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Nerd Fights, Inferiority Complexes and Data Analysis

HR pros, and especially all of us bloggers, will often poke fun at ourselves, teasing about picnic planning, seats at tables and dress codes. I use the technique often in… Get the Rest

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My Taylor Swift Letter To The Exec Who Rejected Us

I had an executive turn down an offer from us quite a while ago. My initial, immature reaction: "Bastard." I’m kidding, of course. A little. I was angry and

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Camping, Stag Beer and Succession Planning

My grandpa used to sit on the back porch, drinking Stag beer and sharing his life philosophies with anyone who would listen. Drinking and philosophizing. Good work if

busy

Sooo Busy?

Sooo busy all the time? You’re weak, incompetent, or insecure. There are people in my life whom I no longer ask, “How are you doing?” Does that seem rude?

just business

When Business Gets Personal

Her name was Elena, and she broke my heart. She crushed my spirit and made me question my worth. I was angry, frustrated and hurt. She was the first

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Recruiting Is Not the Dirty Part of HR.

The HR content machine, Tim Sackett, wrote over at his blog a few weeks ago about the need for corporate recruiters to aggressively go after talent in the

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Interviewing With Truth Serum. If Only.

Hiring managers are busy people, and every last one of them wants an easier way to interview. However, I coach executives that there is no real way to simplify one

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Is Mary Barra Loyal, Crazy, Naive or Just Too Late?

I was thirteen years old when Oliver North got busted in the Iran-Contra Affair in 1986. The young kids in the audience probably only know Ollie as a

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Hire for Grit, Not for Smarts. It’s Science.

When people find out I am a recruiting guy, they ask me, “What’s your favorite interview question?” People think I must have super-secret awesome questions that only recruiters

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Don’t Call Me HR

I have never been good at the public confrontation that sometimes exists in the business world. Corporate politics, power struggles, back-stabbing, blaming—I hate most of that. I’m a