You Must Have a Mentor

I just finished Andy Janning’s book called Heroes, Villains, and Drunk Old Men: A Love Story for Real Life. I loved it. It’s autobiographical, motivational, and calls upon Andy’s expertise in the HR/training space to provide specific strategies for living a better life. Fair warning, there’s some Jesus in there. I don’t hate it. His…

HR Tribe

I just finished Steve Browne’s book called HR on Purpose. It’s a positive and affectionate appreciation of an industry that can use a little optimism right now. If you’re going to be in HR, you might as well embrace it and enjoy it. Go out there, have fun, and make a difference. I don’t hate…

How to Be Great at Anything: Practice

Nobody is spontaneously great. The most significant difference between those who succeed and those who don’t? Practice. I don’t mean 10,000 hours of training. I’m talking about people who know something is coming — an event, audition, a tough conversation — and work backward to ensure that they’re ready. Next week, I’m speaking in Auckland.…

The Future of Work

I’m attending a technology conference where no fewer than two dozen people are walking around saying that they’re experts on the future of work. If they’re not using the word expert, they’re referring to themselves as futurists. I remember the first time I heard ‘futurist’ as a job title. I was working as an HR…