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  • 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 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 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 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 for a future “MOMENTUM” feature!

    Author: Bruce Waller 

  • December 15, 2020 5:20 AM | Dena A Culpepper (Administrator)

    Are you ready for 2021? I am…

    Wow, can you believe we are at the end of 2020? What a year! Who knew the plans we made in 2019 would be wiped out by March of 2020? As I reflect on the past year, I found myself spending less time thinking on the plans that didn’t come to fruition like speaking in 3 new states to help get me closer to completing a “bucket list” activity, or achieving my business plan, but instead found myself spending more time thinking about how grateful I am for the things I was able to achieve that weren’t even on my list. Some of these things included spending more time with family. Yes, there were lots of challenging days, but more special memories. I also started a new leadership podcast to help me stay connected, visible, and educated in this new world of work that included 36 amazing guests serving the HR Community with over 3000 downloads and spanning across 10 countries each week. Lastly, I found myself more engaged virtually speaking at many Texas SHRM chapter virtual events including North Texas SHRM Conference and The HRSouthwest Conference, so less travel created more opportunities. …and there’s so much more to list!

    What’s on your list of “unplanned” things you accomplished as a Texas SHRM volunteer leader?

    I was recently reading about a guy who wrote the shortest letter to the editor of the England newspaper, Daily Mail. It was from a guy named G.K. Chesterton and he was answering the question, “What’s wrong with the world?” His letter contained the following response:

    Dear Sir,

    I am.

    Yours sincerely,

    GK Chesterton

    (Story from the Maxwell Daily Ready)

    I love this story, because it is all about perspective. You see, a plan is simply “a guide” to get us to where we want to go… and help us stay on track. It’s important that we spend time dreaming, setting goals, and planning, but it is just as important to know that we are going to get off track at some point. It’s then up to us to have the right perspective to make a change, to adapt and try a different route. When we do, we will find ourselves looking back and leaning into the gratitude for the things we didn’t plan on the journey! We are the only one that can choose to get back on track. Now are you ready to get back on track in the new year? I am.

    Quote of the Day: We have to have an enthusiasm for life, a dream or a goal, and we have to be willing to work for it.” -Jim Valvano 

    Call to Action: When planning for the new year, make a list of things of the things you are grateful for in the past year. Include others in your chapter…You will be amazed by all of the things you didn’t plan that gave you the most joy!

    What’s new? Check out for updates… and be on the lookout for Texas SHRM Leadership Development Program updates as we work on developing LEADHRS in 2021!

    How can you help? Have you seen leaders making impact in your chapter? If so, please send to for a future “MOMENTUM” feature!

    Author: Bruce Waller

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