In June this year my life took an unexpected turn. I had my parents (John & Jenny) visit from New Zealand, they said it was to visit Sam and I (but I knew the truth, my 2-year-old was the main attraction). After an action-packed week of Aquarium and Zoo visits, and tramming their way all … Continue reading The whole world turned upside down: brain cancer & awesome workplaces
When I saw the opportunity to speak to Howard ahead of #SHRM19 I jumped at the chance. Howard is a former employee of SHRM (who seem to have an impressive ability to hire some absolutely brilliant people – just check out the social media team!) and the Deputy Chief HR & Administrative Officer at Jhpiego … Continue reading #SHRM19 Q&A: Howard Wallack on Global Leadership Development
#SHRM19 is just around the corner, and one of the speakers I always make time to see is Jonathan Segal. This isn’t just because he is a genuinely delightful human being who also is a champion for animal rights. It’s also due to his exemplary knowledge and wisdom in the field of gender bias and … Continue reading #SHRM19 Q&A: Jonathan Segal on HR & Sexual Harassment
New year new you! Or something similar. It's natural to strive for better. You look at the previous year, note your accomplishments (high engagement score ranking - tick!) and want to build on that momentum. What you often don't see when you're constantly engaging with the people within your organisation that are high performers and … Continue reading Your Organisation is Drifting. And You’ve Got No Idea.
AHRI get a lot of things right for me as an association - they work incredibly hard (every employee or volunteer I’ve met have confirmed this), they listen to their membership, and they lead with the genuinely good intent that our profession can be better and can create better work environments for others. Last week … Continue reading 5 Key Takeaways From The AHRI Awards
This morning I sat down for breakfast with Greg Hawks ahead of presenting at the Illinois SHRM 2018 Conference - #ILSHRM18. A completely random occurrence: both Greg and I were speaking at the equivalent Ohio conference (a fabulously run event), and upon seeing we were both going to be in Chicago, Greg suggested we have … Continue reading Finding My Tribe & The Power of Multipliers
With a matter of days until heading to #ILSHRM18 & #OHSHRM18 I figured it was high time to share some tips & tricks of how to get the most out of attending a conference. From 19-21 September I'll be at the Ohio SHRM Conference and then 23rd - 25th I'll be at the Illinois SHRM Conference - I'm … Continue reading MORE SHRM CONFERENCES! (Tips & tricks from a conference pro)
Everything is more likely to kill you in Australia right? The snakes, the spiders, the great whites... When I moved to Australia (from New Zealand, a rainforest-filled paradise with amazing beaches... but a small economy) I had a rude awakening – luckily this wasn’t in the form of meeting the wildlife face to face. Despite … Continue reading HR in Australia (Unlike everything else here, it probably won’t kill you)
Lately there’s been more and more discussion around parental leave. Who legally has to offer it. Who goes above and beyond. Who pays for it. Who doesn’t. But what isn’t often discussed is the risk you face of losing your employees while they’re on parental leave. Not just to full-time parenthood – but to your … Continue reading How NOT to lose your employees to a competitor while they’re on parental leave
Next month I'm on my way to the Illinois SHRM and Ohio SHRM Conferences to speak about HR in Australia & the lessons I’ve learned along the way. How this opportunity to speak outside Australia has come about is an excellent example of the collaborative nature of the international HR community (for which I am forever … Continue reading The #HRTribe – they open doors like you wouldn’t believe!