word of the year

2017 Word of the Year

I believe that everybody has a “word of the year” whether you know it or not. Sometimes you pick that word. Sometimes it picks you. This year, I thought my word would be “healing” because, after the chaos and turmoil in my life around last year’s presidential election, I wanted to start healing. Also, I…

jargon

Drop the Jargon

I used to think there were a lot of buzzwords and jargon in HR, especially when it came to the war for talent and searching for the purple squirrel. Then I worked in marketing, and I learned to dimensionalize everything and evolve the brand. But, now that I have a nascent software company, I’ve discovered…

Tell Everybody Your Age

I read an essay by a woman named Nisha Chittal called, “Why I Never Tell Anyone My Age.” It’s not a super-complicated piece of writing, but it’s also not very good. Throughout the essay, the reader is told that society doesn’t know what to do with a woman’s age. When you share your age, people…

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Recession-Proof Your Career

I would love to tell you that you can recession-proof your career, but in the coming age of automation, it doesn’t look great. The best thing you can do is fight for basic income and pray for mercy from our Chinese AI overlords. You don’t believe me? You want a specific way to recession-proof your…