A #SHRM17 Interview with Dan Schawbel

Dan Schawbel is the New York Times bestselling author of Promote Yourself: The New Rules for Career Success. Don’t miss his presentation on “The Top 10 Workplace Trends for 2017” on June 20 at 2:15 p.m. at SHRM 2017 Annual Conference & Exposition.  He will be doing a book signing following his session at 3:40 p.m. in the SHRMStore.

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

DS:  HR practitioners who want to get ahead in their current job or understand the value of millennials will greatly benefit from reading Promote Yourself. In the book, I help the reader gain the right skills; understand what managers look for when they decide whom to promote; and learn how to be an intrapreneur at work. The last chapter is valuable regardless of where you are in your career because it helps you answer the question, “What do I do when I’m stuck?” Since every HR practitioner will have multiple jobs in their career, this book will help them prepare for change and make better decisions.

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

DS:  While my book focuses on career advice for current employees who are looking to move up in their organizations, my presentation will delve into the higher-level workplace trends affecting HR. I will be discussing some of the most important and relevant trends impacting HR practitioners during my presentation. Regardless of your position, whether you’re in employee benefits or a recruiter, you will benefit from my presentation. I’m going to touch on subjects ranging from the blended workforce, to the employee experience, to the rise of Generation Z.

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.

DS:  I would recommend my business partner’s book, The Future Workplace Experience, which gives ten rules for mastering disruption when it comes to recruiting and engaging your workforce. The book is written specifically for HR and has great advice on being an agile leader, planning for the gig economy of workers, tapping the power of multiple generations and embracing on-demand learning.

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

DS:  I’m looking forward to hearing Patrick Lencioni and Laszlo Bock speak at SHRM. A lot of my current work focuses on teams, and that is an area that Lencioni has focused on with his work for ages. Bock was the former head of people at Google, so I’m curious to hear what he learned in his position and how that can apply to other organizations.

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

DS:  I recommend venturing to the Garden District if you have time to look at all the old-fashioned homes. You should take the trolley there in order to get the full New Orleans experience.


Dan’s Session and Book Signing

Tuesday, June 20, 2017
The Top 10 Workplace Trends of 2017 2:15 PM


Book Signing 3:40 PM

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