Marathon Monday: Race 131

I just told you that I don’t like surprises. I had the surprise of my life this past Friday when I realized that my half-marathon training was a week off. Instead of running on June 13th, I would need to run a half marathon on June 6th. I found out via Facebook from my friend who…

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Come See Me in Barcelona #TWU2015

A few years ago, I asked a colleague if he had ever been to Barcelona. He responded, “I am well traveled throughout Western Europe.” Good grief, HR people are so insufferable. But since that time, I have been looking for a reason to visit Barcelona. I finally found one—and it’s not a human resources conference,…

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Imposter Syndrome

Back in the day when I was a newbie blogger with a good URL and an accidental audience, a friend offered a smart piece of advice. Quoting Kurt Vonnegut, he said, “Be careful who you pretend to be.” Whenever I think I know something, and whenever I’m about to present myself as an expert on…

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I’m Not Good at Being Surprised

I’m getting ready for my trip to Orlando where I’ll be running with Rob Lowe (or something like that). I’ll do my best not to cause any trouble. The primary purpose of my trip is to host a segment of the WorkHuman agenda called “Big Ideas Cocktail Reception.” There are five great speakers who will be giving…

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The HR Lifecycle Needs to Change

When I teach teams about implementing cool and new ideas in their human resources departments, we always look at the HR lifecycle. It goes something like this: Sourcing/Recruiting/Compensation Negotiations Onboarding/Benefits Learning/Development Talent Management Performance Management and Recognition Retention and Succession Management Off-Boarding and Knowledge Management Baked in there are the efforts required to keep labor costs…

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Marathon Monday: Running of the Bulls

I ran an 8K on Saturday in Durham that was okay until the end. The organizers ran out of water for finishers, which is not a big deal if you’re a tough Durham runner. It was 74 degrees with 90% humidity. I’m a wuss. But the race was good because I had time to think…

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Art Therapy

I’m always looking to grow and develop—as a business professional, a wife, a sister, a daughter, and as a normal woman who deals with anxiety. For years, I have been thinking about doing some art therapy. Why not? I love art, and I’m a big fan of the pop art and modern art world. But…

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