traveling while american

Traveling While American

I haven’t always been blonde, but I’ve always looked American. The only time people speak a foreign language to me is in Chicago. They think I speak Polish or Ukrainian. I remember traveling for work during the Bush administration. Before there was ISIS, there were fake weapons of mass destruction and Abu Ghraib. And, all…

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There’s Only One Interview Question That Matters

The only reliable thing about human nature is that most of us cannot reliably predict the future. When given the opportunity to make important decisions, we often guess wrong. The concept of “uncertainty” is especially challenging for recruiters and HR professionals. We spend time and energy creating candidate pools and assessment models, and we devote…

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entrepreneurial advice

Entrepreneurial Advice

I’m lucky to have smart people around me who offer advice on everything. This expertise comes in handy because I’m working on GlitchPath and looking to avoid the same mistakes that other entrepreneurs make when they launch a start-up. Recently, a friend of mind gave me some awesome advice. “Ask for money, you get advice.…

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Women’s March on Washington

I’m just back from the Women’s March on Washington. I’m not someone who enjoys standing in large crowds with hundreds of thousands of people in the gilded age of ISIS and gun crime, but I felt compelled to march because I don’t like being told what to do. It’s a challenge, really. There’s a fat…

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SHRM CEO

The SHRM CEO is Retiring

The CEO of SHRM is retiring. What’s SHRM? It’s the AARP of HR professionals. They are an association that does commercials on CNN and tell everybody about how great it is to work in HR. And, like the people AARP who want us to believe that being an old lady is empowering, they are lying…

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Braggy CHROs

It’s great that CHROs around the world are patting themselves on the back for embracing the cloud, understanding business, and focusing on culture. But whenever I hear about systemic sexual harassment or widespread pay inequality, I want to raise my hand and say, “HR fails workers and shareholders every day.” I also want to say,…

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Business Travel & Sleep

I can’t sleep on the road, which sucks because my job requires a significant amount of time away from my home. I toss and turn for a good part of the night, waking up to worry about whether or not I’ve missed the alarm. Even when I’m not worried, I can’t get comfortable and fall…

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fitness goals

Middle-Aged Health and Fitness Goals

Quite a few of my middle-aged HR friends are focused on health and fitness goals in the new year. I’m not going to lie. I’m jumping on that bandwagon. It’s hard to hustle when you’re carrying a little extra weight. Unfortunately, I see a lot of disordered eating and compulsive exercising behaviors among my middle-aged…

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