North Carolina, HB2 and HR

Laurie Ruettimann Audacious Ideas, Bad HR, Change, Change Management, Laurie Ruettimann, Policies

I live in North Carolina, a state so beautiful that people like me visit from desperate hell holes in the Midwest and say things like, “I’m never going home.” That was more than eight years ago, and I meant what I said. There’s no going back. This is my home. I was born in the north, but my soul belongs …

Back-to-School with HR

Laurie Ruettimann Change, Change Management, Communication, Laurie Ruettimann, Talent Strategy

It’s the end of August, and many HR parents are dealing with the back-to-school blues. Not your blues. You’ve got your life on lockdown, and your kids have been ready for class since July. Instead, you’re dealing with colleagues and associates who act as if back-to-school is a new thing every year and cannot get their acts together. Matt in …

HR Conferences

Global HR Conferences are the Same Everywhere

Laurie Ruettimann Conferences, HR, Laurie Ruettimann, Learning, Learning and Development

HR Conferences around the world are all the same. I can say this with authority. I’ve been to events in over thirty states in America, multiple events in Canada, the Caribbean, four countries in Western Europe, Turkey, Australia, and now India. For as unique as we think we are, the global HR and recruiting profile at these events looks the …

Nobody Wants Those Crummy Trump Jobs

Laurie Ruettimann Change, Change Management, Culture, Current Affairs, Immigration, Laurie Ruettimann

I’m unabashedly libertarian in my politics. I don’t think government can solve anything that you can’t fix yourself. There are exceptions, of course. You can’t fight systemic problems like racism and sexism that are baked into our operating system. Like a computer virus, those problems require intervention beyond our individual capabilities. But, for the most part, you’re accountable for bringing …

Safe HR Topics for Troubled Times

Laurie Ruettimann Change, Communication, Culture, Good HR, Influence, Laurie Ruettimann, wellness

Unless you’re living in a cave, you are up-to-speed on all the latest problems in the world. From the bombings in Baghdad to gun violence in America, there doesn’t seem to be much good news to celebrate. What’s happening on TV or the internet is largely depressing. When we’re not being sold a product, we’re being sold an ideology. Or …

Laurie Ruettimann talks Career Coaching

Laurie Ruettimann Laurie Ruettimann, Worldwide FOT

When someone is depressed and asks me for career coaching, I send ’em to colleagues who are patient and know how to give guidance with the right touch. That’s not me. Here are the attributes of impressive career advisors in my network: 1. They are certified. Anybody can be a career coach. Some of the most unpleasant people I’ve met …

Develop Your HR Philosophy

Laurie Ruettimann Audacious Ideas, Bad HR, FOT Reads, Good HR, HR (& Life!) Advice, Laurie Ruettimann

I’m a natural cynic, which means that I don’t buy the hype around anything from pony rides to human resources conferences. If people are having fun, I’m skeptical. There’s a term for how I view the world. I’m a defensive pessimist. I try to figure out what can go wrong so I can prevent sorrow and chaos. Believe it or …

Laurie Ruettimann says HR Should Deliver Value and Build Trust

Laurie Ruettimann Worldwide FOT

Lots of HR professionals want to know how to deliver value and build trust in organizations. (Like there’s a ten-step plan for being a better human being, too. Whatever.) People are always looking to experts when the answers reside within themselves. Drives me crazy. In as much as a blog post or a conference can inspire you to live better, …