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New York Marathon

About six months ago, I met a guy who changed my life. Sorta. He’s an executive and an entrepreneur who wants to improve his public speaking skills. I’m a woman who attended a professional development seminar to reboot my career. I introduced myself and shared my story. Then he told me about his background. It…

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Write Your Own Investor Letter

If you haven’t read the Jeff Bezos / Amazon investor letter circulating around the internet, it’s a good one. Take the sixty seconds you typically use to look at who’s been looking at your Instagram stories and have a peek. I love this letter because it’s clear and full of confidence without being too certain.…

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Being Cool is Boring

Nothing can be more dreary than ‘coolness’… — Daily Kerouac (@DailyKerouac) March 15, 2017 Jack Kerouac wrote that nothing is more dreary than coolness, and while I’m not sure that’s a real quote, it sure feels right when you look at Piper Jaffray’s Taking Stock With Teens study. Teens want boring stuff like Nike, American…

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Autonomy and Power in HR

Autonomy and Power in HR

Welcome to the Great Resignation. People are quitting their jobs in record numbers and HR professionals must deal with the fallout. Unfortunately, many HR professionals are unhappy with their own careers because they have a lot of autonomy but no power. Let me explain. When you work in HR, your day is largely yours. While…

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