Giving it Away for Free

coaching, networking, Uncategorized
A fair amount of my headspace has been occupied lately with how or whether business/entrepreneurial language makes the transition to conversations I have with and about academics and academia. One of these concepts is "giving it away for free." There are marketing gurus out there who talk a lot about the strategy of going ahead and sharing the awesomeness you have (as an entrepreneur or business owner), in the hopes and expectation that your people will find you easier that way and that once they have found you and are paying attention to you, you can sell them more exclusive access to your awesomeness. Because this is a marketing model based on generosity, I find it pretty appealing. It assumes that not all of our interactions--in business or otherwise--are grounded…
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Mindfulness, Creativity and Being Comfortable with Uncertainty

creative work, productivity, services, Uncategorized
The interwebz are full of articles extolling the virtues of mindfulness. You can find encouragement to practice mindfulness whether you are a reader of Forbes, The Guardian, Time, Harvard Health, or Cosmo! ┬áIt appears that any industry or endeavour can point to mindfulness or meditation and draw connections between being aware and paying attention, non-judgmentally, to the present moment as a way to boost well being and productivity and reduce stress, burnout, and fatigue. I'm on board. I know that when I take even 10 or 15 minutes a day to sit and watch my brain work and remind myself that I am not my thoughts my days go better, my mood is more stable, I am less likely to lose my temper or be irritated by little things, and…
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Thrive, PhD will launch in January 2018

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  How's grad school going? I hope that you are enjoying every minute of it! I remember my time in graduate school with great fondness. It was the 1990s and most of us read and wrote and argued and taught under the assumption that this is what we were (a) meant to do with our lives and (b) going to do for the rest of our lives. And for some of us--including me, for quite a while--that totally panned out. Today's graduate students face a completely different landscape. The changing economic structure of most universities, increased adjunctification, have led to calls for PhD education to be curtailed (why bring in more students than the academy can employ?) or expanded (why not re-think the PhD as preparation for careers other than…
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Wigging Out (On Leaving Academia, Part ?)

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In my 20+ years as a student and practitioner of Germanistik (German Studies), I went to the same conference almost every single year. I got introduced to Women in German (an MLA affiliated organization for feminist scholars in German Studies) in 1996 and only missed a couple of them over the next twenty years. Each of my daughters, both born in April, went to WiG as six-month olds and twice I left for WiG when it was time to wean my toddler babes. The women and men I met at the WiG conference became my friends, mentors, and intellectual community. I was in awe of the elder stateswomen of the organization, those SWiGs (Senior Women in German) who had staked out a position for feminist literary scholarship in German literature…
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How’s Your Book Coming Along?: 5 Ways to Jump Start Your Big Project

creative work, productivity, Uncategorized
How is your dissertation coming along? Are you STILL working on that book? You've probably heard variations of that question over and over again in your academic career. And the question can be uncomfortable because the asker might not understand the timetable for something like a dissertation or a monograph and you grow weary of explaining. OR the question can be uncomfortable because, well, you probably should have had it done a long time ago. Writing is hard work. Writing something about which you care deeply and which will be used to evaluate you professionally for years to come is doubly so. But whether you're working on an article, a dissertation, your first book, or your seventeenth, you don't have to do it alone. Whether you want formal accountability or…
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