Ilene Marcus, MSW, MPA, is the author of Managing Annoying People and runs Aligned Workplace, speaking and training Leaders and Founders to attract and retain great employees. An emerging literary writer, her goal is to make you smile just a bit more. Please visit her website at

Latest Posts By Ilene Marcus

2 months ago

Do You Get in Your Own Way? I Sure Do!

I’ll never forget the day I realized it wasn’t the holding on that was killing me. It was being dragged. Mostly through the mud, which was wet and messy. Over my life, I have learned to manage the mud. A stiff dirty martini, some retail therapy…

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3 months ago

My Bakers’ Dozen of Country Women Who Sing My Blues

My relationship with music is one of the most important in my life. It’s been consistent over my six-plus decades. Over those years, I have learned a lot about being in the wrong relationships – romantic, professional, family, and friendship…

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5 months ago

Letting Go of My 15 Pounds

I vowed to get some of my to-do list done today and not fritter it away by binge-watching a new show. Here’s how it starts: I plan to savor one episode to relax as I eat my breakfast, half of a gluten-free bagel with fat-free cream cheese…

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6 months ago

Knowing Myself Series: Part 5 – Conscious Choices and Staying the Course

As it turns out, managing annoying me is a full-time job. It is also the most rewarding job I have ever done. Who knew taking care of me, is even more rewarding than caring for others. No longer do I put others in front of myself. I make sure I am okay…

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7 months ago

Knowing Myself Series Part 4: Letting Others In (Managing Annoying Me)

If you want to learn how to swim, you start on dry land. Walking slowly in, you acclimate to the water, literally letting it wash over you as you wade in. Eventually, the watch is up to your shoulders, covers most of your body and you put your head…

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8 months ago

Knowing Myself Series – Part 3: Time Takes Time (Including the Bucket List)

I’m always in a rush to get things done. Run the errands, finish a project, clean up after a meal. Rushing has not served me well. I have accidents. I miss information. I am still not settled, nor at peace…

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9 months ago

Knowing Myself Series – Part 2: Falling in Love with Myself

Growing up reading fairy tales, I believed that my soulmate is out there. When he (insert your own preference) crossed my path, it will be love at first sight. We will live happily ever after. Alas, that is not what happened…

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9 months ago

3 Easy Ways You Can Turn Your Empowerment into Success After 60

I’m always sure the grass is greener on the other side. The person sitting next to me got the bigger portion. My friend learned about investing, while I didn’t. The girls in high school knew how to get a prom date. People stay happily married…

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10 months ago

Knowing Myself Series – Part 1: Love What I Have

To be in a healthy romantic relationship with another, you must love yourself first. A hard-won lesson for me, as it is both cliché and overused. I wanted to do it my own way. Three years ago, at 58 years old, I met my soul mate and we fell in love…

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11 months ago

It’s Never Too Early to Prep for the New Year

It is official it is almost next year. On a most perfect New England fall day as my car’s heated seats warmed my soul, I slowed down at a sharp bend in the road. At that moment, bright orange leaves, framed in gold clouds took my breath away…

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