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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Even the Sky is Sad that ILSHRM11 is Over!

The title of this blog post is dedicated to a new twitter user/Peep and #ILSHRM11 attendee that in my eyes posted the most enlightening and relevant conference ending tweet out there. Follow her @ChristieHR. Let me tell you why this particular tweet caught my eye!

As we ended the conference it was raining and at one point I had to "borrow" the umbrella from our SHRM Foundation gift basket to get a computer out of my trunk for a speaker who did not bring one. Unfortunately, as a result of this wet excursion, the basket winner gained a "gently used" SHRM umbrella. The sky was truly sad as it was "crying rain" fairly heavily between mid to late morning just before the last session.

The point is, the emotion, enthusiasm, and energy within the walls of the Drury Inn was so high that I truly think some were sad to see the two day event end. Although my feet were crying for a break! Attendees were getting so much knowledge from the fantastic line up of speakers that they wanted more. They will eventually get more in 2012 but in the meantime, the smiles, laughs, engagement, and positive comments coming out of almost every session was outstanding. The aftermath today with emails, tweets, and blog posts and calls continued to spew that same amount of enthusiasm and appreciation for the conference planners and volunteers. I admit there are some changes to be made to make everyone happy who were in attendance but that is to be expected when you bring together 923 in one place (attendees, exhibitors, sponsors, speakers, volunteers, press corp, etc.).

I've already been on the phone today with next years conference chair @jkjhr who is taking note of the suggestions and we are looking forward to the feedback we will get when the evaluations go out via Zoomerang later this week. All in all, #ILSHRM11 was the best state conference experience I have ever had as a volunteer since 2002 when I began working on the ILSHRM board. My expectations were met and I want to reiterate what I said in my ILSHRM Bound! post-thank you, thank you, thank you to all #ILSHRM Volunteers who made this happen. I'd like to add my thanks to exhibitors, press corp, sponsors, NIU, the Drury Lane & Booth/Equipment providers and employees. Without you our attendees would not have walked away with as much as they did and boy would we be hearing about it today.

Saturday, August 20, 2011


It's late, I am still not done with my work responsibilities that must be done before I leave town for three days, and I am totally not even close to being packed. However, I could not resist a quick break to write a post about what I will be doing over the next few days! Within the next 10 hours I will be driving 55 North heading to the Drury Lane in Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois to attend the best ever Illinois State Council (now branded as ILSHRM) conference & exposition. On the downside as I look toward tomorrow morning, I have a lot of stuff to transport so my car will be loaded down. The most exciting is three first ever very professional banners that show the state of IL and all 20 locations of our chapters. The second most impressive is a whole slew of items I have been collecting all year to put in the ILSHRM basket for the SHRM Foundation basket raffle fundraiser. I started this fundraiser three years ago and I must admit this is the most loaded basket we as a state council have ever given away! So if you see a black Camry on the road sorta loaded down you will know it's me.

So enough about me and my load headed north tomorrow, let me tell you a little about why this year's conference will be the most talked about state conference this month and hopefully this year (although I know we have some steep competition like INSHRM, OHSHRM, WISHRM etc.). Here is why: 800+ attendees, speakers, and exhibitors, 57 HR related exhibitor booths, the SHRM bookstore, a Membership rep from almost all of our chapters, Talent Anarchy, China Gorman, Ryan Estis, a brand new Social Media Bootcamp and Social Media track. Well I could go on and on but the most important thing from my perspective is the best group of HR professionals in the state of Illinois and among them the most talented HR leaders within the state representing the state council and all 20 of our SHRM affiliate chapters.

Monday morning, I will be very proud and humble to introduce the conference and our very own IL HR expert resident Charlie Judy. It's nice to be part of something that you have watched grow over the years (10 for me) to something so fantastical! Conference chairs: John Jorgensen and Cathy Plouzek deserves all the glory! This cake's for you! Back to work for me and just in case you were wondering - we will definitely take walk ins!

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Rock Star Employees!

Do You Focus on You're Rock Star Employees?

We are heading into a time where "employee retention" is what is going to keep us up at night. A time when the economy bounces back, baby-boomers retire, the knowledge drain is a reality, and the only thing that's going to keep us going is hanging on to our Rock Star employees. A few months ago, I attended a leadership conference with an awesome keynote address by the name of Clint Swindall. The most powerful statistics he shared is that based on numerous surveys almost every organization has about 26 percent of it's employees who are the type of employee who always answers with "Oh Yeah!". You ask them to implement a new project, increase sales, motivate employees and they say "Oh-Yeah" without a bit of hesitation. This is what I call the Rock Star Employee!

Another 55% of your employees are OK. They are there to collect a pay check, they don't like to cause problems, they are not engaged but they are not disengaged either. Sometimes your Rock Star employees can sway them in their own direction toward organizational stardom. However, some of them can be pulled down into the land of ney-sayers, complainers, 'Oh-No' type employees and if I were you I'd want the reverse. This group of employees represent about 19% of your employee base and frankly are not worth all your time. They will always be there. They will never go away. Face it and focus on the positive. When you do you will get more of the positive. A positive influence on your bottom line.

Rock Star employees make you a Rock Star organization! Star spending your time, influence, rewards, and benefits on your top 81% with special emphasis on your top 26%. You will be surprised at the outcome! Really, it works! Your customers, clients, and vendors will take notice.

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