Dispatches from #SHRM14 Day Three: In case you forgot, it’s all about leadership!

The third day is when the conference grind sets it and depending on how late your “client meetings” ran, it’s a tough day.

You need to start packing the suitcase and you’re probably wondering why you just didn’t ship that whole bag of “tangible memories” you collected off the expo floor.

I’ve seen this conundrum at the previous conferences and here’s my practical advice. Prior to the next conference, get the FedEx number from shipping & receiving. If you want to kick in some sharing of some cool stuff as a form of “repayment” do it. Thank me later for dropping that tidbit.

While there have been several thematic undercurrents at this year’s conference, the one major theme that I’ve heard in the keynotes, the general sessions, and in the hallways, all pointed back to leadership.

For those doing the mental eye roll, I apologize, but think about it. Right after the leadership theme, it’s the people theme. Hell, it’s THE SHRM CONFERENCE we should be discussing people leadership, no?

The organization gets credit for opening with David Novak, CEO of Yum! Brands. In case you were wondering Mr. Novak did a great job of evangelizing the leadership message crafted by the culture firm Senn Delaney.

I genuinely like the message/culture programming that Senn Delaney has created. I’ve was lucky enough to be in an organization that used the product and have also been through the training. I truly enjoyed it, and it has resonated with me on a personal and professional level.

While the concepts are not revolutionary, they deal directly with people, leadership, and yes people leadership (sorry for the oversimplification). It was the right message, at the right time, to the right crowd, so kudos to the team.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to find a way to stuff all of my “tangible memories” into my suitcase.

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