After Hours

with Jody Glynn Patrick


Checking the IB Santa’s “Naughty or Nice” list

Email sent by Jessica this morning to me and the rest of our staff: “I was naughty again! I received a tabletop billiards table and this note: ‘You’re behind the 8-ball for your bad behavior. To redeem yourself, name a colleague you’d like to compete with. At the next staff meeting, you’ll get the chance to regain the title ‘winner’ again.’ Karen, are you up for a friendly game at the next staff meeting after your dance routine?"

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The Patrick & Nana Revue: What one little boy needs you to know

First, a shout-out to Lisa, the sweet soul I met at the Monona McDonald’s, where Kevin and I were bundling grandkids Natalie, 6, and Nathanial, 7, into coats following lunch and indoor playground antics. We were about to continue our adventures with a trip to Vitense Golf when Lisa introduced herself, saying she loved my writing. Of course, while she said very nice and kind things, I was mentally cursing myself for not wearing makeup or “decent” clothes (a suede mumu is comfy for chasing grandkids, but the Fashion Police would have arrested me). Isn’t that always the way it is?

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A favorite holiday memory from Jody’s favorite writer! Author Margaret George shares a Christmas story

You know the plotline of Misery? Where Stephen King’s main writer character, Paul Sheldon, is being stalked and then held hostage by his “Number One Fan,” Annie Wilkes? Well, I don’t go quite that far, but I do follow author Margaret George’s career from a respectful distance, and like Annie, I wait for my star’s next novel with mixed delight and urgency.

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The personalities companies want and the traits they don’t

There are a plethora of personality inventory models used by HR departments in the hiring process today, but whether you are “green-blue” (The Edge) or “INFJ” (Myers-Briggs), personality assessments are common workplace tools created to measure how you think and/or behave – relative to the rest of us. In essence, a personality inventory asks how you view the world, and then, in turn, your score reveals how the business world now views you.

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‘Get a grip or get out of the way’: Candid remarks from humanitarian Melanie Ramey

Recently it was my pleasure to be invited as Melanie Ramey’s guest to the luncheon where she received the Swarensky Humanitarian Award (named for Rabbi Swarensky) from the Downtown Rotary Club for her lifelong commitment to humanitarian issues. I was pleased because, as I wrote to her in a congratulatory note after learning of her selection as recipient, she was one of the first folks to catch my attention in Madison. Melanie Ramey, now CEO of The HOPE of Wisconsin, was the panel moderator at one of the first functions I attended – a mayoral debate – and then, it seemed, she emceed or moderated about 90% of all events in 1996.

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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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