3 Steps to Work-Life Balance

I am just back from a great vacation where I spent Mother’s Day on a beach. That’s the kind of life you have when you are a writer who covers work, life and cats. Mother’s Day always prompts a superficial and short-lived national discussion motherhood, work, and the challenges facing the modern family. Nobody wants…

Feline Acne

Scrubby has a ridiculous case of acne. It was so bad that we had to make an appointment with our vet, a woman with a combined DVM/PhD degree, to give him a facial. My vet shaved Scrubby’s chin, applied a hot compress, and squeezed the hell out of his zits. She also prescribed an antibiotic and…

Grand Cayman Ritz Carlton

HR Speakers

I am about to keynote a fun event in Grand Cayman for the second year in a row. It’s probably one of the best HR conferences I’ve ever attended because it helped to shape my thinking on the subject of strategy. Your CEO has a coach. Your CFO has a mentor. They have someone who has…

You Have Earned a Vacation Day

You have earned a vacation day. Whether or not you can afford a vacation is another story. Although many people are still mired in the credit card debt from before the recession, it’s still possible to turn off the computer and take a break from work without breaking the budget. Think local. Do you ever…

Workforce Analytics #vestricslive

I was lucky enough to participate in a webinar with Gene Pease and Vestrics on the subject of workforce analytics. Gene and I talked about the future of human resources (people, data, information), and he took the time to define measurements, metrics and analytics for HR professionals. We both agree that the words are misused. If…

Tumblr, Selfies and Truth

I have a Tumblr account that is a clusterfuck of epic proportions. I follow bands, art museums, scientists, authors, and a large group of teenagers who hate themselves but always share life-affirming quotes. I follow men who like bunnies and women who are always on diets. And I drop in on a ton of fitness…

Murder Cheese

I love running, but I am an inconsistent runner. Right now, I am tired. My body is a little sore. I have been taking it easy on myself. I signed up to run the TarHeel 10 Miler, last weekend, but I considered skipping it. Who would know? Who would care?! But I decided to pick…