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Summer Break and the B’s-Eye View

It culminated in the B’s-eye view, high above the Big Lake as my girls called it, otherwise known as Lake Tahoe. To see it all from their perspective, the bigness and newness of everything, the awe-stricken heart-pounding joyful moments of crystalline experience that form instantly and cling to the synapses like veins of geological time…riding… more Summer Break and the B’s-Eye View

And That’s Why The HR Business Makes Everything At The Table

“As soon as that baby’s lips touched that girl’s bosom, forget it.” Wow. Here I am busy and working away this last week not writing much, and then I hear this crap from billionaire hedge-fund manager Paul Tudor’s comments about female traders. He’s been vilified quite a bit already, so I’m going to move this article… more And That’s Why The HR Business Makes Everything At The Table

Youth Employment and the Dangerous Summertime Blues

Ah, summer. I remember it well… Being a teenager, without many if any cares in the world, just wanting school to be done to then play in the hot Central Valley sun. Swimming, getting sunburnt, carousing with girls, cruising the main drag on Friday and Saturday nights, hanging out with my friends at the malls,… more Youth Employment and the Dangerous Summertime Blues

In Case Of Emergency, Float On Your Back

It was at that point I panicked. Not an external, visceral panic where I thrashed and cried out in the cold Pacific ocean, but a counter-intuitive internal panic, calmly waving to my friend on the beach as I drifted further away from him and everyone else, being pulled steadily away by the riptide. My mind… more In Case Of Emergency, Float On Your Back

Fish Schticks, Twinkies and Talent Communities

They’re becoming a reality. Really, they are. They’re evolving from the origins of deadbeat databases and avant-garde tech user groups to true online communities where like-minded individuals can “do stuff” together. Maybe that means networking, or mentoring, or collaborating, or learning, or making the world a better place, or finding employment, or crafting, or Pinteresting,… more Fish Schticks, Twinkies and Talent Communities

The Razor Thin Margin of HR

The thinness comment woke me up. I’d been nodding off all week due to horrible jet lag, and sitting there in the opening keynote of HR Tech Europe last week was no exception. Until the thinness comment. Snickers came from the Europeans and uncomfortable chair shifting from the American contingent. He might as well have said vagina. The… more The Razor Thin Margin of HR

The new world of ongoing engagement

That was when my finger refused to post the benign tweet. The simple, straightforward tweet about the Recruiting Trends panel discussion on social media, transparency and competitive advantage in the world of work, recruiting and human resources. My finger rested right above the return key. And then before I pressed it I heard, “Well, at… more The new world of ongoing engagement

In case of personal Armageddon

In case of personal Armageddon, flee to the sea. That’s all I’ve been able to think about these days each time I run from my house to the ocean and back again, usually about 4.5 to 5 miles three times per week. I think about it because along the way I witness the destitute, the disenfranchised, the drug addicts, the mentally ill, the miserably lost — the entire spectrum of fringe, from those who have chosen to live this way to those who have not.

Channeling the crowd-sourced mindshare

“I don’t want to be out here doing nothing. It’s dangerous.” This from a 14-year-old boy in Chicago who should be in school, but is not, because of the Chicago Teachers’ strike. This isn’t a rebuke of why he’s not in school, it’s just a brief commentary about the phrase itself as metaphor for the power… more Channeling the crowd-sourced mindshare