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How To Change A Person’s Mind


I’ve been thinking about my Facebook news feed lately. Like many of you, I have friends of various political and religious persuasions who make it their life’s work to make you aware of their views on issues.

Some of it is spice of life stuff. Something you might have found interesting, interspersed between pictures of adorable pets, or children, or feet on a beach in some desirable place. For others, it’s a calling and they spend their time either preaching to a handpicked, self-selected choir or trading comments with the chronically argumentative or bored.

These are good people, I think. They want to help educate the world. If that’s what you want to do with your free time, more power to you. But there’s some bad news that you should know before you spend too much time on this endeavor: People don’t want to change their minds.

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It’s Too Late For Us: Why the Fight for Parental Leave in the U.S. Should Continue


I’m 33. Many people in my age group are having kids and are realizing just how bad family leave policies are in the United States.

Me? I’ve known it my entire professional career.

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Why I Travel for Work #WorkHuman

11393408_10101920296203083_7029247468777681599_oI travel for work. Not as much as some people but a lot more than most people. I’ll spend a month or two on the road per year.

  • I don’t have to travel as much as I do. I choose to travel most of the time.
  • I don’t have to do work that requires me to travel. I could choose to do work that I spend nearly 100 percent of my time at home.
  • I don’t have to speak. I don’t have to go to conferences. Most of the time, I don’t have to go meet clients in person.

So as I travel to Orlando this week to attend Globoforce’s WorkHuman, a neat conceptual HR conference that goes beyond what most user conferences try to achieve, I’m forced to examine why I chose the schedule I follow.

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Work/Life Balance and Lessons from Managing Two Careers

My wife and I both work. We’re not alone, obviously. But since we had a baby last year, we’ve thought a lot more about our careers. There seems to be a growing group of people who look a lot like us: two people who want to not just continue working because they need to, but two people who would like to keep moving up in their careers.

After baby arrives, some couples choose to have one spouse stay at home. We’ve had a few friends who have done that and it’s seemed to work out well for them. We know others who spent some time away from work but ultimately returned. For us, we knew early on that we’d both be returning to work.

It’s not always a perfect arrangement, though.

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#HootHROS and Why Best Practices are Broken in HR

hootsuite_logo_owly_detailWhen I started in corporate HR, I was pretty lost. I leaned heavily on my manager, a network of local practitioners I established quickly, a scattered, online group of talent professionals, and every resource I could find to read. It was haphazard and the phrase, “fake it till you make it,” rang through my ears loud and clear on my walk or ride home from work.

It was a different time. One that we shouldn’t have to repeat again.

Yet, time and time again, HR practitioners are starting the same things over again. They search forums and blog posts for things like:

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