Ilene Marcus, MSW, MPA, is founder of Aligned Workplace. A recognized workplace expert, speaker and author, Marcus mentors business leaders to drive their agenda and build workplaces where success, inspiration, kindness and joy define the culture. Please visit her website at http://alignedworkplace.com

Latest Posts By Ilene Marcus

6 months ago

Let’s Shamelessly Explore the Art of Doing Nothing (VIDEO)

I am actively studying “the art of doing nothing.” It is an art. A wise friend said to me, “Do something, just sit there.” Do you know how hard it is, to do nothing? To just sit there? No reaction. No action. No thoughts. No plan. Just be. Just rest…?

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6 months ago

Changing Direction After 60: Always Have an Escape Plan!

I attended Columbia Business School for one week in 1983. I learned all I needed to know. Always have an escape plan. It’s an important lesson, especially as we move into a phase of life where every moment counts. We want to choose our path and not have it…

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9 months ago

The Power of Rediscovering Childhood Friends After 60

It took me 50 years to discover the power of a childhood friend. It all started when I was shipped off to sleep away camp in the summer of 1969 and met Betsy Brown. By 1975 we were already too old for camp. Would we still be friends…

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10 months ago

7 Quick Things You Can Do to Have the Best New Year’s Eve Ever

Why does New Year’s Eve evoke such strong feelings in people? It was the best of times, it was the worst of times – thanks for the insight, Charles Dickens. The real question is: how do I bulletproof myself either way?

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1 year ago

7 Songs Every Grandparent Should Share

It seems like yesterday I was singing these songs to my own daughter. Heck, it seems like yesterday I was learning them. And now it’s time to teach them to my children’s children. Read More

1 year ago

5 Considerations When Our Friends Drive Us Crazy

We love our friends. We really do. But even as I practice channeling acceptance, meditating, Zen breathing, and openness to the universe, I get irritated. It’s not about accepting them. I do. It’s not about judgement. I don’t judge…

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1 year ago

6 Reasons to Love Face Masks – Besides the Obvious

There’s nothing like a pandemic to show the cracks in the veneer. Where things can break down. What does not work. And yet I am the eternal optimist. I like to find that silver lining. The lesson, the takeaway, the surprise…

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2 years ago

3 Ways to Reconcile Your Own Childhood in Your Role as a Mother

Nothing surpasses motherhood. Of all the feelings, emotions and do-overs I would like in my life, my relationship with myself vis-a-vis my daughter is at the top of the list. Read More

3 years ago

Why the Place You Choose to Live in Retirement Says a Lot About You

Location. Location. Location.

There’s an old saying: “What you see, depends on where you stand.” How often have I traveled the same road, only to notice something new? Read More

3 years ago

Try the Housework Gym Routine: Get Your Body and House in Shape Together!

Why pay for the gym, when real life chores are so much more beneficial? Not to mention, I need a solution that saves time, money and is practical. It’s a retirement conundrum: the gym has become inconvenient…

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