I Have No Equal

A couple of months ago, I attended an event where a bunch of HR ladies discussed talent-related topics and drank champagne and rosé. (It’s too bad. I didn’t know that bubbles had jumped the shark.) I jumped the shark a long time ago, and I never say no to free champagne. So I joined the…

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Managing Expectations in HR and Beyond

I have a working theory that 92% of an HR leader’s job is managing expectations. People bring their issues to work. Whether it’s a stage-of-life problem or a money problem, nobody ever shows up to a job without their personality quirks. When those irregular characteristics manifest themselves in the form of conflict, HR is often…

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My Pilates Teacher and I Broke Up

I broke up with my Pilates teacher. Of course, it doesn’t seem like a big deal to normal people. But I’m not normal. My instructor is one of my dearest friends. I have known her since 2010. I’ve seen her at least three times a week for the past five years. And I let her…

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Learned Helplessness in HR

There is a weird phenomenon happening in human resources departments around the globe. Far too many people in HR are suffering from learned helplessness. Learned helplessness is a psychological condition that commonly describes victims of abuse and neglect. Those poor souls give up on themselves. They see themselves as perpetual victims — even when they’re…

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Giving Up Giving Up

My sweet kitty, Emma, is allergic to the world. This poor boo has been on shots and meds over the past few years to decrease her sensitivity to pollen. Emma’s personality is sweet, though, and she doesn’t give us a hard time about taking medicine. (Well, it’s no more complicated than any other cat. We…

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Inspiring the Next Generation of Adults

Last month, I delivered a speech to the 2016 graduating class at Regent’s University London. They have eight colleges under the larger university, and I spoke to the American College (which I attended) and the school of fashion and design. The ceremony was at St. Marylebone Parish Church where Elizabeth Barrett Browning and Robert Browning…

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