Do Amazing Things (Unlike Me)


I am someone who benefits from a community of support and encouragement, which is really good because I need it. I am imperfect and flawed.

Yesterday, Chris Ferdinandi published a book for HR professionals called Do Amazing Things. I tweeted about it, and I was pretty excited to read the material. Do Amazing Things is a collection of short, actionable ideas — things you can do this year to become a better HR professional.

When I downloaded my copy, I left a comment on the blog that said something to the effect of, “What if I’m a mediocre HR professional? What if I want to do mediocre things?” I can’t remember exactly what I wrote, but it was something flip and distant like that.

I had a Bill Mays voice in my head, like an infomercial, and I was hoping to sarcastically capture the sentiment of most people in America who think that HR can’t do amazing things. I can hear them in my head. “Do amazing things in HR? Are you nuts?”

This book answers that challenge. HR does amazing things. Daily.


My comment was stupid and thoughtless, though. It sucked the life out of the authors. I am sorry.


I’ve been blogging since 2004, and I have been writing Punk Rock HR since 2007, and the blog continues to grow because of the support I have from really great people and HR leaders. I have various audiences and constituencies that come here, and it’s hard to create a voice that translates well to all three groups.

  1. My first audience is disaffected job seekers who come here to learn the truth about HR.
  2. My second audience is the general population of working adults who are just sick of business as usual.
  3. Then I have a third audience of HR professionals and recruiters who come here because they support what I do.

I don’t mind upsetting HR people on issues, but I’m mortified to think that I would personally offend the authors of the book based on my comments on a blog.

For that, I am truly sorry.


So go download the ebook and check out the blogs/websites of the authors.

Also, I appreciate the honest conversation about my comments. I still believe that feedback is for suckers, but I am 100% open to having honest and candid conversations about feelings & behaviors. Feedback is a corporate tool. Feelings and emotions are real and deserve prompt attention.


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