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How to Position Strategic HR: Amy Messersmith, CHRO, U.S. Anesthesia Partners (June 2021)

Uncategorized Jun 09, 2021

In this month’s vlog post, Amy Messersmith the CHRO at U.S. Anesthesia Partners reminds us of how valuable HR is at unlocking potential and aligning to the organization's goals through strategy, structure, culture, and the business's language.

So when leaders are asking hard questions, looking for advice, or making tough decisions HR is the strategic partner: 

  •  Speaking the language of the business 
  •  Available to move at the speed the organization needs
  •  Practicing discernment to be in service to the business goals
  •  Knowing what their customers & leaders are facing

Organizations are hungry for HR leaders who can lay out a game plan to get from point A to point B. After years in HR and experience across several industries, Amy has gained insights, models, & advice to position strategic HR. 

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Being Great to your Employees while Creating a Competitive Advantage: Jeff Kramer, Prior CHRO, 1st Global

Uncategorized May 28, 2021

A company who is not customer-centric or focused on employee engagement can make HR feel as though: 

      ...Employees are not reaching their full potential & become under-performers

      ...It is difficult to get anything meaningful done

      ...The unhappiness of the culture has a spillover effect into the quality of service customers receive

 In this month's lesson, Jeff Kramer the CHRO at 1st Global (prior)* shares the value of HR's journey. Moving from transactional HR to a strategic partner and then to ultimately focus on cultivating a culture that aligns employee engagement to creating a competitive advantage for the business. 

 After decades in HR, Jeff has the incredible ability to coach Senior Executives, educate them, get them on board, and make his initiatives business...

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Coaching for Leadership IQ: Mark Benton, VP of Talent Management & Diversity, McKesson

coaching leadership Apr 20, 2021

In the current age of technology disruption, information is constantly changing…

Senior leaders need to make quick decisions to solve problems and create solutions. Leaders tend to rely on business acumen to reach quick answers, but it’s people who move the business forward.  As talent professionals, HR has the opportunity to demonstrate their expertise for coaching people, but sometimes find:

  • Influencing a leader to consider a different approach can be challenging
  • HR is not valued as a consultative coach to the business
  • Business leaders sometimes aren't engaged

To overcome these hurdles watch this month’s lesson on Coaching for Leadership IQ, with Mark Benton the VP of Talent Management & Diversity at McKesson.

With 20 years of experience in communicating with executives, building capabilities that translate into solutions, Mark has...

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Building Great Teams with Liz Brown, Head of HR for AMS, LATAM and Canada at Cisco

Uncategorized Mar 23, 2021

Whether you are a CHRO, Chief People Officer, Head of Business Partners, or Head of a Center of Excellence you understand how important human capital is to the business, but there are still environments that: 


  • Do not embrace HR as a strategic partner
  • Keep you mired down in the tactics 
  • Lack the foundation that enables HR to execute business strategy 


All you can do is control your own actions. In this month’s lesson, Liz Brown the Senior Director of People and Communities for Cisco, shares her expertise and tips to building a strong team so that you can: 


  • Do more as a leader and be more strategic 
  • Be more innovative 
  • Create value and have a bigger impact 


Watch the 50-minute lesson above so that you will learn:


  • 5 tips to building a strong team 
  • How diversity of thought can meet customer demands 
  • Embracing failures builds accountability muscles
  • The importance of being a vulnerable leader and...
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HR TED Talk Group Coaching Info video and Q&A

Uncategorized Mar 09, 2021

If you missed the  Q&A session about the HR TED Talk Group Coaching program, here's a short video. The FAQs starts at around minute 9:08.

The only question that was asked at the live Q&A that we don't cover in this video is...

Q: "What are the types of topic we should be thinking about for our talk?"

A:  The coach will teach you how to find your BIG idea in the first session - HINT: think about what you are passionate about.

If you prefer to read about the program, full info page with FAQ here.


Here's to Re-energizing by Inspiring Others!
Cindy Lu


ps. First session starts next Tuesday and we only have 27 spots left as of 3/9/21 so sign up today.


Don't hesitate to reach out if you have additional questions:

[email protected]

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Lessons for First-time CHROs by Heather Hellebusch Chief HR, Risk & Safety Officer Cinépolis USA

Uncategorized Feb 28, 2021

Whether you are early in your CHRO role, aspiring to become the Senior HR leader, or you are the CHRO looking to revitalize role, you will want to tune in for this lesson with Heather Hellebusch the Chief Human Resources, Risk and Safety Officer for Cinepolis U.S.A. on 5 lessons for a first time CHRO.

 So often being a corporate HR leader can feel like:

      ...Business leaders don’t see the value or know how to leverage HR?

      ...You have a seat at the table but it is an up-hill battle to convince senior leaders of the minimum viable HR infrastructure

      ..There are so many priorities and needs, and don't know where to start

      ...There days where you wonder “why am I doing this? It is just too hard.”

 To learn how to prioritize as an HR leader and what you should anchor to so you get...

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Simplifying the Performance Review Process to Get Business Results: Bonnie Endicott, Director of Talent Management for Southwest Airlines (Feb 2021)

Uncategorized Feb 23, 2021

As HR professionals we know leaders can dread performance reviews and employees can feel like it’s just a “check-the-box” exercise, so this month’s lesson is with Bonnie Endicott the Director of Talent Management at Southwest Airlines. 


She shares her insights on how Southwest Airlines simplified their performance review process for business results and how it has taken off! As a company known for taking care of their employees they know that performance management can: 


  • Help employees bring their best to work everyday


  • Assist leaders in connecting with employees


  • Facilitate the continuous cycle of feedback and support 


In this 40-minute lesson Bonnie explains:


  • 3 Tips for performance management 


  • How Southwest prioritized their process roll-out and challenges they faced


  • The value to...
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Interview with Harry LaRosiliere on influence skills

Uncategorized Feb 18, 2021

Today we hear from Harry LaRosiliere on how influence is the result of leadership and his 4 tips on successfully influencing your constituents without feeling pushy.

With a track record of bringing some large organizations like Toyota, Boeing Global Services, JP Morgan Chase and Liberty Mutual to Plano TX, you don't want to miss this 20 minute interview with Harry LaRosiliere, Mayor of Plano and SVP, Wealth Management at UBS.

Connect with Harry on LinkedIn and let him know how you plan to implement some of his suggestions:

Here is his email in case you need to enter it: [email protected]


ps. Interested in elevating your career by building a trusted network of Sr. HR Leaders?  Consider joining our HR Inner Circle Group for monthly small group meetings, DE&I time saving resources and HUGE discounts on other products and services:

Join our vendor free group here:

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How Inspiring Leaders Fuel Results with Greg Creed, CEO (retired) YUM!

leadership Feb 04, 2021

Last year our HR Mastermind Group had the privilege of meeting Greg Creed, (retired) CEO of YUM! Brands to hear his "TED" like talk on How Inspiring Leaders Fuel Results.

I am pleased we are able to share this amazing talk with you now.

With 1.7 million employees and thousands of leaders globally, Greg has data that shows how extraordinary leaders drive for results and inspire.

If a leader is great at driving for results, but not great at motivating and inspiring, what do you think the probability of being an extraordinary leader is? Watch the video above to find out.

Greg shares his five keys to creating inspiring leaders even if they aren't Winston Churchill in this 28-minute Ted like Talk!



Cindy Lu


ps. Interested in creating an inspiring narrative to help executives better understand the value of Strategic HR? Check out how our HR TED* Talk Group Coaching can help - even if you aren't ready for the Big Stage Yet!          ...

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Streamlining HR for time for Strategic Human Capital Work: Billy Parsons, Head of HR for U.S. Dermatology

effectiveness Jan 29, 2021

HR can often feel more like an “administrative resource" rather than the strategic Human Resources role that impacts the business by driving growth. If you are a corporate HR leader that feels like:

  • There’s not enough time, staff, or resources to focus on strategic initiatives
  • Your strategic skills are being under-utilized
  • Everyday is like playing a game of whack-a-mole
  • The HR team is doing more administrative work than they should

In this sixty+ minute lesson with Billy Parsons, VP of HR for U.S. Dermatology Partners, you will learn how to streamline HR processes to free up HR from tactical tasks, so that you can focus on talent strategies that drive growth for your organization. Billy shares:

  • 4 key phases to streamlining HR, and how to get buy-in from your team 
  • A template for ensuring the work of process improvement yields an optimal employee experience
  • Best practices on process improvement modification for the most impact and least amount of effort
  • ...
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