An Interview with Steve Gilliland

Here is a brief overview of Steve Gilliland’s work excerpted from Steve’s website with a few SHRM Annual Conference highlights:

A member of the Speaker Hall of Fame, Steve Gilliland is one of the most in-demand and top-rated speakers in the world, as well as a long-time favorite of SHRM conference attendees. Recognized as a master storyteller and brilliant comedian, he can be heard daily alongside Jerry Seinfeld and Jeff Foxworthy on SiriusXM Radio’s Laugh USA and Blue Collar Radio. With an appeal that transcends barriers of age, culture and occupation—plus an interactive and entertaining style—Steve shows audiences how to open doors to success in their careers, their relationships and their lives. Presenting to over 250,000 people a year, more than two million have now heard him speak, with audiences encompassing nearly three dozen industries. Steve has the distinction of speaking in all 50 states and in 15 countries. As one newspaper stated, “Steve is what happens when the humor of Jay Leno collides with the inspiration of Zig Ziglar.” 

In addition to his brilliant speaking career, Steve is a prolific, accomplished author, evidenced by three of his books—Enjoy The Ride, Making a Difference and Hide Your Goat—perennially making the publisher’s bestseller list and his being named Author of the Year. His thought-provoking writing style makes his articles a favorite with nationally prominent magazines. He influences the lives of millions through his presentations, books, CDs and DVDs. An extensive array of these products has been utilized by small businesses, Fortune 500 companies, U.S. and Canadian government agencies, churches, school districts and nonprofit organizations. Speaking the language of active business leaders, his books and CDs identify practical lessons that grow people and their businesses.

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

At work, we intersect with a diverse group of people from different backgrounds, opinions and personalities. The fast-paced and stress-filled schedules we maintain “open the gate” to allowing people and circumstances to “get our goat.”

Hide Your Goat was written to help you maintain a positive and healthy attitude—regardless of who you are, where you have been and where you are heading. No one is immune, the infection can spread quickly and those who discharge the poisonous toxin are masquerading as co-workers and people we encounter in our daily lives. The venom they eject produces by-products of bad attitudes, including resistance to change and personality conflicts. They hunt down upbeat people and without regard, challenge their outlook and question their position on everything positive. They cost plenty in terms of productivity and morale and make life tough for everyone.

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

Making a Difference is about conscious choices that do, and will, impact the lives of people we encounter. It is about leaders in an organization who behave in such a manner that is congruent with the behavior they expect from their employees. It is about modeling the behavior you desire for the rest of the company. Your job gives you authority. Your behavior earns you respect.

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

Hide Your Goat (Mega Session)

HR practitioners will learn where negativity begins, how it is developed, why it continues, and what it costs in the workplace. This session will show people how to assign the right value to every situation and how to stop giving people permission to ruin your day.

Making a Difference (Mega Session)

  • The crucial principle that drives commitment
  • The decisive principle that fuels desire
  • The central principle that defines distinction

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.

Quiet Strength – In this culture driven by material success, Tony Dungy reminds us what matters in the game of life and reveals several leadership principles that grow yourself and other people.

The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership – John Maxwell’s The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership is a book that will be quite helpful in measuring your own personal growth in leadership abilities, as well as in finding the areas where you struggle or need to grow.

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

If breakfast is your favorite meal of the day, then don’t miss eating at the Ruby Slipper Café (Canal Street).


The SHRMStore will be carrying 5 of Steve’s books: Enjoy The Ride, Making a Difference, Detour, Turn the Page and Hide Your Goat (which was selected as one of the “SHRM Great 8 of Annual Conference 2016”).

Steve’s Sessions Times

Monday, June 19, 2017
Hide Your Goat (Mega Session) 10:45 AM – 12:00 PM
Book Signing 12:15 PM – 12:45 PM

Tuesday, June 20, 2017
Making a Difference (Mega Session) 10:45 AM – 12:00 PM
Book Signing 12:10 PM – 12:45 PM

Steve will also be participating in the exposition. His booth number is 3341.



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