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2015 Accomplishments

I always end the year by writing about my accomplishments, failure, regrets and resolutions. Today’s post is about accomplishments. Let’s not beat around the bush. My biggest accomplishment is that I revisited some of my failures and made them right. I remembered my friend Lance’s birthday. I met Lil Bub. I tried to write a…

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Closing Out the Year

Hey, I’m on the road and closing out my fiscal year by forgetting to pack socks, my iPhone charger, and my business credit cards. I am a successful woman despite every attempt to fail. I’m tired and I miss my cats. Otherwise, this short trip is okay. So far, I haven’t been kicked out of…

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Exercise Should Be Fun

I’m not Christian, but here I am acting like the riff raff and shoving holiday goodies in my face. WTF?! Cookies? Yes. Brownies? Of course. Champagne? Required. All of this merriment has me watching the scale, and if I’m 100% honest, I’m watching it rise. Whereas last year I was in peak marathon shape, this…

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Your Director of Talent is Not the Head of HR

Your Director of Talent is not the head of human resources. Director of Talent means different things to different people. In some organizations, it’s the chief recruiter who also does a little HR stuff on the side. She’s good, but much of HR is outsourced. She mostly recruits. In other organizations, the Director of Talent…

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HR Rules for your Holiday Party

I love it when HR people look me in the eye and say, “I’m not responsible for the holiday party. I tell my workers, ‘You do you and be an adult. And if you make poor choices, suffer the consequences’.” I want to know why there must be consequences. Why can’t we just have fun?…

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HR Will Be Different in 2016

I’ve been around HR for awhile, and very few trends are sticky. So let me be the first to contradict myself and tell you that 2016 is a pivotal year for HR. Here are four reasons why human resources will be different next year. It’s an election year. Right now, everybody is talking about Trump.…

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Mirroring at Work and Life

Nobody gives feedback like a teenager. When I was 14-years-old, my best friend told me that I was copying her too much. Everything she liked, I liked. Everything she did, I did. “You’re driving me crazy,” she said. “Get your own identity.” It was honest feedback, but it made me cry. Yes, I was mirroring…

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How to Accept Feedback

A friend of mine just told me that he cannot accept feedback, which is something that gets in the way when you’re trying to grow a company and build cool things. I feel his pain because I’m terrible at accepting feedback, too. But I’m better at taking feedback when I use these tricks. Don’t respond…

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For Once, SHRM is Okay

Nobody likes beating up on the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) more than HR people. If you want to pretend like you’re above it all and strategic, you make fun of SHRM. And it’s not unfair because SHRM is where HR dreams go to get alphabetically organized in a file folder before they die.…

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