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BJ Gallagher
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.),,,, 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

Obama Is a Modern Day Moses, Leading with the Paradoxical Commandments

(1) Comments | Posted January 22, 2015 | 10:59 AM

Moses had a tough job -- a lot tougher than he realized when he took it on. He had to lead his people out of suffering under Pharaoh, into an unknown and difficult terrain toward the Promised Land.

Barack Obama has a tough job too -- a lot tougher...

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The Gospel of Diversity: Personal Assumptions and Business Implications

(0) Comments | Posted January 20, 2015 | 12:28 AM

While the Gospel of Diversity is being preached in press conferences, public speeches, corporate workshops and seminars across the country, little attention is paid to the conflicting values and faulty assumptions implicit these discussions.

(Photo: Peacock Productions)


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Instead of Making Resolutions, Try Leaning into the New Year

(0) Comments | Posted December 30, 2014 | 11:25 AM

'Tis the season for making resolutions for the New Year. "Out with bad habits -- in with the new!" We make resolutions, draw up lists, and put sticky notes on the bathroom mirror to remind ourselves of our new commitments. Our enthusiasm is high and we're optimistic about the "New...

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Is It Always Right to Be Right? North Korea, Cuba, the Middle East, Africa and Our Global Diversity Dilemma

(0) Comments | Posted December 19, 2014 | 1:19 PM

There once was a world where people were always right.

They knew they were right,
and they were proud of it.

It was a world where people stated with confidence,
"I am right and you are wrong."

These were words of conviction,
courage, strength,

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Military BRATS = Bright. Resilient. Active. Talented. Successful.

(66) Comments | Posted December 1, 2014 | 3:55 PM

What's in a name? Plenty! Names are very personal, very powerful, in conveying identity, family lineage, historical tradition, group affiliation, and much more.

When I was a girl, my name was Barbara. It was a lovely name that my parents gave me when I was born. "Barbara" conveys intelligence, strength,...

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Retirement Isn't for You

(0) Comments | Posted November 24, 2014 | 10:12 AM

For many years I had a poster of Mother Teresa that read, "Unless life is lived for others, it is not worthwhile." The holy woman from Calcutta was -- and still is -- someone whose life and work I admire greatly. I do my best to live according to her...

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Mom's Not Dead Yet... Living in the Moment With Terminal Illness

(3) Comments | Posted November 11, 2014 | 1:30 PM

I cried all the way home from San Diego. Monday morning I learned of the death of Tom Magliozzi, one of the beloved brothers on NPR's "Car Talk" show. News reports said he died of complications from Alzheimer's. Monday afternoon I spent with my 86-year-old mother, who is seven years...

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Many Overweight Women and Men Are Finding Help in Overeaters Anonymous

(3) Comments | Posted November 10, 2014 | 6:33 PM

Last week I attended a women's conference, where I ran into an old friend I hadn't seen in a couple years. I almost didn't recognize her, she had lost so much weight. "Carol, you look amazing!" I said. "You're so fit and trim! How did you lose weight? What's your...

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

(0) Comments | Posted October 6, 2014 | 1:41 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 | 11:18 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 | 1:24 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 | 1:27 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,

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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 | 7:28 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 | 5:03 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 | 10:11 AM

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


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 | 2:52 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 | 4:38 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 | 4:44 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 | 6:57 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 | 3:11 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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