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#SHRM14 HR Motivators: Bobbi Wilson

We Know Next is finding and interviewing HR Motivators at the SHRM 2014 Annual Conference & Exposition.  Below is a Q&A with HR professional Bobbie Wilson.

Q. What inspires you as an HR professional? 

I like bringing out the good in people, helping them to achieve more or understand more. In the end I'm helping to enrich peoples' lives through their work.

Q. What social media platform do you use most for your job and why?

I mainly use Twitter as a custom news feed. It helps me to be aware of trends in the...


Ethnography and the User Experience

Slowly I turn….step by step…inch by inch!

There’s an old I love Lucy skit where that line is uttered at the beginning of a scene. It came to mind more than once during my first hours at this year’s SHRM conference. As I met with new entrants to the scene, recognizable companies and pretty much everyone in between, I realized that the field of Human Resources Technology is slowly turning, step by step, inch by inch. It may not seem recognizable at the time but it IS happening.

In the past, there have been murmurings about duplicate programming, the same...


How Hirers Can Get More Out of Big Data

We at NGA.NET were very pleased to work with Talent Management magazine recently on an in-depth article, “HR Can’t Ignore Big Data” that explored the importance of Big Data in hiring and talent management. The article outlines several things government agencies must consider when implementing a metrics-driven talent management strategy.  I’ve highlighted the key points with a few additional pieces that didn’t make it into the final version of the article, but I felt were important to share.

Data is only as valuable as you make it. Numbers alone are meaningless. The IDC’s John Gantz and David Reinsel indicate that the digital universe will...


#SHRM14 HR Motivators: Greg Low


We Know Next is finding and interviewing HR Motivators at the SHRM 2014 Annual Conference & Exposition.  Below is a Q&A with HR young professional Greg Low. 

Q.  What inspires you as an HR professional?

The constant change and need to adapt and grow to a diverse workforce and environment inspire me about the HR profession.  It keeps me on my toes and pushes me to personally transform as well!

Q.  How do you think HR can positively affect the culture at their organizations?

I think...


#SHRM14 HR Motivators: Josh Rock


We Know Next is finding and interviewing HR Motivators at the SHRM 2014 Annual Conference & Exposition.  Below is a Q&A with HR professional Josh Rock.

Q. What advice would you give other leaders about employee engagement?

Like Nike's tag line states, "Just Do It!" It's when you have the chance to engage employees and affect their "corporate life" that you take things to a new level. Take the time to put a deeper value behind the people in your company and the will do the same in their loyalty and productivity.

David Novak – show us your YUM award!

Recognition, Leadership and Listening

Leadership is a privilege.

People leave your company because they don’t feel appreciated or they don’t like their boss.

Leadership tips to put to work right now.

Focus on mindset. Self awareness is key.  Be aware of the brand of you and how people see you.

  •        Assess the upside and the downside of your strengths.
  •        Ask people how they see you. It’s the only way to know.
  •        Get a coach. Get a mentor.
  •        Be
  • ...

Exhibit Hall Insights from #SHRM14

I spent much of the day Monday roaming the HUGE exhibit hall at the 2014 SHRM Annual Conference. This was by design as my previous venture to SHRM in Chicago ended before I could make it all the way through. For those thinking that I missed out on educational opportunities by not attending sessions, you are mistaken as the 2014 exhibition hall has numerous educational opportunities.

First, there are some “official” learning opportunities at stages set up by SHRM with a set schedule of demonstrations and short talks. These are focused on technology and can provide a good overview of...


There’s A First Time For Everything, But ROI Helps You Get A Second Time

My first SHRM Annual Conference was supposed to be in 2011 in Las Vegas. The morning I was scheduled to depart, by husband became seriously ill and I missed it. (Gory details here.) But I can easily recall the anticipation and excitement that I felt.

One thing I didn’t feel, though, was intimidated, because in 2011 I was already highly connected –  through social media – with HR people from all over the country. I knew a lot of tips and tricks, because my friends had been talking about SHRM11 for weeks.

So I wasn’t thinking about intimidation and...


Feel Better to Do Good After #SHRM14

Before I attended my first SHRM Annual, I pondered the important question, “What does Michael J. Fox have to do with HR?” I didn’t understand at that time that SHRM follows a set of specific criteria when choosing its keynotes. (Matt Stollak explains that system here.)

But now I know that a motivational speaker is an important part of the SHRM plan to get attendees  motivated and inspired. I’m okay with that – and I admit that I enjoy it.

Yesterday Robin Roberts kicked off SHRM14 with a fun and often touching journey through her life’s joys and struggles....


What Can You Do With What You Know?

Day two of SHRHM 14 started with internationally renowned author, reporter, and columnist Thomas Friedman. Friedman’s presentation focused on the future of business, and more specifically on the changes brought about by the digital explosion and increased connectivity.
One of the best statements made by him came when he was discussing the changing expectations of employers regarding their workforce:
“Know one cares what you know or where you went to school. They care about what you can do with what you know.”
Many writers and bloggers in the HR-based social media space have been advocating that approach...