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Life Less Ordinary

I start this post as I hurdle along at 501 mph in seat 30C over the skies of Ohio on my way to the 2014 SHRM Annual Conference in Orlando.  It occurs to me that I am very fortunate in so many ways in life and this certainly counts as one of them.

Many people who practice in the area of human resources will either never have or never take the opportunity to learn from others in a setting like a large HR conference. For many, the way things are being done in their...


#SHRM14 HR Motivators: Callie Zipple

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 Callie Zipple.

Q. What do you see as being the biggest challenge for HR in the next 10 years?

Finding a way to stay competitive during the hiring process.  Candidates often have more than 1 offer…why yours? 

Q. What book are you reading right now?

I read a lot of mystery novels.  I just finished the Jack Reacher series by Lee Child.  I TRY to turn my work brain off...


#SHRM14 HR Motivators: Chanel Jackson

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 Chanel Jackson.

Q.  What book are you reading right now?

A. "Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit" of Less by Greg McKeown.  As an HR professional you always feel the need to respond to so many people and you find yourself so stretched that you’re not effective. This book helps you to identify and focus on your top priorities to be more productive.   

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


#SHRM14: If The Dude Were an HR Professional…

Well first of all, he’d be employed, which is very un-dude like. If The Dude were to harness his passion for bowling (and lay off the white Russians), he could potentially be a very compassionate and innovative leader in HR…maybe.

This Aggression Will Not Stand

If The Dude could offer his candidates anything, it would be a great experience. He’s not big on stats, because let’s face it, everyone has an agenda, but a Qualigence infographic revealed that 52% of candidates complained that they didn’t feel like they were being treated as individuals in the hiring process. Unless you’re a nihilist,...


#SHRM14 and the Livin’ is Easy. Stuff to Make it Easy(er)

We’ll make this nice and easy.

SHRM National is big. This ain’t your local conference.  To navigate big you need to logistically think small.  If you logistically think small, you can save all your big energy on networking, learning, and thinking.

My list is broken into 3 sections.  Learning Essentials, the Expo Hall,  and Clothing/Accessory Essentials.

#SHRM14 Learning Essentials: 

  1.  IMPORTANT! If you want to get to the “next-level”, skip the fundamentals classes, even if you don’t yet know all the fundamentals.  You can learn the fundamentals at your local SHRM chapter or a webinar or your team lead.  Go to the strategy sessions with
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Last Minute Tips for #SHRM14

Here are 14 tips as the countdown begins for #SHRM14.  Most will be useful for SHRM Annual Conference newbies and some will be great reminders for those of us who are SHRM Conference veterans.  Looking forward to seeing you in Orlando!

1.  Be prepared to walk!

Pack tennis shoes because you’ll need them.  No one will make fun of you if you’re wearing your HR lady pantsuit and a pair of tennis shoes.  Bonus: bring compression socks, you’ll thank me later.

2.  It’s HOT, stay hydrated.  Water is best!

3.  Eat for fuel.

Your body needs energy and the best...