Some days, I can get really excited about that statement, and be filled with enthusiasm – but the reality is, on most days, I’m caught up in the day-to-day things that overrun my life, and I don’t even think about it.
I’m just a regular person, who used to work in human resources, and who now speaks on stages, writes online, and wants to help people to build careers that they love, and lives that matter.
Back in the day, when I was a college junior being pressed to choose a major, I didn’t have a clue about what type of job I wanted to do for the rest of my life. (Times were different back then kids. We thought we had to work at the same place until we died.)
After very little research, I pronounced to my friends, family and university advisor that I wanted to work in Human Resources.
Why? Because I thought that working in HR would provide me with an opportunity to work with all employees in the company, and I could be the boss of as many people as possible. See? I was a Millennial before being a Millennial was cool!
Do you want to be a leader who gets noticed by the C-suite, and is known as someone who can add value to any strategic conversation? Then you must learn to communicate like an executive – whether you hold an executive title, or not.
In order to be heard; in order to present effective business cases; in order to get approval to make the changes you want to make; you must be able to communicate in a way that executives can relate to, and understand.
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Who wants to go to Sioux Falls, South Dakota in the middle of winter? I do!
I’m honored to have been invited to join in on the first DisruptHR Sioux Falls event on March 9, 2017. They’re even going to let me speak twice, which means double the fun!
As a business leader, you fill a critical role inside your company. You lead or initiate key projects that can positively – or negatively – impact business performance.
As a result, you must master the art of building (and selling) an effective business case in order to gain executive approval to implement key strategies necessary to achieve strategic business objectives.
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I’m thrilled to be a part of the Only Human Conference, which will be held in Reykjavík, Iceland February 23 – 24, 2017!
At the conference, I’ll be sharing about The Future of HR in the opening keynote address, and will also be leading a 1/2 day workshop the second day on the strategies and mindset necessary for HR leaders to be viewed as business leaders in their organizations, and to contribute maximum value.
And if all goes well, I’ll manage to find an Icelandic horse, and take a tolt around the country! 🙂
Last September, I had the opportunity to attend and speak at the 2016 IBM HR Summit, held in Boston Massachusetts.
While at the Summit, I enjoyed learning more about more about how Fortune 1000 HR and business leaders are addressing challenges and creating opportunities in the areas of candidate experience, employee experience, talent analytics, workforce science, and cognitive solutions.
I also had the opportunity to share some of my thoughts in this 2-minute video below about the challenges CHRO’s face, how they can add value, and how the role of human resources is evolving.
What do you think? What’s ahead for HR and CHRO’s in 2017?