#SHRM21 - Speaker Interview: Greg Schwem, Is It OK to Laugh?

I had the great pleasure of connecting through a Zoom with Greg Schwem, Business Humor Speaker, to talk about his session: Is It OK to Laugh? Understanding How Stifling Humor Can Also Stifle Workplace Productivity. 

As I was perusing the speakers and sessions, I was immediately attracted to the topic of humor in the workplace. (Seems appropriate, considering I am the HR Shenanigator....) I immediately added his session to my calendar, and I reached out to see about an interview. I offered up an email Q&A,


#SHRM21 Speaker Spotlight - The Steve Browne Interrogation

If you work in human resources, are a SHRM member, or have attended a national or state SHRM event, there is a good chance that you will fall squarely into one of two categories:

1. You know Steve Browne.

2. You WILL know Steve Browne.

For those of you in the latter category, Steve Browne is the Chief People Officer with LaRosa’s, Inc. (a multi-state pizzeria chain in SW Ohio and SE Indiana), SHRM Board Member, former SHRM MAC Member, SHRM Foundation Leadership Circle Member, is active on the speaking circuit, facilitates a monthly HR Roundtable in Cincinnati, OH, manages...


Tips for Virtual Networking During #SHRM21

The SHRM Annual Conference and Expo is back! The last time I attended the conference was in 2019—which feels like such a long time ago—and that’s because it got canceled in 2020. So, I’m excited and looking forward to my third annual conference. Have you been seeing my countdown on Twitter? Lol.

Next week, from September 9th through the 12th, SHRM will be holding its 2021 Annual Conference and Exposition (SHRM21) in Las Vegas with the theme, “Now More Than Ever.” As we know, a lot has changed...


#SHRM21 Interview with John Mazzone: International Hiring and Cost Control That Will Make Your CFO Happy

In this interview, John Mazzone, VP of Finance at Globalization Partners, discusses international hiring and cost control that will make your CFO happy.

Hi John, for those of us who are not familiar with your work, can you please introduce yourself?

I am the Vice President of Finance at Globalization Partners. My career started as a crew chief on B1 Bombers in the U.S. Airforce’s Strategic Air Command. After completing my graduate studies, I spent over 20 years in technical accounting and operational finance. As an auditor for both PwC...


A #SHRM21 Interview with Jeanne Morris

We had a chance to catch up with Jeanne Morris, the Vice President, Education at SHRM. Jeanne will be presenting a conference orientation on Thursday, September 9 at 11 a.m. PT.

 Jeanne, tell us about your current role at SHRM and what your number one challenge is during COVID-19.

I have been with SHRM for over 25 years, contributing and providing leadership to the Accounting and Finance, Strategic Planning, Professional Development, and Education teams during my tenure at this amazing organization. I currently serve as VP, Education which includes oversight for all...


Creating Your #SHRM21 Schedule

I am beyond excited to be attending my third SHRM Annual Conference and Expo this September in Las Vegas. As the world’s largest HR conference hosted by the world’s largest HR association, the SHRM Annual Conference and Expo is an incredible event that HR practitioners at all levels and from all industries will find value in attending. While this year’s rescheduled conference may feel a bit different from previous annual conferences, I am confident that it will not disappoint in providing all of us with the programming and resources that we have...


#SHRM21 Interview with Brad M. Holst: Communicating Effectively with Your C-Suite to Turn Ideas into Reality

In this interview, Brad M. Holst, Executive Communication Coach of Mandel Communications, discusses communicating effectively with your C-suite to turn ideas into reality. 

Hi Brad, for those of us who are not familiar with your work, can you please introduce yourself?

I believe that “everyone has a need to be heard.” I try to use my experience and creativity to quickly help my coaching clients "be heard" in high-stakes presentations.  Mandel Communications is the global leader in communication skills training for organizations that believe in the power and potential of their employees....


Crossing Borders

Hiring the right talent overseas is not only about identifying top performers but also understanding the constraints in attracting and ultimately retaining talent. This article seeks to show why it is about far more than conventional talent management tools.

There are two approaches to hiring the right talent in your overseas operation. You either recruit it locally or send a proven ex-pat overseas. Easier said than done as even with the best-laid plans large companies can find recruiting talent a difficult process.

Business schools often use Disney’s move to Paris as a case study of a less than seamless setup....


#SHRM21 Interview with Tony Lee

Tony Lee joined SHRM in 2015 and hit the ground running. He has been a huge supporter of the Talent Acquisition Panel which I have been serving on for the last few years. I spoke to Tony recently about his plans for #SHRM21. He is going to be very busy for the next few days leading up to #SHRM21 preparing for the 10K plus attendees. Talent Acquisition is one of the hottest topics in the U.S. right now since many organizations are facing an Employee Turnover Tsunami. His...


10 Tips that Will Get Employees to Read What You Write

Robert Bogue is clear about how much he wants people to be clear. Clear in the way they communicate, that is.

As an 18-year Microsoft veteran, Rob has seen his fair share of technology implementations. He has done more SharePoint implementations than he could count, and through that work, he has seen how deep the communications issues go. In 2018, Rob wrote a SharePoint implementation guide which opened his eyes to see the disparity in communication. It was not that people didn’t know...