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What Defines Culture?

I’m on record telling everybody that the current trend of “culture” is a bunch of baloney. You don’t have a culture. At best, you may have a vibe in your office that’s influenced by real-time employee interactions, systems and behaviors. That’s not culture. That’s just a bunch of people who are paid to come together…

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I’ve been doing more media, lately, and I just thought it would be amusing to share some of those links. The Office Pet Is a Pig. No, Really – WSJ How to get that promotion you’ve been waiting for – Mashable How to Determine Your PTO Policy – Entrepreneur  11 Habits of Expert Salary Negotiators –…

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The LinkedIn HR Hackathon is a Joke

I’ve been blogging about human resources, in one capacity or another, since 2004. While I’m the first to indict human resources for its stupid behaviors, I also serve as a character witness for the men and women who are in office parks and factories around the world—serving leaders and employees who don’t deserve their genius.…

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On the Life of C. Angus Floyd

Years ago, I went to college in London. I roomed with a girl from Boston. Her name was Valerie. Valerie was dating a boy who was, in my totally uninformed opinion, a big sack of wheat. There was another boy in her life, Tom, who seemed to love her dearly. He called long-distance—because that was…

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The Planned Obsolescence of HR

Do you have an iPhone 5 or 5s? You’re probably like one of my friends who thinks your phone is slow, or your photos look blurry compared to what you see on Facebook and Instagram. And maybe you’re now waiting for the new iPhone 6s so you can upgrade to a better device—and a better…

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3 Rules of Reference Checks

I get calls on a regular basis to provide formal and informal references on people in my industry. First things first: reference checks are not background checks. Reference checks are subjective. Reference checks are unreliable and invalid ways of measuring someone’s knowledge, skills and abilities. Reference checks are what you do when you want to…

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Lean Cuisine Tastes Like Shame #weighthis

Got this note from a PR guy named Eric. In general, I’ve stopped picking on PR professionals. However, this one needs some work. Dear Laurie, Today I have some news for you that is incredibly inspiring and empowering and worth sharing with your reader audience. Lean Cuisine just launched an initiative to challenge women to…

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