After Hours

with Jody Glynn Patrick

November 2010

Making memories: It's not for sissies.

11/30/10

Making memories: It's not for sissies.

"Patrick, I want to talk to you about today," I call softly to my grandson as he practices floating in the shallow end of a hotel swimming pool. He stops paddling. It is 10:15 p.m., late for a nine-year old. We have just outlasted two women with a gaggle of loud, rowdy kids who were in the pool with us for the last hour. Finally we have the area blessedly to ourselves. The decibel level dropped a few hundred points only moments ago, when the heavy glass door closed behind the last wet-bottomed chick to follow the two waddling mama ducks to the elevator. That's what the entourage reminded me of, anyway.

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What would you do if you weren't doing what you're doing now?

11/23/10

What would you do if you weren't doing what you're doing now?

I was writing my column for IB tonight, on the topic of Joan Gillman and I completing 1,000 radio shows for WTDY, and I was thinking about the range of people we've interviewed — from start-up entrepreneurs with fire in their bellies, to "reflective interviews" with executives moving on. Those more often revolve around exit strategies and talk of "next careers" — like those we are getting ready for you with Don Madelung (Herzing University), Larry Swalheim (Landmark Cooperative Services) and Wis. Secretary of Commerce Aaron Olver, who will be leaving his post in 2011 due to political sea change. The other two gents are moving on by choice, having worked 20-plus years for their institutions and wanting not to retire, but to rewire into new careers for the final 10 or 20 years they still want to work outside their homes.

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Ruth Ann Schoer, a public

11/16/10

Ruth Ann Schoer, a public "thank you" for being you.

With all respect shown for confidentiality, I can't divulge a "who" or "when" as they relate to the victim of this story, but I want to let you know the "what" and "why" secret that I know. What: Ruth Ann Schoer is awesome. If you already know that, let me contribute one more confirmation — the "why" part of this message: Without fanfare or acknowledgment, Ruth Ann recently saved a life.

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Invite yourself to an

11/09/10

Invite yourself to an "After Hours" dinner party. No boring speakers, no rubber chicken.

Recently I was a guest at a lavish dinner party where the evening's theme seemed to be nothing more than putting 12 people (who were connected to the invitee, but not necessarily to one another) around a table in a private home to see where the discussion might lead. It was just before the election, and there was a mix of high-ranking Dems and Reps there, along with some reps from the business world. It was a hoot — and we did not talk politics, hallelujah.

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Come with me on vacation to The Land of Lincoln.

11/02/10

Come with me on vacation to The Land of Lincoln.

Recently, after an extended road trip with my brother to help him relocate him out of state, I realized (when repacking my suitcase) that I was exhausted — yet ahead of me was a 10-hour drive back to Madison. Oh well, pity party, right? But while buying gas in Columbia, Missouri, I called my husband and admitted to wishing for another night in a hotel to break up the drive, since otherwise I'd get home around 2 a.m.

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IB Publisher Emeritus Jody Glynn Patrick blends work and life in this very clear departure from her other writing for In Business magazine. Awarded national recognition for both her previous work as a newspaper columnist and her journalistic leadership at IB, she brings us all back "Closer to Home" with her insights and remembrances. A nice place to be "After Hours." Check back often!

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