Don’t Cringe at Critiques… Eat Them for Breakfast

By jkrampe / December 29, 2014 / 0 Comments

A couple of weeks ago I hosted a leadership webinar for a company in the Midwest. After the event we sent a survey to those who participated, asking them to freely share their thoughts on the experience. My excitement was high at the prospect of hearing their responses, but I was disappointed when a few…

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5 Ways to Finish the Year on a High Note

By jkrampe / December 26, 2014 / 0 Comments

Why am I here? That’s the most significant question you can answer. This single question is enough to answer everything that is most important in your business and your life. So, when everything seems blurry, your productivity takes a dive and you’re not sure what you are moving toward, that’s when you need to answer…

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The 6 Quotes that Motivated Me Out of the Projects

By jkrampe / December 24, 2014 / 0 Comments

Judging by the chic surroundings you might find me in today, you would never guess I was born and raised in one of the most violent public housing neighborhoods in Brooklyn—Marcy Projects. I was exposed to downtrodden attitudes and discouragement more often than encouragement, which put the idea of becoming a businesswoman almost out of…

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Gawker, You’re Wrong. This is the Best Pen.

By jkrampe / December 23, 2014 / 0 Comments

At, we have a healthy dose of underdog-edness that keeps us scrappy like a startup, despite the fact our magazine is more than 100 years old. Ordinarily, we wouldn’t take another media organization to task, but Gawker, we respectfully disagree with your choice in pens. In “What Is The Best Pen?” posted last week…

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Unwrap Laughter and Ditch the Grinch Attitude

By jkrampe / December 22, 2014 / 0 Comments

Isn’t this supposed to be the season to be jolly—full of holiday parties and family gatherings? Then why are the people I know so grumpy? To bring a little bliss back when it was intended, I’ve decided to give the gift of laughter this year. Grinches—and your stress and arguments—be gone! Laughter, and the merriment…

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6 Leadership Habits, from West Point to You

By jkrampe / December 19, 2014 / 0 Comments

When I spoke at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point recently, I was the one who walked away inspired, having gained some incredible life insights, which I wrote about in last week’s blog. In addition, I was invited to be a guest lecturer, where I shared with cadets the habits of some great leaders—coaches…

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Ask the SUCCESS Editors: What’s the Best Gift You’ve Ever Given?

By jkrampe / December 17, 2014 / 0 Comments

Hello, December! …we said in an editorial meeting almost three weeks ago. It happens every year, that the busiest time here in the newsroom is the busiest time for nearly everything else going on during this holiday season. About as fast as Santa’s reindeer can fly, the deadline for holiday shopping approaches. But we’re here…

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I Fired Her, and She’s Thanking Me…

By jkrampe / December 15, 2014 / 0 Comments

Last week I got an email from an intern who worked for me back in 2000 and I hadn’t been in touch with since. She told me she had just written an article for and wanted to dedicate it to me. My heart dropped into my stomach. I know it wasn’t an homage because…

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How to Turn Coffee into a Career-Boosting Connection

By jkrampe / December 12, 2014 / 0 Comments

Please add me to your LinkedIn network, your email dings you. Like you, I receive lots of LinkedIn invitations to “connect.” Most have no personal note of how we’ve met or what we have in common—so it’s not yet a real connection. In my book Make Waves: Be the One to Start Change at Work…

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Oprah & Deepak Challenged Me to 21 Days of Meditation—and I Won!

By jkrampe / December 11, 2014 / 0 Comments

Have you been wondering if a bus hit me? It did, in the form of multiple houseguests, holiday prep, children’s crises (like big school projects you just learned about that are due tomorrow) and an immense work load at the office. But although it ultimately took me over six weeks to finish the month-long Meditation…

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