One Louder

Exploring the fine line between clever and stupid. Heather Hamilton is a Staffing Manager and Microsoft Employee Evangelist.
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March, 2006

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    How I know I am different than other people (blog metrics)

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    I don't care about blog metrics. Oh yeah, page views are *interesting* and it's always cool to hear that one of my blog readers has been hired. But when it comes right down to it, for me, blog metrics are little more than trivia. I've been involved...
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    What's an eggcorn? You know, the thing that chipmunks eat? No?

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    So I am not the only one bothered by eggcorns. "Should of" drives me nuts. Yeah, eggcorns are the real reason I try not to speak too flowery-like. I notice them all the time and just hope that I don't commit the sin. As a result, I'm "like a bowl in a...
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    IM Angst

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    Rant time: What’s the deal with people you have never met before IMing you? This is analogous to interrupting a potentially important conversation (let’s not pretend all of my conversations are important but some of them are...some are event important...
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    Fear in the heart of one sedentary blogger

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    Today is my first official session with my personal trainer. I'm scared. He referred to me as "sedentary" and then told me it was his job not to lie to me. That's when I knew that he was the personal trainer for me. I suspect that his willingness to humor...
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    Credibility and what I'm not (oh where is Edie Brickell when you need a theme song to a post?)

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    I think I may had read one or two too many condescending blog posts lately. Let's be frank (unless Frank objects and then we'll pick someone else): there's ego involved in blogging. I'm not saying that all bloggers gave huge egos (egoes...leggo my ego...
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    The relationship between who you link to and who you read

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    Today, I cleaned up my blog roll. I think I could call it an annual event since it's been quite a while. I deleted broken links and also some blogs that have been abandoned or whose topic has changed enough that they aren't as relevant to my space anymore...
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    "Can you connect me with someone at Microsoft?"

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    I'm getting more and more mail from folks that want to be connected with someone at Microsoft to talk about sponsorship deals, business opportunities, employee rewards (at least 5 phone calls on this one)...the list goes on. They are trying to sell something...
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    Oopsy

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    So Mark Jen is fired from google for blogging about confidential financial info (that was the reason they gave). Blogs have no editorial process. Someone accidentally posts google's financial forecast , you know the kind they won't release publicly...
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    The difference between companies that WANT their employees to blog and companies that ALLOW their employees to blog

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    Julian, over at Exceler8ion, discusses corporate blogging policies. I'm with Julian. I'd be hard-pressed to find a corporate blogging policy longer than a sentence or 2 that doesn't totally stink. I think that if you dig beneath all the wordy lists...
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    What I know about bread (not the musical group, not the benjamins)

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    I'm slightly obsessed with bread. Problem is I love it but most of it isn't that great for you. When I was a kid, we never had that gooey Wonder Bread that all my friends had. We had the kind of bread with sticks and thorns protruding from the loaf. Turns...
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    An opportunity to do actual marketing in our staffing department

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    Remember recently how I said I am not a "marketer"? And remember how I talked about collaborating with the team responsible for true "marketing" in staffing at Microsoft (the people who write the marketing plans so I don't have tooooo)? There's an...
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    "Top" Business Schools...You decide what "top" means

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    An AIRS e-mail newsletter I received today included a link to CareerJournal's listings of "top business schools" . When people talk, or blog, about the "top" this or that, I always question the authority (aww, come on, questioning authority is good, right...
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    A day late and sixpence short

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    But Éireann go Brách (or Erin go Braugh, if you prefer)!
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    Business Innovations

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    Or as Business 2.0 puts it, "Best 'best practices'". Keep in mind that they referred to one of the practices as a "Strategic Strategy Review". I hope that they were kidding but I bet they weren't. Regardless, the article is full of interesting ideas...
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    A Hundred Little Victories

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    OK, this post is going to be all over the place, but stick with me because there is a theme: a hundred little victories. And a sub-theme: Heather mentally composes blog posts on the treadmill. Yesterday, I wrote up my mid-year review (not really a...
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    The year of collaborative thinking

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    People talk about collaboration all the time. It's not that easy. People come to the table with differing agendas, value different opportunities differently, they bring different skills...do I even need to mention "opinions" or...(gulp) "feelings"? In...
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    Shaking things up

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    I love hearing about Ray Ozzie shaking things up at Microsoft . Let's face it, outside experience brings fresh perspective. Previous success means that the shaker isn't too intimidated to challenge the status quo. Well, any kind of significant success...
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    Microsoft Researcher and Academy Award Winner?

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    Sounds funny, but it's true. Must meet John Platt because I really like Kevin Bacon.
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    Stop the presses!

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    What, there are no more presses? Stop the web servers . You gotta love it when news headlines trail reality by a couple of years (kind of like the President using the word "blog" in a speech yesterday...ahhhh!). I'm seriously thinking of starting a...
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