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Thinking About Feelings

The chronicle of companies behaving badly seems to expand with every news cycle. Some entries reflect corrosive greed; many, simple stupidity. What they all have in common are legions of PR types swooping in like Mighty Mouse—hands on hips, feet spread apart, cape billowing—to save the day and douse the fires of opprobrium. Or at least lessen the CEO’s heartburn...

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What's Public Relations Really About?

Biologists and dry cleaners claim the odor of a skunk can linger for months. That’s nothing compared to the stink that attaches to public-relations people. And no tomato-juice bath will help. I exaggerate. But just a little. And the blame for those malodorous associations lies squarely with the CEOs and boards whose misguided...

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When Information Finds You

No question that software and automation have streamlined processes and made all kinds of HR practices more efficient. But so long as human resources involves humans, technology won’t solve the toughest recruiting and talent-management challenges. Things get messy quickly when trying to source and identify talented employees on the digital frontier...

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Playing the Odds

The application of logic to data in the pursuit of answers can be very effective. Aristotle illustrated this in demonstrating how one would determine whether or not Socrates is mortal. We start with the observations that all men are mortal and that Socrates is a man. The application of deductive reasoning ...

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The Main Skill Your HR Chief Lacks

Most idiots think they know how to recruit. To an extent, they do. You might be the worst leader with the sketchiest track record at attracting and retaining talent, but you understand how it’s supposed to go down: Develop a pool of candidates, screen for competencies and character, and extend an offer with optimism and conviction. And in about a year’s...

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"Zionist Jews Need to Be Run Out of This Country"

I want to believe that my family is just like yours. We are a working-class group of men and women from the northwest side of Chicago. Some of us are civil servants, a few of us are teachers, and many of us are retail workers and waitresses. No one is fancy or pretentious. We come together to celebrate milestones—anniversaries, weddings, and...

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Corporations Are Not Venture Capitalists

When it comes to innovation in established companies, the rage has long been to try to emulate the behaviors of entrepreneurs and the swashbuckling investors who back them. The explicit belief is that what works in Silicon Valley can be replicated inside companies with similarly efflorescent results....

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Back to Roots

I am not the kind of woman who makes fun of human resources— or the people who do that kind of work—because I’m not the kind of woman who kicks puppies, takes candy from children, or laughs at homeless people. I worked in HR for over a decade, so I know the job can be incredibly thankless. You spend all day worrying about employee compensation, the...

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Thinking With Emotions

The announcement that the Higgs boson had been observed as expected in the bubble chambers of the Large Hadron Collider created quite a buzz, and understandably so. I felt just that much better knowing that the universe works the way it was thought to. But it wouldn’t have fazed me one bit if the...

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Your Colleague Smells Bad. And?

Life is one big conflict and hassle. We are born, we attach ourselves to a set of values and beliefs, and then we suffer for the sake of our principles. Some of us are lucky to experience brief bursts of happiness and joy—falling in love, the beginning of a new friendship, finding a new job—but the majority of our time on this planet is spent sorting through complex emotions...

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