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Comments Section

New Blog Post! Comments Section


About a year ago, it was a really big deal for a website to shut down its “comments” section. (See Copyblogger and PopSci.)

The logic behind the decision was simple: you are too stupid to write anything helpful or productive.

(And those editors were right, by the way. I was inspired.)

The comments section on my last two websites, Punk Rock HR and The Cynical Girl, had turned into cesspools…

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Summer Book Recommendations

New Blog Post! Summer Book Recommendations

I want to thank everyone for buying and reading my book.

I really want to say, “No, it’s a shitty e-book about HR. It’s a small thing. Unimportant. I am just testing out the market to see if I have anything to say. One of these days, I’ll write something more meaningful.”

Please don’t let me say that to you.

Stop me if I go down that path, okay?


Good writers are avid readers. I am hauling…

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Your Three Most Powerful Words

New Blog Post! Your Three Most Powerful Words

My friend Gregory Ng believes that your personal brand comes down to three words.

Does that feel right to you?

I speak on the subject of personal branding all of the time. You are more than a bottle of dishwashing detergent. You have unlimited potential. You have a soul. But I think many of us would be lucky to have three powerful words to describe ourselves.

Mine are work, life and cats.

My thre…

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The State of HR Blogging in 2014

The State of HR Blogging in 2014

New HR bloggers are brave.

They live in a liminal state where they daydream about the future of work while processing payroll, managing compliance issues, and providing ongoing support to leaders and employees.

I admire their fortitude.

Before you can write well about HR, you have to learn how to write. What I have learned is that all new bloggers pass through a difficult phase where they sort…

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Good Fences Make Good Neighbors

Good Fences Make Good Neighbors

My neighbors have a dog who is quite an escape artist in her old age.

rescue dog

Last time she escaped? It was the dog sitter’s fault. This time? It was an invisible fence failure. The family wasn’t home, and I found the dog darting back and forth across a country road. I called the dog’s name and she jumped right into my car. We went back to my house, and I called my neighbors and read them the…

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HR Certifications

I’ve been two questions about HR certifications, this week. Here is the first one.

I’ve seen you post a few times about worthwhile/non-worthwhile HR credentialing. I’m not credentialed at all, but I’d like to be so that I don’t look like an uneducated asshole. Which one would you recommend for someone who has been practicing Human Resources for about 3 years and has been winging it with the help…

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Summer Music: Train & Angel in Blue Jeans

New Blog Post! Summer Music: Train & Angel in Blue Jeans

I’m not a big fan of Hey Soul Sister. That’s too bad because my dear friend, Sarah White, loves that song.

I heard that song for the first time, years ago, after I turned off my car but left my headlights on during a long phone conversation in a parking lot outside of my gym. I ended the call, went on the elliptical machine for 45 minutes, and came outside to a dead battery.


Plus the song…

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The Happiest Moments of Your Life

New Blog Post! The Happiest Moments of Your Life

luluchadora weddingWeddings are so fun.

I was lucky enough to attend a dear friend’s wedding in Chapel Hill. The ceremony and reception did not disappoint. Family members and friends came together and socialized. I eavesdropped on private conversations between partners who thought no one was listening. And watched people dance on the dance floor.

So great.

The best thing about weddings? Well, I think it’s the…

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The Glass Closet: Why Coming Out is Good Business

New Blog Post! The Glass Closet: Why Coming Out is Good Business

glass closetThe Glass Closet: Why Coming Out Is Good Business is one of the most important books I have read in years.

John Browne, the former CEO of BP, was outed in 2007 when a former lover sold his story to a British newspaper. Even though the relationship occurred between two consenting adults, Browne didn’t survive the homophobic coverage in the British tabloids.

Just to put a few things out there:…

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