Signing Bonuses are Back

I started my career back when Bill Clinton was president, and Linda Tripp was the worst co-worker in the history of Corporate America. (Seriously, people, your colleagues are not your friends.) Back in those days, HR departments regularly approved signing bonuses. It was essential. The economy was sound in the mid-to-late 1990s, talented people were…

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Stop Holding Grudges

I don’t know how to be one of those people who doesn’t hold grudges and lets things go. Years ago, there was a guy who called a bunch of my friends “celebutards.” I am still mad about it. When I see him online, I want to punch him in his putzy mouth. Who says those…

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Performance Review Season

It’s performance review season. Many of you in Corporate America are about to receive an annual overview of your behaviors and outputs. Then you’ll hear about your raise. Some of you will be happy. More than a few of you will question the subjective nature of this process and ask questions about how the rating…

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Work is Not Your Family

It’s 2016. Welcome back to work. If you’re like me, you spent time with your families over the break. In my life, nobody makes holiday cookies like my sister-in-law. She makes a particularly addictive oatmeal cookie, and I think her special ingredient is heroin. My mother-in-law does an amazing Christmas Day brunch with a favorite…

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2016 Resolutions

I always end the year by writing about my accomplishments, failure, regrets and resolutions. Today’s post is about resolutions. I have many resolutions, but I’m not very good at keeping them. Wait, hold up, that’s not true. Some resolutions are over before they began. A few years ago, I wanted to ride my bike more…

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2015 Regrets

I always end the year by writing about my accomplishments, failure, regrets and resolutions. Today’s post is about regrets. I have three tiers of regret in life: Basic mistakes and scenarios where I want a do-over, Stupid errors in judgment where I ought to know better, Lazy choices that are made for short-term gains at the expense of long-term goals.…

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2015 Failure

I always end the year by writing about my accomplishments, failure, regrets and resolutions. Today’s post is about failure. Yesterday I told you that I’m trying to “get over” classifying experiences as failures. Uh, yeah, ignore that post while I tell you about my biggest failure of 2015, which is my company — LFR LLC. I never wanted to run…

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