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How I Spent My Summer Vacation

New Blog Post: How I Spent My Summer Vacation

Looking back on Summer 2014, it wasn’t too bad.

I started off in Grand Cayman at a human resources conference.

Then my friend, Don MacPherson, came to town for a wedding.

Then I saw my former boss, Vadim Liberman, in New York City.

A few days later, my other-former-boss, Matthew Budman, came to town. He brought his awesome wife, which was fun.

Scrubby got some chin acne and went to the vet.


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Claudia Martinez Memorial

Every year, I participate in the 2996 Project. We remember the victims of 9/11 through tributes on our blogs.

I was asked to write about Claudia Martinez Foster. I have been doing this for many years. Here is the post.


claudia martinezOn September 9, 2001, Claudia was a twenty-six-year old newlywed who had babies on her mind. She went to work, one beautiful morning, as an assistant broker at Cantor Fitzgerald.…

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What am I Dead Wrong About?

New Blog Post: What am I Dead Wrong About?

Do you wonder how you can think differently and act differently? Do you wonder how HR can be more disruptive and innovative without using those hollow and ridiculous terms?

(I wonder about all of that, too.)

I’m late to the game, but I was introduced to the work of Hal Gregersen. (Do you know him?) He suggests that you can be disruptive and innovative by first stepping outside of your comfort…

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I Am Taking Briefings at #HRTECHCONF

I Am Taking Briefings at #HRTECHCONF

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Breaking news for six people who care about these things:

I am taking briefings from human resources technology vendors at the 17th Annual HR Technology® Conference and Exposition.

The first year that I attended this event — way back in 2009 when it was in Chicago — a guy chased me down on the expo floor and handed me a margarita. You can’t get a better…

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Marathon Monday: Being a Good Running Partner

Marathon Monday: Being a Good Running Partner

It’s week 6 (or something) of my marathon training, and all is right with the world. No major issues to report. I am feeling great.

When you train for a race, you gradually work your way up to a certain high-mileage marker and then back off for a week to let your body recover. This was my dip-down week. We ran 14 miles, last weekend, and I was going to reward myself with a nine-mile run on…

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Talent Advisor Portal at

New Blog Post: Talent Advisor Portal at

Happy Friday. If you have a few minutes, go check out’s Talent Advisor portal.

I’m over there with my friends, and it’s a nice place to be. We will be writing about all the good stuff: celebrity gossip, politics, social media, horses, cats, kids and pizza.

We’ll weave in a few new ideas about HR, too.

As a guest editor, I’m on the lookout for good stories. Are you doing…

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Are You Proud?

New Blog Post: Are You Proud?

It’s back-to-school season around here. Lots of kids are trying out for sports.

Living where I do — and hanging out with busy moms — I get to hear about tryouts, overburdened volunteer coaches, and the needless ordeal that accompanies youth sports.

Sounds like a hassle. Especially when kids are rejected from the team.

I get it. This is a new era. Not everyone gets a trophy. I like the…

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Sexual Harassment

SassymagCoverI hate writing about violence against women and sexual harassment. I would rather write about my cats. But when people in power do shady things, it reminds me of aspects of my own life.

Let me share a piece of my story with you.

I didn’t realize the first time I was sexually harassed. I was young. I was busy managing my mediocre career. My mom was sick. My siblings were young. I had…

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Fall Movie Season

mockingjayIt’s the Tuesday after Labor Day. I can’t get into the groove about my career, my cats or my life.

I am about to embark on a 12-week journey into hell with a ton of travel and conferences. Holy crap. When will I write? When will I see my family? How will I stay sober and relatively healthy enough to run a marathon in November?

I don’t have any answers.

My cat, Scrubby, is now on Ativan because…

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Marathon Monday: Ice Baths for Runners

Marathon Monday: Ice Baths for Runners

My marathon training is great.

I am to the point where I can run over 13 miles without any complaints. As long as my nutrition is okay — and by okay I mean not just grilled cheese and ice cream — I feel fine. No major aches and pains.

Earlier this year, I strained my psoas and my inner thigh muscles/adductors. I hustled up the John Hancock buildingdespite knowing better, which made things worse.…

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