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FeedAmbitionFarmer, Ann. "Starve Modesty, Feed Ambition." American Bar. June-July 2011. Web

Polito, Rick. "San Anselmo Author Takes on the B-word." 9 Feb. 2007. Web

SpeakingAny time a woman achieves something, she is quickly accused of neglecting her family, Condren says. There is nothing new in that treatise but what Condren talks about in her book is the way women do it to themselves and how they can stop the "self sabotage."



Gekas, Alexandra. "How to Be Punctual - Time Management Tips" at Woman's -- Web. 31 Jan. 2012

ClockWhether it’s packing your lunch the night before, picking out your clothes or filling your coffee machine, doing as much as possible before bed will set you ahead of the game when you first wake up the next day. "Put your shoes by the door and your workout gear right by your bed so that in the morning when you're tired and groggy, you don't have to dig through your closet," recommends Debra Condren, PhD, business psychologist and author of Ambition is Not a Dirty Word. "You tell your kids to set their clothes out, but it works for you, too." So create a pre-bedtime routine each night when, before winding down, you can set yourself up for a smoother morning.

Alexander, Amy. "Achieve Dreams And Speed Up Success By Clicking With Mentors" - 23 Jan. 2012

If you find a mentor to help you achieve your goals, you'll be promoted five times more often than your peers, says a survey conducted by Gartner Research. Mentors? They move up six times more than the competition. The lesson: Mentoring pays, whether you're giving or taking advice. Keys:

  • Screen. Step one: Read industry publications and books to find that dream mentor, advises psychologist and executive coach Debra Condren. "Turn off the tube and inspire your creativity by reading about all of the cool ideas that are being kicked around," Condren, author of "Ambition Is Not a Dirty Word," told IBD.

Porter, Jane. "Seven Rules for Coping with Sales Rejection" | 13 Dec. 2011

Are you building relationships. Don't reject prospects after they reject you. "If you've been rejected, it doesn't necessarily mean this person will never be your client," Condren says. "Keep the conversation going."

Field, Anne. "HopStop CEO Takes a Laissez Faire Approach toward Employees -" 

When managing a company, there are often traditional guidelines a CEO will follow in his/her employee interaction. For Joe Meyer, CEO of HopStop, the NY-based mass-transit information website, these traditional practices do not gel with his less-is-more mentality.

Field, Anne. "HopStop’s High-speed Management Style." Crain's New York Business. Crain Communications Inc., 07 Dec. 2011. 

For Joe Meyer, managing a highly productive workforce requires breaking the rules, or at least rewriting them.

Bradshaw, Leslie. Nisha Chittal on Why Ambition Is Not a Dirty Word - Forbes. 28 Sept. 2011.

DiGiacomo, Robert. "8 Things College Seniors Can Do to Prep for the First Job Search" - Top Online Schools & Accredited Universities., 27 Sept. 2011.

Chatzky, Jean. "When To Take A Mental Health Day: American Express OPEN Forum." 12 July 2011

Taking a day off—particularly an unplanned for, unexpected day—can feel like taking a step backwards.

But it’s not, says Dr. Debra Condren, a business psychologist, coach and author of Ambition is Not a Dirty Word. “For small business owners who love their work, studies show that they are less likely to take vacations, and you can lump mental health days into that same category. For them, work feels more like play sometimes, and it’s hard because entrepreneurs often have a lot of balls in the air. But there comes a point when you are multi-tasking so much that it decreases your productivity and increases your stress.

Porter, Jane. "Shift Your Mindset, Save Your Business." Business & Small Business. Enterpreneur, 20 June 2011. Web.
Five steps to see your company in a new way -- and make a comeback.

Vanegas, Cindy. "Home Is Where the Heart Is, But Not Necessarily Where the Profits Lie - Fox Small Business Center." Home - Fox Small Business Center. 11 May 2011

Laptop-Spitting-Out-Cash-Money "Get the lay of the land before you start loading up the U-Haul," recommended Debra Condren, author of Ambition is Not a Dirty Word."Pick up the phone, send e-mails and make introductions. Talk with people one on one. When you are speaking with a person, always ask: 'could you recommend two or three colleagues I should contact?' If you end up moving, you can fall back on these people as your professional network and that will break some of the isolation in advance." 

Application Carmichael-Lester, Margot. "Six Tips to Get Past Job Search Rejection 03 May 2011.

Though talking to more people about your search may feel like you’re opening yourself up to even more rejection, it’s actually a great way to deal with your feelings. Business coach Debra Condren, author of Ambition Is Not a Dirty Word, suggests asking friends and colleagues if they know of any job opportunities or industry networking events you should attend. “Don’t forget to ask the most important question of all: ‘Can you recommend one or two other people I should contact who might have leads?’” she says. 

Resnick, Rosalind. "Ten Steps to Thrive in 2011: Small Business.The Street. 24 Nov. 2010

Rabinowitz_Richard_Digital-Photo-Agency_L-to-R_Hannah-Mooy_Jennifer-Olsen_Jill-Enfiels_Max-Pepper_4.7_Buck-Ennis_Crain's-New-York-Business_  Field, Anne. "Entrepreneur Thinks outside the Cubicle." Crain's New York Business. 22 Sept. 2010.

Allowing Gen Y-ers the opportunity to make their own hours can boost productivity. Companies that encourage their young adult employees to make their own hours get more out of them. It shows them that they're trusted and appreciated.

Hkernahan.  "Women's Business Alliance 2 1/2 Day Power Sabbatical." 23 Aug. 2010.  Web.

Hess, Diane. "Solopreneurs' Find Their Niches." Crain's. 22 Aug. 2010. Web

Rapoport, Betsy. "How to Stop Beating Yourself Up, Putting Yourself Down, and Selling Yourself Short." Good Housekeeping Aug. 2010. Print.

"The successful woman has a secret. She's learned that she owes it to herself, her children, and the world to make the contribution she was born to make. She's learned to ask for advice and help, to insist on getting paid what she's worth, and to set boundaries at work and at home so that her needs get met, not trampled." says business psychologist and career coach Debra Condren, Ph.D., author of Ambition Is Not A Dirty Word.

Coster, Helen. "Self-Assessment: Are You Born To Be A Billionaire?" Web log post.
23 June 2010.

You dream of joining the ranks of the world's richest, but are you truly born to be a billionaire?

Marcus will receive the honor at the EWN's Annual Grand Networking Event, from 6 to 9 p.m. at The Norwalk Inn & Conference Center, 99 East Ave. The keynote speaker will be Debra Condren, Ph.D., author of Ambition is Not a Dirty Word, A Woman's Guide to Earning Her Worth and Achieving Her Dreams.

Jordan, Nicole. "No. You Can’t Pick My Brain." Magazine post. Kicking Sand. 26 Feb. 2010.

Kinsman, Leslie."Hit or Miss." The University Daily Kansan., 18 Feb. 2010. Newpaper

There’s a better way to meet dudes than at the local pub. “A woman doesn’t trust a man’s intentions when she is approached in a bar. She assumes that he’s liquored-up and is not himself, at best, or being disingenuous with an ulterior motive, at worst,” says Debra Condren, author of “Ambition is Not A Dirty Word.”

Julie. "Managing Social Media Efforts: Internal or Outsource." Web post. VelocIT Company Blog. 11 Feb. 2010. Web

Individuals and small businesses may not have the budget to bring someone in for full-time social media efforts, but they also don’t have the time to do the tasks themselves. Dr. Debra Condren, author of Ambition is Not a Dirty Word: A Woman's Guide To Earning Her Worth and Achieving Her Dreams, says that she employees a virtual assistant or “VA” to handle her social media marketing efforts.

Cosmopolitan. "3 Ways to Deal with a Cheap Friend." Magazine post. Shine from Yahoo!, 17 Feb. 2010. Web

How to deal: " Rally your friend by making it a challenge to see how much fun you can have for $10 or $20. (She can pretty much pull that amount of cash out of thin air with one of these painless money-saving switches.) Or agree to set a limit of how much cash she's comfortable spending and promise to head home as soon as you both reach your total, no matter what. (But getting guys to buy you drinks is totally legit.) By sticking to your word, you're proving to your friend that being broke doesn't have to be boring," says Debra Condren, author of Ambition Is Not a Dirty Word.

Arnold, Candice. "How Do You Know When It's Time to Get a Life Coach?" Web log post. 15 Feb. 2010

"Your coach's goal should be to help you dig down deep to define, clarify, and refine your career goals, then come up with a specific strategic plan to unleash your passion and ambition, supercharge your professional objectives, and ensure that you are on track to maximize your potentials and derive full satisfaction from your career," said Dr. Debra Condren, founder of Manhattan Business Coaching and author of Ambition Is Not A Dirty Word.

Hashe, Janis. "The whens, wheres and hows of talking to your teen." Chattanooga Parent 1 Feb. 2010. Print

Zubek, Rachel. "Are You Overworked?" Web post. The Work Buzz. Career Builder, 2 Feb. 2010. Web.

“If you can make peace with extra hours [or] multiple roles, you can alleviate resentment, bitterness and stress,” says Debra Condren, author of Ambition is Not a Dirty Word. “This pressure won’t go on forever; if it does, find silver lining. Eventually seek out new opportunities and make a move.”

22 Books Every Newbie Mom Entrepreneur Should Read." Rev. of Ambition is Not a Dirty Word.

Feminist Chemists. "Book Review: Ambition is Not a Dirty Word." 20 Jan. 2010

In addition to the philosophical aspect of the book, Dr. Condren offers a multitude of practical tips for being successful, from learning to confront coworkers that sabotage your work to getting paid what you are worth.

Pofeldt, Elaine. "The big blur." Crains 13 Jan. 2010.

Debra Condren, a Manhattan-based business psychologist, says that entrepreneurs who succeed at keeping their own businesses alive after taking a day job tend to be smart about compartmentalizing their roles into set hours.

Lindner, Melanie, and Maureen Farrell. "How to stay cool at work." The Age. Forbes. Web

When in doubt, try a little humor. You might not be Jerry Seinfeld, but even stab at a joke in a tense meeting can go a long way, says Dr. Debra Condren, a bi-coastal executive coach with a Ph.D. in psychology. Supervisors should try some self-deprecating humor, remember, if you're stressed, your minions are, too, so let them know you can roll with the punches.

Evans, Teri. "Time Management by the Very Time-Challenged."Business Week 4 Dec. 2009. Print.

Entrepreneurs who own more than one company "need more stimulation, more brain food, more challenges that will allow them to really stretch their imagination," says Debra Condren, a business psychologist. "It keeps them feeling passionate about their work as opposed to feeling sated, like eating the same food every day. They want variety." In other words, one man's hopeless confusion is another man's smorgasbord.

Condren, Debra. "Top Tips: Six Ways To Keep Your Cool At Work." Forbes

Verbal Jujitsu
Berated by a co-worker or a frustrated superior? Dr. Debra Condren, founder of Manhattan Business Coaching and author of Ambition Is Not A Dirty Word, a career guide for women, has a solution: "I keep my face neutral, make sure I'm breathing and staying calm, with my feet planted any my body relaxed," she says.

Price, Kathryn. "am-BITCH-ous" by: Debra Condren, Ph.D." Web

Why do so many women fail to achieve their professional goals and earning potential? Why do so many women feel guilty about wanting a fulflling career? A business psychologist, executive coach and career adviser who has worked with thousands of smart, high-achieving women, Debra Condren, Ph.D., has discovered the true culprit: this time it's not the men holding women back. This time, women are doing it to themselves because ambition--for women--is still a dirty word.

Condren, Debra. "Taking a Part-Time Track." The Next Move 19 Nov. 2009. Print.
Don’t Sell Yourself Short
Some part-timers have a tendency to sabotage themselves by putting down their efforts, or apologizing for being part-time. This is the wrong approach, according to Dr. Debra Condren, author of “Ambition Is Not a Dirty Word,” a career guide for women.
“Even if you are working some hours from home, in your pajamas, feeding your toddler while squeezing in an emergency client call to answer a question, remember to tell yourself that you’re getting it done, you’re great at what you do, and you don’t need to explain or to apologize (the client needn’t know that you haven’t made it into your street clothes yet today),” she wrote in her book.

Finora, Joseph. "Mix Old with New To Market Today." Printing News 8 Oct. 2009

“Host a business-community mixer at your print shop,” advised Dr. Debra Condren, business adviser and author of Ambition Is Not A Dirty Word. “Invite all of your clients, cross-promote and possibly share the expense with your local chamber of commerce and/or other business organizations, including local banks."

Condren, Debra. "Sparkling Speaking" Metro New York 21 Sept. 2009

Balderrama, Anthony. "Being the Bad Guy at Work." 10 Sept. 2009.

"There's a big cost to women who shun the role of bad guy: It keeps you from going for your share of the opportunities pie at work, from taking risks that can have huge pay-offs, from standing up to people when you need to, from being tough even if it brings on disapproval from others, from taking the credit you deserve," she warns. "It keeps you from being taken as seriously in the workplace as those who stand up for themselves and play bad-guy hardball. It keeps you from earning what you're worth (i.e., it can cost women between $500,000 and $2 million in earnings over the course of their careers) and from earning as much as your male counterparts who are willing to play the bad guy in negotiations do."

Debra Condren says, author of Ambition Is Not a Dirty Word.

Womble, Ashley. "How to Deal with a Broke-Ass Friend." Cosmopolitan 1 Sept. 2009

"Tired of being pressured to pick up the tab for a broke friend? Agree, before you agree to go out, to set a limit of how much cash she's comfortable spending and promise to head home as soon as you both reach your total, no matter what. ...By sticking to your word, you're proving to your friend that being broke doesn't have to be boring, says Debra Condren, author of Ambition Is Not a Dirty Word."

Condren, Debra. "What the Font?" Metro Philidelphia 31 Aug. 2009

Heintz, Nadine. "Building a Culture of Employee Appreciation." Inc. 1 Sept. 2009

"Especially during tough economic periods, it's important to give people face time and basic human appreciation on a regular basis," says Debra Condren, a business psychologist and founder of Manhattan Business Coaching in New York City. "A plaque may be nice for 15 minutes, but once it goes on the wall, people tend to forget about it."

Debra Condren says, author of Ambition Is Not a Dirty Word.

Bedard, Paul. "Mark Sanford's Wife Urged to Write Tell-All Book." U.S. News and World Report 14 Aug. 2009

Debra Condren, author of Ambition Is Not a Dirty Word, says, "Women are encircling Jenny Sanford with a protective wall of fierce, outspoken, adamant collective compassion, clearly conveying this message to her—and to other women who are suffering: The sisterhood has your back. Finally."

Debra Condren says, author of Ambition Is Not a Dirty Word.

Pofeldt, Elaine. "How to Stay Positive in Tough Times." Crains New York Business 5 Aug. 2009

Manhattan-based business psychologist Debra Condren reports that she spends about 30% more of her time than she used to helping entrepreneurial clients cope.

Kavanagh, Jim. "Adults Who Should Know Better Feel Driven to Text." 31 July 2009

Entrepreneurs and people in service industries, such as lawyers, may feel the heat more than others, said Dr. Debra Condren, a business psychologist and executive coach with offices in New York and San Francisco, California.

Zimmerman, Eilene. "Are Three Martinis Three Too Many?" New York Times 1 Aug. 2009

“If you are at a high-profile event and all the executives are having a drink, you may feel you need one to be part of the club,” Dr. Debra Condren notes. “That being said, you can still drink very little of it or have one drink and then switch to water.”

Debra Condren says, author of Ambition Is Not a Dirty Word.


Goudreau, Jenna. "Will You Keep Your Job?" 20 July 2009

Business psychologist and author of Ambition Is Not A Dirty Word, Debra Condren, Ph.D., says that every woman who seeks the credit she deserves feels she'll be seen as "selfish, greedy or the b-word."

Condren, Debra. "Short Change?: It's a Recession, But Tipping is Critical for Those Whose Incomes Depend on Gratuities." Winston-Salem Journal 17 July 2009. Associated Press.

Business psychologist Debra Condren says that 15 percent is the minimum for just being served -- even unsatisfactorily -- at a restaurant. For good service, she says, 20 percent is fair.

Click here to read the entire article. 

Pawlik-Kienlen, Laurie. "10 Secrets to Better Aging." Woman's Day 8 July 2009.

"Loving your work is the most important factor in aging well," says Debra Condren, PhD, psychologist and author of Ambition Is Not a Dirty Word: A Woman's Guide To Earning Her Worth and Achieving Her Dreams. "Small-business owners who love their work take 75 percent fewer vacations than people who dislike their jobs or who work just to pay the bills. When you love what you do, work is like play—so every day is like a vacation." Keep your career goals on track and your passion for work alive to feel young and vibrant no matter what age you are.

Coco. "Tuned in: Ambition Is Not A Dirty Word." Coco & Lowe. 26 June 2009.

Author Dr Debra Condren was able to instill in me that if you are prepared and know your stuff the only thing that could possibly stand in your way on your journey to success is yourself.  In today’s day and age, women are still raised to nurture -which is fine in the home- but can be detrimental in the boardroom.

Tahmincioglu, Eve. "S.C. Gov risks career for “love.” Would you?" 25 June 2009

Dr. Debra Condren, author of “Ambition Is Not A Dirty Word,” thinks it’s all about narcissism.

He (and let’s face it, it’s usually a man, not a woman) builds this lifelong career.  Builds up power.  He becomes a legend — in his own mind.  The legend in his own mind and the nature of narcissism is that he splits off his immoral, self-destructive behavior, meaning he compartmentalizes it/denies it, essentially; the narcissistic mind has this way of telling itself, “That person cheating on his wife of 20 years and becoming a horrible role model to my four sons–I’m not THAT guy.”

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