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
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)
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!
This year has been nuts. There, I’ve said it. 2017 was full of almonds and pistachios (figuratively). I have had a great year - working at YMCA Victoria with some of the best people I know, I got to enjoy some maternity leave, meet a very cool new little human, and a few more things … Continue reading #50messagesofholidaythanks
Last year I attended SHRM for the first time - it was spectacular! Attending as an international delegate, the scale of the conference was mind-blowing - much bigger than anything I've attended in Australia or New Zealand. I was surprised with the number of international participants, but to be honest the biggest takeaway for me … Continue reading Heading to #SHRM17 as an International Attendee?
New to HR or new to the wonderful world of free resources that is the net? I was introduced to the wonderful online community of HR & people professionals on the net about four years ago and can't even tell you what a difference it's made to my own professional practice. From keeping up to … Continue reading 12 good egg HR & people people to follow
I’ve had an amazing time in the USA (just like last time) – but there are some things that I just can’t get used to. Nothing negative, but there certainly are some differences between the USA and Australia/New Zealand! I'm here for the #SHRM16 conference, some work and also holidaying with family - so I'm … Continue reading A Kiwi Who Lives in Oz Takes on America!