Entries by Alexandra Rufatto-Perry

Finish what you’ve started

It took me nearly four hours to walk my first half marathon.  Once I finished, I spent the rest of the day alternating between soaking in a hot bath and lying on the couch.  At the time, I was overweight, a closet smoker and thought that Fruity Pebbles were an OK choice for breakfast, lunch, […]

Say nothing

I’m on vacation with my family this week.  There are nine of us (we’ll almost, my sister and my niece arrive tonight). When I tell people that I vacation with my extended family I find their reactions interesting. I get responses like: “That’s wonderful! You must have a great time!”  to “Seriously? How do you […]

If you want freedom

“If you want freedom, set clear boundaries.” I’m not making a political statement; I’m talking about you. Last week I spoke to a group of volunteer leaders for Sigma Sigma Sigma sorority, and a woman said her biggest take away was my phrase “if you want freedom, set clear boundaries.”   The women I spoke to […]

PS-ing my way out of the box

I wrote my first PS in college.  My sister, Charlotte, and I lived together while we were going to Ball State University.  She’s four years older, smarter and more serious than I am. I wanted to be just like her. She helped me pick my major when I decide that nursing school was Not.For.Me She helped […]

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When you’re married to the CFO there’s bound to be conflict; One simple step to resolve issues and get back to work

According to a study commissioned by CPP Inc., U.S. employees spend 2.1 hours per week involved in conflicts, which amounts to approximately $359 billion in paid hours or the equivalent of 385 million working days. I don’t know about you, but I’m not a fan of conflict. Conflicts come from communication breakdown (lack of clarity, lack of context, […]

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Can we talk?

According to Gallup’s recent State of the American Workplace report, only 22% of U.S. employees strongly agree that their company’s leaders have a clear direction for their organization. And only 13% strongly agree that their organization’s leadership communicates effectively.   Can we talk about this? “Can we talk” is such a simple phrase, isn’t it? Depends on who you ask. […]