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 was responsible for hiring and training hundreds of employees. Brad has conducted training at major companies including Abbott Laboratories, ConocoPhillips, Walgreens, Discover, Dick's Sporting Goods, Ernst and Young, The Chicago Blackhawks, and The Big Ten Network, among many others.

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JJ:  What key highlights would an HR practitioner gain from reading your book? Why do    you think that?

BK:  Manager 3.0: A Millennial's Guide to Rewriting the Rules of Management takes a very unbiased view of millennials as managers and paints some provocative insights about how they think about leadership so very differently than other generations. From how they think about hierarchy, to how they handle giving feedback, to how they walk the line between friend and co-worker, we find some profound generational differences.

 JJ:  Are there other key points from your session that you feel HR practitioners would learn from that are outside your book?

BK:  The session is all about how we influence others - from co-workers, to management, to anyone around us.  There are six fundamental principles that guide how all of us make decisions.  Having a mastery and understanding of those can dramatically increase your ability to be successful at work - and in life.​​

JJ:  What is a book you’d recommend, other than your own, that HR folks would benefit from? It doesn’t have to be a straight HR book.

BK:  I would recommend It's Your Ship by Captain Mike Abrashoff.  It's a great management read.

JJ:  What speakers do you plan to see at SHRM17 and why?

BK:  Well, I may be biased because we work at the same company, but Jennifer Lee is an amazing presenter.  Back by popular demand is her presentation "The Art of Executive Presence: A Professional Women’s Guide to Commanding the Room" on June 20 from 10:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.  She's also doing a session called "The Good, Bad, and Ugly: Creating a Culture of Feedback" on June 19 from 4:00 p.m.- 5:15 p.m. Both topics are remarkably important in today's workplace.

JJ.  What is your can’t miss recommendation for New Orleans, other than the conference of course?

BK. You have to stop by The French Quarter for fantastic antiques, art galleries, and live jazz. If you're looking for a great beignet, Cafe Du Monde is the best of the best.

Book Information:
Manager 3.0: A Millennial's Guide to Rewriting the Rules of Management

Session Information:
Getting to Yes! Your Guide to Influencing Ideas & Decisions for Business Results
June 20  2:15 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.



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