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Why I Travel for Work #WorkHuman

I 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 […]

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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 […]

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#HootHROS and Why Best Practices are Broken in HR

When 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 […]

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Telework or Just Work?

“Where do you work?” It’s one of the most common questions I get throughout my working day with clients. Places where people think I am include: Fort Worth San Francisco Washington, D.C. Seattle Portland All of these make sense. Most of my colleagues work in Fort Worth. The partner I work under is in San […]

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Finding “A” Talent is Overrated

I just got back from NBA Summer League in Las Vegas. For those not in the know, it’s a time when rookies and those looking to make a team’s 15-man roster come to play for almost two weeks in scrimmages. The event is small and fairly inside. It was my second year going with the […]

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Forced Resignations and Other Noble HR Myths

This week, I read a story on ESPN about how Mack Brown, coach of the University of Texas football team, is going to resign this week: The source reiterated Brown would not be coaching at Texas in 2014. “By the end of the week, that will be the outcome,” the source told ESPN. “That will happen. […]

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The Uncomfortable Reality of HR Today

I’ve been out of day-to-day HR for four years. It was one of the best decisions that was ever made for me. That’s not just because it set me on my current career path (whatever that may be), but it opened up a space for someone who liked doing HR. I’ve obviously stayed close to […]

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Do Work That You’re Good At And You’ll Be Happier

There’s a lot of people out there who don’t have a passion for their chosen career. Maybe there is limited emotional fulfillment from it or maybe it is just completely soul crushing. There’s a lot of in between. I’ve learned from Laurie Ruettimann that the answer to your career crisis is not to change jobs […]

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Man, HR Exists in the Future?

I have a startling confession to make: I like Star Trek: The Next Generation. I know. You’re shocked. While I was a big fan of the Star Trek movies, I wasn’t a big fan of the original series. But The Next Generation? Yeah, that got me going. So they have the entire series up on […]

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You Kinda Have to be a Loner to Work at Home Every Day

I spent a week in an office for the first time since July 2009. I have spent days in coffee shops, co-working spaces, and other people’s offices but never a full week of that in one place and at one desk. I thought it was going to be mostly annoying but to my delight, it […]