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  • August 03, 2021 10:36 AM | Dena A Culpepper (Administrator)

    The Problem with the Manager Mindset
    Mike Coffey, SPHR, SHRM-SCP

    For an upcoming episode of my new podcast, Good Morning, HR, I visited with Terri Swain, a seasoned HR consultant who specializes in affirmative action and employee relations issues.

    (Note: “Seasoned” is a moving target meaning anyone who is at least one day older than me.)

    Terri and I spoke about her experience as an investigator during the pandemic.

    Through the pandemic, she said, she saw a sharp spike in discrimination complaints against managers. Very often, comparative analysis demonstrated that the behavior wasn’t discriminatory—the manager was a jerk (we use stronger language in the podcast) to everyone.

    While Terri’s episode of the podcast won’t be released until August 12th, it is hardly a spoiler to point out that, well, most managers suck when it comes to actually managing people.

    And when things get rough, that becomes really apparent.

    Back at the beginning of the pandemic, when employees were hurriedly throwing files and equipment necessary to do their jobs in boxes, learning to use Zoom (“Bob, you’re still on mute.”), and figuring out how to get their jobs done while educating their children and spending waaay to much time with their significant others, I participated in a panel discussion about managing a remote workplace.

    My prediction was that those organizations with highly-engaged employees would be fine while those that “managed” their employees in order to maintain productivity would struggle.

    Perhaps your experience has been different but that is largely what I’ve seen over the last year and a half.

    To manage something is to manipulate it so as to reach a predictable outcome.

    When we tell someone their job is to manage people, we assume that people are like the rest of means of production: equipment, raw material, energy, etc.

    But people aren’t so predictable.

    Greg Crabtree, author of one of the best books on business finance, Simple Numbers, often says that people are the one part of your business that shows up every day with an attitude.

    Some days it may be a good attitude. Others, not so good.

    But unlike the melting temperature of iron ore, the reliability of a proven piece of code, or the certainty that the debits will balance out the credits, people are unpredictable.

    They have lives—inside and outside of their workday.

    They have years of unique experiences that have shaped who they are and how they respond to different stimuli.

    They have wide variability in their physical and chemical compositions.

    They have different—and often unfathomable or surprising—priorities in their lives.

    And you think your going to “manage” that hot mess of humanity with any success or predictability?

    It is no wonder that many people who are called managers are jerks and that even more of them are ineffective at actually managing people.

    Here’s the truth: you can’t effectively manage people.

    None of us can.

    People are too messy to be managed.

    So why do we call people who are charged with leading other people toward a common goal “managers?”

    As soon as we give someone the title “Manager,” we’re setting them—and those they are to manage—up for failure.

    Don’t get me wrong, I’m a giant believer in the ability of good leaders to bring people together to create value for shareholders, customers, and the community.

    I value accountability and swear by meaningful scorecards.

    But good leaders aren’t managers of people.

    They are coaches.

    They build teams of individuals who are intrinsically motivated to achieve a common goal.

    They incentivize those teams to succeed with neither carrot nor stick but with work that has purpose and meaning.

    They set high expectations and then help their people achieve them.

    They empathize when people stumble.

    They celebrate the small victories.

    They recognize and grow their team members’ potential, giving them room to try, fail, and try again.

    They understand that employees don’t put their life on hold when they come to work.

    And they treat each person a little differently because, well, each person is a little different.

    The successful leaders I’ve worked with over my career weren’t people managers—they were people enablers. They gave people (or helped them find) what they needed to be successful in their roles and in their lives.

    It is time to retire the manager mindset when it comes to people.

    Our leaders and our people deserve better.

  • July 07, 2021 1:26 PM | Dena A Culpepper (Administrator)

    The record unemployment rates the U.S. saw during the pandemic are quickly receding. In fact, recruiting is back as a top company priority.

    The Federal Reserve Bank says U.S. unemployment will drop to 4.5% by end of 2021 and continue falling to 3.8% in 2022 and 3.5% in 2023. Goldman Sacs paints an even more stark picture. They project unemployment falling to 4.1% by the end of this year.

    A recent Deloitte study said CEO’s have one overriding concern in 2021, and that is talent. Attracting, hiring, retaining, developing, and engaging talent is their top concern.

    Their worries around the “war for talent” are likely well placed. Coming out of the pandemic resignations are soaring. The Labor Department says 4 million employees voluntarily left their job in April alone. The Microsoft Work Trend Index found 40% of workers are thinking about changing jobs this year. Many companies and industry sectors, already struggling with an acute shortage of workers, will find themselves even more impacted if this “Great Resignation” unfolds.

    Expiring federal unemployment benefits will likely bring some workers back into the workforce and ease the shortage slightly, but it will not be enough. In the absence of an economic downturn employers will continue to struggle with too few workers who have the skills needed. 

    With talent hard to find and open requisition numbers rising by the day, HR and Talent Acquisition leaders need solutions. To be sure, this is not an easy problem quickly solved. Efforts to throw money at some magic potent around recruiting and retention are typically not the answer. Success is often found through incremental change that targets the areas with the quickest potential ROI.

    To be sure, some organizations do get better results. Successful recruiting and above average retention are the predictable results of solid processes. In fact, the best practices are mostly simple. Simple, however, will never be confused with easy. So, where should we begin?

    Let’s start by borrowing a playbook from a legendary football great, the late Green Bay Packer coach Vince Lombardi. Every year at the start of the season he would stand in front of a room of professional athletes who had played football their entire life and who were now were playing the game at the highest level. He would hold out a football and say “Gentleman, this is a football.” He knew the seasons success rested not in the extraordinary, but in executing the basics better than their opponent.

    And so it is with recruiting and retention. Those organizations who fare best in this talent war execute the basics of attracting, selecting, and onboarding talent. They then do a great job of helping these new teammates “attach” to this new team they have joined. They keep it simple.   

    A starting place is an audit of the recruiting workflow from the first conversation a recruiter has with a hiring manager about a newly opened req through sourcing, interviewing, selection, onboarding and managing for the first 90 days of employment. Identify the gaps between how your organization does each step and the best practices in the industry. Develop a plan to eliminate the gaps.

    In a future blog we will talk through some key ideas around auditing your recruiting. For now, we will look at some tactics that are often low hanging fruit to consider. In many organizations these things can help.

    Here are five things to consider:

    Make sure your employee referral program is strong.

    Candidate who join the company as a result of an employee referral stay longer and perform better than any other source of hire. They also reduce the days needed to fill an open position, reducing the time to fill by almost 50%!

    Make sure your employee referral program is an effective incentive within your organization, and then market it well within the company!

    Make the necessary adjustments based on the realities of post-pandemic recruiting.

    The pandemic changed many facets of our world of work. The specifics of the changes vary based on the industry, but all industries are facing them. For knowledge workers it may be remote work, while manufacturing is experimenting with schedule flexibility. In your industry something is changing.

    Some organizations have embraced those changes, others are at least adapting to them. You will not compete successfully for talent if your leadership team is resisting what your competitors are embracing.

    Consider older workers.

    Workers age 55+ make up a fast-growing demographic of our workforce as the baby boomers age. For many of them retiring at 62 or 65 is undesirable, or financially impossible. Age discrimination has long been an HR struggle because of hiring managers bias toward older workers.

    In reality this group stays longer in a new role than any other age group. They also take fewer days off, work well with the various generations in the workplace, and adapt well to changing technologies. They are also on the market in disproportionate numbers.

    Use Stay Interviews 

    Exit interviews have long been an HR standard as we try to find out why people exit our organizations. While some good information comes from these exit interviews, that info is often distorted by employees’ natural emotions as they are leaving – which may range from anger to embarrassment.

    Many times, the Stay Interview is a much better feedback loop. In the simplest form, a Stay Interview simply asks employees who are not leaving (as far as we know) some foundational questions. What do you enjoy about your role and about working here? Why have you stayed as long as you have? If you ever left what would make you want to leave, where would you go? What can I do as your leader to make this a better place for you to work? What can I do to get your ready for your next role? What can I do to make you more productive and more valuable to the company?

    Not only do these conversations provide great feedback, but they are also tremendous trust builders between the employee and their leader. Trust is the foundation to the employer – employee relationship.

    Many organizations have seen retention improve through the Stay Interview process.

    Make the business case for recruiting investments.

    Revenues fell during the pandemic. Budget cuts naturally followed, with HR and Recruiting included. Organizations are naturally slow to increase spending as things rebound, often because revenue projections are still unproven.

    But based on what we are seeing in talent acquisition trends - from talent scarcity to turnover - most of us need to deploy more resources in this area than we are spending now. As HR leaders we have to build the business case for the ROI recruiting will provide back to the organization.

    Your company’s growth and success are almost certainly tied to your ability to recruit and retain the talent you need. While the challenges are clear, a strategy focused on simple, foundational talent strategies will improve your results.

    Follow Texas SHRM here for more blogs that will help your organization thrive in the days to come! And join us August 25th at noon for a panel discussion on recruiting with some industry experts!

  • April 13, 2021 10:28 AM | Dena A Culpepper (Administrator)

    Winning the right way in your chapter

    I was recently listening to the press conference announcing Oklahoma men’s basketball coach Porter Moser. Coach Moser was recently hired to replace Lon Kruger after an amazing 10-year career with the Sooners and lifetime achievements most notably being the only coach to take 5 teams to the NCAA tournament.

    I was listening to the press conference not just because I’m a fan of the Sooners, but I am a fan of people and so fascinated to hear new leaders share perspective about why they took a job or their plans to move an organization forward. I just love this stuff. I’m listening for immediate plans, goals, values, and perspective as they begin a new chapter. Porter Moser is a family man that came from Loyola of Chicago where he had built a winning program and he is filled with energy…

    He shared stories about his family and his journey as a coach. He shared stories about his failure as a coach and learning from his mentors. Then he shared what attracted him to the University of Oklahoma...all of a sudden, my ears opened up to hear what would be next... what drew me to Oklahoma was winning the right way”. This gave me chills as I thought about that statement. Then I heard him describe what winning the right way looks like: It is about resiliency, and recruiting people that are high character and love to play the game… They are “All-In”!

    He talked about the importance of investing in people, having tenacity, and building a staff of life-long learners…

    Lastly, he shared winning the right way is not about buy-in... it’s about believe-in!

    When I hear this message, I get excited about what’s ahead… This is leadership!

    So here is my question for you… What drew you to your chapter leadership? How would you define winning the right way in your chapter?Now is a great time to start building a winning culture today!

    Quote of the Day: Build a program not a team! Rick Majerus

    Call to Action:Block time this week to write down what winning the right way looks to you and share with your board members. Ask for perspective and make it part of your every day.

    Help us in 2021… Have ideas to share or stories that have made impact in your chapter? If so, please send to bwaller@goarmstrong.com for a future “blog” feature!

    Texas SHRM Mission Connecting and Supporting SHRM chapter leaders to elevate the HR profession through education, advocacy, and leadership development.

    Author: Bruce Waller, CLA 

  • March 29, 2021 4:06 PM | Dena A Culpepper (Administrator)

    I have received some great advice from many leaders over the course of my career, but the advice I received at the beginning of 2002 was a game changer and remember it like it was yesterday. One morning sitting in my office as the new operations manager, I called my brother to tell him about the mess I just took on at a new company and how I hadn’t been able to identify anyone on my team with passion or even a little bit of positive energy that could help me turn our operations around in our company. He asked if I knew anyone outside the organization that I could bring on board and I said there is a guy that I know that is not only positive, but is filled with passion and was someone I knew that could trust if I could get him to come on board. My brother shared that if I didn’t pick up the phone and call him this afternoon to recruit him on my team that he was going to call him and hire him.

    He said in order to move a company forward, you have to start by surrounding yourself with people that you can trust and exudes passion to model for others for maximum impact. If you don’t get the right people on board, you will be destined to not only fail, but have a lot of stress and misery during the entire process. That afternoon I called my friend Heitor and the rest was history. Not only did we make our operations profitable, but we changed the culture from mediocre to a culture of excellence in less than 24 months. Heitor helped transform our operations by hiring the right people, setting expectations, and holding each person accountable along the way. He exuded positive energy that was infectious and made our team feel like they were valued and part of something special… like family.

    A few years later when I decided to make a career change and move to a new company, my brother hired Heitor and he transformed his company operations too. It’s always about people and always will be about people! People that have passion, people that you can trust, people that care and people that want to make a difference.

    When we find these special people, we need to recruit them and empower them as quickly as possible and watch our organization accelerate. The best part of all is they will become lifelong friends that we can always count on in both our career and our personal life.

    Who is making a difference in your chapter? Who is someone you need to recruit in your community to help you move your chapter to a different forward? Maybe someone for social media, or someone that is well connected to help drive better programs? Now is a great time to get them involved…

    Quick shout out to Lubbock SHRM… This west Texas chapter has a board spotlight campaign that is helping us get to know their board members… Check it out here!

    Keep up the great work Lubbock SHRM! 

    Quote of the Day: “Never give up, never ever give up.” Jim Valvano

    Call to Action: Who is on your board that moves your organization with their energy and passion? Make sure they know how valuable they are and give them the reins to keep going!

    Help us in 2021… Have ideas to share or stories that have made impact in your chapter? If so, please send to bwaller@goarmstrong.com for a future “blog” feature!

    Texas SHRM Mission Connecting and Supporting SHRM chapter leaders to elevate the HR profession through education, advocacy, and leadership development
  • March 15, 2021 3:52 PM | Dena A Culpepper (Administrator)

    How do you build trust in the workplace? It’s a question I have asked many guests on Life in the Leadership Lane podcast include CHRO Jill Cole in Episode 45 when she replied it starts with doing what you are saying you are going to do!” As we talk about getting more buy in and developing influence in the workplace, we must start here. It is a step we cannot skip! Trust is the foundation of leadership. It is both horizontal and vertical. It takes a long time to build and a short time to destroy.  So why do so many people skip this step? I would say it’s because it takes so much time. Building trust is all about building relationships. Lou Holtz once said people ask themselves three questions when they meet someone new. The first question is “Can I trust you? The second question is are you committed? and the third is do you care? Did you see what the first question was? Read it again… Can I trust you? It’s everything! So how can we build more trust in our chapter and in our community?

    Building trust starts with developing relationships. A great way to connect is to remember names, birthdays, and special events. This lets people know you are thinking about them and more importantly that you care! My friend VPHR Yvonne Freeman recently sent me a text with a copy of an article about writing gratitude letters. She knew that I enjoyed writing these letters and that I might enjoy the insights of the article. This was another layer to the foundation of trust we have built for many years. It told me she was saying, hey, I’m thinking about you today and think you might like this article or that it might add value on your journey”. She wasn’t trying to sell me; she was trying to serve me! The more we serve, the more we build!

    So, what are you doing to develop influence in your chapter? Are you investing time to build relationships with your board members, volunteers, sponsors and others in your local chapter? What about in the workplace? Here are a few ways to get started…

    • Do what you say and say what you do.
    • Raise your hand to be involved outside of HR… be a business partner!
    • Make yourself the “go to” person in the organization.
    • Learn and know the business acumen. This will lead to a better financial performance.
    • Listen, relate, understand, and listen more.
    • Being consistent in your everyday leadership.

    What would you add to this list?

    Building trust is about building a brand that says I am going to do what I said I was going to do!

    When we build trust, we can move forward in selling our ideas, our initiatives, and ourselves! There are opportunities to build every day, but we must invest the time and not be so quick to move to the next step!  Let’s start with trust and build a team to win in our community!

    Quote of the Day: “A great team doesn’t work together; a great team trusts each other.” Simon Sinek

    Call to Action: What are you doing to build trust in your chapter? Ask your board members and people in your network about what they do? This will also lead to building more trust in your relationship.

    Help us in 2021… Have ideas to share or stories that have made impact in your chapter? If so, please send to bwaller@goarmstrong.com for a future “blog” feature!

    Texas SHRM Mission: Connecting and Supporting SHRM chapter leaders to elevate the HR profession through education, advocacy, and leadership development.

  • March 01, 2021 11:03 AM | Dena A Culpepper (Administrator)

    When Vice President of HR, Halima McWilliams shared her story and perspective about the importance to “Opt In” to the conversation of diversity in the workplace on Life in the Leadership Lane podcast episode 40, it was an epiphany! I thought about when we see something that we want, we can choose to subscribe to stay connected to the information because we enjoy it or want to be a part of something that will help us get better in our every day. She didn’t say everyone is going to be part of it, she said people could “choose” to opt in! When we get to make the choice, we value it more! However, there are times when we find ourselves opting out or hitting the “unsubscribe” button as well because we didn’t sign up for it or want to be part of the group, the conversation, the new project, job changes, relationships, etc.… and that’s okay. It’s our choice! We are all in a different season and there can be many reasons why we decide not to opt in such as “we already have this product or service” or “I don’t have any time right now” or “this just doesn’t add any additional value for me”.

    How many times do you find yourself subscribing to a new newsletter or blog? Do you unsubscribe more than you subscribe because someone included you on their mailing list? I enjoy subscribing to something new because it gives me energy knowing it will add value in my career. I also find myself unsubscribing to things that doesn’t add value – which can be annoying and draining to go through the process.

    Leadership is a choice too… It’s a choice for all of us to “opt in” …  it’s our choice every day! Volunteer leadership is a choice too… We have the choice to lead an amazing HR community every day… and it all starts with opting in to lead ourselves!

    One of the things I appreciate is when we opt in to share our story. Stories energize us and I always find myself wanting to know more about other people and their story. Where did they grow up, how did they get started in their career and what energizes them? It’s always fascinating to learn from others and often validates or provides reflection for us on our journey. Are you opting in or investing time to share your story, or more importantly listen to other chapter members stories to be better connected?

    Over the years, I have opted into many conversations about changes in my career, in my volunteer roles, and personal life. I haven’t always subscribed to a change, but I have always opted in to the conversation about leading or how I might be able to make a contribution. I always wanted to be “in the conversation”. I remember opting in to different conversations and events leading up to serving as President of DallasHR several years ago. It wasn’t my mission to lead the organization, but I opted in early to be part of the conversation and to see if there might be something bigger which created some special moments and amazing opportunities along the way. Were there challenging times? Yes! But opting in to help others, to serve others, to learn, to grow, to belong, and be part of something bigger far outweighed everything else.

    When we opt in, we are saying I’m interested in hearing more, seeing if this will add value and if so, I am all in. If not, we can choose to opt out. You see when we give more value, we will be more valued by sharing with others. However, if we don’t at least choose to opt in to hear about the opportunity, we will never know what value we can bring, and be more in the workplace and in our community.

    So, what are you going to OPT IN this week?  Here are a few ideas:

    • Review your 2021 goals and Opt In to start a conversation with your team
    • Opt in by sharing something exciting that has happened in your chapter
    • Invest time on your calendar to OPT IN and reach out to board members for a one-on-one conversation to get their insights and viewpoints.
    • Opt in to commenting on HR Connect or Volunteer Exchange to support others
    • Opt In to reaching out to other Texas SHRM members to just connect

    Last week, I was asked to induct new board members for Rose City SHRM and share a presentation on leadership. I’m so glad that I chose to opt in because I now have some amazing new connections that I get to call friends. The future is bright for Rose City SHRM chapter led by some amazing volunteer board members including chapter president Cindy Walters. Keep opting in to share your story and serve HR professionals with purpose!

    Are you ready to hit the subscribe button and opt in to something new this week! Make the choice to opt in… I can’t wait to hear all about the choice you made!

    Quote of the Day: Give more value to be more valued.” Bruce Waller

    Call to Action: Opt in to one of the ideas above or try something new this week and share with us! We are here to “opt in” to the conversation too!

    Help us in 2021… Have ideas to share or stories that have made impact in your chapter? If so, please send to bwaller@goarmstrong.com for a future “blog” feature!

    Texas SHRM Mission: Connecting and Supporting SHRM chapter leaders to elevate the HR profession through education, advocacy, and leadership development.

    Author: Bruce Waller

  • February 15, 2021 11:00 AM | Dena A Culpepper (Administrator)
    Bring your ideas... 

    As I was watching Tom Hanks, American actor and filmmaker accept his award, I paid close attention to his comments when he mentioned sharing three things every actor should do when they show up to the set or at the workplace. Well, I guess I wasn’t paying that much attention because I actually don’t remember what two of the three things, he said.... but I vividly remember hearing the one thing that caught my attention and stuck with me since as he shared how important it was for people to “bring ideas” to the movie set or to the workplace. It was energizing and inspiring. You see, we are always learning from others which is how we get better in our careers and organizations. Ideas energize us, they inspire us, and give us hope.  Bringing ideas also help us with belonging and validation too! 

    As a leader for Texas SHRM and our local SHRM communities, we can all bring ideas to grow and sometimes refresh our organizations to elevate the experience for our members!

    This week, let’s talk about some ideas to make more impact as we serve others in our volunteer communities and in the workplace. 

    1.       Start a question log. My friend Jennifer McClure, CEO Unbridled Talent and Co-founder of DisruptHR inspired me with this idea when we were talking on her podcast called “impact makers”. When people ask us questions, we should write them down. When we have more than three of same questions, start thinking about ideas around that topic to support or possibly start a service. When DallasHR started seeing member questions around support for HR of One leaders, they quickly started a round table for the group and is now one of the most attended round tables.   

    2.       Look for the lead stories each day. In his book essentialism, Greg McKeown shares a story about Nora Ephron, a famous screenwriter known for movies such as “Sleepless in Seattle” and “When Harry met Sally”. She remembers an assignment in high school when the teacher asked students to look for a lead story as it will contain the why, what, and when. The teacher shares the facts: The principal and faculty will be traveling to Sacramento on Thursday for some training with some very well know speakers. They will include an anthropologist, a college president, and the governor. Everyone submitted different lead stories around each speaker... but they were all wrong. The lead story was “There will be no school on Thursday!” Lol! It’s about looking for the right problems, or what’s missing, or the lead to help others see from a different angle! What’s the lead story in your chapter? 

    3.       Lastly, and most importantly... we must be present when sharing ideas or connecting with others ... Being present is where we make the most impact. It tells the person you’re important and you value the time and connection... In fact, this was my “word of the year” a few years ago. This takes practice and being intentional.

    Last week, I received a text from great friend that shared the importance of being present in the workplace. She shared how our presence is the one thing that could make someone’s day and that her minister said a phrase recently...  “You may be the only gospel someone ever experiences!”  That has inspired her to want to be more present and make it a great experience for everyone she meets or sees!

    So, how can we be more present in our organizations? Start by slowing down, holding a firm handshake for a second longer, or showing up on video with energy and a smile, pause little longer to ask or answer questions, or it might be as simple as remembering someone’s name while speaking. Making others feel important is a great way to think about presence!

    One thing we have all learned is that we can multi-task such as walk and talk, or take notes while listening, but what we can’t do is “multi-focus”. We can’t look at our phones while trying to make eye contact. Turn your camera on and be present in your every day!

    Let’s review how to bring ideas in our organizations...

    1. Start a question log

    2. Look for the lead story

    3.  Be present when connecting with others. 

    Where do you find ideas? Books, Podcasts, conversations? Share your favorites and let’s keep driving our mission and make our workplaces better for a better world!

    Quote of the Day: Nothing is more powerful than an idea whose time has come.” Victor Hugo

    Call to Action: Try one of these ideas above and you always be elevating your conversations, your role as a volunteer leader, your chapter and most importantly your career! 

    Help us in 2021… Have ideas to share or stories that have made impact in your chapter? If so, please send to bwaller@goarmstrong.com for a future “blog” feature!

    Texas SHRM Mission Connecting and Supporting SHRM chapter leaders to elevate the HR profession through education, advocacy, and leadership development.

    Author: Bruce Waller

  • February 01, 2021 11:02 AM | Dena A Culpepper (Administrator)

    One of the most common things I hear from organizational leaders is how can I/we grow my network, my business, my career... How can we get more customers, visibility, sponsors members and profits, etc.? We should first start with the question, “why”? This is what provides our anchor. Once we determine our anchor, we can then move to the importance of value. You see, to grow our organization, our networks, our associations, we must start with adding value. It’s what brings people to your events, and more importantly, it’s what keeps them there.

    I have had many conversations with volunteer leaders looking to build their chapters. I always recommend trying to find ways to add more value as a resource. Unfortunately, many of us forget what value means. It’s really simple if you look through the lens of the other person. The definition includes “the importance, worth, or usefulness of something”. Adding value can be as simple as bringing a smile to someone’s day.

    Today we have more competition than ever, and if we want to grow our association, we must start by adding value! To do this, we need to stop pursuing and start attracting... we must learn to become more of value, so we can have more value to offer...

    So where can we start?

    Smile and Be Compassionate,

    Creative and Connected,

    Conversational and Collaborative,

    Anticipating and Analyzing,

    Inviting and Welcoming,

    Resourceful and Relevant,

    Service with Excellence,

    Engaging and Encouraging,

    Empathetic and Energetic....

    Texas SHRM continues to look for ways to add value for the 32 chapters across the great state of Texas. In fact, this blog is one of the ways we have added value. We hope you see this as more value for you, your team, and members… to ultimately add more value as a chapter. You see, when we give value, we will be valued... which inspires people to be part of our communities, and part of something of value!

    Jim Rohn once said, “success is not pursued, but attracted”. How can we attract more? It starts with becoming more so we can add maximum value in every role!

    How can we add value this year? Start by giving...

    Quote of the Day: If it were easy, it would have no value.” Bill Toomey

    Call to Action: Ask your team this week, what value do we provide our members or sponsors?” Write it down, share with others and find ways to build on it for members to see, feel, and understand the value… It just may be the most important exercise you can do this year!  

    Help us in 2021… Have ideas to share or stories that have made impact in your chapter? If so, please send to bwaller@goarmstrong.com for a future “blog” feature!

    Texas SHRM Mission Connecting and Supporting SHRM chapter leaders to elevate the HR profession through education, advocacy, and leadership development.

    Author: Bruce Waller 

  • January 18, 2021 12:14 PM | Dena A Culpepper (Administrator)

    I was recently reading about Thomas Pierpont Langley, the man who set out in the 1900’s to be the first man to pilot an airplane. Have you heard of him? Most of you would probably haven’t. But you have probably heard of Orville and Wilbur Wright. They were just a few hundred miles away working on their own flying machine. Thomas Pierpont Langley was highly regarded, and well educated including working as a mathematics professor at Harvard and had resources like no other, yet the Wright brothers didn’t have the resources and were able to pull off the unthinkable of flying the first airplane on December 17, 1903. What was the difference? It was all about a cause. Thomas Pierpont Langley was looking to be the first, while the Wright brothers were looking to change the world. It was their WHY!

    We have been reading the book “Start with Why” by Simon Sinek in our CLIMB book club this month, and there are lots of stories that have similar context, like Martin Luther King when he said “I have a dream” (not I have a plan) to start a civil rights movement, and Present Kennedy when he shared his vision to put a man on the moon. You see, there are leaders, and there are those that lead. Those that lead inspire us every day.

    Who are you inspiring as a leader in the new year? What is your cause? One of my favorite Ted Talks is “The Golden Circle” by Simon Sinek in which he shares the importance of knowing and starting with WHY. Watch it now, share with your team! Well worth the 5 min investment.

    Many times, we read articles, watch video, and check off the box… but don’t apply, we just keep moving. However, today I want to challenge you as a volunteer leader to STOP and think about your why as a team and as an individual. Write it down. It’s your purpose! When our purpose and careers align, life is just better. We are positive, we are optimistic, we are more resourceful, we have empathy, we have more energy, and on and on and on… It’s key to success. It’s when we believe, really believe in what we do that makes impact, makes us more authentic, and takes us to places we never dreamed.

    At Texas SHRM, our WHY is “Connecting and Supporting SHRM chapter leaders to elevate the HR profession through education, advocacy, and leadership development!

    In my volunteer role as a Texas SHRM Assistant State Director of Leadership Development, my why is to help grow our council members and chapter leaders to help them grow our SHRM chapter in communities across the great state of Texas! Why? Because I believe it is bigger than a volunteer role, but a cause to change a community, the workplaces and ultimately people’s life! 

    But we must believe in our cause… why we are here. …and I believe that we can all make a difference! What’s your why as a volunteer leader? Start brainstorming with your team. Together, we can change the workplace and the world!

    Quote of the Day: People don’t buy what you buy, they buy why you do it.” Simon Sinek

    Call to Action: What’s your WHY? Watch the golden circle video with your board and write down your why. Start sharing and build as you go. You will inspire from the moment you begin!

    Help us in 2021… Have ideas to share or stories that have made impact in your chapter? If so, please send to bwaller@goarmstrong.com for a future “MOMENTUM” feature!

    Texas SHRM Mission Connecting and Supporting SHRM chapter leaders to elevate the HR profession through education, advocacy, and leadership development.

    Author: Bruce Waller

  • January 04, 2021 2:44 PM | Dena A Culpepper (Administrator)

    Leadership is about our choices. There are consequences and rewards. Some choices bring short term rewards, but long-term consequences, while others have short term consequences, but bring long term rewards.

    We may not always have a choice for our environment or situation, but we all have the choice how we respond.

    My life has been full of good and bad choices. I have learned from both and each choice has shaped my life. I have also found that I cannot always choose my situation or environment, but I can choose how I respond when life happens.

    People can also influence our choices. Both good and bad. Do you remember when you decided to volunteer? Someone probably influenced that choice.

    Today, let’s be the leaders that influence others to choose Texas SHRM and be the role models for what good choices look like. It helps with discernment.

    And always remember, people are watching our choices in the workplace, in our SHRM Chapters, in our community and in life...

    Choose to lead,

    Choose to adapt,

    Choose to be open minded,

    Choose to grow,

    Choose to set the expectations,

    Choose to listen,

    Choose to share,

    Choose to be available,

    Choose to mentor,

    Choose to collaborate,

    Choose to inspire,

    …and choose to partner with our Texas SHRM community!

    Choose wisely… Every choice will shape the future for others in our organizations!

    Quote of the Day: If you have health, you have the ultimate wealth.” David Bach

    Call to Action: What are you choosing to do in the new year? Share with your team and talk about the importance of choices and set the expectations as a team…and choose to be great!

    Help us in 2021… Have you seen volunteers making impact in your chapter? If so, please send to bwaller@goarmstrong.com for a future “MOMENTUM” feature!

    Author: Bruce Waller