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SHRM Book Blog: Working Deeply: A Q&A with Robert Barner


In Working Deeply: Transforming Lives through Transformational Coaching (Emerald Group Publishing, 2017), Robert Barner and Ken Ideus apply their decades of experience in leadership development and executive coaching to show how coaching can move people well beyond behavioral change to achieve deep transformational learning. Barner is an associate professor at Southern Methodist University's Simmons School of Education and Human Development. He was employed for 30 years as a corporate talent development executive and executive coach. Ideus's work in human development spans over 40 years. His experience includes behavioral health, corporate leadership, organizational change and voice communications. Following a successful...


When Parents Get Too Involved…at Work!

I once hired school teachers.  Most of our new teachers were hired fresh out of college. They were eager, and talented, if a bit overindulged.  
Many recent graduates never had a time without their parents’ involvement.  The helicopter parent was always around to influence their kids’ coaches, counselors, teachers, professors, advisors, and even mentors!  So, the recent graduate’s first job was likely to be chaperoned too.
Once, a parent called me to demand that I place her daughter in a specific school. That wasn’t an option....

#Nextchat RECAP: Strategic Employee Benefits

On July 19, @shrmnextchat chatted with special guests SHRM Senior Vice President of Knowledge Development Alex Alonso (@SHRMKnwldgeSVP) and SHRM Vice President of Research Shonna Waters (@Shonna_Waters) about Strategic Employee Benefits.

If you missed this informative chat filled with great ideas, you can read all the tweets here:




You’ve Got The Power


The other day, I was scrolling through Facebook, and I get a notification that my friend and college roommate tagged me.  He shares very openly some pretty major challenges in his life (depression, losing his house and belongings in a fire.  You know, THAT kind of major).  Then he says “I wouldn’t be where I am today without the following:”, listing a number of people, including me.

Two things hit me instantly:

1.      I felt like a lousy friend.  How could I not know he was struggling so badly?



Why “Disruption” Makes Me Erupt



Some trendy movements in HR just don’t live up to the hype.


Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last few years, you’ve probably been inundated with the information about the concept of “disruption.” According to this new movement, disruptive forces are absolutely everywhere, doing almost universal good. I embrace change more than most people, but the ubiquitous calls to “disrupt” just make me want to erupt—in protest. Such movements, especially in HR, are rarely helpful and they seldom deliver.

Disruptive forces have been around since the...


#Nextchat: Strategic Employee Benefits

There are few HR topics that garner more media attention than employee benefits

A simple Google search of “employee benefits” yields more than 429 million results.

Paid family leave, workplace flexibility and health care now dominate the conversation in Washington, D.C., and in our workplaces, and employee benefits continues to be among the most popular topics at SHRM.

The recent 2017 SHRM study on Employee Job Satisfaction and Engagement found that benefits were a significant factor in employees’ decision to stay with or leave an organization.



Welcome to the Age of Open Talent


HR professionals today have to face a hard reality: your hard-won employees, at any moment, could walk. According to our research at LinkedIn, 90% of professionals are interested in hearing about new job opportunities. This means that today everyone is a candidate, regardless of whether they’re actively looking for a new job.

Recently at the 2017 SHRM annual conference, I had the honor of presenting on the topic of recruiting and retaining great people in the age of ‘Open Talent.’ So what’s driving more of an open talent mindset?...


Reduce Employee Financial Stress



More American workers are living paycheck to paycheck than ever before, just making ends meet. Nearly three-fourths have less than $1,000 saved; and 34 percent have nothing in savings. Student loan debt totals over $1.3 trillion among some 44.2 million borrowers in the U.S. Unexpected expenses are not budgeted for and people are placing themselves at great financial risk.

As HR practitioners, we need to recognize that people are struggling financially – and that it is taking a toll not only on them personally, but also in the workplace. There...


Future Friday: Older Workers as the Solution to Unfilled Jobs?

Millennial this, millennial that. Advertisements for products to hide gray hair or wrinkling skin. Slogans like “60 is the new 40.” Increasing charges of age discrimination. All these factors indicate that the U.S. is stuck in a youth oriented society. The problem is that perception drives employers to ignore older workers, often to the detriment of the company.

Older workers a rising force

The BLS, according to the Pew Research Center, projects that by 2022 67.5% of workers 55-64 years in age will remain in the workforce. A study...


Your Hiring Manager Hates Your Top Candidate? Eat a Chicken Nugget


My pal and FOT contributor, Tim Sackett, wrote a blog post called Sackett’s Top 10 Fast Food Foods Of All Time. It spoke to me.  I’m not ashamed to say I love fast food.  I’m smart enough to only consume small quantities, but damn it, I’m ‘merican. 

However, there was a great omission from this top list.  Tim omitted the greatest of all fast food items > McDonald’s Chicken McNuggets.  I was shocked. I couldn’t sleep and dare I say couldn’t eat. Ok, that is a big fat lie, I...