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– Wow: I am totally honored to announce that Corporette has been nominated to the ABA’s annual Top 100 Blawg list for the fourth time in a row.  Please vote for Corporette here (we’re in the “Just For Fun”) niche, and check out the other nominees.

MSNBC talks about a new problem for working women: they’re burned out by the time they’re 30.

Savvy Sugar advises how to stay anonymous when browsing LinkedIn.

The WSJ has a trick for saving unproductive days (in 25 minutes, no less).

Lifehacker touches base and brainstorms which cliched work phrases should be retired.  I’ll circle back with you to reassess!

Fashion.Style.Beauty rounds up 3 charities that cost nothing for you to make the world a better place.

Jezebel says you just need to be confident in  your ability to read a map, park a car, and handle other complex spatial tasks.

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  1. FYI, here is the Lifehacker link – http://lifehacker.com/5866409/what-cliched-work-phrases-would-you-retire

    A few additions:
    Action item (as in, “who’s got that as an action item?”)
    Incent (verb meaning “to motivate”)
    Ensure internal alignment (“does our team have its collective sh*t together?”)

    Also, really funny Onion piece on spending the entire day keeping people in the loop: http://www.theonion.com/articles/companys-employees-spend-entire-day-touching-base,19776/

  2. Kat–you may get some pushback from the team on one outstanding issue: We’re short the Lifehacker link.

    • I’d like to give a quick shout-out to myself for that value add in going above and beyond to get to the bottom of that issue.

    • In Kristin Van Ogtrop (of Real Simple)’s book, she describes a moment where her husband said that if he heard her utter the phrase “power through” a family dinner one more time, he was going to “close the loop” on their marriage. I laughed.

  3. secretshopper :

    I’m getting this big, special present for Christmas that my husband really wants, and he’ll use for at least 5 years. This has been really difficult, because we’ve made an ultimate pinky-promise to spend less than $200 on each other this year. After looking at dozens of sites, I found the right one and called the store that had the lowest price – the only one where the item and shipping came to (just) under $200. I spent a bunch of time on the phone – at least four phone calls, probably 30 minutes total – with a store with an internet site and they had great customer service…but when I was trying to find additional pictures of the item on google in regards to a concern we had about the style, I found the exact same item – same brand, color, size – for $50 less.

    I’d like to buy it from the site that charges $50 less (because then I can get him $50 worth of other stuff for Christmas) – but I also don’t want to just ignore the sales associate that worked with me for half an hour. What’s the best way to handle this? I hate feeling guilty, like I’ve “used” a salesperson to get the information I need and then buy something at the cheapest place possible.

    • Anonymous :

      Can you raise the issue with the salesperson and see if they can match the price, or throw in something additional?

    • Do not feel guilty! If a company used 30 minutes of your time trying to sell you something, and then sold it to you for $50 more than you could have paid elsewhere, would the company feel bad? No.

      You didn’t even set out to “use” the sales associate and then buy from another place; you just found a better price. Anonymous’s idea about asking if they can match the price sounds good, but if it doesn’t work I absolutely do not think you should feel bad about buying the less expensive item.

      My answer might (might!) change if commission is a significant part of the sales associate’s salary.

  4. stupid question but for health care purposes, is birth control a brand name drug? I am on my parents plan, about to pick my own. Right now I pay $4 every month, and it looks like the cheapest I could get for my own is 30 a month??

    • Uh – there are generic and brand name versions of birth control, depending on the formulation. Not all formulations have a generic version. So…it depends?

    • There are tons of different birth controls. Many of them are generic, but not all. Assuming that you need/want something pretty basic, you’re almost certainly able to find a generic pretty cheaply (there are certainly a number available for less than 30/mo). Of course, if you have special needs, you might be stuck with a more expensive one. Talk to your gyn if it’s a concern – he or she might be able to suggest something cheaper (mine did!).

  5. Totally overlooked in the MSNBC article: the glass ceiling and a still underlying current of sexism, especially in high-achieving fields. Woman aren’t working harder because they don’t know how to relax. They’re working harder because they have to.

  6. Congrats on the top blawgs nomination! I voted for Corporette!

  7. Congrats on being a part of the ABA Top 100. I actually found out about your blog by reading the article in the ABA magazine.

  8. Can I just add that I do NOT think that Corporette is just for fun! There’s a lot of helpful stuff here.

    • Typical that a blog offering useful discussions for women is dismissed as “just for fun”!

  9. If it’s spring then it must be mini dress season, and 2009 is no exception to this rule. Regardless of how warm, cold, rainy, or sunny the weather might be, celebrities and stars are embracing the newest mini dress looks both on the red carpet and in everyday life.

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