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Employee Retention Life & Wisdom

The Top 15 Behaviors That Make or Break The Best Mentors

Recently, I have been reflecting on the concept of mentorship: what it is, what it is not, what the best mentors do, and what they do not do.  Personally, I do not subscribe to the idea that one must be declared “mentor” or “mentee” to fill such a role in another’s life, or that these […]

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Entrepreneurship

What Pushing a Child Out of My Nether-Bits Has in Common with Business

Read my latest piece, which was featured on the cover of SWAAY magazine. Click here.

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Entrepreneurship

To Publish Traditionally or Self-Publish? A Framework for Decision-Making

By Tara Makhmali | CEO of CommonSmarts Media, LLC | Author of MISSWIRED The question of whether one should self-publish or publish traditionally is a misnomer because what does it mean to “publish traditionally” and what does it mean to “self-publish,” given that the two have been in flux for over a decade? Traditional publishing […]

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Life & Wisdom

Please stop telling women they need more confidence; they need advocates (a personal parable about public speaking and the conditions in which women find themselves)

I’m terrified of public speaking. You wouldn’t know it. You wouldn’t see my pulse explode like lightning behind my eyes while the embodiment of my childhood self scaled a tree. You’d see a polished woman with a gleaming smile, a woman who appears as though she can’t be rattled. I’d pull it off. But I’m […]

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Creative Writing

On grief (a poem)

There is a well I have fallen into it How ironic that I am encircled by wellness When the outcome is grave Perhaps if we cry We’ll reach the brim Perhaps if we descend as far as it goes We’ll overflow Cry dear friend As long as you must Time has no end But oceans […]

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Creative Writing

The Contortionist’s Spine (a poem)

Two hundred and eighty-two days— The number of days she hummed on my back To the tune of B-flat and a black hole Fifty-seven octaves below middle C That’s where I’d like to go for a swim, In star and moonshine Somewhere between your green-apple flesh In the taste of sugar lips and grapevine That’s […]