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Volunteering: A Fruit, A Nut and the SHRM MAC


Each year, SHRM State Directors elect a regional representative to join the Membership Advisory Council (“MAC”) and to be a liaison between the SHRM members and the Board of Directors. The MAC meets in person with the Board to discuss issues that affect our membership. I was reminded recently that the MAC members hold the highest volunteer roles at SHRM.  Why do we do it?  To explain, let’s talk about a fruit and a nut.

The fruit is the passion fruit.  Is “passion” too strong of a word for volunteering with...


A Lesson from Drucker: Managing your Boss


Everyone has a boss. Many of us have several. Often we would like to have better ones, but if you can’t trade in the boss you can attempt to make the ones you have better. How do you do that? Peter Drucker has some guidance for that process.

The boss list

He said the first step in managing your bosses is to make a list of everyone you to whom you are accountable. This list will include everyone who appraises your work and everyone on...


Recruiting: A Smaller World Than You Might Think


It’s amazing how much can change over the course of five years. Back in 2012, I had my first taste of recruiting while working for one of the largest third-party logistics company - NFI. My first recruiting boss? Glenn Manko.

Fast forward five years, a few company changes, and a transition from recruiting to marketing, and here I am, sitting across from Glenn again. Although we are in different departments, we have the opportunity to work together again.

Why am I telling you this?

The recruiting world (and arguably any industry...


My Day at SHRM - Addi and Jayden | SHRM Children Join Their Parents at Work

Today, as part of Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day, many members of SHRM staff did exactly that!  More than 20 children participated in today’s event, including Addisen "Addi" Horn, daughter of SHRM Director of Government Affairs Lisa Horn.  Here’s Addisen’s brief take on what was a very busy day at SHRM

My Day at SHRM
By: Addisen Horn

Today, I participated in National Bring Your Son/Daughter to Work Day. It was awesome to work beside my mom for a day. We took a tour of the building and a walk...


#Nextchat RECAP: Transforming Troublesome Employees

On April 26, @shrmnextchat chatted with Alan Willett @alanwilletUSA about Transforming Troublesome Employees.  

If you missed this amazing chat with great advice for people managers and HR you can read all the tweets here:






How Can Leaders Tap Into the Full Potential of their Employees?



Overworked, without recognition and underpaid to boot. This is a common complaint by employees and a reason that many believe their teams are unhappy, but the HRM Canada article Are Your Workers Underutilized? – How to Tap Into Their Potential reveals an alternative explanation, and it might be the secret to supercharging teams.

"85% of workers feel they could be more efficient at work, but because of skill underutilization, do not live up to their full potential."  —HRM Canada

In 2015, HRM Canada reported that around $23,600 worth of productivity per...


The “Chicken” That Saved KFC - 3 Lessons on Employee Recognition from David Novak


3 Lessons on Employee Recognition from David Novak

There’s a war for talent, of that there’s no question.  Yet, the weapons we employ in this war to keep and find the best and brightest need not be so sophisticated.  Speaking at SHRM’s Talent Management Conference and Exposition in Chicago former Chief Executive magazine "CEO of the Year” David Novak reminded attendees that in some cases the most powerful tool in a leader’s arsenal can be of all things- a rubber chicken.  

Novak, former CEO of Yum Brands, has had a remarkable...


National Volunteer Week Volunteer Highlight: Heidi Hartman

I have had the pleasure of knowing and working with Heidi Hartman, SHRM-SCP, SPHR for the past several years. Heidi is a passionate, highly motivated and enthusiastic SHRM volunteer. She goes above and beyond the call of duty to help everyone around her become better. She applies her expertise and numerous abilities to her SHRM volunteer roles to help the Oklahoma Human Resources (OKHR) State Council increase its effectiveness in serving the HR professionals and advancing the HR profession across the state of Oklahoma.

Heidi’s most recent volunteer roles...


A Special Thanks to SHRM’s Volunteers!

Elissa O’Brien is not only SHRM’s VP of Membership and Member Relations, she’s a life-long HR pro who’s grown up through SHRM’s volunteer ranks.  Through that shared experience she’s learned one very important fact:  SHRM could not serve its members or the profession without the thousands of volunteers who serve SHRM.  In celebrating National Volunteer Week, here’s a short video from Elissa to all of SHRM’s invaluable volunteers.  We couldn’t do it without you!




5 ways to be “All In” at #SHRM17



The countdown is on for #SHRM17!! I get so excited for the SHRM Annual Conference and Exposition every year because I’m guaranteed to see some of my extremely smart HR pals, discover some awesome presenters, learn a thing or two, and have a great time.

All of these things have been true of my conference experience every year, regardless of the location so bringing it to New Orleans is just the cherry on top for me this year! I’ve only been to New Orleans one other time and I absolutely...