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The pick 6: September

The stories that scored this month with readers, plus highlights from the 2018 HR Tech show.


With a little effort, you may just find that your "questionable fit" is actually a fantastic hit.

Susan Fowler

You have goals to hit, but why are you pursuing them? If you know why, you can improve or negotiate them.

Sen. John McCain

The late Sen. John McCain demonstrated three core values in his life and work, says S. Chris Edmonds.

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What is your view of retirement?


You can become more mindful even when your organization doesn't have a formal program.

Bruce Springsteen

Like a good actor, leaders know that performance is not about them; it is about generating an experience for the audience.


There is a way to be appreciated and valued in your role. It’s simple, but powerful. Here’s what you do: Serve the people in your company well.


It’s stupid to pretend that you don’t have flaws or weaknesses. Instead, be smart and get ahead of them so they don’t sabotage you when you’re confronted with a stressful situation.

Have you ever taken a role you weren't thrilled with rather than continuing your job search?

Big picture

To truly be a strategic leader, you have to let go of little things and focus on the big picture.

Seen and heard at HR Tech

AI, engaging workers, filling the onboarding gap and what's ahead in HR technologies.

What Mr. Dunbar got wrong

Why Dirty Jobs host Mike Rowe says we need to ditch the "Work smart, not hard" message.


To make the most of cognitively diverse teams, it’s important that members understand and appreciate the value of the differences.