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Nextchat: Excelling as an HR Department of One


In many small and midsize companies, the human resources department consists of one person. The department of one (DOO) handles every HR function for the entire organization including recruiting, onboarding, training, compensation, benefits, employee relations, compliance, technology, analytics and strategy—and is frequently responsible for other business processes at the same time.  

Professionals who are HR departments of one typically have diverse backgrounds and levels of training. However, whether you have an MBA and are an integral part of leadership, or if you came through internal ranks with little formal HR training, DOOs...


Radical Candor: How Bosses Can Get What They Want by Saying What They Mean

The best bosses care enough about their team members to be disliked by them at times. That's not their goal, of course, but it's an inevitable consequence of taking the management approach espoused by Kim Scott in Radical Candor: Be a Kick-Ass Boss Without Losing Your Humanity (St. Martin's Press, 2017), which encourages bosses to both care deeply about the people who report to them and let them know when they don't see eye to eye.
Many managers have that first part down pretty well, but...

The Way Forward on Migration – May 18, 2017

B20 Urges Employer-Friendly Migration Reform

I was honored to participate in an event this week where business and labor leaders from the world’s 20 largest economies (the B20 and the L20) presented joint recommendations to our labor ministers (the G20).  This joint declaration flowed out of work each group has done independently over the past five months to develop policy solutions that ensure that all people have the opportunity for decent work in our changing world.  This demands reform of our education and training systems – including, apprenticeships, vocational training and...


A #SHRM17 Interview with Brad Karsh

Brad Karsh is founder and CEO of JB Training Solutions and Author of Manager 3.0: A Millennial's Guide to Rewriting the Rules of Management. An accomplished public speaker and author, Brad has shared his workplace advice on CNN and CNBC. He has been quoted in Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, New York Times, and USA Today, and he is author of three business books. Prior to starting JB Training Solutions, Brad spent 15 years at advertising giant Leo Burnett in Chicago where he worked in HR and...


A #SHRM17 Interview with Neen James

I have not had the pleasure of meeting speaker/writer Neen James in real life yet, but it will probably be a highlight of SHRM17.  I have connected and communicated with Neen James via social media on a couple of platforms and found her to be energetic, bright and a ball of fun. Oh, and did I mention smart?

Check out the following discussion and see if you are like me and looking forward to seeing her on the Smart Stage and interacting with her afterwards, as you stand...


6 Steps to Move Hiring out of the Slow Lane

Achieving success in business is all about people. When we say we love a company or a brand, what we're really saying is we love the work being done by the exceptional people in these organizations. People are the reason businesses of all sizes are able to attract and retain devoted customers and loyal employees.

That's why hiring the right people continues to be so important. Talented employees who do outstanding work are the secret ingredients that make a company great.

Because of the high stakes, hiring has long...


Randstad’s Jim Link on Preparing for the Rise of Gen Z #SHRM17


Jim Link is chief human resources officer of Randstad North America, where he manages all aspects of the company’s human capital strategy. His accomplishments at Randstad include overseeing programs to enhance recruiter efficiency, tripling the company’s leadership programs and greatly increasing employee participation in professional development opportunities.

Next month he’ll share that expertise at the 2017 SHRM National Conference in New Orleans, giving his take on what we can expect as Generation Z enters the workforce and on how smart employers are preparing for...


How Neuroscience Changes Learning at Work #SHRM17

The field of neuroscience for leadership and the workplace is a growing one. Research is connecting past behaviors and experiences to employee engagement, learning and also your ability to adapt to workplace change. That’s a skill we need, because it seems we are moving at a faster pace at ever before.

Episode 117: How Neuroscience Changes Learning at Work with Britt Andreatta (@brittandreatta)



Dr. Britt Andreatta is the CEO of 7th Mind Inc, a TEDx Speaker and a best-selling author who focuses...


An Interview with Morag Barrett, Noted Speaker and Author

Morag Barrett is an MA HRM, chartered FCIPD, and the author of The Future-Proof Workplace: Six Strategies to Accelerate Talent Development, Reshape Your Culture, and Succeed with Purpose. An accomplished speaker and executive development expert, she is the founder of SkyeTeam with 25+ years of experience in coaching senior executives and developing high-impact teams and with leadership development programs across Europe, America and Asia. She intimately understands the challenges of running a business and managing people. For fun, you can find Barrett playing in the...


Becoming a Brain Scientist



The difference between success and failure is execution. Many people do not take control of their lives because they do not execute on their intuition to ignite change.

So, How did I make the transition from eternal pessimist to brain scientist?

1. I learned the art of deconstruction
2. I developed an understanding of Behavioral Economics
3. I learned to connect numerical reason to map results

Chapter Two
The second chapter of my book Don't Forget to...