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Be Nice to That One Follower

There’s a meme going around. It looks like this: If you spend any time on the internet, we all have that one follower who likes and comments on everything. Without that follower, we’d have nobody. It’s why the meme doesn’t sit well with me. It seems condescending because that one fan probably doesn’t realize she’s…

2017 HR Prediction: Layoffs

It’s December 2001 and America has only just begun its war in Afghanistan. I’m working in a human resources department at an insurance company. I’m the HR leader for “capital development,” which is shorthand for mergers and acquisitions. I’m responsible for providing HR support to companies who are acquired by my organization. These are mostly…

Christmas Music Mix 2016

I’m picky about my music, and every song has a shelf-life with me. While there are a few songs that will always remain listenable, most music expires after I hear it more than a couple of dozen times. My feelings apply to my favorite genres: new wave, punk, and industrial. It also applies to Christmas…

Radical Uncertainty

Confidence is the name of the game when you do anything at the professional level unless you’re a blogger. If you’re a blogger, whether it be HR or golf, you are rewarded for introspection and self-doubt. The higher the level of dysfunction, the more readers feel as if you’re real and human. Radical uncertainty is…

Evidence-Based HR

Earlier this year, I started flushing. It’s a codeword for “fucking blushing” and getting warm. No, I do not have hot flashes. I’m 41 years old. I am overheating in crowded rooms, tight spaces, or when my heart rate is elevated. There are many reasons why this can happen, but, for me, it’s anxiety-related. And,…

Business Rules

My friend and advisor, Mary Ellen Slayter, asked me to write my business rules. She said it’s important to understand my personal values, and limits, as I run a new company. I had two immediate thoughts. 1. No dicks. 2. Don’t boss me. It’s not the most articulate set of business principles, for sure, but…