Best Hire Ever: Laurie Ruettimann on Fixing Work & Betting on You

In Episode 23 of Best Hire Ever, Kris Dunn talks with former HR exec and workplace expert Laurie Ruettimann, digging into her past and present views on work, the state of HR, and being a professional worker in America. Laurie and KD discuss her new book called Betting On You (out Jan. 12), which digs into the power of putting yourself first to find career success and happiness.

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Show Highlights:

1:30: Stage banter with KD and LR.

3:40: Laurie and KD talk about the roller coaster of 2020 and the need for a workplace/career/relationship reset. We’re looking to drop the fear and get reengaged.

5:50: KD outlines Laurie’s past as an HR pro and a shit-stirrer via the blog PunkRockHR.com, which was incredible. Laurie digs into the reinvention of what she spends her time working on and how the transition happened.

16:40 – Laurie and KD dig into the book. What’s up with the title? Where did the idea come from? Why is this important to her?

19:50 – KD asks Laurie to talk deeper about the concept of well-being and self care, which he acknowledges career professionals generally discount.

25:00 – Laurie and KD talk about the problems career professionals have disconnecting from work and all the issues that result from failure to take time for themselves.

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33:30 – Laurie talks about the big concepts in the book — take care of you, the ability of slackers to be more productive when working and more. Burnout is discussed, as well.

36:25 – Laurie talks about the fact that everyone who’s good/great has been fired once, and the lessons learned from that.

40:00 – Laurie talks about the ability to ask being key in any negotiation or scenario at work. KD pitches in with what he’s learned related to leverage and using it proactively.

42:00 – Laurie outlines the concept of professional distance at work, which protects you from being disappointed by bad stuff at work.

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BEST HIRE EVER is a podcast that explores a simple truth: There’s nothing that drives success at your company like making a great hire. Make your BEST HIRE EVER, and suddenly you sleep better, work less nights and weekends, and you might even start being talked about as that guy or gal that’s just naturally a great developer of talent.

Of course, making great hires is incredibly hard, which is why this podcast exists. Join Kinetix CHRO and partner Kris Dunn (founder of Fistful of Talent, The HR Capitalist, and author of The 9 Faces of HR) as he digs into the topic of hiring top talent with undeniably talented corporate leaders, recruiters, and candidates. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, and you’ll learn the hard lessons others learned as they developed their approach to make their BEST HIRE EVER.

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