Category: Personal

The Missing Dash

It has been said that a person’s tombstone marks three things: the beginning of life, the end of life, and a dash to represent everything in between. As we go through life cramming as much as we can into our dash, other people have dashes that cross over into ours as well. Regardless of the length …

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When is a job not a job?

“If history repeats itself, and the unexpected always happens, how incapable must Man be of learning from experience.” – George Bernard Shaw Recently I acted on emotions rather than logic because of a hard lesson that was taught to me years ago. Last week I publicly confronted a job spammer on LinkedIn. I should have …

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Off the Grid: Not Necessarily HR – Flattery Without Fakery

One of the most difficult things to do is to give someone a sincere compliment without sounding a little bit cheesy. Even the everyday words we teach our kids to say reflexively are tinged with slight hypocrisy because they happen by brainwashing rather than actually thinking about it. “Tell your sister you’re sorry.” How about, …

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Off the Grid: Not Necessarily HR – Making Memories

We don’t think about it, but every day we wake up remembering a routine that we need to follow to start the day on a relatively sane note. We call that remembrance a habit, but the very word habit has negative connotations. I don’t need to think about whether I am going to have coffee …

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Off the Grid: Not Necessarily HR – Faux Addictions

My mother was a Towelholic. I never understood her addiction, but it almost seemed like the response of a depression era kid growing up without some of the “luxuries” she enjoyed later in her life. One of the surprises we learned only after we had left home to face our own fears and addictions was …

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