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My brother and I were driving to a family function the other day. Usually we would be talking about what adventures his kids were up to or how work is going. Instead we started talking about politics. Because who doesn’t want some lighthearted political conversation while sitting in rush hour traffic?!?! We got into some heavy things and covered a lot of ground. I was happy when I got out of the car. Not because traffic was crazy and not because I “won.” I was happy because even though it was a heavy conversation, we were able to listen to

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Connex Group- HR & Employee Benefits Sector

Connex Group- HR & Employee Benefits Sector

A couple weekends ago, I was able to attend the Connex Group‘s HR and Employee Benefits Sector Meeting. A trip to New Orleans for a conference? Sure, you bet! And just for good measure- a stop at Cafe Du Monde? Of course! I enjoyed the format of this conference. They interviewed each of the attendees beforehand to determine which sessions made the most sense. It was also in the format of think tanks for most of the sessions. This helped to have a more intimate discussion with other HR execs, which was amazing. Instead of sharing an overview of each session, here are a few

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R-E-S-P-E-C-T. . . from HR

. . . Thank you Aretha Franklin, for calling out the most important guideline of HR- Respect! Early in my career, I was working at a high school in Arizona.  I had the role of administrative assistant to one of the Vice Principals.  I loved my job!  I learned so much while I was in this role.  I was only 19 years old so I was barely older than some of the seniors.  This made for some interesting interactions and a lot of lessons learned. One was during the aftermath of a fight involving a few kids. I overheard a conversation that has stuck with

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Restoring Hope in HR

Restoring Hope in HR

Restoring Hope in HR Last week I had the opportunity to speak at the Talent Management Alliance (@TheTMAlliance) HRBP University Conference.  I spoke at the end of day 1, right before happy hour, which was a bit tough.  Don’t ever keep HR folks from their cocktails! I was in front of ~150 HR practitioners who were awesome.  They gave me their undivided attention. They wanted to learn and it definitely felt like they were engaged in what I was saying. I spoke about culture and change.  I shared information about merging cultures during acquisitions and when bringing in new executives. The entire conference, the speakers were amazing.

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10 Questions for HR to Ask Before a Re-Organization

10 Questions for HR to Ask Before a Re-Organization

I was writing a blog on another topic when re-organizations came up.  It got me thinking that sharing a short list of questions HR practitioners should be asking their leadership team before a re-organization would be helpful.  Here they are enjoy! What is the business problem you are trying to solve?  This will lead to a discussion of what is going on in the business and give you insights into what the leader is thinking big picture. What’s changing?  Duh, this might seem like a no brainer, right?  Sometimes I like to be Captain Obvious for fun. What is the business need for

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Just Tell Me How to be a Better HRBP, part 1

Just Tell Me How to be a Better HRBP, part 1

Everywhere we turn these days as HR professionals, we see something about a complete overhaul of HR being needed for us to remain relevant.  Deloitte just published Reinventing HR which points to what needs to be fixed. We can all agree that we need to change and we want to change, but where we fall down is how.  I am not sure about you, but I have not been granted an unlimited budget from my Chief People Officer to make all the changes needed, no matter how nicely I ask.  So, how do we make this shift on teams with limited

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