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The Cost of Living with a Bad Hire

I’m guilty of making a bad hiring decision and then not firing as quickly as I should have. How did this happen? After 15 years of recruiting, it was unnatural. Like a mother eating her young. But here was this problem employee, living in our house, as our au pair. For those unfamiliar with the program, […]

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From High Five Moment to Google

One of my secret recruiter talents is that I can stalk people tirelessly for years. It’s not as creepy as it sounds. I love watching the candidates I work with realize important life milestones, from finishing their MBA to getting married, to having babies or buying their first house. Many times I’ll have a “feeling” […]

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Gail Blanke: Forget Plan B

You guys know Melanie Weinberger, who won the 2012 Austin Start-up Weekend with her FitSteady business idea, and more recently founded Wellshift, an online hub for corporate wellness activities.   Melanie is a serial entrepreneur, relentless optimistic, don’t-take-no-for-an-answer kind of person. Her ideas and spirit are uplifting and contagious. So I listen to everything she says. […]

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The Poem Store

Back to the Sunday morning yoga instructor who told us about The Happiness Movie.   Today she related how she stumbled on a new stand at her local farmer’s market. It consisted of a folding table with a typewriter on it, and a sign that read “Poem Store. Choose your topic and your price.” Wow, […]

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What Makes You Happy?

Guys, I’m an unapologetic capitalist.   No kidding, my sister once roasted me by recounting with vindictive relish the many ways I extracted money from family and neighbors when we were growing up. From orthopedic surgery on stuffed animals to bogus newspaper subscriptions, I was full of scheistatic ideas. (When’s the last time you met […]

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