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How to Become a Courageous Leader

Leadership—the kind that motivates, inspires and delivers—takes courage. And the more you exercise courage, the stronger leader you become, according to Angela Sebaly, co-founder and CEO of Personify Leadership and author of The Courageous Leader (Wiley, 2017). Sebaly has more than 20 years' experience in leadership development working with thousands of leaders around the world. Her book shows readers how to exercise courage in everyday situations to build the unshakeable foundation of a great leader by:

  • Moving beyond your comfort zone.
  • Developing your ability to focus through tough
  • ...

“Ask, Reflect, Commit” - 3 Ways to Pay Tribute this Memorial Day



Have you ever said “Have a great Memorial Day Weekend!”, and then thought to yourself is that appropriate given the somber nature of the holiday? Have you ever wondered how to address the day’s importance with those who may have served alongside those who’ve lost their lives in the service of their country?    If you have you are certainly not alone as Memorial Day seems to bring a paradox of emotions to many of us- regardless of our background.  Having experienced these complex emotions personally...


A #SHRM17 Interview with Alexander Alonso, Ph.D., SHRM-SCP

I’ve had the pleasure of knowing Alexander Alonso, Ph.D., SHRM-SCP, SHRM senior vice president of Knowledge Development and certification, for a number of years. He is the guy behind the examination development and operations for SHRM’s Certified Professional and Senior Certified Professional certifications.   He was responsible for all research activities, including the development of the SHRM Competency Model.   I have always enjoyed my time spent discussing the SHRM Certification program and how it was developed, and got a much greater understanding of how it all came together and what...


How I Got to #SHRM17


The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Annual Conference is a month away. This is the largest gathering of HR Professionals on earth and a seminal opportunity to network, find new ideas and gather certification credits.

I attended my first SHRM Annual Conference in 2008 in Chicago. Having come from the world of Information Management, I was overwhelmed by the amount of people in the Human Resources profession who were dependent upon this annual industry event to fuel their career development. This conference was the cornerstone of the profession for 4...


Develop Your #HR Skills with a Career Portfolio


No matter where you are in your career, it’s important to regularly take inventory of your skills and develop learning action plans. A new way to think about learning action plans is the idea of creating a “portfolio.”

Debra Cohen PhD talks about using  career portfolios as a way to develop HR competencies in her book  “Developing Proficiency in HR: 7 Self-Directed Activities for HR Professionals”. Think of career portfolios like an artist’s portfolio. It’s the place where an artist keeps their work. In this case, we’re the artist and...


Mature Workers- The Center of Tomorrow’s Workforce



Over the coming decades “Mature Workers” (defined as age 50+) will be one of the largest sources of talent available. Given this reality and the invaluable nature of older workers’ experience and skills, organizations must develop both acquisition and retention strategies to employ the mature workforce and stay competitive. That’s where SHRM, the SHRM Foundation, and AARP come in. 

About 10,000 of the 77 million U.S. Baby Boomers have been turning 65 every day since 2011, and large numbers of them have already retired, taking with them their insider knowledge and...


Why I'm ALL IN for #SHRM17

SHRM is known for producing some of the most informative and engaging conferences in the world, and the SHRM Annual Conference & Exposition is an annual favorite for so many HR professionals. Thousands of attendees will travel to New Orleans, LA, for the conference and exposition, June 18-21.  Each of them will bring their own unique “All In” story- a time that changed their professional and personal lives.  SHRM is working hard to help share and create these All In moments! And—as always—the SHRM Blog Squad is sure to be a huge part of the experience. 

Teela Jackson is a member...


A #SHRM17 Interview with Jason Lauritsen

Jason Lauritsen is an employee engagement and workplace culture expert who will challenge you to think differently.  I’ve probably known Jason as long as anyone in this field, and he always engages me with new ideas and ways to approach problems.

A former corporate human resources executive, Jason has dedicated his career to helping leaders build organizations that are good for both people and profits.  Most recently, he led the research team for Quantum Workplace’s Best Places to Work program, where he has studied the employee experience at thousands...


Losing Sleep Over Benefits Technology? Get Over It!


It’s easy to get caught up wanting to deliver a sophisticated platform to engage your workforce. Many benefits technology solutions promise to make employees smarter consumers of health care through slick recommendation engines, bots, and avatars delivered on smart phones.

I advise you to keep these three things in mind when you evaluate benefits technology:     

1. Technology won’t solve your millennial dilemma.
Right now Millenials make up the largest portion of the workforce.  HR professionals are scrambling to figure out how to best communicate and educate them about