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 of companies to understand what the best workplaces in the world do differently than the rest.

Jason is the co-author of the book, Social Gravity: Harnessing the Natural Laws of Relationships, one of the best books out there on networking. Some people may know him as the tall, dancing guy with Talent Anarchy—one of the best speaking duos on the circuit—alongside Joe Gerstandt.  If you haven’t seen them, put them on your speaker bucket list.  Who else can get 700 HR pros up and dancing at an after-lunch keynote?

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

Most importantly, readers will come to understand how to be more intentional about the relationships in our lives to achieve greater success in their personal and professional lives. We outline the Six Laws of Social Gravity in the book to provide people with practical advice for how to build a big, diverse network of relationships.  

These lessons can help HR professionals build influence within their organization and to become a more effective change maker.  

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

My session this year is about courage. There will be a lot of great, progressive ideas to be found at the conference this year. But, if you lack the courage to try something new, take a risk or challenge the status quo, none of those ideas will be of much consequence.

In my session, I'll help people to discover new approaches and mindsets to become more courageous. This session is an adrenaline shot for the conference.  

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.

I'll give you three that I feel are "must-reads" for all HR.  

  • Predictably Irrational by Dan Ariely
  • Fierce Conversations by Susan Scott
  • Drive by Dan Pink

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

I haven't even started planning for the conference yet.  I'll have to get back to you on that. So many great choices.  

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

Take advantage of every networking opportunity you can. There are thousands of amazingly talented and smart people heading to New Orleans.  Meet as many of them as you can.  


Jason will be speaking on “What Are You Waiting For? Finding the Courage to Make an Impact” on June 18 at 12:30 p.m.

He will also be taking the Smart Stage on June 20 at 10:00 a.m. to discuss “Work Is a Relationship, Act Accordingly”.

He will be signing Social Gravity in the SHRMStore following both presentations.



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