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BJ Gallagher is a sociologist, best-selling author, and speaker. Her international best-seller, "A Peacock in the Land of Penguins," has sold over 360,000 copies in 23 languages. Her newest books are: "The Power of Positive DOING," and "Being Buddha at Work: 108 Ancient Truths on Change, Stress, Money, and Success."

BJ and her books have been featured on the Today Show with Matt Lauer, CBS Evening News with Bob Schieffer, Fox News, PBS, CNN, and other television and radio programs. She is quoted almost weekly in various newspapers, women's magazines, and websites, including: O the Oprah magazine, Redbook, Woman's World, Ladies Home Journal, First for Women, New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Wall Street Journal, Christian Science Monitor, Orlando Sentinel, Financial Times (U.K.), Guardian (U.K.), CareerBuilder.com, MSNBC.com, CNN.com, among others.

In addition to writing books, BJ also conducts seminars and delivers keynotes at conferences and professional meetings across the country. Her corporate clients include: IBM, Chevron, US Department of Veteran's Administration, John Deere Credit Canada, Volkswagen, Farm Credit Services of America, Raytheon, US Department of Interior, Phoenix Newspapers Inc., the American Press Institute, Infiniti, Nissan, Atlanta Journal Constitution, among others.

BJ is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Southern California, earning summa cum laude honorswith her BA in Sociology. She has completed the coursework for a PhD in Social Ethics, also at USC.

Entries by BJ Gallagher

The Gentle Barn: Creating a Sanctuary Where Animals Heal and Children Find Hope

(0) Comments | Posted October 6, 2014 | 12:41 PM

It was a beautiful, sunny, breezy Sunday in Los Angeles when my son Michael and I drove north into the foothills to spend some time at the Gentle Barn. I'd been wanting to visit this unique animal sanctuary for the past few years, but never seemed to find the time....

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It Takes a Village to Save a Dog

(1) Comments | Posted September 24, 2014 | 10:18 PM

It was her eyes that caught my attention. I don't think I've ever seen a dog whose eyes were the same color as her fur - cocoa-colored with beautiful golden highlights. She peered out through the bars of her cage, her eyes sparkling clear, curious, and friendly.

Then I...

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How Do You Bring About Real Time Strategic Change?

(0) Comments | Posted August 29, 2014 | 12:24 AM

Jake Jacobs has been curious about why some organizations work and others don't since he began his consulting practice nearly 30 years ago. His pioneering work and lessons learned in the field of Large Group Interventions are captured in his classic book, "Real Time Strategic Change: How to...

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My Daddy Wears a Uniform

(0) Comments | Posted June 13, 2014 | 12:27 PM

My daddy wears a uniform.

I think he's very brave.
He goes to work each day
to keep all the people safe.

He looks so strong in his uniform,
all fresh and crisp and clean.
He stands up straight,
his head held high,
as...

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Jill Abramson, Editor Fired From The New York Times, Was a Hawk in the Land of Penguins

(1) Comments | Posted May 21, 2014 | 6:28 PM

I am a former Los Angeles Times manager who was pushed out of the company some 20 years ago. When it happened, I was so hurt, disappointed, and upset that I wrote a book about my experience as a woman working in the stuffy, bureaucratic, good-ole-boy newspaper business:

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Is Financial Stress Killing Our Soldiers?

(0) Comments | Posted May 19, 2014 | 4:03 AM

I am the daughter of a military man. My father served his country for 34 years and fought in three wars. Our family moved 26 times, over three continents. I know firsthand the emotional stress experienced by military families because I lived with it. But although I often heard my...

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The New York Times Knows How to Tell the Difference Between a Male Editor and a Female Editor

(1) Comments | Posted May 15, 2014 | 9:11 AM

This one's for you, Jill Abramson. It would be funnier if it weren't so true.

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BJ Gallagher is the coauthor of an international best-seller about the newspaper business, "A Peacock in the Land of Penguins: A Fable About...

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It's Never Too Late to Learn to Lead -- Without Being 'Bossy'

(0) Comments | Posted April 1, 2014 | 1:52 PM

Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg says that little girls should never be called "bossy." I disagree. I have been called "bossy" several times in my life -- the word "pushy" has been used a couple times -- and someone even told me I was "abrasive" once. In each instance, I gained...

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'Ban Bossy' Campaign Misses the Mark Concerning Girls' and Women's Leadership Skills

(3) Comments | Posted March 25, 2014 | 3:38 PM

Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg says that little girls who are told they are "bossy" should be told instead that they have "leadership potential." Ms. Sandberg's intentions are good, but she's confused about what being "bossy" really means. Her campaign to "Ban Bossy" is misguided and misses the mark.

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Jennifer Louden Teaches Women to Live Mindfully

(0) Comments | Posted March 5, 2014 | 3:44 PM

I discovered Jennifer Louden's work several years ago when I was doing research for my book, Why Don't I Do the Things I Know Are Good for Me? Self-care is such a challenge for so many women -- we are so busy taking care of others that we...

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The One-Minute Manager Gets 'Fit at Last'

(0) Comments | Posted February 27, 2014 | 5:57 PM

When I last saw Ken Blanchard, I hardly recognized him. We were both attending the 20th anniversary celebration of Berrett-Koehler publishers in San Francisco last year. I had known Ken would be there, but I did a double-take when I saw him. What has he done with himself? I wondered....

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Addiction: The Sacred Disease

(6) Comments | Posted February 11, 2014 | 2:11 PM

Another shining star has fallen from the entertainment firmament and the world is left a little less bright, a little less beautiful, a little less magnificent. Addiction has claimed another brilliant soul and we are left to wonder: How did this happen? How could someone so gifted, so talented, so...

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In Times of Pain, Illness, Suffering, and Dying, 'That Which Is Shareable Is Bearable'

(1) Comments | Posted January 16, 2014 | 9:41 AM

My mother has Alzheimer's disease, my son has multiple sclerosis, and my dog is in remission from malignant melanoma. My closest friend has Parkinson's disease and another dear friend died of pancreatic cancer not long ago. I have written about all of these loved...

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Oscar, the Pug in a Box

(33) Comments | Posted December 24, 2013 | 3:35 PM

It was the coldest night of the year in February 2013 -- just a couple of nights before the Academy Awards -- and the temperature had dipped below freezing in Lancaster, Calif., just north of Los Angeles. A man in a suit walked into the animal shelter, placed a small...

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Pope Francis, Trickle-Down Economics, and Heaven on Earth

(1) Comments | Posted December 16, 2013 | 3:22 PM

Twenty years ago, author and psychiatrist M. Scott Peck gave a lecture in which he asserted that the biblical phrase "The Kingdom of God is within you" has been mistranslated and misunderstood throughout history. Dr. Peck said that if you go back to the original Aramaic, in which...

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Five Tips for Smart Hiring Decisions

(1) Comments | Posted November 25, 2013 | 2:49 PM

Every manager, every business owner, every executive knows (often from painful experience) that hiring mistakes are costly. Bringing the wrong person into your organization can hurt teamwork, productivity, and profitability - in addition to sucking time and energy from everyone who has to deal with the problematic hire. Then there's...

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Open Letter to Rand Paul: 'I Am a Writer'

(121) Comments | Posted November 7, 2013 | 10:55 AM

Dear Senator Paul;

I am a writer. I make my living with my words. I am also a keynote speaker and workshop leader, so I make my living with spoken words, as well as written ones. It hurts me -- and it hurts all writers -- when you take words...

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Mal Warwick and Paul Polak Outline the Business Solution to Poverty

(0) Comments | Posted October 3, 2013 | 2:29 PM

One of the things I love about blogging for The Huffington Post is that it gives me the opportunity to interview smart people with good ideas who have the experience to back up those ideas. Last week I talked with an especially interesting expert, Mal Warwick, who has...

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Interviewing Chip Bell: The 9 1/2 Principles of Innovative Service

(0) Comments | Posted September 23, 2013 | 7:48 PM

Chip Bell is one of my favorite authors. His books are smart, succinct, accessible, and practical. Among the mind-numbing, eye-glazing, sleep-inducing biz-babble of most business books today, Chip's writing is a breath of fresh air. What a joy it is to read an author who respects his readers, who doesn't...

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The Wisdom of Oz: Building Brains, Cultivating Courage, and Heeding Your Heart

(0) Comments | Posted September 23, 2013 | 12:42 PM

Every once in a great while, a metaphorical story comes along that captures the human experience in such a perfect way that it becomes an eternal classic. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is just such a story -- it is the tale of Everyman and Everywoman. Over a billion people...

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