How I Celebrate the Christmas Holiday

I don’t have the perfect Christmas holiday in my head because I’m not Christian. I am nothing. Christmas is like any other Thursday except for the fact that many people in my life have an emotional and spiritual connection to the holiday. Christmas is a holy day of making other people feel obligated. Christmas used…

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On Blogging & Writing Five Days A Week

When you close your eyes and make a wish, you probably wish for love and money. I wish for a broader vocabulary and better writing skills. I want to express myself more effectively and go beyond my comfort zone. I want to leave the ghetto of human resources and expand my expertise into pop culture,…

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Friends at Work

I just told a reporter that I might still have a job in human resources if I had friends at work. That feels true, on the surface, because I always had more enemies than buddies. Work was a hassle, and nobody liked me. I came back from getting married, and only one person congratulated me.…

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“Volunteering for My Homeowner’s Association”

I remember being a punk-ass 22-year-old kid and laughing at people who included “volunteering for my homeowner’s association” on their resumes. That’s so lame. Who puts that on a resume, right? Well, since that time, I’ve bought and sold a few houses. While some homeowner’s associations are full of fundamentalist weirdos, my neighbors are okay.…

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HR Technology Trends in 2015

I just leafed through a report on “HR Technology Trends for 2015” that made me laugh so hard. Apparently, everything is going So+Lo+Mo … because we live in an episode of Silicon Valley. I can’t wait to tell the teacher in Indianapolis or the oil worker in Billings that 2015 will be the year when…

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Leadership Trends in 2015

There are some days when I think leadership is about character. Then there are some days when I think leadership is all about developing unique skills and exercising adept, creative thinking. But after having spent time around leaders in 2014 — and appointing myself as leader of a merry band of miscreants in the HR…

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Only You Can Find Yourself a Job

God, I hate the holidays. More importantly, I hate going to parties and telling people that I work in human resources. “Why don’t you find me a job?” I purposely don’t walk around with a baseball bat in my hands because those people would be the first to feel my wrath. I try to tell…

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