I caught up with Tim Sackett, one of the country’s most prolific bloggers in the HR community and a frequent presenter at SHRM major conferences. This year it includes the SHRM Annual Conference in Chicago and Talent conference in Las Vegas:
Tim, give us a 30 second elevator pitch:
Tim Sackett, President, HRU Technical Resources, an Engineering and IT contract staffing firm out of Lansing, MI. Also, author, speaker, blogger at The Tim Sackett Project and Fistful of Talent.
Tell us about your involvement with SHRM:
I started by attending local SHRM chapter meetings and first speaking and sharing my knowledge there. About ten years ago I started blogging in the HR and Talent space, which led to state, national, and international speaking opportunities. Turns out if you start writing on the internet, no matter what your real qualifications might be, people think you know something!
You have a book coming out, give us a sneak peek…
The Talent Fix: A Leader’s Guide to Recruiting Great Talent. It’s my answer to the question I get from leaders around “Tim, what would you do if you were in my shoes and wanted to fix how we go about finding and attracting talent to our organization?” From structure, to metrics, to technology and everything in between, I put it all out there.
Tell us about your program at #SHRM18, and what is the one take away you hope every attendee has?
What Your CEO Wishes HR and TA Would Do! I’ve been fortunate to spend a lot of quality time with C-suite partners at the companies I’ve worked for in HR and Talent. From those interactions I was able to get some great takeaways for HR and TA pros and leaders. What I find is we in HR and TA frequently have our own agenda on what needs to get done, and that it doesn’t always align with our executive leadership. My hope is I help build that bridge to what is expected from us, but also how do we get there while also doing all the day to day stuff we have to accomplish as well. It’s easy to say we need to be more strategic in theory. In practice, it’s hard, but our executives expect we’ll be strategic around our people.
Do you have a favorite program or speaker from the national conference over the years?
Malcolm Gladwell. I could listen to Malcolm for days and never tire of him. He challenges me to think about what we do, why we do, and how we do it constantly. That in turns, I believe, helps me become a better leader and HR professional. HR and TA are constantly evolving, and I think that evolution just seems to be speeding up, so as leaders we need to keep evolving our people practices as well.
How can someone get in touch with you or follow you on social media
Ha! I’m the first 100 pages of Google if you Google “Tim Sackett” – well, there is also a truck driver chaplain named, Tim Sackett, I’m not him. So, I’m very accessible. On LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, etc., I’ve purposely branded everything as “Tim Sackett”. Even my website is timsackett.com. I even put my cell phone number on my LinkedIn profile and at the bottom of my website, I don’t know of another writer and speaker in HR that is that easy to contact!
Make sure you catch Tim this year. You won’t be disappointed…..