Patterns

Sometimes I see patterns that don’t exist. Tweets that look like they are meant for me. Facebook photos that poke at my soul. Blog posts that read as if they’ve been written to address my current mood. Then I remember that good writing is meant to move the soul. When something reaches me, it’s nearly…

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Madison

Today I’m in Madison, Wisconsin. I haven’t been here since 2000. My husband and I were not yet married. We spent a weekend here because we are the lamest people ever. I thought he might propose to me. Instead, we went to House on the Rock and a casino in Baraboo where I won $85 in…

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You Don’t Get a Thank You in HR

I am coaching a young HR leader who reports to a founder/CEO. She doesn’t have a mentor or a direct supervisor. She is leading an unusually big project for a woman her age. I have been hired to help guide her through the next few months. It is a neat assignment. This woman is tough…

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The War of Art

Some of you have heard me sing the praises of The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles. Have you read it? My pilates instructor referred this book after she got sick of asking, “How is your real book coming along?” I love this book for a million reasons.…

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Marathon Monday: Running Group

I just wrapped up my marathon training with Fleet Feet Carborro. It’s early, and there are a few more weeks before my marathon, but my jacked up travel schedule is forcing me to be smart with my time. I will complete my mid-week runs on the road. My long-distance runs are winding down, thank goodness,…

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To Hustle is to Fail

The Great Recession morphed our language, but I still don’t know when it became cool to call yourself a hustler and to encourage a life of hustle. In my life, hustlers are always struggling. They are broke. There is no long-term vision for their lives. Things move quickly for them because there’s no time to pause…

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Roy Lichtenstein Girl with Hair Ribbon, 1965

Awesome HR Tech

It’s weird how nobody cares about awesome HR tech. The only time anybody outside of my industry gets excited about work-related software is when it’s rebranded as something else — CLOUD BASED PERFORMANCE SOFTWARE! — and is written about by an underpaid millennial “content manager” who does freelance work at Fast Company or Forbes. (Yes, I’m cynical.) Even though it…

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Unlimited PTO is a Lie

A few years ago, I worked for a marketing and consulting firm that hired me as a Director to build a big book of business. Since it was a smaller firm, the cash compensation was on the lower end of the spectrum; however, they offered a competitive commission package and unlimited PTO. I told my…

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Marathon Monday: Golf

I’ve known my husband for a long time. He likes to golf. After he golfs, he likes to tell me about all 18 holes. Every. Single. Hole. The stories have a consistent theme, and they go like this. “My short game fell apart, today.” “I crushed a monster drive over 300 yards.” “It was a…

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