Be the Leader You’ve Been Waiting For

I have always been taken with this quote. Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek. — Barack Obama I’ve been thinking about leadership and reading lots of blog posts on what it takes…

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Men Behaving Badly

I’m about to kick off my Men Behaving Badly 2018 world tour. (The first person to tell me “not all men” gets banned for life.) The tour begins in New York City where I’ll be joined by Kate Bischoff to talk about sexual harassment in the art community. Then it’s off to Boston for further…

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Rebooting My Punk Rock HR Career

“Another Ruettimann video?” Yeah, man, another video. I want to relaunch my Punk Rock HR speaking career without calling myself Punk Rock HR. Your interaction (or lack thereof) helps me to understand what works, what doesn’t, and how my fans consume media. It’s also practice. Over the past three years, I’ve worked on consulting projects…

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Let’s Fix Work

I’ve been working on a podcast idea. I’m calling it “Let’s Fix Work.” I’ll talk to people who have ideas on how to fix work. It’s not a super-complicated concept. Work sucks for most of us. The people closest to a problem are the ones well-equipped to solve it. Let’s talk to normal people in…

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SHRM Leaders and the HR Archetypes

Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., the CEO of SHRM, wants to strengthen the relationship between education and employers. He accepted a volunteer advisory appointment from President Donald Trump and Betsy DeVos to the White House Initiative on HBCUs. You might say, “That’s not much of a story, Laurie. Slow down if you’re about to go off…

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Healthy Rituals

I believe in healthy, soothing rituals. I’m talking about behaviors and practices meant to achieve physical, spiritual or emotional comfort. For example, my husband and I try to have dinner on Friday night and then see a movie. Then there’s my grandmother, who had a cup of hot English breakfast tea daily and savored the…

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The Internet

Things I like on the internet. – Myself – My retweets – Mentions of me – Photos of my good side – When you share my blog posts – Looking at your followers – Loud bands that shred – Baby animal videos – TSA’s Instagram – Yo mama jokes – Travel snaps I need to…

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People and Talent

Middle-aged HR ladies are something else. Being middle-aged myself, I know we fall in one of two categories: Oprah Winfrey or Joan Collins from Dynasty. I recently met the Joan Collins of HR at a networking event, which sucks because I’m Joan Collins. Here’s the story as I test my new microphone. It’s a Shure…

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Email Marketing Works

Email marketing works. It might not apply to every segment of the marketplace. But, if you want middle-aged people to buy your goods or services, send them an email. Here’s why. I’m trying to add more fun back into my marriage, which is going about as well as “forced fun” always goes. I can’t shake my…

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