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In two months, the largest annual gathering of HR professionals happens when people come from around the world for the SHRM Annual Conference and Exposition. This time we’ll be convening in New Orleans for SHRM17 !!

If you’ve never been to the this event, it’s a true spectacle in regards to its size, scope and scale. The room that hosts the keynote speakers is massive and seats thousands. The resource partner hall takes literally days to traverse through if you visit every booth (which you should). The Smart Stage is fun and give people a series of quick hit presentations...


Talent Today and in the Future

Talent management is, without a doubt, one of the greatest challenges facing HR professionals all over the world. As I travel back and forth across the nation connecting with SHRM chapters and members, I hear that putting the right people into the right positions has become even more difficult in the past year. Talent is top of mind for everyone, and they all want know:  

How do I make my recruiting practices more effective?

How do I retain top performers?

How do I more effectively engage employees?



A Sneak Peek at #SHRM17 with Jennifer McClure

I had a chance to catch up with Jennifer McClure who will be presenting two separate programs at SHRM 2017 in New Orleans this June. Jennifer is well known to many in the HR community as a speaker, writer and innovator.

Jennifer, give us a 30 second elevator pitch, tell us who you are and what you do. 
I’m a professional speaker, and a leadership success coach who works with growth-oriented leaders to encourage and equip them to build careers that they love, relationships that matter, and lives that...


#SHRMTalent: The Paradox of Choice in Recruiting & Retention

At the SHRM Talent conference this week in Chicago, the subject of employee engagement and retention are a popular one especially in this competitive economic job marketplace. Recruiters are actively pursuing candidates regardless of their interest level in a job or if they are active in the job search which means that employers need to be focused on retention and engagement efforts if they want to keep their best talent at their organization.
SHRM’s recent employee engagement research found three areas that create a basic framework for employee engagement:...

SHRM Behind the Scenes - An Interview with Mary Kaylor of the #SHRM17 Blog Squad

Inquiring minds wanted a peak behind the scenes of SHRM and their Social Media for the SHRM Annual conference, which will be held June 18 – 21 in New Orleans.

Mary Kaylor is the manager of public affairs for the Society for Human Resource Management. She is the managing editor of the SHRM Blog and the creator and producer of #Nextchat, a leading global Twitter chat on HR trends. Her career in HR and communications spans from recruiting to technology management to external affairs and public relations. She is...


#SHRM17 Bloggers are “All In”- Online and IRL


SHRM is known for producing some of the most informative and engaging conferences in the world, and the SHRM Annual Conference & Exposition is an annual favorite for so many HR professionals. Thousands of attendees will travel to New Orleans, LA, for the conference and exposition, June 18-21.  Each of them will bring their own unique “All In” story- a time that changed their professional and personal lives.  SHRM is working hard to help share and create these All In moments! And—as always—the SHRM Blog Squad is sure to be a huge...


Show us What You’re “All In” For


In June, thousands of HR professionals from all walks of life will come together at the SHRM Annual Conference & Exposition to acquire knowledge, discover solutions, find inspiration and make connections. As a community, attendees will prepare to go “All In” for making the new workplace work. But it’s also important to stop and reflect upon what we as individuals are “All In” for. What are the things that drive and motivate us? What are we committed to?

We want you to show us!

We want you to share a short video (20 seconds) that visually shows what you’re...


Ready to Build a Talent Sourcing Team in HR? Here are 3 Tips to Get Started


I’ve had a great response from HR leaders on my earlier blog showing why the Outbound Sourcer was the most important hire to make in 2017.  As the landscape of talent acquisition shifts it’s great to see not only Tech companies but traditional industries also moving towards this model. Over coffees and calls across different continents the most common question to me is:  How do I build an Outbound Sourcing team from scratch?

Based on years of experience leading a global Tech 50 Sourcing team and conversations with over 100...


#Nextchat: Transforming Troublesome Employees



If you’ve ever had to manage a difficult employee, you know that these workers can weaken your organization by destroying morale, increasing anxiety and negatively impacting the performance of others.

The HR Magazine article How Do You Deal with Difficult Employees? asks the question: What defines a ’difficult’ employee? Is it:

  • A person who is a little unorthodox in his approach to work but stays inside the lines enough to avoid disciplinary issues?
  • Or the worker whose manager never helped set her up for success or who put her
  • ...

National Volunteer Week Volunteer Highlight: Shauneen Scott

I have had the privilege of working with Shauneen for many years in her volunteer capacity for a variety of leadership roles in Oregon state. She has been involved in her local chapter since the early 2000s, was chapter president from 2010 to 2011, and again took over the reins as chapter president from 2014 to the present.

Shauneen is passionate about volunteering.  She has stepped up at the local level when others dropped out. She has volunteered at the SHRM national conference in Las Vegas (an experience...