SAN DIEGO, Jan. 29, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The Discreet Guide™, a professional development training company, announced that the first issue of The Pergola was published this month. An alternative to traditional publishing, The Pergola is a digital gateway to career advice, workplace facts and figures, gender-related topics, movie, book and audiobook reviews, and other interesting or funny content. The Pergola strives to be pithy, relevant, and surprising. A busy professional can quickly check out the bi-monthly roundup and click a link to read, watch or listen when something strikes his or her fancy.
The first issue focused on "The Boss" and contained information about reporting lines, traits of a good and bad managers, human resources, and relationships between bosses and subordinates. A link to the first digital issue of The Pergola can be found here: http://bit.ly/1U8lAwD.
The first issue also contained links to articles about how to determine if you are reporting to the right person in the organization, how to cope with a difficult boss, and guidelines for becoming a better manager yourself. On the lighter side, links were provided to a song titled "You're not the boss of me," to a cringe-worthy scene from The Office, to book reviews of Bossy Pants, The Girl's Guide To Being the Boss (Without Being a Bitch) and Citizen Girl, and to a recommended movie Horrible Bosses. Additional links led to stories about terrible bosses and a Harvard Business Review study about why companies select incompetent bosses for management positions.
Statistics about managers were also reported in the first issue. "Did you know that 65% of employees say that they would forego a $5000 a year raise if their boss would just be nicer?" said Jennifer K. Crittenden, of The Discreet Guide™. "That's really a shame considering how well we have explored the basics of good management over the last two decades. We should be working harder to fix or fire these bad bosses so they don't make people's lives miserable."
The Pergola was initially launched in early 2015 as a newsletter, and five issues were issued over the course of the year to test the concept. Each issue is centered around a theme, chosen because of its importance, timeliness, or complexity. "It's been really well received," said Crittenden, "It's easy to scan and see if there's something you want to delve into deeper. People appreciate the quick hits, useful takeaways, original writing, articles they might not otherwise have found, and jokes and videos. It's fun to take a break from being so serious all the time about work-related issues."
The Pergola will be published six times a year. Topics scheduled to be covered in 2016 include work-life balance, men and money, bullying, and why so many highly educated female professionals drop out of the workforce. Crittenden said she hopes to keep the magazine ad-free. "I want to raise a thoughtful resting spot," she said, "where subscribers can pause for a moment from their busy day, and find a tidbit that appeals to them, learn something or have a chuckle. For me, personally, the initiative grew out of a desire to provide a service to the readers and honor our community."
Subscriptions are free and can be obtained by signing up online at www.discreetguide.com. Past issues are also available at the site. The Pergola is funded and published by Whistling Rabbit Press, a boutique publishing house in San Diego that specializes in career and gender-related writing. For more information, write to firstname.lastname@example.org.
About The Discreet Guide™:
This professional development training company offers programs on Creating Exceptional Presence, Your American Voice, Success Strategies for a Male-Dominated Environment, and Speaking Up for Girls,among others. Training techniques include those used by actors and athletes, customized exercises, and video analysis. See: http://www.discreetguide.com.
About Jennifer K. Crittenden:
She is the Amazon best-selling author of The Discreet Guide for Executive Women, winner of an NIEA award in the Business-Motivational category, and You, Not I: Exceptional Presence through the Eyes of Others. She has an MBA from the Kelley School at Indiana University and nearly twenty-five years of experience in corporate America, rising from financial analyst to CFO.
Jennifer K. Crittenden
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