Jobs of the Future

Jobs of the near-term future will have three components: dream, create, perform. Each part is interwoven and material to the whole.  Dreaming is the precursor to doing great things. What differentiates humans from bots and algorithms is our ability to imagine. While robots can be programmed for artistic talent, they can’t aspire beyond their designed consciousness.…

Why I Still Love the Premortem

It’s been awhile since I’ve written about failure, but not a day goes by when I don’t think about the concept of the “premortem.”  As a reminder, a premortem is an act of thinking about how you’ll fail before you do something. Modify your plans, and increase your chance of success. For example, you’ve got…

Rebooting My Punk Rock HR Career

“Another Ruettimann video?” Yeah, man, another video. I want to relaunch my Punk Rock HR speaking career without calling myself Punk Rock HR. Your interaction (or lack thereof) helps me to understand what works, what doesn’t, and how my fans consume media. It’s also practice. Over the past three years, I’ve worked on consulting projects…

Healthy Rituals

I believe in healthy, soothing rituals. I’m talking about behaviors and practices meant to achieve physical, spiritual or emotional comfort. For example, my husband and I try to have dinner on Friday night and then see a movie. Then there’s my grandmother, who had a cup of hot English breakfast tea daily and savored the…

Email Marketing Works

Email marketing works. It might not apply to every segment of the marketplace. But, if you want middle-aged people to buy your goods or services, send them an email. Here’s why. I’m trying to add more fun back into my marriage, which is going about as well as “forced fun” always goes. I can’t shake my…

all jobs suck

All Jobs Suck

My email inbox is full of messages from people just like you who hate their jobs. Earnest folks. Men and women with degrees, professional careers, student loans, and mortgages. Human beings who are frustrated with work and have nowhere left to go except the internet. They google I+Hate+Work or I+Hate+HR, find my blog, and confirmation bias…

Winter Olympics 2018

Are you a Winter Olympics fan? Did you see the opening ceremony? We’re still getting over being sick, so we watched the ceremony from the comfort of our couch. Embed from Getty Images The best part of the Winter Olympics is watching people from warm-weather countries compete in cold weather sports. There are the Nigerian…