Talent Anarchy = Comforming to Engagement

I had the pleasure of sitting in a fab session by two great HR pros named Joe Gerstand and Jason Lauritsen.  Their moniker is Talent Anarchy which is a) ultra cool and b) appropriate for the world of Talent management. Why? They are powerful zen masters; karmic HR dudes really keeping the message deceptively simple.  Do good […]

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High Hopes That SHRM Nationals Will Punch Me In The Face

 I hope SHRM11 turns out to be like Vegas in the Evening and punches me in the face. Vegas is a place I’ve always dug.  I love a city where no one gives a rip– where authenticity is front and center and where regret is (typically) a non issue.  When we are ourselves, we are […]

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For The Insomniac, SHRM National Convo Is Keeping Me Up At Night

I’m preppin for an HR Hangover…. This Saturday I’ll be heading out to Las Vegas for The Society of Human Resources National conference (#SHRM11). I typically enjoy conferences, I am a) always hungry for knowledge and b) like networking.  Win-Win. Oh and there’s the whole recertification credit hours thing… At a #SHRM national event, I can knock […]

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Don’t be Weinered: If You’re A Work Distraction; You’re a Work Fatality.

Senator Weiner…. Brother what a train wreck.  I am a train wreck rubber-necker, so admittedly I do get fascinated with the Pop Culture of it all (@akabruno and @lruettimann ‘s Spring 2011 #HRevolution session.  From the texts to the pics to the lying (which is the biggest snafu to me) the whole thing is Shakespearean.  OK […]

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Hey Richie! It Ain’t Cool to Dis The Fonz at a “Thumbs Up” Convention….

So I’m at a local SHRM chapter meeting…. Don’t all strange stories start that way?  And I saw a train wreck of tremendous proportions. A glaring reminder how HR rockstars, unequivocally, undisputedly… Must. Keep. Their. Cool. The talk was on keeping employees engaged. The speaker was pretty good and espoused what we all know:  employees […]

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Benefits Director Got Back…Your Co better Bring Sexy Back to Your Benefits Guru

I was tootling around my HR world and came across another archaic through-line.  This time it was around about benefits administration.  Of all the HR Disciplines this one has always been the most elusive for me.  I’ve handled benefits in self-funded and fully administered programs and know more than enough to be dangerous.  But really I’ve been more […]

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Men Love Oprah… really they do. HR peeps and the power of influencing haters.

I’ve said it before.  I’ll say it again.  I love Oprah.  I’ve just been watching her show for too long not to love her.  My husband doesn’t get it. My dad doesn’t get it. All my girlfriends do.  For a long time I chocked it up to a girl thing. And I don’t really care if she […]

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Horatio and the Art of Letting Go: The Fail Monster Part II

Not to jump on Laurie Ruettimann’s brand…but my cat Ray (short for Horatio) is not doing well.  Many think I named him after Romeo’s pal in Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. But since pretension is not by bag, in actuality his real name is Horatio since he was found on Horatio Drive in Chicago, IL.  He is 15 or 16…don’t really know […]

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The Fail Monster: I Can’t Shake It

Failure is not sexy:  no matter how you spin it. I’m creating a Daxko Leadership Academy class for all our Team Leads/ VPs here in Bham.  So I’ve been emerged in a world of change articles, thought leadership, channeling my inner Seth Godin (which is still a joy).  More to come on him this week… The topic […]

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HR Lesson in Getting It Wrong via 80’s Worst Song Ever (bang, bang..)

So today I’m in the car…XM is on the fritz so am listening to one of  a million classic rocks stations in Birmingham, AL. Don’t get me started on the radio music scene…. So this morning the Patty Smyth/Scandal song “The Warrior” comes on.  You know the 80’s anthem (good god it is hard to […]

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