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Be Your Own Container

My cat Jake is old, deaf, and fully retired. I come at him three times a day with medication, and as long as he’s pain-free and using the litter box, I don’t mind being his home healthcare nurse. This arrangement could go on for years if you ask me. I’m happy he is still around.…

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I’m So Tired

I’m so tired. I’m not “work in a Chinese coal mine” tired. I’m not “spend all day collecting tickets at a water park” tired. I’m not “autoimmune disease” tired. I have perspective, of course. I’m not insensitive. But I’m pretty tired. I’d give you a list, but I’m too tired to write it. We’ll start…

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Uncoachable People

Some of the worst people in your company are the ones who aren’t coachable, can’t hear feedback, and won’t take risks. Strong? Maybe. I don’t know. You tell me. The ones who aren’t coachable are a waste of time unless you’re the idiot and they’re totally right about everything. I suspect that’s not the case.…

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Should I Go Into HR?

“Should I go into HR?” I think it’s a great profession for many people. Go into HR if you’re a young mom. The cool thing about human resources is that the job offers a ton of flexibility if you can keep your eye on the prize: your kids. The barrier to entry is low, and…

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Giving a Fuck is Very Buddhist

Organized religion is a simple man’s way to understand philosophy. Many of the big questions are explained for the average consumer who doesn’t want to do a deeper dive into the meaning of life beyond his individual experience. So it’s weird for me to read management books from people who steal ideas from organized religion…

Worst Diets for 2017

It’s a new year. All around the world, HR professionals are overseeing new wellness plans and weight loss initiatives, which is a truly aspirational role for people who also monitor work conditions with low wages, toxic open-space office models, and long commutes. As an HR lady, I’ve seen a ton of sketchy office weight loss…