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Entries by Leah Eichler

We Should Welcome Robots to the Workplace

(9) Comments | Posted October 12, 2014 | 10:03 PM

When Harvard University scientists announced that they created robots that can work together in large numbers without guidance toward a common goal, I was surprised by the lack of reaction from doomsayers warning about a robotic apocalypse.

Sure, these quarter-sized robots aren't very deep thinkers -- they just...

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Too Much Homework Creates a New Generation of Workaholics

(1) Comments | Posted October 1, 2014 | 9:07 AM

Weekday evenings in our household can being idyllic, going for Popsicles with the kids at the corner store after dinner and then watching an old movie. On other nights, we're not so lucky, and tempers flare, doors slam and I'm left wondering why I rushed home from work. The usual...

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Hey Business Executives, Don't Forget Social Media is Always Watching You

(1) Comments | Posted September 23, 2014 | 8:01 AM

A faint echo of George Orwell's 1984 came to mind when a CEO was recently caught on camera behaving badly and our modern equivalent of the Thought Police -- the Internet -- demanded stiff and instant punishment.

As everyone with an Internet connection now knows, Desmond Hague, the chief executive...

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Be Kind When You Quit Your Job, You Just Might End Up Back There

(3) Comments | Posted September 16, 2014 | 12:18 PM

Leaving a job can often feel like a breakup. Often, our instinct is to trade up and find a worthier partner or at least one that appreciates you more.

As an employer, seeing an employee leave also stings. While it's tempting to view companies as faceless enterprises that make unilateral...

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Say Goodbye to August and Hello to Productivity

(0) Comments | Posted August 31, 2014 | 5:17 PM

A year, in business terms, is never really a year. It is punctuated by short spurts of intense activity, such as the time between Labour Day and mid-November, when the business world appears to be in hyperdrive.

Compare that with August, the lazy half of summer. You can find people...

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Are You Experiencing Gen Y Envy?

(1) Comments | Posted August 17, 2014 | 10:59 PM

Recently, I took the Pew Research quiz to see how much of a millennial I am. Technically, I cannot count myself among that cohort, which is between the ages of 18 to 33, but I want to. I have come to terms with the fact that I suffer...

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How to Cultivate an 'A-ha' Moment

(0) Comments | Posted August 10, 2014 | 11:50 PM

It happens at moments when you least expect it: in the shower, while out for a run or, for me, right before falling asleep. A solution to an obstacle or problem that may have been plaguing you for days all of a sudden becomes clear and eureka, the worry ebbs...

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This Modest Canadian Is Learning the Language of Silicon Valley

(0) Comments | Posted June 30, 2014 | 1:09 AM

Within a week of picking up my family and relocating to San Francisco to give my company an international leg up, I met with a local venture capitalist. Like many entrepreneurs, I am an eternal optimist and felt this meeting held tremendous promise, especially after spending a very encouraging 90...

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The Media Needs To Change Their Message About Women in Business

(0) Comments | Posted June 23, 2014 | 6:03 AM

Ever since Jill Abramson was forced out as executive editor of The New York Times with inferences that her gender played a role in her downfall, the message seems loud and clear: Unconscious bias stubbornly persists and it can hit even the most powerful.

The public will likely never know...

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Will the Rise of Female Entrepreneurship Break the Glass Ceiling?

(0) Comments | Posted June 16, 2014 | 8:29 AM

Several weeks ago, I temporarily moved my family to San Francisco to grow my startup.

Looking back on my entrepreneurial journey so far, there were many reasons I'd wanted to say goodbye to the corporate life. But the one that sticks out is the moment I realized that, no matter...

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If Sitting Is the New Smoking, I'm An Addict Who Needs to Quit

(1) Comments | Posted May 9, 2014 | 12:18 PM

Most of my days start with sitting in front of a computer, even before I sit down for breakfast. I may walk to the subway, where I sit on the train, before sitting again in series of meetings. I remember the day, 15 years ago, when I quit smoking and...

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Stop Complaining! Being Stressed Might Be a Good Thing

(0) Comments | Posted May 6, 2014 | 12:27 PM

There are two words I try hard to remove from my work-related lexicon. The first and obvious one is "busy," the obvious answer to the question: "How are you doing?"

The second is a word so overused in casual conversation that it has become nearly meaningless -- "stressed."

Eight out...

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Working With Your Family? Forget Work-Life Balance

(1) Comments | Posted April 30, 2014 | 9:28 AM

I used to think I suffered from poor work-life balance while working for a large corporation, when I slept with my smartphone and responded to queries from colleagues before the break of dawn.

Then I left to start my own company where I work closely with my husband, and simultaneously...

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Social Networks Have Evolved. So Must Companies

(0) Comments | Posted April 23, 2014 | 2:53 PM

"How did I do this before the rise of social networks?"

I ask myself this question repeatedly, often while performing some mundane activity. The task can be as simple as finding a friend's phone number I've misplaced or as complex as finding a potential hire in a different country. Trying...

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Let's Celebrate Bossy Girls

(2) Comments | Posted April 13, 2014 | 10:42 PM

Like many three-year-old girls, mine takes her fashion cues from Disney films. So when a family member recently gave her a dress that looked as though Snow White had had an unfortunate run-in with Tinkerbell, she insisted on wearing it immediately. Seconds after donning this fashion abomination, she started complaining...

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Time to Rethink Those Costly University Degrees

(5) Comments | Posted March 27, 2014 | 5:36 PM

My husband and I recently undertook the unenviable task of de-cluttering our storage room, an area of the house I normally treat as a no-man's land since it's cold, has spiders and is littered with junk. After throwing out the antique golf clubs, broken baby furniture and aging university textbooks,...

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How to Tweet Your Way to the C-Suite

(0) Comments | Posted February 26, 2014 | 11:19 AM

For a new graduate, it's difficult to imagine what it means to be the chief executive officer of a major company.

When I started working, I couldn't begin to fathom what our CEO did each day to deserve his mind-blowing paycheque, but assumed that it included rides on private jets...

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Sometimes More Pay Means Less Satisfaction

(1) Comments | Posted February 23, 2014 | 1:58 PM

"I could quit this job and do something else."

Most people entertain dreams of quitting their jobs and doing something else. This fantasy is usually followed by a list of the many things they could live without: a car, expensive holidays, luxury clothing.

These dreams seem to appear more frequently...

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John Tory's Views on the Wage Gap Are Half Right

(1) Comments | Posted February 15, 2014 | 7:04 PM

Watching women and men debate women's advancement in business has moved from a spectator sport to all-out combat.

Unfortunately for radio talk show host John Tory, comments he made last week on the wage gap landed him on the front lines of this battle. But he may be half right,...

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Why Hasn't the Working Mom Dialogue Evolved Yet?

(0) Comments | Posted February 8, 2014 | 10:45 PM

I have two friends in different cities. They don't know each other but they represent opposite sides of the working-mother conundrum.

One is a successful women's and social activist and entrepreneur who puzzles over how she can one day incorporate having children into her busy life. The other is a...

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