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RECAP DAY 1: SHRM’s Regional Council Business Meeting in Dallas, TX #SHRMLEAD


Great highlights shared on Twitter from day one of SHRM’s Regional Council Business Meeting (RCBM) in Dallas, TX.   Senior SHRM volunteer leaders gather together to discuss best practices and network for 2016.



Future Friday: Can you tell the difference between Fads, Micro Trends, Macro Trends and Megatrends?

I came across an article in the Australian newspaper Herald Sun titled Reading Trends a must have skill.  In the article scientist Stefan Hajkowicz said that the ability to read major global trends will make or break businesses in a highly competitive environment. He went on to give some examples of things that will have an effect on Australia. This reminded me of a post I did last year so I thought it would be a good time to repost it. Dr. Hajkowicz is correct that this is a skill that is necessary and it is one that is important...


Leader, Follower, or Nuisance


Which are you?

  • Leader
  • Follower
  • Nuisance

Leaders don’t manage! Leaders Inspire, influence, and innovate. Let that sink in.

If you don’t inspire people to discover and use their time, talents, and treasures, you’re probably not a leader. If you influence people by word or deed, you might be a leader. If you are innovative, you have potential to lead. Leadership has nothing to do with monitoring time and attendance and the way people accomplish tasks. Leaders can’t be small-minded; their vision is too broad!

Followers jump on proverbial bandwagons. They...


Here Is What the Future of #HR Looks Like

A wide variety of articles exist about the need for human resources to change. Often those articles talk about the need for HR to be more of a “business partner” or “strategic” or “transformational.” But rarely do we see articles that address what the future jobs in human resources will look like.


Well, a group of human resources professionals has taken on the task. Project CHREATE is the global Consortium to reimagine HREmployment Alternatives, Talent and the Enterprise. Their initiative is to map the future of the profession. Organizations including the Society for Human Resource Management...




Sometimes clients ask me relative to gender:

1.  Would it be gender discrimination if we do X?

2.  Does the law require that we do Y?

Of course, we need to start with the legal imperative.  But, as HR professionals, we know we must transcend the legal imperative and focus on the business necessity (and moral obligation) to ensure gender equality.

For example, some subtle harassment may not be severe or pervasive enough to rise to the level of actionable harassment.  But it very well may create a place where women don’t...


SHRM Leading Indicators of National Employment® (LINE®) - February 2016

In February, the hiring rate will fall slightly in manufacturing and will remain nearly unchanged in services compared with the previous year, according to the Society for Human Resource Management’s (SHRM) Leading Indicators of National Employment (LINE) survey for February 2016.

  • Steady hiring expected in February. A net of 47.5 percent of manufacturers and a net of 36.9 percent of service-sector companies will add jobs in February.
  • Recruiting difficulty rose in January. More manufacturers and service-sector companies reported difficulty in filling
  • ...

Did you know there are more hourly workers than salary workers in the United States?

Did you know there are more hourly workers than salary workers in the United States?

For those of us that are desktop workers, we identify with salaried employees and often think we are the majority. If you work in an industry with hourly workers, you may not be surprised to learn that a majority of workers in the US are employed at an hourly wage. 

In fact, 56.7 percent of the US workforce is hourly. But we know very little about this worker’s behavior. Because they aren’t connected to...


A Slice of P.I.E.


As a freshman accounting major in the illustrious School of Business and Industry (SBI) at Florida A&M University (FAMU), Dr. Auzenne taught me that achieving success in business required three things: Performance, Image, and Exposure – PIE. Done right, in proper proportions, the individual can achieve great success both in business and in other dimensions of life.

P – Performance

Face it; you must have the knowledge, skills and abilities to do the job – whatever the job is - competently. Doing it well helps!  Doing a bad job...


#Nextchat RECAP: Teaming Up to Take Out a Toxic Culture

On February 3, @shrmnextchat chatted with talent strategist Mary Faulkner @mfaulkner43 to chat about "Teaming Up to Take Out a Toxic Culture."

In case you missed this informative chat, you can find all the tweets here:




Today’s Scary Word is DISCRIMINATION?!


Okay, there’s discrimination, then there’s discrimination. has these 3 definitions.

  • the practice of unfairly treating a person or group of people differently from other people or groups of people
  • the ability to recognize the difference between things that are of good quality and those that are not
  • the ability to understand that one thing is different from another thing

The first definition is widely used. Title VII of the CRA of 1964, and similar laws outlaw this kind of discrimination. We can’t treat people “less than” because of their race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age (over...