Sandy M. Fernández

Sandy M. Fernández
The Health Benefits of Being Social

The Health Benefits of Being Social

Have you ever frittered away an afternoon trolling through friends’ updates on Facebook? Or failed to tear yourself away from family to finish that report? UCLA psychology professor Matthew Lieberman has a very simple explanation: Your brain made you…

Say It Loud: I’m Cheap and I’m Proud

Say It Loud: I’m Cheap and I’m Proud

For the past five years, my family’s prime mode of transportation has been a banged up 1997 Subaru. I bought it used back in 2004 before I knew how to drive — at 37, I was late getting…

How to Give Locally

How to Give Locally

With so many worthy causes clamoring for your attention — or even just a spot in your email inbox — it can be hard to know the best place to put your charity dollars. One piece of guidance from Laura…

Workplace or Jerkplace?

Workplace or Jerkplace?

Ken Lloyd knows jerks. The career expert and author of the best-selling “Jerks at Work: How to Deal with People Problems and Problem People” runs a website and writes a newspaper column devoted to the most aggravating…

Act Your Wage, Not Your Title

Act Your Wage, Not Your Title

When my husband and I were deep in the throes of paying off our wedding debt a few years ago, I started obsessively reading personal finance blogs. I learned a lot of practical tips from Frugal Dad, The Simple Dollar…

How to Get Around a Bad Boss

How to Get Around a Bad Boss

Garbled instructions, unclear goals, the slight-to-severe whiff of ‘WTF?’ that clouds all your interactions–all signs point to a bad boss. So how to make sure her management failings don’t bring you down too…

Are You a Bad Boss?

Are You a Bad Boss?

No manager wakes up in the morning and thinks, “Today, I want to completely demoralize my staff.” Or, “In this meeting, I want to send conflicting messages that leave everyone confused and insecure.” Yet with almost…

Spinning Profits From Yarn

Spinning Profits From Yarn

In 2002, former software engineers (and husband-and-wife team) Laura and Doug Zander emptied their savings and opened a 500-square-foot yarn shop in Truckee, Nevada (population: 16,000). "I was just hoping to make $30,000…

Is Your ‘But’ Too Big?

Is Your ‘But’ Too Big?

If you got passed over in that last round of promotions,  say veteran managers Joe and Bob Azelby, you can probably blame your ‘but.’ That’s the little word in the middle of the sentence when people describe…

Are You Investing as Much as You Should?

Are You Investing as Much as You Should?

 

The Dow and the S&P Indexes have both hit record highs this spring, but the number of Americans benefiting is at a record low. A recent Gallup poll found that stock investment (whether direct or in a…

Manage Your Time Better

Manage Your Time Better

Knowing how to use your time more effectively, and billing for the appropriate amount of work hours, begins with knowing how much time you’re spending on each task now. Unfortunately, getting a real sense of this can be…

How to Turn Your Network into Net Worth

How to Turn Your Network into Net Worth

A few years ago, Porter Gale, then vice president of marketing for Virgin Atlantic, had an ah-ha! morning. “I woke up and was overwhelmed with gratitude for how rich my life had become,” she says. “[And] I realized much…

Come On, Get Happy

Come On, Get Happy

Everybody wants to be happier, right? The problem is — as anyone who’s ever dated that sulky loner knows, or told themselves that buying those expensive shoes will make you feel better — that we don’t…

How to Deal with Difficult Clients

How to Deal with Difficult Clients

For many, going freelance or starting a business begins with a burst of euphoria. You’re free! You’re your own boss! No more having to deal with your chronically disorganized boss or passive-aggressive cubicle mate! Then…

Inside the “Stiletto Network”

Inside the “Stiletto Network”

At its core, Pamela Ryckman’s new book, “Stiletto Network: Inside the Women’s Power Circles That Are Changing the Face of Business,” is an inspiring tale of female friendships—the kinds that can lead to landmark…

Money Management for the Creative Class

Money Management for the Creative Class

In 2007, Elaine Grogan Luttrull’s career arc could be summed up in six words: confidence feigned; successes gained; enthusiasm waned. In fact, that’s exactly how the certified public accountant described it in her winning entry for…