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Half dozen the other: Campus bubbles, passive-aggressive toddlers, and doing nothing

Six(ish) things I’ve found interesting this week What If We Got Adoption All Wrong? I don’t know a lot about adoption, but realized I’d unquestioningly swallowed the cultural narratives about it being an unmitigated good. This essay from Design Mom‘s newsletter added nuance to how I view adoption and was a sobering reminder of how … More Half dozen the other: Campus bubbles, passive-aggressive toddlers, and doing nothing

How to turn someone down for a job when you’re the hiring manager

Turning down candidates is one of the un-fun parts of being a hiring manager. It’s not enjoyable to disappoint people, and some people get testy or weepy or awkward when they’re disappointed. But I’m a firm believer in doing unsuccessful candidates the courtesy of closing the loop, especially once they reach a certain stage in … More How to turn someone down for a job when you’re the hiring manager

6 common hiring manager mistakes

Hiring is a professional skill like any other. You might not be great at it if you’re new to it, and if you don’t do it very often, your ability can atrophy. And that’s fine! That’s why companies have talent acquisition teams. I’ve worked with a lot of hiring managers in my talent career and … More 6 common hiring manager mistakes

Half dozen the other: Back at it

Six(ish) things I’ve found interesting this week, back after a multi-year hiatus The Workplace Where It Was Normal for Colleagues to Bite Each Other Alison Green of Ask a Manager explains on Slate how working in a dysfunctional place can screw up your sense of “normal.” Yep, been there. Why You’re Not “Middle Class” from … More Half dozen the other: Back at it

Hi again

It’s a bit hard to believe I’ve had this site for seven years. Not that I’ve exactly been active on it for much of that time, but here’s my attempt at resurrection. A few things have changed since my last introduction. I now live abroad and have been working in the talent/people world for about … More Hi again

Hi there

Might as well dive in. I started this blog for a few reasons: To have a place to put some pieces I’ve been chipping away at (and motivation to finish and publish those pieces). To force myself to write more regularly. To be less terrible at and uncomfortable with self-promotion. I haven’t really found my … More Hi there