Food and Social Activism

COVID-19 has provided an incredible opportunity for growth in our world. This moment in history is not a moment to shrink, but to see what wasn’t working in our system and get rid of it. When we are lost and confused, we need to trace back our steps and correct what was wrong. At this…

Chronically Capable

It’s National Disability Employment Awareness month in America, a time when we recognize disabled and chronically ill workers and acknowledge their contributions to the economy. The themes of this month are about increasing access and opportunity. It’s one thing to say that you’re a company that is inclusive and wants to hire people who are…

Compensation Truth & Lies

Years ago, I interviewed for a job and the VP of HR was full of himself. At the end of the interview, I asked him what differentiated their HR department from others. He gave a long answer full of buzzwords, but he didn’t believe in any of it.  That was in 2004, but even now…

Chronically Capable with Hannah Olson

Punk Rock HR Episode 131: My guest this week is Hannah Olson. She is the co-founder and CEO of an organization called Chronically Capable. Hannah had her dream job right out of college but later contracted Lyme Disease. Her treatments for her chronic illness got in the way of her job. Frustrated, she thought there…

The State of Small Business in 2020

Despite the recession, I’m happy to report that my small business in 2020 is not dead. Last-minute virtual keynotes and coaching gigs mean that I’ll wind up in the green. But know this: you only need to earn $1 more than you spend to be profitable, and it’s about that close. And I’m not the…

Unleash the Extraordinary

Brant Menswar is a top 10 motivational speaker, critically acclaimed author, award-winning musician, podcast host, and the CEO and founder of Rock Star Impact, a boutique agency that teaches people and organizations how to cultivate value-based leadership.  Brant is also the author of a new book called Black Sheep: Unleash the Extraordinary Awe-Inspiring, Undiscovered You.…