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11 Words or Expressions That May Result In Flogging at #SHRM16

Here are my top 11 words or expressions that none of us should dare say at the Annual Convention under penalty of listening to Barry Manilow for 24 hours straight while reading the FMLA intermittent regulations:

11.   Buy in

10.   Drivers

9.     Synergistic alignment

8.     Sea Change

7.     Paradigm Shift

6      Knowledge share

5.     Change agent

4.     Value Proposition

3.     Leverage best practices

2.         Seat at the table

1.         Think Outside the Box

I came up...


What’s Your Motor??

I think it’s fascinating that we have so many amazing people in our lives, and that most of them are acquaintances. There’s nothing wrong with this because people have a certain capacity on how many people they’re both willing to know deeply, or can dedicate the time to do that.

The challenge with people only knowing each other at a surface level is that you don’t know enough about them that gets them geeked!! You may wonder why that’s important, but in HR you really can be a step...


Tim - My Inspiration on Memorial Day – and Every Other!

If you reflect for a moment- you will think of that one person you may know- that someone who inspires you to be your best self.  For me, that person was- and still is- Army 1LT Timothy E. Price. The young man I knew as “Tim” was a remarkable and heroic person long-before his life was cut tragically short serving in Iraq in September of 2004.  The way Tim chose to live his life- in ways big and small- is my inspiration on Memorial Day- and all the other days of the year.  On this Memorial Day weekend- I want...


Here’s What REALLY Happened!

Effective December 1, 2016:

  1. The Salary Threshold changed from $455 per week to $913 per week
  2. (From $23,660 to $47,476 annually)
  3. The built-in mechanism for raising the salary is an increase every 3 years. The first will be January 1, 2020. DOL will adjust the threshold every 3 years.
  4. Highly Compensated Employee (HCE) exemption is now $134,000 (from $100,000)
  5. Non-discretionary bonuses, incentive pay, commissions may now be used to meet up to 10% of the standard salary.

Do these changes affect Non-profits?


(Source: Federal Register)

“The Department...


#Nextchat RECAP: Global HR and Cross-Cultural Competency

On May 25, @shrmnextchat chatted with SHRM's Howard Wallack (@shrmglobal) and #SHRM16 speaker Dean Foster (@dfaintercultura) about Global HR and Cross-Cultural Compentency.  

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




A Glimpse Into #SHRM16 Speaker Paul Falcone’s New Book

With a library of books under his belt and a new one hot off the presses, I had the pleasure of selecting Paul Falcone as another #SHRM16 presenter to interview as we gear up for the conference. Paul is not only an established author, but also an HR executive who truly understands talent management, leadership, the hiring process and so much more. We recently discussed his new book and upcoming presentation.

Personally, I enjoy tackling and unpacking tough topics that HR pros face. We all know that the world...


#Nextchat: Global HR and Cross-Cultural Competency


The saying “It’s a small world” has never had more meaning than it does today—especially when it comes to managing our workplaces and workforces.

According to the SHRM Competency Model, “Global and Cultural Effectiveness” is necessary for all human resource professionals to succeed in an ever-expanding global marketplace.  

As organizations enter the global marketplace, their workforces are becoming more diverse, often across multiple countries and cultures. Many HR professionals now work for organizations that are multinational, or that do a substantial amount of business outside of the...


Difficult Conversations

Every HR professional and manager has had to have a tough talk with an employee about his or her performance. Sometimes it is in the context of an annual appraisal.  Other times, it may be a final warning prior to termination.  But regardless of when the discussion happens, careful planning is necessary.  Otherwise, the wrong things may be said or done, and difficult conversations can quickly evolve into difficult lawsuits.  Here are 11 tips to help take some of the pain—and risk—out of those closed-door meetings....

From Melbourne Australia to Washington, D.C. for #SHRM16

If you cannot feel it radiating through your screen, let me tell you, I’m pretty excited!  In a matter of weeks, I’ll be arriving to Washington, D.C. with possibly the best cohort of people you could ever want to conference with. No sarcasm: HR people are the best – we make a difference in people’s lives, we get to work in every industry, and we get to contribute to easily the most interesting part of work – the people! We share, we get energized by improving things, we challenge...


Want to Attract the Class of 2016? Try Offering Student Loan Assistance


The class of 2016 is feeling pretty positive about their job prospects - 86% percent of college graduates are at least somewhat optimistic they will find full-time work after graduating, and 92% are hopeful they will land their desired job, according to a new survey by Indeed.

Something new graduates are probably not feeling so positive about is the student loan debt they will be saddled with upon receiving their degrees. In a national survey of 2,500 graduating seniors, Indeed found that 86% of graduates have started paying,...