Following are a few of the best resources that I created, read, reviewed, and shared in the month of August 2023.
Great leaders promote a culture of curiosity – they lead with questions, not answers.
PERSONAL BRANDING / THOUGHT LEADERSHIP:
Can you answer the question “What do you do?” in one sentence that makes someone want to know more?
I enjoyed this discussion on how to use writing to connect with your audience and communicate who you are as a thought leader.
PRESENTATIONS & PUBLIC SPEAKING:
To succeed as a professional speaker, you need a plan.
On this podcast, Dan Irvin shares his 4-step prospecting and contact strategy, and the systems he’s developed that have turned his speaking business into a well-oiled machine generating over 6-figures a year.
In this podcast, popular keynote speaker and New York Times best-selling author Jon Acuff shares his 15-year speaking journey, and the lessons he wishes he had known when he first started.
DIVERSITY, EQUITY, INCLUSION & BELONGING:
On August 1, 2023, Living Corporate, a media network focused on centering and amplifying Black and brown voices at work launched the Living Corporate Collective, an invite-only virtual space that will empower, educate, and elevate all of its members by facilitating monthly private webinars and sharing resources on the landscape of DEI and HR.
The W.K. Kellogg Foundation (one of the largest philanthropic Foundations in the US) created this toolkit to share their experiences, lessons and recommended tools and resources for implementing racial equity strategies as part of an HR function.
HUMAN RESOURCES / PEOPLE & CULTURE:
Jennifer Kim’s focus is on teaching startups how to hire + grow, and in this post, she shares 3 lines of questioning to help founders or c-suite leaders filter out mediocre and incompetent people leaders from the applicant pool for Head of People jobs.
Employee engagement levels reached a record high in 2022, but it’s also the second year in a row where worker stress reached record levels as well.
Lots of interesting insights in this report, including the significance of pay and compensation to today’s workforce, the importance and impact of flexibility, an increased desire for caring workplace cultures, and the effects of uncertainty about the future.
New research highlights three key times when bringing employees and teams together in person creates lasting connection.
✏️ In the Changing Role of the Office, It’s All about Moments That Matter via Microsoft WorkLab
The big brains and researchers at The RBL Group believe that HR functional effectiveness is about creating value for all stakeholders. Through extensive research and practice, they’ve identified 10 dimensions to create value-based HR, ensuring that HR is not about HR, but about creating value.
RECRUITING & TALENT ACQUISITION:
Fifty-seven percent of job seekers are already using social media as part of their job search.
I was interviewed to share some tips – as well as key mistakes to avoid – in this article on Dice.com.
BOOK OF THE MONTH:
One of the books I recommend to anyone interested in pursuing professional speaking is The Wealthy Speaker. The book covers in detail how to set yourself up for success as a professional speaker, including mindset, positioning, marketing, fees, creating an epic speech, and more.
A third and updated edition was released earlier this year. I’ve read all three, and always appreciate the refresher, as well as the new topics addressed, because the world (and the business of speaking) is ever-changing.
FROM MY POINT OF VIEW:
We spoke about the unanticipated wild ride that DisruptHR has been on over the last 10 years, and how it continues to grow expand around the world. I also highlight some standout events, some of my favorite DisruptHR Talks, and who my dream speaker would be. (You’ll never guess.😉)
What the heck is a “balcony person”? And why would you want to be one?
As a leader, one of the most meaningful ways that you can make an impact in the lives of those that you lead and serve is to be a balcony person for them.
Are you a lifelong learner? If you want to be a successful leader, the answer has to be yes.
How do you create a customized leadership development plan that will help you become the best leader you can be?
In the ever-evolving future of work, it’s more important than ever to hire exceptional talent.
But beyond qualifications and experience, how can you discern if a candidate is truly exceptional?
When I’m given the opportunity to speak to an audience – whether from a stage, in front of a camera in my home office, or in a corporate conference room, it’s important to remember that being a “good” or “great” speaker isn’t about just sharing; it’s about resonating. And while every performance may not be a home run, there are certain missteps that I (and you) should avoid.
You don’t have to be a famous celebrity or invent something that changes how millions of people engage with the world in order to make a difference. Every act of kindness, every word of encouragement, and every moment of connection has a ripple effect that impacts the people you come across every day.
THE IMPACT MAKERS PODCAST:
Want to discover innovative strategies to attract top talent, enhance HR processes, and redefine employee engagement in the future of work? I’ve got ideas you…
Khalilah “KO” Olokunola shares her personal story from the streets, to prison, to a job as the Chief People Officer of a for profit organization with the social mission to unite gang rivals and decrease violence, and now to boardrooms and training rooms around the world equipping leaders to create more impact.
Zachary Nunn – CEO of Living Corporate – shares how he transformed his frustration with performative corporate DE&I efforts into a multimedia diversity, equity, and inclusion network that centers and amplifies Black and brown professionals in the workplace through narrative storytelling.
We also discuss the value of simplifying HR, quantifying ROI for people strategies, the importance of trust and transparency in fostering a strong company culture, and leveraging conflict for optimal results.
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion practitioner, speaker, and podcast host Shahzia Noorally, M.Ed (she/her) discusses challenges and biases that persist in traditional leadership models. We also explore the concept of sponsorship versus mentorship, which can create a space for authentic expression, and amplify not just talent, but also the voices that often go unheard.
FIND ME AT UPCOMING SPEAKING EVENTS & CONFERENCES:
Fall conference season is gearing up, and I’ll be speaking at the following events. I would love to connect IRL if you’ll be there too!
9/20/2023 – Edmonton, AB: Jobber Choose Your Impact Day
Superhero Leadership: Accept the Challenge, Push Past Uncertainty & Embrace the New World of Work
9/27/2023 – Dallas, TX: Federal Reserve Bank Minorities in Banking Forum
Defining and Communicating Your Personal Brand to Help Your Career and Your Organization Grow
10/3/2023 – New York, NY: LinkedIn Talent Connect
Transforming Your HR Team to Deliver Maximum Impact in Today’s Competitive Environment
10/26/23 – Broadview Heights, OH: Northeast Ohio SHRM