The HR Non-Revolution

This is from someone named Ben Whitter on Linkedin: “The never-ending debate about the future of Human Resources took another major twist as Airbnb, a company valued at $25.5 billion dollars based in the shared economy space, recently announced that they are redefining their HR function in terms of what it is and what it does with the appointment of a new Global Head of Employee Experience to oversee and connect everything to do with their ‘workplace as an experience’ vision, which …



The World’s Stupidest Man

The commercial for beer talks about the “world’s most interesting man” as I recall. Million Dollar Maverick shot to #705 on the combined Amazon rankings, and #1 in two different categories in both hard copy and Kindle. It was rated a “#1 new release” by Amazon, and has sold over 5,000 copies in it’s first few days after official release in addition to the pre-release, advance sales. Feedback about the book has been outstanding. One guy writes me to say that …


Viking

Despite the fact that someone in my coaching community believed I was going on a cruise to see Vikings, I actually took a Viking river cruise on the Danube from Nurenberg to Budapest, with stops in Germany and Austria at Regensberg, Passau, Klems, and Vienna. We had never taken a river cruise, thought we should try one, and were inundated by Viking since they sponsored Downton Abbey which we watched weekly. Viking knows what they’re doing. We took the largest stateroom, …


What I Learned on My European Vacation

The Europeans are better than the US in: Tour buses, which have two entrances (why don’t airlines do that?), comfortable seats, a clean restroom, and are very quiet. Intelligent breakfasts. The option of hams, cheeses, fish, and so on at breakfast is a great tradition. Airport lounges. You can find an air club almost anywhere and they are clean, never crowded, and have free good and free drinks. They are business and first class lounges, and not just open to …




Hungary

  The Hungarians (I’m half Hungarian, as i was mentioning while sailing past Bratislava last night, a phrase I just love) have dirge-like national anthem, asking God to provide relief to people suffering from chronic defeats. They have won no great wars and have lost most battles. The statue of a king who won a great battle neglects to mention that he gave it all back when he quickly lost the next one. The national sport is water polo. These …



Twitter Etiquette Strikes Again

Someone named Erika Andersen asked why i follow no one on Twitter. I told her I use Twitter to provide value to others, but I choose other vehicles for my own learning. Well!! She was “appalled,” sarcastic, and then, of course, instead of engaging in any kind of intelligent debate, quickly unfollowed me and ran away into the gloom. I had never asked her to follow me at all, and people come and go on Twitter every day. However, this …