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Passover 2019: The script gets revised, the table becomes more crowded & everything’s fine

April 19, 2019 Barbara Ballinger

Passover or Pesach is an emotional and nostalgic Jewish holiday that celebrates the exodus of the Israelites as slaves in Egypt. For years, our family has gathered as many people around our Seder table as possible. This reflects our open-door policy of welcoming family, friends and almost-strangers who had never been to a Seder. In fact, it’s the most beloved of all our Jewish holidays with more than 70 percent of Jews participating in a family or community Seder versus only 23 percent attending religious services monthly, according to one Pew Research Center study.   I’m not surprised. Part of...


Part II: Two Successful Female Business Partnerships

April 12, 2019 Barbara Ballinger & Margaret Crane

We talked in last week's blog about the challenges and successes of a female business partnership through the lens of Betsy Polk and Maggie Ellis Chotas, business partners and co-presidents of Mulberry Partners. We know the subject well from our own partnership in writing together for more than 30 years, far longer than many marriages. But we wanted to hear how other women achieved work nirvana, so here are two other teams that show how to manage the formula well. Co-Executive Directors Linda Popky and Lisa Anderson Linda Popky, a strategic marketing expert with her own business, Leverage2Market Associates, and...


Female Business Partnerships That Work

April 05, 2019 Barbara Ballinger & Margaret Crane

Writing is a solitary profession as we well know. And when we were lucky enough to be introduced more than 30 years ago, we quickly realized that we had similar interests and goals. Both of us were driven by the simple desire to do good work fueled by ideas that we wanted to express through words. We gave our writing partnership a try. That was in 1985. After a honeymoon period when we penned a 30-page book proposal together which turned into our first book, “Corporate Bloodlines,” we knew this was a good match. We also understood that our relationship...


Bosses: How I’ve Learned to Distinguish Between Good & Bad Ones

March 29, 2019 Barbara Ballinger

If you’re in the work world long enough, you most likely will experience both good and bad bosses. Most of us have witnessed all the iterations in fiction, on the screen and in the news. These days there’s buzz about Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-Minnesota) and whether she really has been a terrible boss who berates her staff and yells too much. Furthermore, does that make her a terrible potential U.S. President? I’m not sure since I don’t know how much is true or simply hype that comes from disgruntled staff members.  However, since we’re first talking bad bosses, let’s tick...


‘Oh, the places you’ll go!*

March 22, 2019 Barbara Ballinger

Most of my friends, who love to travel, talk about taking trips now, while we are relatively healthy, can walk (fast), climb stairs (maybe, mountains), and breathe in thin air at high altitudes (Denver, Machu Pichu, Bhutan). It’s a notch on the bucket list, a term that’s been bandied about for years and tends to be overused. However, it expresses our wishes before the inevitable…our demise. Truth be told, we’re counting down the good years, in my case, of travel that we may have left, perhaps. It might be 10 to 15 or at best 20 years before we’re ensconced...