Epic fail for the win!

Failure never felt so goodIf you’re a job seeker or a cubicle dweller who’s been beaten down by those books, Webcasts and meetings about success, there’s a place for you.

And it’s NOT in hell, either. It’s in Chicago. (Yes, I know – sometimes they can be difficult to tell apart.) Next week (Wednesday, 11/4) is the Fail Spectacularly event.

What’s it all about? Well, it’s going to be a lot of folks like you and I standing in front of an open mic, venting about the non-Hallmark moments of our careers.  As the invite says, it’s for anyone who’s “surrounded by suck and who suspects meets expectations is nothing more than code for management doesn’t want to pay bonuses.”

online_jps2It’s hosted in part by Jason Seiden, who’s from Chicago and who’s an author, coach and consultant. He wrote How to Self-Destruct: Making the Least of What’s Left of Your Career, which takes those by-the-numbers career guides and blows them into smithereens.

His co-host is Laurie Ruettimann, the author of the awesome Punk Rock HR blog. I’m not a recruiter, but I love Laurie’s blog. Reading her blog is like….it’s like leaning against the HR office door and hearing how it all goes down. But better.

laurI want to take this public opportunity to tell everyone how amazing Laurie’s work is, and to personally thank her for being supportive during my very, veeeerrrrryyyyy long layoff. She gave me good advice, great ideas, wonderful connections, and kicked my ass a time or two.

So go read her blog. Laurie’s writing is exciting and engaging and completely bullshit-free. And if you’re bored by recruiting and business, go read her cat’s blog.

To be more specific: one of her cats has a blog. Laurie has five cats, and is an advocate for animals, which is truly awesome. That awesomeness and altruism is also why I never mention to her that six cats officially puts one in Crazy Cat Lady territory.

It’s pretty damn smart to have your cat working as your brand ambassador. I suspect a lot of smart folks will be at this event. (And a few lushes, just to make it fun!)

It’s going to be a fun night – a lot of failure, a little boozeahol, and a whole lot of networking.

(I’ll be there – not so sure about rockin’ the mic just yet!)

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