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5 Steps to Rebranding the HR Function Advice from a CMO: Ellen Trytek, Chief Marketing Officer, Wipfli

Uncategorized Mar 09, 2020

All too often HR is still viewed as “personnel” and it’s often due to the context of the leaders’ previous experiences. This "administrative" reputation of our profession hinders the value HR leaders can bring to their organizations so, don't miss this vlog post if you are:

     ...Starting up a new HR function


     ...Creating a center of excellence


     ...Or transforming HR


We bring you this month’s VLOG interview with Ellen Trytek, the CMO, of Wipfli a national accounting firm where Ellen discusses 5 strategies to re-branding a corporate function to position HR as a strategic partner. And when done right...


     ...HR will have the opportunity to change perspectives




     ....Help the business...

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Get Inspired: How 4 CHROs Find Time to Stay Superfit

Uncategorized Feb 24, 2020

Many of us start the year motivated to workout, but then the cold weather sets in, family commitments ensue, and long days at the office can make it harder and harder to stay consistent. As a future CHRO I know I want to set an example and inspire employees to do the same so they will also enjoy the stress relief, increased energy, and productivity that comes along with being fit.


Join me in watching this fun 30-minute video blog with our fabulously buff ;) panel of 4 SuperFit C-Suite Executives as they discuss how they make their health and fitness a priority despite their jam-packed weekly schedules! 


They’ll discuss how their commitment to their health has benefited them and share their weekly workout regimes as well as their: 


  • Advice on how to prioritize workouts 


  • Motivation for staying committed 


  • Tips for deliberate eating habits


  • Company’s programs for encouraging their employee’s health...
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Summary (13 minutes) of People Analytics from LinkedIn Learning Lesson by Josh Bersin

Uncategorized Feb 10, 2020

In the HR function today many of you are trying to do more with less... does it ever feel like: 


  • Business leaders want people results, but aren’t willing to fund the activities required to deliver results?


  • It’s getting harder and harder to build a business case for change without data?


  • HR has all the responsibility for performance, but none of the authority

Well, we think authority is highly overrated, but INFLUENCE is critical to the success of Human Resources. Having data to back up a proposal is one of the areas that helps HR become more influential! People analytics is the most exciting and fastest growing areas of HR and can help with: 


  • Talent constraints 


  • Productivity improvements 


  • Turnover


Watch this 13-minute summary of the People Analytics course from LinkedIn Learning to hear Josh Bersin’s key points and important lessons to using people related data to make a...

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5 Tips to Prepare for Human Capital Analytics: Chris Brunson, VP Total Rewards, Celanese

Uncategorized Feb 06, 2020

Summary of Guest Speaker by Emma Lokar, HR Intern (Looking for a Summer 2019 Internship) 

5 Tips to Prepare for Human Capital Analytics: Chris Brunson, Celanese, VP Global Total Rewards

Story Telling of Data
Chris Brunson is the VP of Global Total Rewards at Celanese a $6.1 Billion global technology leader in the production of differentiated chemistry solutions and specialty materials used in most major industries and consumer applications. Brunson has extensive experience in Human Capital analytics in Human Resources with  different sized companies in several different industries.

Chris shared his Five Tips to Prepare your Company for the New Age of Human Capital: How to handle your data, manage your data, and hire for your data...even when you are not good with numbers! Good analytics tells a story. The insights an organization receives from analytics gives the business actionable items to accomplish.

Five Steps
In today’s climate human capital analytics has the...

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The Future Chief People Officer

Uncategorized Jan 21, 2020

In today’s Vlog (27 minutes or 18 minutes at 1.5x ) we summarize a 44-page research report by Willis Towers Watson called The Future Chief People Officer – Why Empowered HR leaders are the key to growth in the new world of work.


Willis Towers Watson surveyed 500+ “C”-suite execs ranging from CPO to CEOs and board members to help guide senior leaders to better understand how the rapid changes in tech and democratization of work is expanding the CPO’s role and what steps they need to take.


If you don’t have time to sit and watch, you can also download the MP3 (audio) and let me keep you company on your commute or workout.  Enjoy!

 More of a reader?  Get machine generated transcript here.

Cindy Lu

Ps.  If we haven’t touched based about the HR Mastermind Group, don’t wait to get on my calendar. Our next speaker is a CHRO of a Global Brand who will share a day in the life of a global CHRO.


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3 Tips on Being a Consultative Change Leader: John Millea, Senior Director of Leadership and People Development, SAP

Uncategorized Dec 18, 2019

Summary of Vlog Post by Emma Lokar, CHRO Partners Intern, Graduating May 2020

Earlier this year we conducted a survey on important soft skills for HR leaders and found consultative and change management skills being two of the top ranked skills by "C" suite execs. So we decided to explore learn more...

Join me to hear from John Millea the Senior Director of Leadership and People Development at SAP as he shares his expertise and tips on how to become a consultative change leader to the organization.


The rate and pace of change is relentless and organizations need HR to be change leaders with a consultative business results mindset. HR follows change plans and uses change methodologies, but often need more focus on:


  • How to execute strategy through people
  • What transformational change is
  • How to drive and create sustainable change
  • What is needed organizationally through process to make change happen...
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The Connector Manager: Why Some Leaders Build Exceptional Talent - and Others Don't (1 page book summary)

Uncategorized Dec 10, 2019


One Page Book Summary (Click here to print 1 page PDF):

The Connector Manager: Why Some Leaders Build Exceptional Talent - and Others Don't

Authors: Jaime Roca and Sari Wiilde (Gartner)

Authors discuss the macro shifts and speed of change in business increasing the complexity of managing. In their research, they found “connected managers” improve employee performance by 3x while another profile degrades employee performance (and it’s the one most have been investing in!).  Some finding that made me read more…


  • 70% of HR leaders believe Managers should get more involved in coaching and
  • Millennials want feedback 50% more often
  • Yet, managers Don’t feel confident in their ability to develop the skills employees
  • There is a huge gap between the amount of time HR thinks managers should spend on developing direct reports vs actual time


Gartner researched (9000+) what the best managers are doing to coach & develop in today’s...

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Becoming an Internal Consultant to your Organization: Mike Dixon, SVP Global Learning and OD, Epsilon

Uncategorized Nov 20, 2019

Summary of Vlog Post by Emma Lokar, CHRO Partners Intern, Graduating May 2020

Earlier this year we conducted a survey on important soft skills for HR leaders According to C-Suite executives one of the top ranked skills is being a consultative partner. Join me to hear from, Mike Dixon the SVP of Global Learning & Organizational Development at Epsilon, as he shares his perspective and frameworks HR can use to become strategic consultative partners to the business.

HR professionals are constantly battling to transition from the tactical administrator to the strategic partner business leaders rely on, but don’t know how to leverage their HR power to: 


  • Create a world-class associate experience


  • Help forecast trends 


  • Boost the business and keep it competitive for the long term


Watch this 20 minute interview to learn how to develop the critical consultative skill and become the advisor the business cannot make a move without....

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4 Key Steps to Master Change Management: Marion C. Terrell, CHRO, Flagship Facility Services, Inc.

Uncategorized Nov 13, 2019

Summary of blog post by Emma Lokar, Intern, CHRO Partners (Graduating May 2020)

Earlier this year we conducted a soft skills survey for HR leaders and one of the top ranked skills was change management. As a result we spent time interviewing HR professionals on their thoughts and tips about various skills. Join me to hear from Marion C. Terrell as he shares his advice on becoming a master of change management.

Change management is at the intersection of how HR professionals should be thinking about business results and human capital, but have you ever foreseen where change is necessary in a business and not known how to:

  • Convince the organization that this change is critical?
  • Communicate the change?
  • Connect the change to business results and culture?

It is crucial HR leverages change management to protect and prepare the organization for all challenges and changes coming its way.

Watch this 20 minute video interview with, Marion C. Terrell the CHRO for Flagship Facility...

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3 Tips on How to Build the Business Acumen Muscle: Kristin Trecker, CHRO, Visteon Corporation

Uncategorized Nov 05, 2019

Summary of Vlog Post by Emma Lokar, CHRO Partners Intern, Graduating May 2020

Please join me in learning the importance of HR leaders leveraging business acumen skills to bring value to how the business runs and makes money. Kristin Trecker, Chief Human Resources Officer for Visteon Corporation shares: 

  • Why it is essential to focus on business acumen skills
  • How to continue to learn about the business by building relationships and creating synergy with your organization’s Finance team
  • Steps to developing Business Acumen skills

How growing your business acumen skills impacts the work you are doing in HR. 

Click on the 20-minute interview video above to watch Trecker explain the key to being a successful HR professional at all levels.


If you do not have time to watch this video blog click HERE or follow the link below to get instant access to a PDF download of the video transcript:

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