Archive of: Business Casual

Title Issue
Being a Jerk

Being a Jerk

On an evening flight out of Atlanta a few years ago, takeoff was delayed when a passenger became ill.

September 2003
Saying What You Mean

Saying What You Mean

When the eager young public relations person left a voicemail asking if there might be an opportunity for "editorial exposure," she was not seeking an opportunity to flash the magazine's offices.

August 2003
The Comfort Zone

The Comfort Zone

The last battleground in the ongoing war for gender equality is — and will continue to be — the office thermostat.

July 2003
The

The "Trust Me" Dilemma

It was a spirited but civil exchange between the two nice ladies asking for a refund and the wily old mechanic refusing their request.

June 2003
Once Burned, Twice Shy

Once Burned, Twice Shy

Conventional wisdom says you don't leave a good job without having a better one lined up. And you sure don't do it in the middle of a recession - unless you come to believe you have no choice.

May 2003
Balancing Act

Balancing Act

On that television staple of my childhood, "The Ed Sullivan Show," there seemed to be an endless supply of acts featuring old vaudeville guys who kept a series of plates spinning on the ends of long sticks.

April 2003
Women At Work

Women At Work

We lived in Atlanta's Inman Park during the height of the "Presidential Parkway" protests in the early 1980s.

March 2003
Sticks and Stones

Sticks and Stones

Once, at another job, in another state, a co-worker who was struggling to meet a deadline asked if I could "send that little black girl over" to help in his office.

February 2003
Minding Your Manners

Minding Your Manners

No doubt your mother raised you, as mine did me, to be polite, courteous and considerate, and to observe a few basic, but non-negotiable, rules of etiquette.

January 2003
Too Much Information

Too Much Information

At a national magazine conference, an early-morning session featured an odd-couple pairing of speakers. The first was well-tanned and well-tailored with impeccably blown-dry hair; he was a marketing guru. The other was less polished, maybe even a little scruffy-looking; he was an editor.

December 2002
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