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How to be a Better Business Partner #SHRM18



I had the pleasure of attending Joe’s mega session on “How to be a better Business Partner.” For all of you who could not attend the session or the #SHRM18 Conference, below are some of the key takeaways from his session:

  1. NEVER say you are just an HR professional. By you saying that, you are limiting yourself to just HR. If you want to be a business partner, always define yourself as a “business professional with expertise in HR.”
  2. The best way to convince
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#SHRM18: Style or Substance?



As SHRM18 winds down and 20,000 +/- HR professionals get ready to head home, it’s time to reflect a bit on what we saw, heard and learned during the conference.

My fellow SHRM Bloggers have been sharing amazing content throughout the conference, and I encourage you to read what they’re writing. Many of them are breaking down the sessions and highlight key takeaways, and you should definitely go read what they’re writing.

Thinking about what I’ve seen this week, my challenge to you as you go home is to...


Thoughts and Tips from #SHRM18



As SHRM 2018 comes to a close I wanted to paraphrase some of the thoughts and tips from four very memorable speakers taking part in Chicago this year! I think these are great pointers to keep in the back of your mind as you head back to the office tomorrow!

Embrace Values Over Skills: Adam Grant, Professor at Wharton School of Business

It’s important to have the right skills on your team, but it’s just as important to keep the wrong values out. Values aren’t always easy to see but...


What was Hot -- Musings from #SHRM18


For those who attended and those who wanted to (we hope you do next year!). Here is my quick recap of SHRM18.

First, what and who was Hot:

Adam Grant, the keynoter on Tuesday and guest host with Sheryl Sandberg on Wednesday. He rocked it with great insights and humbling commentary…and he earned a new fan with yours truly.

Johnny C. Taylor, Jr. our new CEO brought energy, insight and inspiration to the 20,000 attendees. And having a Grammy winning singer do a personal Happy Birthday on stage on Wednesday...


Chronicles of Hebert – #SHRM18 – The End of Days


The series continues...

Final day of SHRM18

Every attendee looks like a tire with less than a 32nd of an inch of tread left on it. Many in the same clothes as yesterday. Pack light and the fashionistas be damned.

You can see the “full” sign on the attendees’ foreheads having absorbed so much new HR knowledge (and old knowledge rekindled).

Attendees pin-ball to the final day opening session, not even reacting when they get blindsided by a roller bag. They reflexively adjust their angle of attack by a few...


Podcasting at #SHRM18


This year at SHRM18, podcasting continues to be a growth area in social media. Last year, there was one company making a serious effort to do podcasting. Caleb Masters, webinar and podcast producer/host of Paycom’s HR Break Room, was the one person I noticed doing this at SHRM17.

At SHRM18, we can see that Paycom has decided to push ahead with the concept. They are no longer doing interviews back in a corner away from the hall. This year, they had a high-profile location and beautiful glass booth, which...


How to Master Workplace Civility #SHRM18


Civility usually is demonstrated through manners, courtesy, politeness, and a general awareness of the rights, wishes, concerns, and feelings of others. It includes the behavior that helps to preserve the norms for mutual respect at work and, given the current economic and political climate, it’s something we could all use more of.

In 2016, 62% of employees were treated rudely at work at least once a month, according to a global, annual poll on workplace incivility by McKinsey & Co. Since the poll began in 1998, rude behavior has increased...


What Not to Do When Onboarding a New Employee #SHRM18


I had the pleasure of seeing Amy Hirsh Robinson, principal at Interchange Group, give a presentation called “The First 90 Days Will Make or Break Your New Hire” at the 2018 SHRM Annual Conference & Exposition, and it was an eye-opening experience. I chose to go to this presentation for a couple of reasons.

One reason I was drawn to this session is because I’ve recently stumbled into being an HR department of one at my small but growing company, and I know that improving the onboarding experience we...


Give So We Can Move Forward Together #SHRM18


Have you ever sat down and asked yourself why did you join SHRM?  Was it originally because you wanted to grow as an HR pro or was it because you were looking for that next great opportunity?  

Yesterday at the SHRM Foundation’s luncheon, I had the chance to meet this year’s conference scholarship winners.  This was their first time attending this mega conference and I could see their excitement and gratitude on their face. Brandi Levanel, a scholarship winner, mentioned how she volunteers to be able to give back to the...