When should you just stay home from work?

[originally posted on the Imagine Careers blog here]

Back in June, on a Sunday, my then-fiancé/now-husband was in a car accident with his brother and dad. Without boring you with too many details on the factors we dealt with post-accident, let me just assure you it was a stressful couple of days.

I went back to work on Tuesday, because I had already missed Monday and I felt like I couldn’t be out of the office another day. I didn’t feel up for being in the office, but I went anyway.

Mind you, I was very well set up to work from home. Or just not work at all. No one would have thought the worse of me if I had taken one more day to rest and straighten things out.

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What’s With Everyone Moving Offices to San Fran?

[Warning: there is a heck a lot of TechCrunch citing in this post. I didn’t mean to do that, they just talk about the things I think about. Explains their popularity.]

Everyone seems to be talking about different angles of this. I’ve had this post on my Drafts list for a few weeks, and in my head for even longer. I’m glad life has been too crazy for me to blog, because a few more voices have popped up in the meantime.

Levo League, a recent NYC-based startup to empower working women, recently started up a new office out that way. They got $7 million in funding, and immediately moved to one of the  most expensive places in the country to hire talent.

That news actually made me sad, because Continue reading

A Particular Rant On The Friggin’ “…”

I really don’t know what to say about this..

Some people just really don’t know how to end sentences with just one period…

Sometimes they use two of them, and sometimes three or more..

See, it makes sense if you are getting attitude with someone..

For example: you think the earth is flat? Um, OK…

But for normal everyday sentences?

“That’s a good idea..”

“Thanks for the heads up…”

Or is everyone actually always getting attitude and trying to do it in a nondescript way?

“Thanks for bringing that to the table..”

“I love the Penguins…”

“I’ll take care of that right away..”

This trend is one of my favorites……………

No…..

Really…

It is..
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Why I am leaving the best job I ever had

I started following MongoDB a few months ago, and loved reading this post. Max’s support of his family and his wife, and his honesty and transparency, are refreshing.

Max Schireson's blog

Earlier this summer, Matt Lauer asked Mary Barra, the CEO of GM, whether she could balance the demands of being a mom and being a CEO. The Atlantic asked similar questions of PepsiCo’s female CEO Indra Nooyi. As a male CEO, I have been asked what kind of car I drive and what type of music I like, but never how I balance the demands of being both a dad and a CEO.

While the press haven’t asked me, it is a question that I often ask myself. Here is my situation:

* I have 3 wonderful kids at home, aged 14, 12 and 9, and I love spending time with them: skiing, cooking, playing backgammon, swimming, watching movies or Warriors or Giants games, talking, whatever.
* I am on pace to fly 300,000 miles this year, all the normal CEO travel plus commuting between Palo Alto and New York…

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