Conversations About Employer Branding

Not too long ago, I found myself in the restroom at one of the best companies to work for in America. When I went to wipe myself, the toilet paper disintegrated on my skin. It’s one of the greatest places to work in America, and they give their employees one-ply toilet paper. I still can’t get…

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Crucial Conversations Begin with Love

When I was twenty-four years old, my boyfriend (now husband) and I faced an important moment in our relationship. We worked together, and he was being relocated from St. Louis to Chicago. We weren’t married, but the company offered domestic partner relocation benefits. (Pretty nice, right?) Before we made any decisions, we had a whole…

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A New Corporate Headshot

You guys know me. I try to tell myself that I do what I want, when I want. For the most part, that is true. But I still answer to clients, HR ladies, my audience and my cats. I hate that, which is why I need to maximize my earning potential in my early 40s and peace-the-hell-out by the time I…

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HR Doesn’t Care About Your Work/Life Balance

HR doesn’t care about your work/life balance. Well, that’s harsh. They care, but they have problems of their own. Human resources departments have undergone a transformation. They are agile, data-driven, and aligned with the executive agenda. Employee advocacy, when it happens, happens because it benefits the company’s bottom line. Your work/life balance bottom line is your own…

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So You Want to Be Your Own Boss?

Hate your job? Love that the economy is improving? You want to be your own boss and open a consulting firm? The way to run a boutique consultancy based around a lifestyle is pretty simple. Get great clients. Charge what you’re worth. Keep your overhead low. Unfortunately, when you’re starting out, it’s tough to get great…

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The Busy Trap, Revisited

One of the most important things I’ve ever read in my life is a short essay called “The Busy Trap” by Tim Kreider. (Have you read it? Read it right now.) Kreider is a writer who finds himself too busy to write. He forces himself into a state of solitude and contemplation and reaffirms a crucial…

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How to Fail at a Staycation

Last week, I tried to take some time off work. I planned to see my friends in Seattle, attend a conference in Las Vegas and finish painting my master closet. I also wanted to take a few pilates classes and run with my local crew. Well, life had different plans for me. I did see my…

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