Christmas Music Mix 2016

I’m picky about my music, and every song has a shelf-life with me. While there are a few songs that will always remain listenable, most music expires after I hear it more than a couple of dozen times. My feelings apply to my favorite genres: new wave, punk, and industrial. It also applies to Christmas…

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2016 and 2017 HR Marketing Trends

It’s the time of year where HR companies push content marketing that takes one of two forms: 1. 2016 Year in Review 2. 2017 HR and Recruiting Predictions For years, I wrote these articles for my clients. Now that I’m focused on other things in my life, this work falls to other marketing professionals. And,…

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A Different Way to Think About Overtime Pay

It’s pretty miserable to work overtime. I know this because I’ve worked plenty of overtime in my life. In fact, I worked overtime during my summer jobs throughout school and in several of my early HR jobs. While it was okay to earn time-and-a-half for my efforts beyond my typical 40-hour workweek, I would’ve appreciated…

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Radical Uncertainty

Confidence is the name of the game when you do anything at the professional level unless you’re a blogger. If you’re a blogger, whether it be HR or golf, you are rewarded for introspection and self-doubt. The higher the level of dysfunction, the more readers feel as if you’re real and human. Radical uncertainty is…

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Evidence-Based HR

Earlier this year, I started flushing. There are many reasons why this can happen, but, for me, it’s anxiety-related. And, unless I want to take a bucket of Xanax, I know that I need to cool down as my body heats up. When I started researching flushing, I was hit with a ton of horrible…

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Business Rules

My friend and advisor, Mary Ellen Slayter, asked me to write my business rules. She said it’s important to understand my personal values, and limits, as I run a new company. I had two immediate thoughts. 1. No dicks. 2. Don’t boss me. It’s not the most articulate set of business principles, for sure, but…

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Fitness Is(n’t) Fun

I believe that a body in motion stays in motion. Unfortunately, I believe this is true for other people. Me? I’m a person who doesn’t remain on the move naturally. I have to fight like hell to run, exercise, and do whatever it takes to balance my natural inclination to binge eat potato chips for…

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Stop Being an HR Traffic Cop

For years, I’ve been telling my readers that HR sits at the intersection of work, power, politics and money. You can be a traffic cop who is proud of how she directs the flow of cars and pedestrians, or you can be an urban planner who impacts the strategic direction of the traffic. Most HR…

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