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Why this is the ideal time for CHROs to get Board Ready

Uncategorized Oct 05, 2022

I think you would agree that having more Chief HR Officers and Chief People Officers on boards will bring companies into the modern age of the Talent Revolution.

We know it might feel like an impossible mission but with each new CHRO that is added to a board, it gets easier for everyone else. 

Board members are seeing the value a CHRO can bring and then will spread the word to other board members. I know that was the case for me at my last company with 2 CHROs sharing talent strategies with me and my ELT that literally turned our company around. 

There are other reasons to be hopeful…


  • Since 2017 there has been a 300% increase in CHROs on Boards according to Allegis.
  • The SEC’s Human Capital disclosures discussion is being revived and refined and Investors with over $6.6+ trillion in assets are pushing for more quantifiable disclosure
  • Just last month I had a public co. ask for a referral to a CHRO for their board and now they are in the interview process...
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The Growing Need for CHROs and CPOs on Boards – Are You Ready?

boards Aug 25, 2022

With 2 years of significant transformation, The Great Resignation, and continued C-Suite concern/focus on talent acquisition and retention, HR and the people function have been at the front line. Yet corporate boards still do not have many people with strong backgrounds in HR. 1

 In fact, while the number of board members with HR backgrounds has nearly doubled in the last 3 years, from 6 to 11% according to NACD – it is still only 11%.2

 In addition, when global CEOs were asked about their top internal obstacles, lack of quality talent ranked #2 – further underscoring the need for CHROs and CPOs to have a seat at the table in corporate governance.3

 In today’s vlog Susan Madonia and I speak with two impressive Executive Partners at ECC who will share with us their experiences on 20 boards.  Jill Smart and Wayne Sales (board experiences listed below) discuss the need for CHROs/CPOs on Boards and insider tips on how to get on boards.


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Nina Boone, Korn Ferry's NA D&I leader

Uncategorized Aug 11, 2022

In today's VLOG post we hear from  Nina Boone, Korn Ferry's North American D&I leader from a previously recorded member pop-up group. Watch this today as full VLOG post will only be available to non-members for a limited time!

 Here were some of our member comments from the session (paraphrased for brevity):


  • Managers must acknowledge it is their responsibility to get their employees back on track
  • People give opportunities with people who they connect with, trust, feel comfortable with.
  •  Reminded me about career-pathing
  •  Many jobs have ... requirements that inadvertently perpetuate d&i issues
  •  Getting to the root cause through quantitative and qualitative data - voice of the people. Asking critical questions of leaders on what they've done to prepare those high potentials; gauge their level of ownership and accountability
  • How many talented individuals are left out of the development conversations because no one "knows" them? In banking, much...
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BIG HR 2017 POWER Networking time

Uncategorized Jul 13, 2022

BIG HR 2017 POWER Networking time at the PepsiCo/Frito-Lay Lobby.


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Members ONLY Directory

Uncategorized Jul 12, 2022

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Coaching = Caring: A CHROs best Recruiter Retention Technique (5 of 5)

talent acquisition Jun 17, 2022

We all know how hard it is to find great recruiters these day.  One key to retaining great recruiters is providing targeted coaching to help them be successful.  To provide targeted coaching, you need to have KPIs to coach objectively and know where they need help.

In this short vlog we talk about recruiting key performance indicators to help with coaching for results. 

Hint:  It is much like being a VP of sales and coaching for revenue.


Enjoy, Cindy Lu

Founder of CHRO Partners


ps. Prefer to read this? See Machine Generated Transcript below



Okay. So we all know how hard it is to find people these days and providing your talent acquisition team, the kind of support and coaching they need is what you're going to do to keep them. So when they fall off, then you're in trouble. And I think there are quite a few talent acquisition professionals who are pretty burned out these days. So how do you provide the right kind of coaching and...

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Lean Recruiting tells Candidates a lot about your Culture (4 of 5)

Uncategorized Jun 16, 2022

It's always hard to find great talent but as you know it's even more challenging than ever now.

I hear candidates tell me how their excitement wains during the long silences between interviews and that is hard to recoup.

Keeping the momentum going in the search process is SO critical to getting the candidates of your dreams to say YES! to your job offer.

In today's vlog we talk about a simple tip on how to empower your recruiters, streamline the process and give the candidate a great impression and experience!


Enjoy, Cindy Lu

Founder of CHRO Partners


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Hey there. This is Cindy Lu, and I want to share with you one of my favorite tips to keep the momentum going when you're doing a search for a top candidate. First of all, why is it important to keep that momentum going? There is something about a company that is decisive that has smooth processes that is so attractive to candidates. So when there are...

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When to outsource to a search firm - my 80/20 rule (3 of 5)

Uncategorized Jun 15, 2022

The 80/20 rule in recruiting says that typically 20% of your positions will take 80% of your internal recruiters time. 

In today's vlog post we talk about when it makes sense to use a search firm right away to decrease time to hire.


Enjoy, Cindy Lu

Founder of CHRO Partners


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Hi there. This is Cindy Lu, and we are in our third video on talent acquisition. I know it's a tough space to be in these days. So as a CEO, as a hiring leader, perhaps a C H R O one of the things to really consider is when to outsource a position versus when to keep it in house. All right. So you probably have a pretty good feel for those positions that take up a ton of time for your recruiters. Many firms have rules like, you know, we're not going to send it to a search firm until it's been opened for 90 days. And so here's my advice to you. If the position is one of these positions that takes up a ton of time for...

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Give your recruiters the amunition they need to sell your opportunity (2 of 5)

Uncategorized Jun 14, 2022

With over 40% of the workforce quitting to start their own business or take a sabbatical, your recruiters and HR teams need to be able to "sell" the opportunity at your organization.

In today's vlog, we discuss what hiring leaders can do to give the talent acquisition team what they need to attract the best talent.

Take time to sell your recruiter on the role. You are not only competing against other companies but also for the recruiters time internally.  When recruiters love their hiring leaders and the opportunity, they excited to recruit and that energy is passed along to the candidates!

Also help them understand why this is a great job! 

Let me know what you are doing to make your positions standout?

Enjoy, Cindy Lu

Founder of CHRO Partners


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Hi there. This is Cindy Lu again, and we are back to talk about talent acquisition tips. As I mentioned in my first video, about 40% of the folks out...

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What's your value proposition to the candidate? (1 of 5)

Uncategorized Jun 13, 2022

Finding top talent with everything you are looking for is tough. And quite frankly, if they have everything you are looking for why would they take a lateral position? They are going to be ready for a promotion.

The more flexible you are on your requirements, the better chance you will have of finding employees with what I call an "AAA" (Attitude, Aptitude and Appreciation) charm . They have a great attitude, they have aptitude or "runway" and they are so appreciative of the opportunity!

In my experience, those with "AAA" charm are the ones that out perform those with just a "great resume".

In today's vlog we share an example of how to broaden your pipeline of candidates by reducing the "must have" hard skills.


Enjoy, Cindy Lu

Founder of CHRO Partners


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If you're a CEO or hiring leader, and you're frustrated with being able to get talent on board. You're not alone. In fact, I did a poll on...

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