getting ready for SHRM 2013

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It’s nearly time for the annual SHRM conference, and we’re getting excited! To get in the mindset, here’s a quick recap of some of the great insights shared during SHRM 2012 in Atlanta. A broad range of thought leaders and innovators advised attendees to:

  • Have a clear mission. SHRM 2012 kicked off with a drumline performance, creating the analogy of having one beat, like a heartbeat, to unify and coordinate the different parts of an organization. Keeping everyone in sync is extremely important to the success of our endeavors, from large to small. Hank Jackson, President and CEO of SHRM, confirmed the importance of having a driving force that unifies employees, quoting famous baseball player Yogi Berra: “If you don’t know where you’re going, you’ll end up somewhere else.”
  • Take the lead. Another piece of advice Jackson gave was for HR professionals to step up to the plate. He said to “take the seat at the head of the table” instead of just owning a seat towards the middle. By taking positions of leadership, HR professionals can truly inspire, engage, and motivate company employees, and this is what creates great work.
  • Stay the course. Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice also had some advice to share: “It doesn’t matter where you came from; it matters where you’re going.” She counseled that difficulties shouldn’t deter you from pursuing your goals and reminded the audience that strategic solutions, drawing inspiration from those who’ve gone before you, and remembering you’re in control of your response to any circumstance can all help you overcome difficulties you may encounter in your path to success.
  • Retain top talent. Malcolm Gladwell and Dan Satterthwaite offered some recommendations on creating cultures where ideas and innovation thrive. Gladwell focused on the organizational differences between the older and younger generations, pointing out that melding the hierarchical (older generation) and networking (younger generation) structures of organizations would lead to the greatest understanding, creativity, and cooperation in the workplace. As the Head of Global Human Resources for Dreamworks Animation, Satterthwaite shared their secrets to employee retention: leadership communicates often and openly, allowances for failure bolsters creativity, and employees are given the choice to select their own projects.

Check back next week to see additional insights from this year’s lineup of Hillary Rodham Clinton, Fareed Zakaria, Daniel Pink, andmore. We’ll also be live blogging on our own sponsored keynote speaker, Blake Mycoskie, founder of TOMS. The New York Times bestselling author of Start Something that Matters, Blake encourages corporate social responsibility and the empowerment of consumers who can use their purchasing power for conscious and impactful choices. We’re very proud to sponsor Blake, since his mission reflects our own beliefs of valuing the difference people make. The first 30 people to stop by our booth at SHRM (Booth #2550) will get front row tickets for Blake’s keynote and a $50 certificate towards apparel from TOMS.

See you in Chicago!

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