you for supporting the brands that partner with Red Shutters. When I was a teenager, I worked for one summer in an ice cream shop. I scooped ice cream into cones, perfected the soft ...Read More

The Case for Adequacy

I read an article in The New York Times the other day in which a CEO of an insurance company was interviewed about her career development, management style, and hiring techniques. She said that, from childhood, her parents had instilled in her and her ...Read More


This is my busiest time of year at work. My colleagues and I have a large deadline—our largest!—next week, and everyone is working extra hours and pitching in. I’m always humbled by the generosity of my coworkers; they are a great bunch. I am ...Read More

Stress Management

The rush of the first weeks of back-to-school has been replaced with frenectism and STRESS. As a result, I have moved into a waking-up-in-the-middle-of-the-night phase, wide awake at 3 AM, worrying about things—everything. Work. Soccer practice. Cub Scouts. My son’s birthday. Doctors’ appointments. ...Read More