This year’s Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Annual Conference and Expo was a special one for me. Besides being in one of my favorite cities – Washington D.C. – I had the opportunity to do some things I haven’t done before. Which was pretty awesome since the conference theme was all about “breakthroughs.”
- I spoke at a pre-conference workshop. Aliah Wright, Jonathan Segal, Craig Fisher, Andrew Morton, and I conducted a session on social strategies for human resources professionals.
- My second book launched! It’s called “Manager Onboarding: 5 Steps for Setting New Leaders Up for Success.” The book was published by SHRM and can be found in the SHRMStore.
- Finally, a huge thank you to everyone who attended my breakout session on manager onboarding. I’m thrilled that so many organizations are looking to create manager onboarding programs.
The expo hall was packed this year! It was obvious that HR people came ready to talk business. I know some may throw shade at vendors and conference swag, but from a marketing perspective, swag does its job to get people in the expo hall. I especially like it when vendors, like HireRight, give away swag that provides an important service. I will be keeping my LifeStraw handy during hurricane season.
If you’re looking for a few books to read over the summer, here are a few that I heard people talking about during the conference:
Performance reviews and feedback continue to dominate the conversation. Eric Mosley, CEO of Globoforce, authored “The Crowdsourced Performance Review.” The book focuses on using social recognition to transform performance. I particularly liked the fact that Eric didn’t shy away from the subject of compensation. Let’s face it – pay and performance are connected.
Resilience is a hot topic right now, but there’s very little out there about how to create a resilient organization. Well, that’s changed. Tim Mulligan, chief human resources officer at the San Diego Zoo, just released “ROAR: How to Build a Resilient Organization.” One of my favorite chapters tells the story of “carrying other people’s lunch boxes.” I’m not going to give it away, but it deals with leadership, ownership, and accountability.
Amy Cuddy’s book “Presence: Bringing your boldest self to your biggest challenges” is a terrific read on confidence, power, poise, and success. Some of you might already be familiar with her. Cuddy’s TED talk on “Your body language shapes who you are” is the second most viewed talk of all time. Her message about “power posing” is one that everyone should take to heart.
I honestly can’t say enough good things about SHRM’s Annual Conference. Yes, it’s huge and kinda overwhelming. But it has a little bit of everything. From FitBit challenges to benefit the SHRM Foundation to fun, food, and friends. If you’re looking for a few other conference recaps, check out these:
Oh, and put plans in your budget to attend #SHRM17 in New Orleans, June 18-21, 2017.