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New Blog Post! Psoriasis #wishrm14

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I’m just back from the WI SHRM 2014 State Conference. I saw lots of booths on the expo floor. People stood around and talked about HR technology, employee engagement, payroll and health & welfare benefits.

(I grabbed a toothbrush from Delta Dental. My whole trip to Madison paid for itself.)

I think the most interesting booth was the psoriasis awareness booth. You may wonder — what the hell is…

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Marathon Monday: Facts and Myths About Running

New Blog Post! Marathon Monday: Facts and Myths About Running

ruettimann bull shitThe past two weeks have been busy. Just wrapped up my longest run (22.5 miles) and final big run (Bull City Race Fest) before my marathon. Feels good to finish on a high note. This unflattering but funny-as-hell photo was taken by Lindsey Alexander. When she called my name, I nearly wept for joy.

Someone knows me! Someone witnessed this crazy suffering!

I wanted to share some facts about running,…

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New Blog Post! Patterns

Sometimes I see patterns that don’t exist.

Tweets that look like they are meant for me.
Facebook photos that poke at my soul.
Blog posts that read as if they’ve been written to address my current mood.

Then I remember that good writing is meant to move the soul.

When something reaches me, it’s nearly an accident. The writer is uniquely skilled, and I happen to be in the right place at the right…

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New Blog Post! Madison


Today I’m in Madison, Wisconsin.

I haven’t been here since 2000. My husband and I were not yet married. We spent a weekend here because we are the lamest people ever. I thought he might propose to me. Instead, we went to House on the Rock and a casino in Baraboo where I won $85 in nickels.


What I remember most about Madison is how many people wanted to tell me that Madison was unlike the…

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You Don’t Get a Thank You in HR

You Don’t Get a Thank You in HR

I am coaching a young HR leader who reports to a founder/CEO. She doesn’t have a mentor or a direct supervisor. She is leading an unusually big project for a woman her age. I have been hired to help guide her through the next few months. It is a neat assignment.

This woman is tough and focused. She is working with men who are nice enough to hire a coach on her behalf but not always nice enough to…

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Review of the 2014 HR Technology Conference & Expo

New Blog Post! Review of the 2014 HR Technology Conference & Expo

I am just back from the 17th Annual HR Technology Conference and Expo. I think it was the best one yet.

gergenIt was a supportive environment for women.

Very rarely do I attend a tech conference that doesn’t deserve to have an anti-harassment policy, and HR Tech is typically lumped into this category of offenders. This year, the tone was different. There were more women in attendance and more women on…

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The War of Art

New Blog Post! The War of Art #books

Some of you have heard me sing the praises of The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles.

Have you read it?

My pilates instructor referred this book after she got sick of asking, “How is your real book coming along?”

I love this book for a million reasons. Here are a few things I learned about being an artist.

  1. If you want to be a writer, this book addresses the…

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Marathon Monday: Running Group

New Blog Post! Marathon Monday: Running Group

I just wrapped up my marathon training with Fleet Feet Carborro.

It’s early, and there are a few more weeks before my marathon, but my jacked up travel schedule is forcing me to be smart with my time. I will complete my mid-week runs on the road. My long-distance runs are winding down, thank goodness, so it’s easy to do those with friends and family members.

If you are interested in running,…

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To Hustle is to Fail

New Blog Post! To Hustle is to Fail


The Great Recession morphed our language, but I still don’t know when it became cool to call yourself a hustler and to encourage a life of hustle.

In my life, hustlers are always struggling. They are broke. There is no long-term vision for their lives. Things move quickly for them because there’s no time to pause and reflect. They move from one job to the next, without a pot to piss in, and wait…

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Awesome HR Tech

New Blog Post! Awesome HR Tech #hrtechconf

Roy Lichtenstein  Girl with Hair Ribbon, 1965

It’s weird how nobody cares about awesome HR tech.

The only time anybody outside of my industry gets excited about work-related software is when it’s rebranded as something else — CLOUD BASED PERFORMANCE SOFTWARE! — and is written about by an underpaid millennial “content manager” who does freelance work at Fast Company or Forbes.

(Yes, I’m cynical.)

Even though it isn’t trendy, I am excited to…

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