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Six-Word Search: Labor Day

Wednesday, August 28th, 2013

Labor Day is around the corner.
Why do we celebrate this first Monday of September each year? Hardly a trick question, yet the meaning surprisingly stumps people. It’s not about birthing, although that’s a doozy of a job and aptly named. Labor Day, declared a Federal holiday in 1894, was established to honor the labor movement and [...]

New Book Release! Six Words About Work

Tuesday, December 6th, 2011

“My classroom is my Carnegie Hall.”
“Surprise your spouse, not your boss.”
“Who doesn’t love the payroll lady?”
What makes a good topic for a Six-Word Memoir? In short, a subject that evokes a passionate response. So when the consulting group Mercer asked me if I thought a six-word project around work would yield an enthusiastic response [...]

Think Fast—“What’s Your Story Class?” in NYC, October 27

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

I was at a wedding this past weekend. The happy couple kissed. The dancing began. And soon enough it was toast time. One by one friends and family took the microphone to pay tribute to the bride and groom. And one by one those loving tributes turned into beautiful disasters. Still, everyone was in a [...]

Work Challenge Winners #4: “Best Lesson I Learned at Work”

Friday, September 2nd, 2011

We’ve wrapped up our summer-long “Six Words About Work” contest with the consulting group Mercer and think of no better way to roll into Labor Day than to announce the three winners of the final challenge, “Best Lesson I Learned at Work,” each of whom win either an iPad2 or BlackBerry PlayBook.
U.S. Winner—Melesha Owen, “Press [...]

Work Challenge Winners #3: “The Best Boss I Ever Had”

Monday, August 22nd, 2011

As Challenge #4, “Biggest lesson I learned at work,” continues through August 27, we’re thrilled to announce three winners of Six Words About Work Challenge #3: The Best Boss I Ever Had.
U.S. Winner—George Sosa, “Promoted truth, justice and eventually, me.”
George is a Brooklyn-bred, now Queens, NY-based video cameraperson and editor, primarily doing documentary work. [...]

Your Boss in Six Words: Six Words About Work Challenge #3

Monday, August 1st, 2011

We’re halfway through “Six Words About Work,” a special challenge from SMITH Magazine and Mercer consulting that asks you, in exactly six words, to define four areas of your work life. Challenge #3 is almost always interesting and nearly inescapable: bosses. In six words, we want to know about the best boss you’ve ever had, [...]

“Six Words About Work” Contest—Challenge #2 (3 more iPad2s & PlayBooks)

Sunday, July 17th, 2011

More than 2,500 submissions later, we’ve just wrapped up our first “Six Words About Work” challenge: My Job. We’ll announce judge Gretchen Rubin’s winners on this blog and Twitter at the end of the week—three people are about to be very happy with a new Ipad2 or BlackBerry PlayBook.
The good news: We’re giving [...]

“Who Doesn’t Love the Payroll Lady?” Six Words About Work—Last Call Six Days for Challenge #1

Monday, July 11th, 2011

Software programmer: no human interaction necessary.
Certainty is overrated. Became a freelancer.
I am Librarian, hear me whisper.
Thankless, but everyone needs an assistant.
Making things better with wireframes.
Because graduating these days means choose-your-own-adventure.
You want it done by when?
There are just a few days left until our July 16 cutoff date for the first “Six Words About Work” Challenge— [...]

“Middle-Aged Vanity Suffered Spray-Tan Indignity.” The Best Six-Word Memoirs of the Week

Friday, July 8th, 2011

This week, fireworks and BBQs marked Independence Day, Mark Zuckerberg was declared no Steve Jobs in public speaking, and former First Lady Betty Ford passed away at age 93. Like the headlines, the Six-Word Memoirs in the past several days show a mix of celebration and mourning, and below are the week’s best stories demonstrating [...]

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