work life 2017

Ruettimann: Work & Life in 2017

Welcome to 2017, everybody. A new year means a fresh start for each of us, including me. I am now a software CEO. My primary product, GlitchPath, is an online premortem that helps teams beat failure and find new paths to success. Our launch date for select users is January 23, 2017. The second product,…

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2017 Resolutions

I always end the year by writing about my accomplishments, failure, regrets and resolutions. This post is all about my biggest 2016 resolutions. I go back and forth on resolutions. Sometimes I think they’re valid. Sometimes it feels like a crock of shit. But a friend of mine who blogs under the name “HR Wench”…

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2016 Regrets

I always end the year by writing about my accomplishments, failure, regrets and resolutions. This post is all about my biggest 2016 regrets, and the list is too long to replicate on my blog. My regrets fall into specific categories: angry conversations, missed opportunities, inconsiderate words, and inattentive behaviors. And some of my regrets are…

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2016 Failure

I always end the year by writing about my accomplishments, failure, regrets and resolutions. This post is all about my biggest 2016 failure, which is funny because I started a company to help teams beat failure. People might think I don’t like to fail, and that’s just not true. In fact, I believe that it’s…

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2016 Accomplishments

I always end the year by writing about my accomplishments, failure, regrets and resolutions. This post is all about 2016 accomplishments. If I’m being honest, I had a record-breaking year of doing things the hard way. That’s 2016 for you. Everything was a slog. But here’s one thing I started doing right: I asked for advice…

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Domestic Short-Haired Performance Review

Every year, I threaten to do performance reviews on the cats. This is the year it happens. Jake, 16 Glorious man cat. • #cats #catsofinstagram #tabbylove #jake A photo posted by Laurie Ruettimann (@lruettimann) on Mar 4, 2016 at 1:52pm PST Summary: Mister Jake is in the fourth quarter of life, so the fact that…

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Be Nice to That One Follower

There’s a meme going around. It looks like this: If you spend any time on the internet, we all have that one follower who likes and comments on everything. Without that follower, we’d have nobody. It’s why the meme doesn’t sit well with me. It seems condescending because that one fan probably doesn’t realize she’s…

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2017 HR Prediction: Layoffs

It’s December 2001 and America has only just begun its war in Afghanistan. I’m working in a human resources department at an insurance company. I’m the HR leader for “capital development,” which is shorthand for mergers and acquisitions. I’m responsible for providing HR support to companies who are acquired by my organization. These are mostly…

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