You Are Not a Comedian

I would like to apologize for live-tweeting major award ceremonies like the Oscars and the Grammys. (What a waste of time. I’m sorry.) I would like to apologize for commenting on what people are wearing while wearing yoga pants and my retainers. (I’m an ass.) I would like to apologize for contributing to a social…

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Home #trulondon

Since the 1990s, I have lived in 18 different locations, which includes two countries, four states, seven cities, a multiple of municipalities, several poorly-furnished corporate apartments — and I’ve had six cats (RIP, Lucy) and tons of foster animals. Raleigh has been my home for seven years, and I love it, but most of you know that…

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HR Advisors

I am doing a few events, this spring, where I’m talking about high-performing HR advisors. People want to know — what does great HR look like? Well, I don’t want to dismiss the question. I think it’s interesting. But sometimes I shake my head because … and I hate to be so obvious … who teaches great people to…

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Twitter and Favorites

Back in the day, I taught HR professionals how to be on social media. Bill Kutik once asked to do a live demo of Twitter at the HR Technology Conference & Expo. It must have been 2010, and in retrospect, it wasn’t a very good idea. I was elevated on a platform with a big…

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Google Hangouts are for Lovers #talentadvisor

The state of Virginia has a motto. “Virginia is for lovers.” Parts of Virginia are stunning — including horses, the ocean, lakes, rivers, hills, golf courses, forests, green, blue, sunrise, sunset — but, for the most part, Virginia is just one big swath of land occupied by poor people who haven’t benefitted from the America’s…

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Marathon Monday: Volunteers

One thing that’s abundantly clear to me in life: there are some people who just love to volunteer. LOVE IT. I like to volunteer my time on my terms, which makes me a good financial donor but a very poor volunteer. People just prefer that I write a check. But having run a few races…

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I Can’t Teach You Shit

I used to write and share inspirational articles to a core group of friends back when Google Reader was in vogue. (Remember Google Reader? I miss it.) I believed that inspirational blog posts were important. I hoped that intelligently crafted content could change the world. I wanted to help people achieve their best — at…

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Webinars, Snow and the LFR Conference

I am breaking into my regularly scheduled blog post to tell you that this winter sucks, and I’m suffering from BWD — beach withdrawal disorder. As you read this, I am stuck at home because Raleigh had a little snow and some ice. My travel is delayed. People are cranky. My cats wonder why I…

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Simply Being

Back in August 2013, I started practicing mindfulness. (Sorta.) Life was very hectic, and I was feeling overwhelmed. A friend told me about his regular meditation practice, which sounded a little weird. He even involved his children, and he swore that he noticed a positive impact on their behavior when they meditated. I’m not into…

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Conflict Resolution and Curiosity

I’m lucky enough to have a little traffic on this blog. Just kidding, blogging is dead. But it’s still nice to be recognized by public relations firms from around the world as someone who can move merchandise. On a daily basis, I have specialists who offer to send me weird stuff — from books to…

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