Kathryn Drury Wagner

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Kathy Drury Wagner, Contributing Writer, Hawaii Business MagazineKathryn Drury Wagner is an award-winning writer and editor. As The Careerist columnist for Hawaii Business Magazine, she explores issues in the modern workplace. In the past, she was the executive editor at HONOLULU Magazine, and she is the author of two books, including Hawaii’s Strangest, Ickiest, Wildest Book Ever! which inspires young readers using science and history facts about the Islands.

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Articles

One Size Does Not Fit All

It doesn’t look like a homeless shelter – and that’s the point. Cheery paint and graphic shapes tie together the 22 bed areas, creating a hip, treehouse feel. Bathrooms are private and gender neutral, a recognition of the fact that 40…

Master of None

Q: In May, it will be four years and five jobs since I graduated from college and I’m still trying to map out a career. Is it better to be a specialist or a jack-of-all-trades? A: I posed this question…

Making Nice With the New Boss

There’s a new boss for our division and I fear I made a lousy first impression. Where do I go from here? Ch-ch-cha-changes. Ah, David Bowie, may he rest in peace. According to Aden Kirschner Nepom, of the Art of…

Privatizing Building Permits

It’s no secret that Hawaii is a bit, shall we say, constipated when it comes to building permits. Permits can take six months or more. A 2013 study conducted by the National Association of Home Builders found the median time…

The Careerist: Healthier, On Your Terms

My company has launched a wellness program, which leaves me with mixed feelings. I appreciate that the company cares about my health and I love the yoga class at lunchtime on Wednesdays, but there are also two other yoga classes,…

Bikini Barons

When it comes to bikini shopping, there’s a vital statistical difference between the buying habits of locals and those of Island visitors. It all comes down to cheeks – the okole, that is – and just how much a lady…

The Careerist: Holiday Help

Our office holiday party is coming up, and I’m totally stumped on what to wear. Office attire is confusing enough during the daylight hours, with terms like “corporate casual” floating about. Sartorial direction gets even murkier when it comes to…

Inside the Mind of an Entrepreneur

In the high-tech gold rush of modern Silicon Valley, the people most qualified to succeed are the least capable of handling success.” That’s how HBO describes its buzzy TV show, “Silicon Valley,” but is this characterization true? Ryan Louie shed…

The Careerist: Going to Your Boss’s Boss

Is it ever appropriate to go to your boss’s boss to complain about your boss? Yes, no and maybe. Yes, if you have witnessed discrimination, sexual harassment, fraud, kickbacks, gross negligence, substance abuse or anything that would create a really…

The Careerist: Opening Up to Criticism

QUESTION: I feel like I take criticism badly. How can I learn to listen without getting offended or taking it so personally? ANSWER: A negative reaction to criticism – even when it’s mild or constructive – can get pretty severe,…

The Careerist: Not Letting It All Hang Out

“I wish people would fully understand the ‘No boobs, No butts, No bellies’ policy when getting dressed for work ... unless you work from home like I do. Then you can just let it all hang out.” This comment has…

An Epic Match

Noel Nedli is the founder and CEO of Room Service in Paradise, which delivers 50,000 meals annually from 75 Oahu restaurants, employs 45 people and grosses more than $2 million a year. But, back in 1991, Nedli was studying at Windward…

The Careerist: Stood Up

FEW ASPECTS OF LIFE are as thrilling, complicated, satisfying and maddening as our jobs. Victory can puff us up with satisfaction, a promotion and a bigger salary. Defeat can destroy our confidence. That’s because we express and define ourselves via our…

The Careerist: Must I Answer Emails on Vacation?

Few aspects of life are as thrilling, complicated, satisfying and maddening as our jobs. Victory puffs us up with satisfaction, a promotion and a bigger salary. Defeat can destroy our confidence, and that’s because we express and define ourselves through…

Wall In The Family

When tricky emotional issues stifle a family’s wealth-management planning, financial advisors call upon therapists to move the process forward. It could be the basis of a twisted reality show: Throw a family into a conference room, have them grapple with…

Pau Hana Volunteers With Shelley Pang

During her orientation at the Hawaiian Humane Society, Shelley Pang listened carefully to all the roles she could play as a volunteer. “Everyone wanted to walk the dogs; I was like, ‘Let me see what no one else wants to…

Do Your Om-Work

There was a time when the term “mindfulness” evoked visions of a man in a loincloth, sitting serenely atop a mountain. But the corporate world is changing and, today, mindfulness can mean a Reyn Spooner-clad manager serenely sitting atop ……

How to Use LinkedIn to Land a Great Job

LinkedIn is a powerful mashup: “Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon” meets “I can bring home the bacon.” With nearly 300 million business professionals using the social media platform, it may be the most effective job hunting tool out there. “View…