Alice’s Blog

Take charge of your business — and your life


By Dr. Alice Waagen

In my work and in life I am a huge proponent of strategically planning personal development. By planning, I mean more than just attending a sporadic conference or seminar. I advocate writing a clear and succinct development goal, which should be future oriented and closely linked with your business goals.


Feeling isolated and overworked? Here are some useful tips on how to manage workplace stress

94An interview by Dr. Alice Waagen with therapists Anne Lee and Jessica Kramer of Bethesda Counseling Associates

Alice Waagen: As we said in the main article of the newsletter, workplace productivity numbers are up but the workforce has been reduced. In my experience, I find that people are working harder and spending more time in fear of losing their jobs. Are you seeing the resulting stress and burnout in your practice?

Anne Lee: Absolutely. We have a client right now who is struggling with stress like you’ve described. She was hired three years ago to be part of a six-person team responsible for some highly technical and skilled work. The team is now down to three who are still handling the same workload they had with six. In order to get the work done, they’ve eliminated team meetings and collaborative efforts.


Is less really more?

90By Dr. Alice Waagen, president
Workforce Learning,

My background is in management, not economics or psychology, but when it comes to productivity and burnout in the workforce of 2010, I can tell you what I’m seeing: Everyone is working harder to stay employed and in business. And if this extra work and effort enables us to build a healthier economy, I am all for it.

But what price are we paying? At what point do the long hours, anxiety and stress result in burnout? You can only assess this for yourself, but I think every person at work needs to evaluate his or her levels of stress and burnout and set a course to find a healthier balance.


Are you feeling productive?

109If not, you aren’t alone. As we begin 2010, more and more of my clients are reporting that they are overworked, stressed, and they fear that soon their productivity will suffer.

But consider this: Just last November, in a Wall Street Journal article entitled, “Productivity Soared in Third Quarter,” reporters John Hilsenrath and Luca Di Leo wrote:


Chef Nancy Robinson on starting her own business


Chef Nancy Robinson on starting her own business: MRS. ROBINSON COOKS!

Nancy Robinson, owner and head chef of Mrs. Robinson Cooks!, is an entrepreneur who made a dramatic career change in 2003 when she left her job in industrial and organizational psychology to start her own firm. After all, she was on a solid career track working in the government and private industry.

But five years later, the entrepreneur told me she wouldn’t change a thing. Read on to learn more about how Nancy made the transition from corporate citizen to business owner.


Five basic competencies needed to succeed

79Advice for Entrepreneurs

What are the five competencies you need to succeed?

By Dr. Alice Waagen, President & Founder

I love to talk about being an entrepreneur, for when I made the leap from the corporate world to founding Workforce Learning in 1997 it was one of the most exhilarating, yet traumatic decisions of my life.


Three Scenarios for Economic Recovery

65Insight into what’s come and why, so you can be prepared to manage your preferred future

By Dr. Alice Waagen, President & Founder

The scope and magnitude of the economic downturn of 2008-2009 exceeds anything most of us have experienced, with the exception of a few seniors who lived through the Great Depression.


The Future of Compensation Packages: A Q&A with John White, JD White & Associates


Dr. Alice Waagen interviews compensation package expert John White, an HR consultant and owner of JD White & Associates

John D. White, Ph.D. is the president of JD White & Associates, Inc., and has over 25 years experience in human resource management. Before starting his own consulting firm in 1995, John was vice president of human resources for BDM Federal, a government contractor and information technology company. In his consulting practice, John works with organizations to develop competitive and comprehensive Human Resource programs. His focus is to help his clients attract and retain the talented staff they need for future success.


How to Make Collaboration Work

64By Alice Waagen, president
Workforce Learning

Just as the London Symphony Orchestra works in harmony to play a beautiful concerto, any successful collaboration can be one of the most satisfying experiences we have as professionals. That’s because when collaborative efforts click, everyone understands and values each other’s role on the project and the unique contribution each person is making. In fact, successful collaborative efforts can often be the height of a person’s professional career.