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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