Joe Gerstandt told me (and you) the things he believes.
I was inspired and wrote my list. Much of it is co-opted from things I have read and witnessed. And my list reveals some truths about me that are cringeworthy, contradictory and weird. But it’s an honest list . . . . even if I’m not an honest woman.
- Life is hard work. Nobody escapes without experiencing sadness and pain. Then you die.
- Imprint memories of happiness and joy. Hold on to them for dear life.
- Yes, they are lying to you. The are out to get you. They want you to fail. Forgive them, anyway.
- Empathy softens the blow of life.
- Your religion doesn’t matter. Your actions matter.
- Even in your own story, you are not the main character.
- Addiction is an insidious beast. Fight like hell even when the battle feels lost.
- At some point, you will hurt the ones you love.
- Failure to try will haunt you.
- There are some accomplishments that will never be recognized. They still matter.
- A job is just a job despite what people tell you.
- Leadership is what happens when most of us aren’t looking.
- A majority opinion is just a collective compromise.
- The biggest threat to freedom is consolidated and privatized power.
- Consumerism oppresses creativity and kills the heart and soul of humankind.
- You are just like everyone else at the moment when you feel unique and special.
- Birthdays matter. It is the beginning of everything great and possible.
- There should be tenderness underneath truth.
- The greatest legacy is soft and unspoken.
- Without love, none of this matters.
What you are waiting for? Write your list.
Many of my HR colleagues are excited to attend SHRM, next week. They are oozing all over social networking sites about it.
And it looks like this.
I always feel bad for HR nerds who actually want to attend SHRM but can’t afford it.
So let me assure you that the social networking sites paint a better picture than actually sitting in a conference room and listening to sessions called ICE-ing the I-9 Audit Process or How and When to Use Restrictive Covenant and Trade Secret Laws to Protect Your Company.
Jesus, people. It is a just Human Resources conference. Let’s get ahold of ourselves.
But go enjoy these celebratory gifs, anyway!
Hello, everyone. Happy Sunday. This past week, I was able to attend a conference and talk about social media. Blah blah blah.
More importantly, I was able to attend and reconnect with friends. That’s all that really matters to me, anyway. Seeing people I love.
This is my good buddy Mike VanDerVort. Mike has a big heart and knows more about labor relations than most lawyers in this field. And he is one of the first people I met after I left my job at Pfizer. It was great to hang out with him.
So this week I’ll be getting ready for the annual trek to the biggest HR conference of the year: SHRM. Beyond hanging with friends, I am speaking to HR students because the best way to change my profession is to influence future nerds. I want to talk to them about how Syria, Turkey and possibly Fight for 15 relate to their new careers.
We’ll see if that happens.
And I am not writing, by the way. At all. That probably needs to change.
Have a great week!
It’s summertime here in America. Reports tell us that, regardless of race, everyone should apply a golf-ball-sized amount of sunscreen on exposed skin every day.
Do you do that?
My god. That’s a lot of slathering.
I’m inconsistent with my sunscreen and I can see the damage. I keep a tube in my car. It helps. But still.
What’s your story with sunscreen?