And for those of you who giggle at the AT Home offices…

 

 

 

My mother emailed me that the home offices featured on Apartment Therapy don’t look like functional home offices at all…that they look more like Victorian writing desks that are just as poorly lit and barely functional.  My mother and I differ in a GREAT many ways…one of the most extreme is ‘work space’.  I can’t stand clutter.  It drives me mad.  In college and law school I had to have a clean apartment in order to study.  While it was a method of procrastination, it also helped me feel calm and much less distracted.  My mother, on the other hand, has one of the most cluttered home ‘offices’ I’ve ever seen.  First, its SMACK in the middle of our kitchen AND family room.  It is literally at the center of the action.  The TV is blaring, dinner’s cooking, phone is ringing, and mother sits there at her stuffed desk happily typing away and tuning it all out.  She thrives in that environment.  That is NOT how I work.  HERE is an article for her.  I’ve tried to organize and reorganize her desk area time and time again but to no avail.  This is an article for you Ma Mere.  You need help 😀  

Custom Solutions to Office Clutter – NYTimes.com.

Small Businesses are seeing a glimmer of hope

The NY Times has been tracking a number of small business owners since October.  After layoffs and declining business, these men have changed with the times and are finally feeling at least a little optimistic.  A bicycle shop has adapted to answer the rise in demand for food carts and declining demand for bikes and trikes.  A construction company has cut back on it’s workforce but is focusing on maintenance projects as demand for more ambitious home renovation is down…way down.  The owner of a meat market is extending credit to customers and looking forward to BBQ season.  You know who else is looking forward to BBQ season?  THIS KID!  Anyhoo, he was also able to negotiate with ConEd and another business owner negotiated with his landlord to keep his business costs as low as possible.  These stories are interesting because they also reflect how the public is reacting to the downturn.  People seem to be saving more and spending less but they haven’t stopped spending entirely.  Seems the Spring season is bringing optimism to every sector.

Amid a Lingering Recession, Small Businesses Face New Challenges – NYTimes.com.

Dream Job: Talent Scout?

 

 

 

As someone who is overly critical of everything/everyone around her, this might be a winner por moi!  This article pretty much flies in the face of everything else I’ve read about the recruiting industry but I guess it makes sense that as the few companies with open spots are being indudated with three times the amount of job applicants, they need some help spotting the keepers and the losers…oh-sorry-less qualified applicants-which is pretty much everyone since you’ve got former CEOs, lawyers, and grad schoolers applying for everything from UPS delivery man to receptionist.  Good times.  Anyhoo, I also LOVE the idea of “hunting for game-changing stars”…sounds so Predator…so carnal.  Love it!  Unfortch I’m pretty sure the reality is that it’s a lot of paper fights just like lawyering.  Either way, sounds like an intersting gig…and I’m happy to hear this industry is still alive and thriving in areas since everything I’ve been reading implied that recruiters themselves were job hunting for other careers.   

The Secrets of the Talent Scouts – NYTimes.com.

Interesting Op-Ed from Thomas Friedman

I’m a big fan of Thomas Friedman.  He has that Malcolm Gladwell knack for looking at the big picture, seeing the patterns and explaining them to simple folk like myself.  Here’s is take on what’s happening now and, not to give away the ending, but it’s hopeful!

Op-Ed Columnist – The Inflection Is Near? – NYTimes.com.