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Marathon Monday: Race 131

I just told you that I don’t like surprises. I had the surprise of my life this past Friday when I realized that my half-marathon training was a week off. Instead of running on June 13th, I would need to run a half marathon on June 6th. I found out via Facebook from my friend who…

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Come See Me in Barcelona #TWU2015

A few years ago, I asked a colleague if he had ever been to Barcelona. He responded, “I am well traveled throughout Western Europe.” Good grief, HR people are so insufferable. But since that time, I have been looking for a reason to visit Barcelona. I finally found one—and it’s not a human resources conference,…

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Imposter Syndrome

Back in the day when I was a newbie blogger with a good URL and an accidental audience, a friend offered a smart piece of advice. Quoting Kurt Vonnegut, he said, “Be careful who you pretend to be.” Whenever I think I know something, and whenever I’m about to present myself as an expert on…

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