Alex Alonso, PHD, SHRM-SCP is the Senior Vice President for Knowledge Development at SHRM.
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Articles by Alex Alonso, PhD. SHRM-SCP
I recently woke up hyperventilating and sweating profusely. After my fiancée made sure I was okay and smacked me upside the head for waking her, I realized I’d been roused from a nightmare. Now I don’t usually suffer from night terrors, but this one was particularly memorable. You may be wondering what led to this. The answer is I awoke from a nightmare where I had been asked to lead organizational change.
One of the biggest keys to success in any career is mentorship. Research over the last 30 years suggests that finding the right mentor can serve as a true lever for career success. In HR, the role of mentoring can be absolutely pivotal in preventing faux pas and learning the virtues of leadership and navigation, a core competency. Each time I think of mentorship I recall the impact my mentors have had and key incidents where I learned the most.
Do you despise performance management time? Do you despair at the thought of performance appraisal season? Do you ever call in sick when asked to rate someone’s performance?
Pardon me as I take a trip down memory lane. Join me if you can. Close your eyes. Think back to when you were starting out as an early career professional. Think back to your interviews and the things you learned from those experiences. What did you learn?
SHRM, as the world’s largest HR professional association, has been leading the profession in the development of a certification program based upon competency-based assessment. This is an exciting and pivotal time in our profession and the new SHRM certification, officially announced in May 2014, is the first certification that is focused on teaching and testing the practical, real-life information HR professionals needs to excel in their careers today.