Microentrepreneurs as Superheroes

There’s a running joke in our house. Whenever we talk about the global economy or the root of problems in the world, at some point I will gratuitously throw in “It’s Carl Icahn’s fault.” Maybe it’s because he’s the one who took over and destroyed Motorola at a time when I knew people who worked…

Remember When You Could Blame the Post Office

Slow down and double check.   When I was at the League of Chicago Theatres, we had reached out to a PR agency to request pro-bono services. I got a response back, including her colleague, with me copied. “Let’s tell her we’re interested and schedule a call, and then we can tell her we’re too…

There’s an Emoji for THAT?

Did you know if you ask Google “where’s the middle finger emoji?” it automatically appears?   I learned that because of the snow. (Thank you, Chicago snow!) After shoveling the second foot of snow from the driveway Monday night only to find it impassable again Tuesday morning, my friend in New York texted “the snowstorm…

New and Different is Here to Stay

Not only were we not back in person at houses of worship by Easter, we didn’t even make Yom Kippur, the Jewish Day of Atonement, that took place on Monday. Many, including me, were worried about a lack of a sense of community and how to pass the day without going to synagogue. On Yom…

The Emotional Roller Coaster of Learning New Technology

In the past, non-digital natives, aka those of us who grew up without technology, might have consciously decided to skate through the final chapters of our career without fully embracing the new communications technologies. Not so anymore. Working from home to stay safe and protect ourselves and others demands that we use technology. Furthermore, with…

Technology as a Second Language

If I asked about new technology two years ago, you would have lamented (or relished) diminishing face-to-face connections, with the growth of Facebook and LinkedIn. A year ago you would have cried (or celebrated) the intrusion of mobile devices into everyday life. Today you might tell me how you shout out loud (Hey, Alexa!) that…