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Business Majors: It's Time to Reassess

Brad Harrington | Posted 10.10.2014 | Business
Brad Harrington

In the United States today, nearly one in five college students chooses to study business administration. It is by far the most popular major with twice as many students pursuing a business degree as the next most popular area of study -- social sciences and history.

Work, Family and the White House

Brad Harrington | Posted 08.27.2014 | Business
Brad Harrington

Over the past several weeks, the Boston College Center for Work & Family has had the privilege of participating in two events sponsored by the White H...

Harmony for Working Parents on Valentine's Day

Brad Harrington | Posted 04.13.2014 | Parents
Brad Harrington

In honor of Valentine's Day, I'll offer a few thoughts on harmony for couples on the work and family front.

Workplace Flexibility: Engaging Managers for Success

Jennifer Sabatini Fraone | Posted 03.24.2014 | Business
Jennifer Sabatini Fraone

The National Workplace Flexibility Study engaged managers from three diverse organizations, representing different industries, through a process of training, support and coaching to empower them with the tools and skill sets they needed to maintain their teams' performance while working flexibly.

Why We Can't Make Ends Meet

Brad Harrington | Posted 03.16.2014 | Business
Brad Harrington

In recent weeks we've heard a great deal about income equality. While this month marks the 50th anniversary of Lyndon Johnson's "war on poverty," in r...

Thanksgiving Day, 2013: Turkey, Football, and Life Lessons

Brad Harrington | Posted 01.25.2014 | Sports
Brad Harrington

On Thursday, most Americans will come together to enjoy my favorite holiday - Thanksgiving. The greatest tradition associated with Thanksgiving, of co...

9/11/13: Seeking connection in a "connected" world

Brad Harrington | Posted 11.11.2013 | World
Brad Harrington

Today is September 11. That date is seared in the memory of all Americans. I would guess that the only dates on the calendar that hold greater familia...

Dads of the Diamond and Fathers of the Fairway

Brad Harrington | Posted 10.02.2013 | Sports
Brad Harrington

When it comes to sports in the States, America's "National Pastime" is still considered to be baseball. While American football may have surpassed it ...

Let Your Life Speak

Brad Harrington | Posted 07.21.2013 | Business
Brad Harrington

In my column last month, Live YOUR Life, I encouraged readers to stop listening to the endless stream of career and life advice that seems to be emana...

Searching for Stability in Changing Times

Brad Harrington | Posted 05.04.2013 | Business
Brad Harrington

2013 is just two months old and already headlines from the national and international stage leave us wondering, "Does anything endure? When we wake u...

Front-lines and Sidelines: Time to Let Go of Gender Stereotypes

Brad Harrington | Posted 03.30.2013 | Business
Brad Harrington

Last week, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta and General Martin Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, announced their intention to lift the ...

Dickens' Enduring Lessons

Brad Harrington | Posted 01.30.2013 | Business
Brad Harrington

Reflection, small acts of kindness, and ultimately, transformation are just three of the lessons offered in Dickens' A Christmas Carol. On my own reflection, I'm convinced it was that transformed character of Scrooge that my old friend was thinking of when she gave me that tiny statue of Scrooge so many Christmases ago.

The Pressure to "Have It All" and the Need to Redefine Success

Lisa Levey | Posted 12.12.2012 | Women
Lisa Levey

We need to redefine success in more human terms rather than the fantasy of women -- or men -- that have it all. Real success -- the true definition of having it all -- is getting clarity on what success means for you and putting your energies there.

The Masculine Critique

Brad Harrington | Posted 12.08.2012 | Business
Brad Harrington

Difficult economic circumstances, less-than-stellar academic performance, and growing equality for women may have all conspired to lessen men's advantage at work, but "success" in the workplace is not the only or ultimate measure of a life well-lived.

Having It All: The Last Word

Brad Harrington | Posted 10.17.2012 | Business
Brad Harrington

In reflecting on this summer, the two stories that will stick with me most clearly are the London Summer Olympics and the "having it all" debate that has stimulated so much conversation.

Work and Family Month: Large Policies, Small Moments

Brad Harrington | Posted 01.01.2012 | Business
Brad Harrington

On those all-too-rare instances when you have the awareness to seize the moment, you realize that no policy in the world is needed to be mindful of those you hold most dear. Happy National Work and Family Month!

The New Male Mystique -- It's No Joke!

Ellen Galinsky | Posted 09.04.2011 | Business
Ellen Galinsky

Today, men are experiencing what women experienced when they first entered the workforce in record numbers -- the pressure to "do it all in order to have it all." This is the essence of the "new male mystique."