#SHRM18, In Gratitude



My heart and mind are full of appreciation for what transpired over the last few days at the 2018 SHRM Annual Conference (#SHRM18). I have notes upon notes, tweets upon tweets, follow-ups upon follow-ups, and ideas upon ideas to work through. But I can’t get past one thing.

I’m incredibly grateful for my #SHRM18 experience.

I’m grateful for the opportunity to travel to Chicago. I’m grateful for being able to peel away from work long enough to take in every aspect of the conference. I’m grateful to new and...


#SHRM18: Playing Politics



I have always hated playing politics at work. In an ideal world, we would all say what we mean, mean what we say and not have to play games to get sh*t done. But we don’t live in an ideal world and that means we have to play the political game to get stuff done. After seeing Dr. Karlyn Borysenko‘s Zen Your Workpresentation at #SHRM18, I knew her Playing Politics was one I couldn’t miss. I was tweeting fast & furious, but I still know I missed a few parts....


Wrap Up of #SHRM18



As SHRM18 wrapped up, I thought about the event by listening to music on my drive home. I heard an old song called “It’s Over” by Boz Scaggs, I thought that’s it, it’s my metaphor for an event wrap up. However, the song is really about a failed relationship so that didn’t really capture the moment. 

Then it came to me at two in the morning the night after I got home. It is an old Steely Dan song that really captured the feel of...


An Interview with Alan Cabelly #SHRM18




Considering there were more than 2,000 sessions at #SHRM18, the struggle was REAL in making difficult decisions about which sessions to see and those we had to miss. In case you missed it at SHRM18, Alan Cabelly, Ph.D, SHRM-SCP, took to the Smart Stage to explore the similarities and differences between generations, and how each of us can work through these differences to create a culture celebrating diverse thoughts, approaches and ideas. SHRM’s Smart Stage sessions...


#ICYMI at #SHRM18: The First 90 Days Will Make or Break Your New Hire



If you have yet to attend a SHRM annual conference but are planning for the future, be comfortable knowing that you are not alone in struggling to choose between numerous appealing concurrent sessions within the same time block! Our most veteran attendees spend significant time weighing their options, but even with the most careful deliberations, we can only be in one place at once! In case you missed it at SHRM18, Amy Hirsh Robinson, MBA, presented a popular and engaging Mega Session answering the hard questions about how a new...


Overwhelmed. Overloaded. Overjoyed. A #SHRM18 Recap




Whew! The 2018 Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) annual conference is over. 24 hours later and I’m still letting the whole experience sink in. I’m usually not at a loss for words, but this conference has me searching for the right things to say. After reflecting a bit, I realize I cannot put into words how I really feel, but I can say that I am overwhelmed. I’m overloaded. But,...


Women at Work: How to Command a Room #SHRM18



Earlier this year, I launched a series here on Workology focused on women in the workplace. The feedback from my first blog post was clear. I received many emails, DMs and phone calls sharing their stories and wanting more. Since I’ve written about women supporting women in the workplace, and because it’s a topic that is near and dear to my heart (and my job), I was excited to attend Monday’s SHRM18 session, “The...


How to be a Better Business Partner #SHRM18



I had the pleasure of attending Joe’s mega session on “How to be a better Business Partner.” For all of you who could not attend the session or the #SHRM18 Conference, below are some of the key takeaways from his session:

  1. NEVER say you are just an HR professional. By you saying that, you are limiting yourself to just HR. If you want to be a business partner, always define yourself as a “business professional with expertise in HR.”
  2. The best way to convince
  3. ...

#SHRM18: Style or Substance?



As SHRM18 winds down and 20,000 +/- HR professionals get ready to head home, it’s time to reflect a bit on what we saw, heard and learned during the conference.

My fellow SHRM Bloggers have been sharing amazing content throughout the conference, and I encourage you to read what they’re writing. Many of them are breaking down the sessions and highlight key takeaways, and you should definitely go read what they’re writing.

Thinking about what I’ve seen this week, my challenge to you as you go home is to...


Thoughts and Tips from #SHRM18



As SHRM 2018 comes to a close I wanted to paraphrase some of the thoughts and tips from four very memorable speakers taking part in Chicago this year! I think these are great pointers to keep in the back of your mind as you head back to the office tomorrow!

Embrace Values Over Skills: Adam Grant, Professor at Wharton School of Business

It’s important to have the right skills on your team, but it’s just as important to keep the wrong values out. Values aren’t always easy to see but...