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Eleven Things Attendees Should NOT Be Doing at #SHRM16

In less than a month, individuals will be heading to Washington, D.C. to attend the 2016 SHRM Annual Conference.  This will be my 16th straight SHRM Annual Conference, and, based on my years of experience, here are the things you do NOT want to do while attending. 

Do NOT avoid drinking water.
AccuWeather predicts temperatures in the high 80s/low 90s (Farenheit) during the conference.  Given the significant amount of walking you're likely to do as well as the arctic temperatures inside the convention center to counteract the heat, you'll...


Finding Your Breakthrough Moments #SHRM16

When I think back over the course of my HR career thus far (now nearly two decades long….yikes! When did that happen?), I can say with certainty that there were distinct moments in time that helped to define and shape the course of my career.  These times may not have been “moments” in the context of minutes, hours, and days, but they were moments in time in the context of transformational periods – some more finite in nature, and some that were a bit more of a slower evolution. ...


#SHRM16 Interview with Sodexo’s Global Chief Diversity Officer

This week I have a treat for you. I had the opportunity as part of my role on the #SHRM16 social media coverage team to interview Rohini Anand, Senior Vice President of Corporate Responsibility and Global Chief Diversity Officer at Sodexo. She will be speaking at the SHRM Conference on June 20th from 2:00-3:15, in case you are interested in seeing her after reviewing this interview.

Ben: Just to get the ball rolling, please tell me about yourself and what you do at Sodexo. 

  • I currently serve as the Senior
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#Nextchat: How HR can Master College Recruiting



It’s that time of year. The Class of 2016 has arrived on the job-search scene and with them come radically different beliefs and opinions about hiring, employment and the workplace. Today’s graduates will not tolerate organizational bureaucracy and inefficiency. They’re impatient and often demanding—and with hiring on the rise, the ball is in their court.

College recruiting is undergoing its own metamorphosis as organizations watch economic, demographic and generational trends and adopt a more candidate-focused approach to hiring.

In response to the evolution of new-graduate beliefs and...


Prepping for #SHRM16

In just twenty short days, a couple thousand of my closest HR friends will descend upon Washington D.C. for the annual Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) conference. Having been lucky to attend a few of these gatherings over the past few years, I think it’s important to share a quick list of tips to help prep for “The Big Show”:

1.      Begin with the end in mind: Do you have a particular problem that’s bugging you? Are you looking for an elusive answer to that question in a...


Interview with #SHRM16 Speaker Brad Karsh

The SHRM Annual Conference, or The Big Show, as I prefer to call it, has a huge number of program offerings, it can make trying to decide what sessions to attend mesmerizing. So hopefully reading a few of these blogs posts about some of the presenters and/or some of the sessions will help give you some insight as to what might be a good session.

One of the measures I often look to is if the speaker has presented before. Well, the session I am going to talk about...


Staying Focused in the University Recruiting Offseason


I’m a big sports guy. My teams are Oklahoma State (NCAA), Oklahoma City Thunder (NBA), Denver Broncos (NFL), and the St. Louis Cardinals (MLB). With all but the NBA coming to an end these students and professional athletes are going to start thinking about staying healthy and focused during the offseason. University Recruiters are in the same boat.

While most companies have already extended offers to students for either a spring or summer internship, there are a few months where very little is happening. There are very few if any, career...


The Benefits of Having a Chief of Staff

Want to retain your high-potential employees, keep them engaged and grow them into the leaders your organization needs as it evolves? Put them in a chief of staff rotation, advises the author of Chief of Staff: The Strategic Partner Who Will Revolutionize Your Organization (Tyler Parris Coaching LLC, 2016).

Author Tyler Parris is a certified executive and leadership coach who has built and managed teams in business, the military and nonprofits and counseled senior executives on issues affecting their organizations. In addition to creating coaching interactions with senior leaders that create capacity, raise...


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...