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Working with compensation committees with Melissa Goebel, CHRO (Audio)

Uncategorized Nov 25, 2022
Working with compensation committees with Melissa Goebel, CHRO (Audio)

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1. Listen to audio above


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3. Members see transcript to download in members area (search Melissa Goebel).

New to working with a compensation committee? If you try to research, you won’t find much information readily available. You can easily find information on what a compensation committee does, how they work and the roles of the members but not a lot on how to work effectively with them as a CHRO.

Cindy Lu talks with Melissa Goebel about her experience with a compensation committee. Melissa shares stores of the mistakes she made along the way and what she learned to be successful. In this session, Melissa talks about where to focus efforts and how to think about the board members’ experiences. Keys to success focus on communication, managing expectations and partnerships with the Chair, committee members, CEO, CFO and external compensation partner.

Melissa’s advice on where to learn about working with...

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The great hybrid workplace experiment continues - All the highlights without all the research

Uncategorized Nov 17, 2022
The great hybrid workplace experiment continues - All the highlights without all the research

You have 3 options to consume:

1. Listen to audio read to you by Cindy Lu above (15 minutes or 10 minutes at 1.5x)

2. Read full paper below

3. Download PDF to read later (members can check LMS for your copy): 


Read CHRO Quick Hit Summary FULL paper below...

 The great hybrid workplace experiment continues

Here’s what’s working now—and the best ideas we’ve heard about


You’ve successfully made the business case a hybrid workplace is right for your organization. Congratulations! Now, comes the interesting part: Making it effective.

There’s certainly no “right” way to create a hybrid workplace—and we’ve all been learning on the job over these crazy COVID years. But based on my personal experience and the mountains of research I’ve consumed on the topic, there is one thing that’s absolutely critical: getting your team connected. No, I don’t mean having lightning-fast internet,...

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The Employment Dance: Three Key Skills I Learned from Job Losses - "Ted" like talk by Donna Howard

Uncategorized Nov 15, 2022


Speaker Accolades:

 “Truly inspirational message. Really enjoyed the discussion around being resilient”

 “Thank you, Donna. I appreciate you sharing your journey. Great message in sharing takeaways to help others to bounce back.”

 “Calming demeanor that pulled in the audience, relatable and engaging story, almost no “verbal pauses”. Mature professionalism exuded.”

 “Very polished”

 “The authenticity and vulnerability of your stories inspired me. Thank you so much for sharing”

 “Loved the use of your personal stories”

“Donna, you are such a great speaker!”

 “Love, love, love your heartfelt talk! Thanks for helping us to focus on what's important!”

 “Great advice to focus on what's important. Heartfelt message Donna, thank you for sharing your stories!”

 “Very good presentation!”

 “Great job...

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Tracy Keogh, CHRO HP on How to Leverage Consultative Skills in HR

Uncategorized Nov 12, 2022
Tracy Keogh, CHRO HP on How to Leverage Consultative Skills in HR


Tracy Keogh, CHRO (prior) at HP and now CPO at Great Hill Partners, joined us to share her experience and expertise on how to successfully leverage consultative skills in HR in order to help the business grow.

In today's business landscape, it can be difficult to get leaders on board with the idea of HR being a strategic Partner in growth. However, as Keogh explains, it is possible to change this mindset and get buy-in from CEOs and other key decision-makers.

Tracy Keogh's talk provides valuable insights into how CHROs can successfully leverage consultative skills to help their businesses grow. By creating a foundation for HR within the company and getting ahead of the curve, CHROs can position themselves as strategic partners in business growth and gain the trust of CEOs and other leaders.

Originally recorded at an HR Mastermind meeting Q&A and round table discussion is not included in this recording.

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Highlights from 50/50 WOB workshop to help CHROs get Board Ready

Uncategorized Nov 11, 2022
Highlights from 50/50 WOB workshop to help CHROs get Board Ready


In an effort to help more CHROs get on boards, here are a few highlights from a recent 50/50 Women on Boards Workshop I attended. 


If you are choosing a non-profit as a path to paid boards, choose one that has high profile execs who are also on public boards but to make sure you pick a non-profit board you are actually really passionate about. 


Highly sought after skills for boards especially relevant to CHROs:

ESG - especially the “S” and diversity

Comp and ben

Culture transformation

M&A experience


When seeking new board members, boards will turn to their trusted advisors (attorneys, accountants & bankers) for referrals because they want someone who is a good culture fit.


Only about 40% of the Board searches are through search firms.  And very often when a board does use a search firm, they will assemble their own LIST of candidates and give it to the search firm to vet the candidates. So having connections to...

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💡💡Ideas to keep your recruiters busy during layoffs & help laid off employees find new jobs💡💡

Uncategorized Nov 10, 2022
💡💡Ideas to keep your recruiters busy during layoffs & help laid off employees find new jobs💡💡

Many organizations are forced to make the difficult decision to do layoffs.

Losing your job is one of the most stressful things that can happen in your life. And during times of economic turmoil, like we're currently experiencing, it can feel even more devastating.

And while it's never an easy decision, it's important to remember that how you handle your employees on the way out will have a big impact on them and your employment brand - both now and in the future.

So take this opportunity to live your company values and treat your employees with respect and dignity.

If it's possible, KEEP your recruiting team in place and turn them into an outplacement team to help supplement what the outplacement firms are doing for your impacted staff. Recruiters are great connectors, so they can help your employees network with their friends in the industry.

And if you're still hiring, take the time to do a little coaching if you have to decline someone who has taken the time to interview...

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Summary of McKinsey’s 11 page white paper: The mindset and practices of excellent CEOs

Uncategorized Nov 07, 2022
Summary of McKinsey’s 11 page white paper: The mindset and practices of excellent CEOs

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In this edition of CHRO Summaries to Save You Time, we review McKinsey's 11 page white paper about the mindset and practices of excellent CEOs in a 30 minute vlog for your listening pleasure.

CHRO’s: Why should you care?

To start, “Just three in five newly appointed CEOs live up to performance expectations in the first 18 months on the job”

As a CHRO/CPO your success depends on working with the right CEO who can master these mindsets and practices. Whether you are… 

…looking for a new opportunity (CHRO or Board seat)

…coaching your existing CEO for success

…in charge of CEO succession planning

This is a summary you will want to listen to

Enjoy!  Cindy Lu

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The original article by McKinsey can be found here.

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Member Testimonials!

Uncategorized Oct 31, 2022

Hello, I'm Oswaldo Lopez from RiceTec in Houston, Texas. I'm a member of Mastermind group here, coordinated by Cindy. And what I can tell you is that all the interaction that happens in that group has helped me build my professional skills, my HR executive skills to the next level. For me, is a sounding board and also an opportunity to help others become a better HR executives. I strongly recommend the group to anyone who wants to join [inaudible 00:00:33].

Being part of the Mastermind community has been a very beneficial opportunity for me. I relocated back to the DFW Metroplex in 2018, and I was looking to really reintroduce myself to the marketplace, to other HR leaders and executives, and I was recommended to join the group. And it has been beneficial ever since I joined in 2019. I've had an opportunity to talk to and meet and spend time with Cindy Lu. She's very personable, very approachable, and always willing to share and connect other people to other good...

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3 Strategic Changes that gave me more time back as a “C” suite exec

Uncategorized Oct 31, 2022

If you're in the c-suite and you're still running around like a chicken with your head cut off, then it's time to change your behavior. Now that you're in the c-suite you should have the most control of your time that you've ever had in your career, yet you might be feeling busier than ever. If you're running around overwhelmed, imagine how your employees feel.
Imagine being able to be in control of your time. Having the time and energy for Innovation and creativity. Not having to reach down and do the job of a direct report. Imagine just providing directionally correct guidance without having to be the expert at everything. Imagine actually having the time to coach and mentor your team. 
Here are 3 behavior changes that I had to adjust when I got into the “C” suite 
#1. In my experience having the best inner circle team is critical …and that doesn't mean just your direct reports. For me it also included the people who...

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3 Simple Questions Investors and Analysts should be asking about Human Capital

Uncategorized Oct 25, 2022

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About the vlog:

I have been listening to analyst calls for public companies for years and have been part of leadership teams that are raising capital and I am always amazed at the lack of questions around a company's human capital / talent mgmt practices.  

 Yet I know that investors recognize how important the human capital assets of an organization are but there's very little attention paid to it. I have seen companies that are human capital intensive literally implode when these basics fundamental talent mgmt. strategies aren't in place.

 I can only surmise that there's a lack of understanding as what to ask as well as difficulty with measurements and benchmarks. In fact, if you have been following the public meetings that...

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