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HR of the Future: The Students Bring It – #SHRM12

Each year, during the SHRM Annual Conference, the SHRM Student Conference is also held.  While we’re here in Atlanta enjoying the heat and humidity, the students are also meeting today and tomorrow (June 23rd and June 24th).

During the conference, the recipients of SHRM’s Outstanding Student Chapter Awards are announced.  The Outstanding Student Chapter Award is given in recognition of significant activities within the following areas: compliance with SHRM bylaws, fundraising efforts, educational events, volunteerism, professional development, internships, mentorships, newsletters and external communications, social media programs, legislative advocacy, support of the SHRM foundation and participation in seminars or conferences.

I’m a big fan of the work of the SHRM student chapters and each year usually make a trip (or two!) to local student chapter meetings.  Apparently they haven’t gotten sick of me yet because they keep inviting me back.  Then again, it might be because sometimes I swear when I’m either (1) sharing an HR horror story or (2) getting all riled up about the good/bad/ugly/exciting aspects of our chosen profession.

So let’s send a hearty congrats to the 2011-12 Outstanding Student Chapter Award Recipients:

  • Eastern Michigan University, #5041, Ypsilanti, MI
  • Louisiana State University of Shreveport, #5335, Shreveport, LA
  • McNeese State University, #5393, Lake Charles, LA
  • Meredith College, #5177, Raleigh, NC
  • Nicholls State University, #5431, Thibodaux, LA
  • Rutgers University, #5154, Newark, NJ
  • University of Guam, #5356, Mangilao, GU
  • University of North Texas, #5017, Denton, TX
  • University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez, #5333, Mayaguez, PR
  • University of Tennessee, #5254, Knoxville, TN

And of course I have to add that I’m super proud, as a Louisiana HR pro, of the fantastic showing by the three SHRM Student Chapters from the State of Louisiana who’ve been selected as Outstanding Student Chapters for the 2011-12 award year:   Louisiana State University of Shreveport, McNeese State University, and Nicholls State UniversityAs an added benefit, another Louisiana SHRM Student Chapter was recognized as a Runner-Up for the award  – Southeastern Louisiana University.

There is awesome work being done by SHRM student chapter members and their extremely dedicated chapter advisors.  Thanks to all of them for focusing on HR of the future.

Students and the Future of HR

I always enjoying talking to members of SHRM student chapters.  I must do an OK job, and haven’t bored them yet, because the SHRM @ LSU chapter keeps asking me to come back year-after-year.  

So today, while attending the SHRM Annual Conference, I’ll also be popping in to the SHRM Student Conference. I’ve been asked to join a panel with some pretty awesome rockstar friends – Laurie Ruettimann, John Nykolaiszyn and Matt Charney.  I’m praying for an uneventful journey (please please please – no delays) so that as soon as I land this afternoon at the Vegas Airport I can grab a cab and be quickly whisked over to the Convention Center.

Whenever I talk with students (from my little corner of the HR world) I always try to leave them with a sense of excitment about their upcoming professional journey. They are the ones who will be touching employees’  lives and having a powerful impact on the sucess of their future organizations. 

So I send a great big shout out to our local students, faculty and advisers at Southern University and LSU

Now go check out this great picture showing future Louisiana HR leaders – they’re the ones who have the power to keep HR moving forward!

Carnival of HR: The “What Wins Championships” Edition

Rob-RyanIt’s an oft repeated cliché regarding NFL football that “defense wins championships.”

This gives me lots of angst, particularly when my team’s defense plays like crap in the opening weekend (Let’s please get it together Rob Ryan, ok? Thanks).

The Freakonomics folks tackled this a few years ago and wrote a good post about it in which they came to this conclusion:



Bottom line: Defense is no more important than offense.

It’s not defense that wins championships. In virtually

every sport, you need either a stellar offense or a

stellar defense, and having both is even better.


Makes me think of HR. Once we’re strong in the fundamentals of our sport (like any athlete) and have the proper conditioning we then tend to focus on whether we play offense or defense, don’t we? Of course, we NEED to play both (like they do in rugby … but that’s another topic).

Both defense and offense are necessary for a win with your organizational HR and people strategies. So on that note, this week’s edition of the Carnival of HR covers the fundamentals of the game, ongoing conditioning and strength training, defensive strategies, and offensive game-changers. 4 Quarters. Plus OT.

It’s a massive Carnival this week so grab a cup of java, settle back in your chair, and enjoy all these fabulous posts!


1st Quarter

KICK OFF by Steve BrowneRepurposing HR!!

Trish McFarlaneBe the HR Brand Ambassador for Your Organization

Jessica Miller-Merrell – eSkill Blog –  Is Simplicity the Next Big Thing in HR and Business?

Mike HabermanAre your ADA decisions “job related and consistent with business necessity”?

Tim BarryWe All Need Somebody to Lean on…In our Career

Gordon Middleton – Equifax Blog – I-9 Compliance: E-Verify Monitoring and Compliance Steps Up Activities

Mervyn Dinnen – Broadbean Blog – What’s The Future For Job Titles?

John Hunter –  Each Person Doing What They Are Told Isn’t Enough


2nd Quarter

Julie Winkle GiulioniLet’s Call a Truce… in the War for Talent

Chris Fields “Maybe You Should Step Down (from #HR)”

Lynn KnightDiet and Exercise to Optimize Talent Acquisition

Natalie Pike – Hireology Blog – Hiring After Labor Day: What you need to know

Bill Boorman – Take the Interview Blog – The Times They Are A-Changin’: Taking a Look at the Modern Recruiter

Kate Achille – The Devon Group – SEO Update – September 2014

Chris Powell – BlackbookHR – The Cost of Ignoring Employee Engagement

Anthony J James – Wired – Leveraging Social Media for Recruiting


(HALFTIME – Stand Up and Get Crunk!)


3rd Quarter

Will Thomson8 Things To Consider When Doing A Video Interview

Tim BarryAll You Need is Love…To Succeed in Social Recruiting

Sharlyn Lauby & Heather Bussing Why Job References Are Important – Part 1 – Ask #HR Bartender

Susan Mazza“3 Coaching Practices for Taking the Lid off Your Leadership”

Jennifer MillerResume Writing Tips from the HR Trenches

Jathan Janove – Ogletree Deakins Blog – Interview With #1 Bestselling Author Daniel H. Pink

Andrew TarvinThe Platinum Rule

Chris Fields“Who Are the Engagement Gatekeepers?”

Janine Truitt – Why My Next Move May Be Expat Life


4th Quarter

Melissa FairmanDo As I Say Not As I Do:

Ben Eubanks63% of Organizations Have No HR Strategy In Place

Linda Fisher ThorntonLeading For Ethics Future? (Or Ethics Past?)

Broc Edwards new socks: the last post you ever need to read about Zappos

Joanie ConnellBreaking Away: Is the College Transition Harder for Parents or Students?

Mervyn DinnenLiving in Interesting Times

Devin Lemoine – Success Labs Blog – 4 Essential Elements for Fueling a High-Performance Workplace



Winning the coin toss it’s …….

       Dan McCarthyDon’t Lead Your Real Team Like You Manage Your Fantasy Football Team

and with the game changing play ……

        Bill BoormanWhy mobile apply could damage recruiting #trulondon








Coffee and Conversation at #SHRM14

GloboforceI’m looking forward to next week’s big SHRM show which officially kicks off on Sunday; I’ll be arriving on Saturday in order to spend some time at the SHRM Annual Student Conference before the majority of the hordes descend upon the Orange Country Convention Center.

I’ve got a bit of activity on my plate; in addition to serving as a SHRM Official Blogger for the conference I’m also going to have a few opportunities to share content with other HR professionals.

I’m speaking at the Connections Smart Stage on Monday 6/23 (12:40 PM) with a session called “Be Bold: HR as Internal Consultant.” The new Connection Zone (where the Smart Stage is located) promises to be a great space; within the Zone will be the SHRMStore, a Tech Center (staffed by SHRM staff & the Conference App developer who will be able to fix glitches in downloading the app), and The Smart Stage. The Smart Stage will be emceed by comedian Tripp Crosby and the focus is on providing cutting-edge content in short segments from SHRM subject matter experts, HR & business thought leaders, and conference speakers.

Monday afternoon I’m at it again – but this time with coffee. (Yes!!).

I’m thrilled to be taking part in HR Influencer Series LIVE presented by my friends at Globoforce. The Globoforce booth (#2864) is being transformed into a coffeehouse complete with onsite baristas and will have lots of space for conference attendees to grab a seat and join in some conversations!  I’m excited to join a stellar lineup where we’ll be discussing all manner of things:



▪   10:00am – Laurie Ruettimann: Is Free Recognition Good Recognition?

▪   10:20am – Jennifer McClure & Laurie Ruettimann: Getting Leaders on Board w/Recognition

▪   10:40am – 5 Employee Recognition Mythbusters

▪   1:00pm – Meghan M. Biro & Kevin Grossman: Managing a Multigenerational Culture

▪   1:20am – 5 Employee Recognition Mythbusters

▪   1:40pm – Sharlyn Lauby: How to Stem the Tide of Employee Turnover

▪   2:00pm – 5 Employee Recognition Mythbusters

▪   3:00pm – 5 Employee Recognition Mythbusters

▪   3:20pm – Mary Ellen Slayter: Using Culture to Build a Better Employer Brand

▪   3:40pm – Robin Schooling: Do’s and Don’ts of Social Recognition



▪   10:00am – John Hollon: Harnessing the Power of Recognition Data

▪   10:20am – Michael Burchell from GPTW: Creating a Great Place to Work® Strategy

▪   10:40am – 5 Employee Recognition Mythbusters

▪   11:00am – 5 Employee Recognition Mythbusters

▪   1:00pm – Jennifer Robin from GPTW: Removing Barriers to Being a Great Place to Work®

*   1:30pm – Jessica Miller-Merrell: How to Create a Happier Workforce


Come grab a seat, stop to say “hey” and join me in a cup of coffee!

See you in Orlando!