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The Modern People Leader

By The Modern People Leader
Every week we talk to CHROs, Chief People Officers, and other HR experts about the constantly evolving workplace — they share what's working, what's not, and how they've gotten to where they're at in their careers.

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63 - Interconnectedness of the HR buzzwords in 2022
Today we talked about the interconnectedness of all of the HR buzzwords, diversity being the key to everything, and the best career advice we’ve heard from our guests. Timestamps: the interconnectedness of the all of the buzz-words we’ve heard over the last year (4:23), the 3 P’s of Rituals in the workplace (6:22), the importance of intentionality (8:07), the common denominator to success is diversity (10:50), how Twitter has re-opened offices and zoned them (13:53), flexibility and connection are key right now (18:30), best career advice from our guests (20:34), and the magic wand question responses (28:09). Go follow us on LinkedIn:  Podcast Page: The Modern People Leader Co-Hosts: Daniel Huerta and Stephen Huerta
40:19
April 22, 2022
62 - The Starr Conspiracy on testing the metaverse at work & why they sent $500k worth of body armor to Ukraine
The Starr Conspiracy's Bret Star (Founder & CEO) and Steve Smith (Partner & CMO) joined us on The Modern People Leader. We talked with the Work Tech gurus about the metaverse's place in the workplace, the difference between employee engagement and employee experience, and why they recently raised money to send body armor to Ukraine. Timestamps: how Starr Conspiracy is testing the applications of the metaverse at work (20:55), products out there that allow employees to connect in the metaverse (26:20), why companies need to keep trying new things (32:39), employee engagement vs employee experience (38:10), and why Starr Conspiracy sent over $500,000 worth of body armor to Ukraine (44:20). If you have any feedback for the MPL podcast or would like to connect, don't hesitate to reach out on LinkedIn: Daniel Huerta and Stephen Huerta
53:20
April 13, 2022
61 - Erica Keswin (Author, Speaker, & Workplace Strategist) on the power of rituals in the workplace
Erica Keswin, the author of two Wall Street Journal best-sellers (Bring Your Human to Work & Rituals Roadmap), workplace strategist, and podcast host, joined us on The Modern People Leader. We talked about how rituals are the human way to transform everyday routines into workplace magic. Timestamps: her career journey (5:15), Bring Your Human to Work and Rituals Roadmap (8:10), why connecting with peers, managers, and colleagues is so important (15:12), matching the message to the medium (18:25), the definition of a ritual (21:17), the 3 Ps of rituals (23:10), the magic question that Erica asks every leader to better understand their company’s rituals (24:30), some of Erica’s favorite rituals that she’s seen (32:38), Erica’s go to Chipotle order (42:04), career advice she’d give her 22-year-old self (48:37), the people problem she would fix with a magic wand (49:46), and why on-sites are the new off-sites (51:40). If you have any feedback for the MPL podcast or would like to connect, don't hesitate to reach out on LinkedIn: Daniel Huerta and Stephen Huerta
57:21
April 05, 2022
60 - Mita Mallick (Co-Host of Brown Table Talk Podcast / Head of Inclusion, Equity, & Impact at Carta)
Mita Mallick, co-host of the Brown Table Talk podcast and Head of Equity, Inclusion, & Impact at Carta, joined us on The Modern People Leader. We talked about the importance of belonging, the big disconnect between the billions of dollars being invested in DEI and a true understanding of the work that’s being done, and what to do if you’re working in a toxic environment. Timestamps: her career journey (3:10), how Brown Table Talk started (7:56), why Mita refers to it as the great awakening and not the great resignation (11:47), how to increase the sense of belonging (13:45), the barrier in truly understanding the work that’s being done in the DEI space (17:40), is the shift to hybrid creating a new dimension to bias in the workplace? (22:37), how companies can better support managers and better protect employees (27:45), advice for the people experiencing toxic interactions at work (37:23), how to prevent toxic people from slipping through the cracks of your hiring process (39:47), the career advice Mita would give her 22-year-old self (43:58), and how we are back to 1980s levels of women in the workforce (45:16). If you have any feedback for the MPL podcast or would like to connect, don't hesitate to reach out on LinkedIn: Daniel Huerta and Stephen Huerta
49:40
March 22, 2022
59 - Tracy Hawkins (VP, Work Transformation at Twitter) on reopening Twitter’s offices & giving employees choice
Tracy Hawkins, VP, Work Transformation at Twitter, joined us on The Modern People Leader. We talked about giving employees the choice on how they want to work and how Twitter has zoned their offices. Timestamps: Tracy’s journey from flight attendant to Twitter (7:07), her role as VP, Work Transformation (13:45), why we should be jealous that she gets to work there (20:33), how their real estate strategy has changed and what it might look like in the future (27:10), employee choice is huge at Twitter (32:00), how they personalize their different offices (37:45), remote work got a bad rep (46:20), the zoning of Twitter offices - focus areas, collaboration areas, and social areas (49:43), how they address world issues at work (54:43), and the career advice she’d give 22-year-old Tracy (1:01:13). If you have any feedback for the MPL podcast or would like to connect, don't hesitate to reach out on LinkedIn: Daniel Huerta and Stephen Huerta
01:06:48
March 08, 2022
58 - Cara Brennan Allamano (SVP, People, Udemy) & Rachel Ernst (Sr. Director, People Programs, Udemy) on Udemy’s New Normal
Udemy’s Cara Brennan Allamano (SVP, People) and Rachel Ernst (Sr. Director, People Programs) joined us on The Modern People Leader. We talked about Udemy’s new normal and what they’re doing to provide connection and flexibility for all employees. Timestamps: the most pivotal moments in Cara and Rachel’s careers (4:53), the “New Normal” at Udemy (17:35), what flexibility means to Udemy (23:09), their offices are like a co-working space now (27:54), bringing Udemates on the journey to create the New Normal (29:20), learning paths related to navigating the changes at work (30:46), team working agreements at Udemy (33:44), adopting agile methodologies on your people team (37:00), the feedback processes they’ve built (39:00), they went from having 5 global offices to 900 in one day (41:20), what Cara’s hearing from the People Tech Partners community (50:20), and the career advice they would give their 22-year-old selves (57:40). If you have any feedback for the MPL podcast or would like to connect, don't hesitate to reach out on LinkedIn: Daniel Huerta and Stephen Huerta
01:06:06
February 28, 2022
57 - The four-day work week, working in the metaverse, and a chat about culture
Today we talked about Belgium approving the four-day workweek, the possibility of working in the metaverse, and then we talked about culture and the themes we're seeing across different guests. Timestamps: Belgium approves the four-day workweek (3:58), will we work in the metaverse one day (5:58), and common threads from recent guests about culture, talent attraction, and career advice (13:14). If you have any feedback for the MPL podcast or would like to connect, don't hesitate to reach out on LinkedIn: Daniel Huerta and Stephen Huerta
42:18
February 22, 2022
56 - Liz Fosslien (Co-Author of No Hard Feelings & Big Feelings) on confronting big feelings at work
Liz Fosslien, the co-author of No Hard Feelings and Big Feelings, joined us on The Modern People Leader. We talked about her journey to becoming a best-selling author, the 7 Big Feelings that we've all been experiencing the past couple of years, and how we can begin to make peace with our emotions at work. Timestamps: Liz’s journey to becoming a Wall Street Journal best-selling author (4:44), why everyone should be jealous that Liz gets to work at Humu (10:55), why she thinks we’re all so scared of confronting these big feelings at work (14:32), how they identified the 7 Big Feelings (20:00), which of the 7 Big Feelings resonates most with Liz (23:04), emotional granularity (28:20), two tools for making peace with your emotions (30:16), how to avoid negative thought spirals (35:35), the 1 thing Liz wants people to take away from Big Feelings (40:50), and the career advice she’d give to 22-year-old Liz (44:44). Big Feelings is set to come out on April 26th. If you'd like to pre-order now, here's a link: Pre-Order Now If you have any feedback for the MPL podcast or would like to connect, don't hesitate to reach out on LinkedIn: Daniel Huerta and Stephen Huerta
51:15
February 14, 2022
55 - Jessica Williams (VP of People, Refine Labs) & Megan Bowen (COO, Refine Labs) on building a culture book & becoming a talent destination
Refine Labs’ Megan Bowen, COO, and Jessica Williams, VP of People, joined us on The Modern People Leader. We talked about Refine Labs’ culture playbook, how they’re leveraging social media to become a talent destination, and why they’re focused on onboarding. Timestamps: why we should be jealous that they get to work at Refine Labs (7:05), how they created their Culture Playbook (11:10), the “oh hell nah list” of behaviors at their company(15:24), the primary driver for going fully distributed (18:40), how they’ve filled 80 roles in two years and how they plan to fill 100 more this year (21:40), the journey for the typical candidate (24:50), the quality of inbound candidates vs. outbound candidates (28:50), how you can leverage social media to become a talent destination (30:10), why they’re focused on onboarding (37:23), where onboarding goes wrong for a lot of companies (43:00), and what advice they would give their younger selves (46:20). If you have any feedback for the MPL podcast or would like to connect, don't hesitate to reach out on LinkedIn: Daniel Huerta and Stephen Huerta
52:19
February 07, 2022
54 - Katie Burke (Chief People Officer, HubSpot) on removing opinions from future of work decisions
Katie Burke, Chief People Officer at HubSpot, joined us on The Modern People Leader. We talked about HubSpot’s award-winning culture, how they conducted 4 panels to make future of work decisions, and how they’re giving employees the ability to automatically opt into the work style that best suits them. Timestamps: why we should be jealous that Katie gets to work at HubSpot (11:05), how HubSpot’s award-winning culture has evolved (14:40), getting business leaders on board with where the future of work actually is (17:50), how they conducted 4 panels to make decisions on the future of work (20:18), the insights that their people analytics team is driving around retention (24:53), personal connection to work as a key driver of retention (26:36), giving employees the choice of how they want to work in an automated way (29:18), tracking NPS, intent to stay, inclusion and belonging, and more (32:40), DIB and the future of work shouldn’t be talked about in isolation (39:04), lessons learned over the years as a leader (40:22), and the advice she’d give to 22-year old Katie (44:40). If you have any feedback for the MPL podcast or would like to connect, don't hesitate to reach out on LinkedIn: Daniel Huerta and Stephen Huerta
52:46
January 31, 2022
53 - “Best of Modern People Leader 2021” Part 2
On this very special best of 2021 mash-up, you’ll get insights from guests throughout our episodes from last year. In Part 2 you’ll hear from the following guests: MPL Group Chat (episode 36) on this being HR’s time to step up and how we’re entering the age of HR (0:37). Steve Cadigan, former CHRO of LinkedIn and author (episode 38), on how workers and companies can see less of the future than ever before, and why the competitive advantage moving forward will be the ability to deal with instability (6:57). Dom Boon, VP of Talent & Organizational Development at Liberty Latin America (episode 43), on how they identified the habits of the top 10% of their managers (16:48). Shelby Wolpa, former VP of People Operations at InVision (episode 45), on lessons learned from scaling the people function at 4 venture-backed companies and the foundational steps for setting yourself up for success in a remote-first environment (22:23). Darren Murph, Head of Remote at Gitlab (episode 49), shares why you need to look at the future of work as an opportunity to build something new – and how you have a permission slip to reinvent how your team looks and works (29:03). If you have any feedback for the MPL podcast or would like to connect, don't hesitate to reach out on LinkedIn: Daniel Huerta and Stephen Huerta
34:01
January 26, 2022
52 - “Best of Modern People Leader 2021” Part 1
On this very special best of 2021 mash-up, you’ll get insights from guests throughout the last year. In Part 1 you’ll hear from: Dilshan Rathnayake, Chief People Officer at Securonix (episode 7), on the importance of learning the business that you serve so that you can better serve your people as an HR leader (0:37). Dena Upton, Chief People Officer at Drift (episode 15), breaks down what it means for her company to be going digital-first and why it’s a more equitable model (3:52). Yemi Akisanya, Global Head of DEI at Groupon (episode 31), on why real success with DEI requires a complete culture transformation (9:25). MPL Group Chat (episode 32) on the great resignation and what you can do to keep top talent (15:03). David Hanrahan, CHRO at Eventbrite (episode 33), on why the traditional 9 to 5 is a relic of the past (24:54). If you have any feedback for the MPL podcast or would like to connect, don't hesitate to reach out on LinkedIn: Daniel Huerta and Stephen Huerta
28:51
January 17, 2022
51 - Jill Larsen (Chief People Officer, PTC) on the evolution of HR and where it’s going
Jill Larsen, Chief People Officer at PTC, joined us on The Modern People Leader. We talked about how the CHRO role has changed, the evolution of HR, and some of her predictions for the future. Timestamps: the one piece of advice that transformed her career (12:05), the worst advice she’s ever received (15:15), how the CHRO role has changed over the last 15 years and where it’s going from here (19:00), will we see more CHROs promoted to CEOs (23:50), we’re going through an HR evolution (25:34), digital transformation in HR (30:00), what does being data driven in HR look like (32:15), findings from data projects (34:42), gen z and millennial takeover (35:23), is retention still the right gauge for culture (41:50), employees having multiple jobs in the future (46:53), metrics she’s looking at on a weekly basis (51:10), and rhythms the people team has in place (53:10). If you have any feedback for the MPL podcast or would like to connect, don't hesitate to reach out on LinkedIn: Daniel Huerta and Stephen Huerta
58:58
January 08, 2022
50 - The HR Metrics to keep an eye on in 2022
At the end of each episode, we ask every guest which 3-4 metrics they’re keeping an eye on.  Today, we talked about the biggest themes that we identified and which of these metrics should make it onto your HR scorecard. Timestamps: DEI metrics (3:57), peer recognition metrics (8:30), eNPS or a single engagement metric (14:38), employee engagement metrics (16:40), retention data (22:00), business metrics (23:50), using the wobble scale for 1x1 conversations (24:38), recruiting metrics (27:18), building a scorecard for HR (30:27), moving to a focus on leading indicators versus lagging indicators (31:58), why we started The Modern People Leader (33:54), and how you can help The Modern People Leader (40:09). If you have any feedback for the MPL podcast or would like to connect, don't hesitate to reach out on LinkedIn: Daniel Huerta and Stephen Huerta
43:34
December 29, 2021
49 - Darren Murph (Head of Remote, GitLab) on culture being built outside of company walls
Darren Murph, Head of Remote at GitLab, joined us on The Modern People Leader. We talked about what a Head of Remote does, investing in document infrastructure, building culture outside of company walls, and how to shift from a fear and scarcity mindset to a mindset of opportunity. Timestamps: What a Head of Remote does on a daily basis (6:20), change without story feels like a mandate, change with a purpose feels like vision (9:44), shifting from a fear and scarcity mindset to a mindset of opportunity (12:00), you can learn something from everyone (13:07), the two biggest challenges scaling culture fully remote (16:55), investing in document infrastructure (20:46), COVID has given every leader a permission slip to try new things (30:54), hybrid or shybrid? (32:59), providing examples for building new lifestyles around work (35:26), community impact outings are good alternatives to zoom happy hours (38:37), culture is the barometer for how well values are adhered to and reinforced (42:20), the future of work is going to be asynchronous (45:10), and have you looked at your purpose portfolio lately (51:50). Here’s a link to GitLab’s handbook: Informal Communication in an all-remote environment If you have any feedback for the MPL podcast or would like to connect, don't hesitate to reach out on LinkedIn: Daniel Huerta and Stephen Huerta
54:06
December 17, 2021
48 - Barbie Brewer (Former Chief Culture Officer at GitLab & VP Talent at Netflix) on culture being exposed by the pandemic
Barbie Brewer, former VP of Talent at Netflix and Chief Culture Officer at GitLab, joined us on The Modern People Leader. We talked about the many shades of gray between office-first and remote-first. Then, we chatted about all things culture. Timestamps: The best piece of career advice she has ever received (8:52), the many shades of gray between office-first and remote-first (16:40), the difference between remote-first and remote-friendly (19:05), most companies are trying to make hybrid work (22:11), keys to asynchronous work (24:10), key lessons and takeaways on culture from her time at Netflix (37:30), culture is never done (40:41), good or bad, culture was exposed by the pandemic (42:58), what leaders should do if they feel like the culture is off (45:21), and defining the behaviors underneath your values (48:38). If you want to learn more about Barbie and the work that she’s doing, visit her website: https://barbiejane.com/contact-us If you have any feedback for the MPL podcast or would like to connect, don't hesitate to reach out on LinkedIn: Daniel Huerta and Stephen Huerta
58:47
December 08, 2021
47 - Gen Zers in the Workforce
By 2025 Gen Z will make up 27% of the workforce. So, today we talked about what makes them different from any other generation and what they’re expecting from employers. If you have any feedback for the MPL podcast or would like to connect, don't hesitate to reach out on LinkedIn: Daniel Huerta and Stephen Huerta
44:09
November 30, 2021
46 - Clio Knowles (Chief People Person, Virgin Hotels) on making employees feel seen
Clio Knowles, Chief People Person at Virgin Hotels, joined us on The Modern People Leader. We talked about technology, how they’re hiring differently, and the importance of making employees feel seen. Timestamps: Launching hotels during COVID (12:00), why they built a custom communications platform (14:50), combatting the great resignation in the hospitality industry (16:50), focusing attention on hiring people from underserved populations (18:40), seeing employees as human beings (24:20), BAREIT sessions at Virgin Hotels (28:15), they mapped the teammate journey out and created a teammate branding toolkit (30:20), the people that have the answers are the people on the ground doing the work (34:00), and more. If you have any feedback for the MPL podcast or would like to connect, don't hesitate to reach out on LinkedIn: Daniel Huerta and Stephen Huerta
43:06
November 20, 2021
45 - Building a Remote-First Culture (Shelby Wolpa, People Leadership Advisor & Remote Work Expert)
Shelby Wolpa, Founder of Shelby Wolpa Consulting, joined us on The Modern People Leader. Shelby talked about her experience scaling the people function for 4 separate unicorn+ status companies. Then, we talked about what it takes to build a best-in-class culture in a remote-first environment. Timestamps: learnings from scaling the people function for 4 venture-backed companies (9:19), what it was like pioneering a remote-first culture (10:55), foundational steps for setting yourself up for success in a remote-first environment (14:10), common pitfalls when going remote-first (20:12), what type of work should happen in the office (24:40), Shelby’s prediction for remote work (25:50), there’s no such thing as hybrid (30:30), the three phases of onboarding (33:45), and what’s keeping people leaders up at night (43:15). You can find Shelby’s free guide for building a remote-first culture and her other playbooks on her website: https://www.shelbywolpaconsulting.com/ If you have any feedback for the MPL podcast or would like to connect, don't hesitate to reach out on LinkedIn: Daniel Huerta and Stephen Huerta
50:12
November 10, 2021
44 - Parental Leave (Allison Whalen, CEO @ Parentaly)
Allison Whalen, Co-Founder and CEO at Parentaly, joined us on The Modern People Leader. She shared what she wishes people would have told her before she became a parent and took leave. Then, we talked about what the best companies are doing for parental leave. Timestamps: Allison’s personal struggles dealing with the career stressors of parental leave (3:55), what she wishes people would have told her before she took leave (8:20), why parental leave is front and center right now (18:20), moving past the old way of thinking about paid leave (22:16), the challenges companies face with extending leave (22:36), using parental leave to take inventory of what work matters most (28:08), and re-onboarding parents when they come back to work (31:36). If you have any feedback for the MPL podcast or would like to connect, don't hesitate to reach out on LinkedIn: Daniel Huerta and Stephen Huerta
47:28
October 29, 2021
43 - Dom Boon (VP Talent & Organizational Development, Liberty Latin America) on the 8 habits of top managers
Dom Boon, VP Talent & Organizational Development at Liberty Latin America, joined us on The Modern People Leader. We talked about LLA’s manager research and how they identified the 8 habits of the top 10% of their managers. Timestamps: Navigating the pandemic across 30 different markets (15:02), how Liberty Latin America identified the top 10% of managers (17:58), 5 questions to measure managers (21:34), the 8 habits that differentiate the top 10% of managers at LLA (22:22), building talent programs from this manager research (30:15), and shifting to a human-centric style of leadership (34:42). Check out Dom's recent post on LinkedIn where he writes about the 8 new habits of their top people managers. If you have any feedback for the MPL podcast or would like to connect, don't hesitate to reach out on LinkedIn: Daniel Huerta and Stephen Huerta
43:38
October 21, 2021
42 - Our Top 3 Moments from The Modern People Leader
Today we reflected on the past ten months and all of the great conversations that we've had on The Modern People Leader. At 19:00, we each give our top 3 moments from the show. If you have any feedback for the MPL podcast or would like to connect, don't hesitate to reach out on LinkedIn: Daniel Huerta and Stephen Huerta
41:09
October 15, 2021
41 - Angela Shaw (Chief People Officer, JuiceLand)
Angela Shaw, Chief People Officer at JuiceLand, joined us on The Modern People Leader.  We talked about her nontraditional path into HR, uninviting people from the party if they can’t get behind your organization's shared beliefs, and bucking industry norms when it’s the right thing to do.  Timestamps: Angela’s nontraditional path into HR (4:20), her first 30, 60, 90 days on the job as the new CPO at JuiceLand (9:10), creating shared beliefs, shared knowledge, and shared action with DEI efforts (12:05), why the fight over who should own DEI is so frustrating (15:46), bucking the industry norms when it’s the right thing to do (26:55), staying true to who you are and what you represent (33:07), and finding balance and learning how to say NO (40:00).  If you have any feedback for the MPL podcast or would like to connect, don't hesitate to reach out on LinkedIn: Daniel Huerta and Stephen Huerta
48:36
September 30, 2021
40 - Jess Galica on Women Making Bold Career Pivots
Jess Galica, the founder of the Reclaim Your Career project, joined us on The Modern People Leader. Over the past year, she has interviewed 100+ women that have made successful career pivots.  In this episode, she shares her findings as well as some of those stories. Timestamps: what led to Jess’s desire to make a career pivot (4:48), what propelled her research and writing around women & career pivoting (16:08), people in our generation are mastering the art of pivoting (22:09), what's feminist guilt? (25:03), you’re the only one who needs to wake up and do your career every day (32:41), women are bearing the disproportionate brunt of the challenges the pandemic has put on people as it relates to work (39:50), and the three steps of a career pivot (50:48). If you want to learn about Reclaim Your Career: Follow Jess on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jessgalica/ Learn from women’s stories: https://www.reclaimyourcareer.co/ If you have any feedback for the MPL podcast or would like to connect, don't hesitate to reach out on LinkedIn: Daniel Huerta and Stephen Huerta
56:09
September 24, 2021
39 - MPL Group Chat: Bouncing Forward in This Time of Uncertainty
This week we had two return guests for another MPL Group Chat: Libby Fiumara, Talent Program Manager from Expel and Sarah Salbu Young, Talent Experience Partner at Pegasystems We talked about how companies can bounce forward vs. focusing on the great resignation, the importance of pausing and reflecting on people who are making a positive impact on you at work, and trends heading into the last quarter of the year. Timestamps: it feels like things are moving slowly (4:45), bouncing forward vs. focusing on the great resignation (10:49), the concept of High School and being exposed to different people, ideas, and work (13:36), doing work that gives you energy and aligns with your purpose (18:20), time off is going to become a part of employees’ Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs (24:06), the importance of pausing and reflecting on people who are having a positive impact on you (29:02) and trends heading into Q4, the “People Quarter”(39:45). If you have any feedback for the MPL podcast or would like to connect, don't hesitate to reach out on LinkedIn: Daniel Huerta and Stephen Huerta
53:23
September 16, 2021
38 - Steve Cadigan (Former CHRO at LinkedIn & Author)
Steve Cadigan, author, and former CHRO at LinkedIn, joined us on The Modern People Leader to discuss his recent book: Workquake: Embracing the Aftershocks of COVID-19 to Create a Better Model of Working Timestamps: Steve’s journey from graduating with no plan to becoming LinkedIn’s first CHRO (3:00), the inspiration behind his book (13:33), workers and companies can see LESS of the future than ever before (17:21), what companies can learn from Duke basketball’s Coach K and his talent strategy (23:54), organizations are hiring for intellectual curiosity (38:03), the lifespan of a new skill is shorter than it has ever been (43:03), and how Steve was conned by students into joining TikTok (56:07). If you have any feedback for the MPL podcast or would like to connect, don't hesitate to reach out on LinkedIn: Daniel Huerta and Stephen Huerta
01:01:02
September 08, 2021
37 - Hybrid Work & The 4-Day Workweek
Today we talked about hybrid work and the possibility of a four-day workweek. If you have any feedback for the MPL podcast or would like to connect, don't hesitate to reach out on LinkedIn: Daniel Huerta and Stephen Huerta
40:25
August 23, 2021
36 - MPL Group Chat: The Summer of Counteroffers & Choice
This week we had three return guests for another MPL Group Chat: Jennifer Paxton, VP People at Smile.io, Jaclyn Jussif, Director of Talent Acquisition at EDB, and Adrienne Barnard, SVP, People Operations & Experience at Mainstay We talk about the summer of counteroffers & choice, moving people ops from an administrative function to a strategic function, and an employee-driven future of work. Timestamps: moving people ops from an administrative function to a strategic function (1:55), the summer of counteroffers & choice (8:38), focusing on key performers and high potential employees (16:55), mental wellness is top of mind for employees (21:20), will the four-day workweek be the norm in the future? (25:53), redesigning the employee journey for the future of work (28:00), collecting data is a strategic approach to making decisions (36:00), advocating for more people on the people team (38:16), HR has the data to make the decisions that will change employees’ lives (41:14), and an employee-driven future (44:33). If you have any feedback for the MPL podcast or would like to connect, don't hesitate to reach out on LinkedIn: Daniel Huerta and Stephen Huerta
52:14
August 14, 2021
35 - The Importance of Employer Branding (Eric Harris, CEO @ MindHandle)
With so much change in the workplace, it’s critical that businesses are (re)defining their employee brand, leaning into a future-of-work strategy, and consistently communicating across levels of the company. In this expert session, Eric Harris, CEO of MindHandle shares best practices and tactics that will enhance your employer brand. Timestamps: the difference between employee branding & employer branding (7:03), who should own employer branding internally (12:40), why employer branding is so important (14:23), do you have a culture or an employer brand issue? (18:30), getting HR to think more like a marketing department (28:40), organizations need to talk about their WINS more often (32:08), the biggest challenge with employer branding (35:10), using your leadership team as thought leaders (39:25), and how to communicate culture & values in job postings (42:40). If you have any feedback for the MPL podcast or would like to connect, don't hesitate to reach out on LinkedIn: Daniel Huerta and Stephen Huerta
56:28
August 04, 2021
34 - Noreen Zobel (Chief People Officer, CrossBoundary)
Noreen Zobel, Chief People Officer at CrossBoundary, joined us on The Modern People Leader. We talked about the challenges of recruiting into new countries, maintaining culture as you grow, and the 16-hour diversity workshop series that they put on for their people. Timestamps: what it’s like being a new Chief People Officer at a high-growth company (21:20), the challenges of recruiting into new countries (22:55), maintain your culture as you grow (27:09), the 16-hour diversity workshop series they put their employees through (38:35), and the biggest changes to come out of COVID when we look back in 20 years (46:53). If you have any feedback for the MPL podcast or would like to connect, don't hesitate to reach out on LinkedIn: Daniel Huerta and Stephen Huerta
55:54
July 28, 2021
33 - David Hanrahan (CHRO, Eventbrite) on the Fading Relics at Work
David Hanrahan, CHRO at Eventbrite, joined us on The Modern People Leader. He shared why Eventbrite is letting employees decide on whether or not they want to come back to the office, what operating in high trust mode looks like, and why the traditional workweek is outdated. Timestamps: the origin of Eventbrite's decision to go hybrid & operating in a high trust mode (9:48), how culture is fundamentally changing (15:50), how to rethink your culture (19:46), is the 9 to 5 is a relic of the past? (29:26), work and life will continue to blend together (38:23), and the metrics David keeps a close eye on (42:00). If you have any feedback for the MPL podcast or would like to connect, don't hesitate to reach out on LinkedIn: Daniel Huerta and Stephen Huerta
46:56
July 19, 2021
32 - CPO Group Chat: Return to Office & The Great Resignation
This week we had four return guests on for our first-ever CPO Group Chat:  Lyndsay Lord, CHRO at Team Car Care dba Jiffy Lube Rhiana Barr, Chief People Officer at KushCo Dilshan Ratnayake, Chief People Officer at Securonix Kristen Barbor, VP Global HR at Groupon We discuss their return to office strategies and the 'Great Resignation'.  Timestamps: what their return to office strategies look like (1:20), Apple taking a mandatory stance on employees coming into the office (8:18), crafting back-to-work strategies to get top talent (16:28), the big concerns about the great resignation (24:45), communicating your strategy effectively across the organization (30:15), preventing your culture from eroding in the new world of work (38:00), quick wins with total rewards strategies (40:50), and what every company should be doing to keep their best talent (58:30). If you have any feedback for the MPL podcast or would like to connect, don't hesitate to reach out on LinkedIn: Daniel Huerta and Stephen Huerta
01:02:56
July 13, 2021
31 - Yemi Akisanya (Global Head of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, Groupon) on why DEI needs to be a leadership competency
Yemi Akisanya, Global Head of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Groupon, joined us on The Modern People Leader. This episode is filled with nuggets of gold. Yemi talks about why DEI needs to be a competency that every leader has, why your company needs to build a business case for DEI, and why you should focus on building a strategy instead of racking up a couple of quick wins. Timestamps: defining diversity, equity, and inclusion (20:50), the question you need to answer: why DEI now? (28:35), building a business case for DEI and making it more than a moral case (30:07), executives need to build the leadership competencies related to DEI (38:24), DEI programming CANNOT be effective if the CEO doesn’t have the competency to drive it (43:23), DEI is a cultural transformation (48:27), socializing your DEI data as a corporation (51:53), building an actual DEI strategy > quick wins (53:23), and shifting DEI from programming to leadership competencies (58:50). If you have any feedback for the MPL podcast or would like to connect, don't hesitate to reach out on LinkedIn: Daniel Huerta and Stephen Huerta
01:20:38
July 07, 2021
30 - Christopher D. Lee (CHRO, William & Mary)
Christopher D. Lee, CHRO at William & Mary, joined us on The Modern People Leader. He shared how he went from a Lieutenant Colonel in the Marine Corps to being the CHRO of one of the oldest and most prestigious schools in the US. We discussed how a leader's job is to help each employee be their very best, why boosting your employees’ confidence is important, and how to drive performance conversations by asking the right questions. Timestamps: why HR practitioners are miseducated & the 4 elements of HR (19:00), a leaders job is to help every employee be their very best (27:36), discretionary effort = employee engagement (31:20), boosting the confidence of your people (38:27), asking the right questions to drive performance conversations (42:25), and the common objections to scrapping the performance review (57:24). If you have any feedback for the MPL podcast or would like to connect, don't hesitate to reach out on LinkedIn: Daniel Huerta and Stephen Huerta
01:07:36
June 30, 2021
29 - The History of Burnout & The Power of Kindness
Today we discussed the history of burnout and the power of kindness in the workplace. If you have any feedback for the MPL podcast or would like to connect, don't hesitate to reach out on LinkedIn: Daniel Huerta and Stephen Huerta
46:23
June 17, 2021
28 - Revamping Your Employee Engagement Strategy
Today we dove deep into employee engagement & what companies can do if they need to revamp their approach. Timestamps: the convergence of engagement and pulse surveys (2:53), what a “cookie-cutter” employee engagement strategy looks like (4:15), how pulse surveys have evolved over the years (6:10), what a blended engagement strategy looks like (7:18), where to start when revamping your engagement strategy (9:34), setting goals for your engagement strategy (11:16), what good and bad survey design looks like (15:26), the 3 primary engagement models being used right now (21:20), big misses in engagement in 2020 (29:00) If you have any feedback for the MPL podcast or would like to connect, don't hesitate to reach out on LinkedIn: Daniel Huerta and Stephen Huerta
37:59
June 06, 2021
27 - Kristen Barbor (VP, Global HR, Groupon)
Kristen Barbor, VP, Global HR at Groupon, joined us on The Modern People Leader. We touched on a lot: how to be human on the HR side during tough times, how consensus-driven decision-making can be detrimental, and Groupon’s employee engagement strategy. Timestamps: being human during tough times goes a long way (13:40), using creativity as a secret weapon in HR (21:08), why consensus-driven decision making can be detrimental at times (23:30), deep-dive into Groupon’s employee engagement strategy (27:20), creating task forces to drive action after employee engagement surveys (33:50), and rebuilding and reenergizing Groupon’s workforce (39:17). If you have any feedback for the MPL podcast or would like to connect, don't hesitate to reach out on LinkedIn: Daniel Huerta and Stephen Huerta
52:12
May 28, 2021
26 - Leah Pettinari (Director, People Strategy & Engagement, The Boston Beer Company) on How They're Planning to Pilot Different Work Scenarios
Leah Pettinari, Director, People Strategy & Engagement at The Boston Beer Company, joined us on The Modern People Leader. We talked about how The Boston Beer Company plans to pilot different work scenarios to figure out what works best for their people.  Timestamps: how COVID has impacted connection at BBC (13:47), how they’re adapting to the new virtual world (16:00) the fundamental elements that have improved their virtual approach (19:33), the higher productivity & improved pace of work in our new normal (23:58) how they plan to maintain flexibility AND drive better connection between their people (31:39), how they're piloting different work scenarios to see what works best for them (33:00), providing incentives for people to come into the office (38:01), and the aversion to returning to what work was (40:50). If you have any feedback for the MPL podcast or would like to connect, don't hesitate to reach out on LinkedIn: Daniel Huerta and Stephen Huerta
52:33
May 20, 2021
25 - Libby Fiumara (Talent Program Manager, Expel) on Turning Performance Management Upside Down
Libby Fiumara, Talent Program Manager at Expel, joined us on The Modern People Leader. We talked about how Expel is turning performance management upside down. Timestamps: when she realized she wanted to hone in on one facet of HR (5:54), why Expel rebranded performance management to performance enablement (7:18), turning performance management upside down (11:57), training managers to be more human (14:15), using the wobble scale to navigate tough conversations (16:16) applying energy management to prevent burnout (26:55), deploying quarterly "reflect and resets" (29:09), creating a common vocabulary across the company (31:41), making HR a sounding board (35:00), hybrid vs. remote vs. in-office decisions for companies (36:16), where you should start if you’re rethinking performance management (46:44), Adam Grant’s Think Again (49:05), and wine and performance coaching (50:25) LibeLabs Learning: Hybrid & Remote Work Playbook If you have any feedback for the MPL podcast or would like to connect, don't hesitate to reach out on LinkedIn: Daniel Huerta and Stephen Huerta
59:35
May 12, 2021
24 - Hallie Bregman (Global Head of People Analytics, PTC) on People Analytics
Hallie Bregman, Global Head of People Analytics at PTC, joined us on The Modern People Leader. This episode is filled with nuggets of gold: Why the future Chief People Officer will have an analytics background (8:41), how COVID has elevated people analytics (10:09), the evolution of people analytics (11:40), the nuance between reporting & analytics (14:15), using analytics to tell stories (18:27), organizing your people analytics team (20:08), applying analytics to the candidate experience (24:08), getting alignment with stakeholders on analytics initiatives (31:20), year one of PTC's analytics journey (37:03), putting together the initial roadmap for people analytics (41:37), where to start with DEI analytics (44:56), how to run a self-identification campaign for DEI (48:06), and why Hallie hates diversity dashboards (50:18). If you have any feedback for the MPL podcast or would like to connect, don't hesitate to reach out on LinkedIn: Daniel Huerta and Stephen Huerta
56:58
May 06, 2021
23 - Michelle Wax (Founder, American Happiness Project) on Happiness
Michelle Wax, the founder of the American Happiness Project, joined us on The Modern People Leader. We talked about her journey across the USA to learn what brings everyday Americans happiness and fulfillment and much more. Timestamps: why Michelle started the American Happiness Project (3:34), the 500 people that she interviewed on happiness (12:18), “you’re protected on this earth until you’ve served your purpose” (15:25), biggest lessons learned along her journey (19:32), consistent themes for creating happiness (25:04), why you should make the big life shift that your family doesn’t totally understand (32:01), the YOLO economy (33:42), & self-awareness will lead to a happier workforce (49:02). If you have any feedback for the MPL podcast or would like to connect, don't hesitate to reach out on LinkedIn: Daniel Huerta and Stephen Huerta
52:31
April 28, 2021
22 - Rhiana Barr (Chief People Officer, KushCo) on Nailing the People Piece of M&A
Rhiana Barr, Chief People Officer at KushCo, joined us on The Modern People Leader. We talked about why HR needs to be involved early in the M&A process, how to ensure a successful cultural integration, and much more. Timestamps: why working in a wide range of industries has been so critical to her career growth (3:38), strategic workforce planning based on legislation (10:22), the changing perception of working in the cannabis industry (17:26), why HR needs to get involved early in the M&A process (23:39), the culture diligence is the missing piece to successful mergers and acquisitions (24:41), her step-by-step process for assessing culture pre-integration (29:16), why an HR leader is running their integration management office (33:25), and creating a single culture is a journey with your people (47:16),  If you have any feedback for the MPL podcast or would like to connect, don't hesitate to reach out on LinkedIn: Daniel Huerta and Stephen Huerta
01:00:10
April 22, 2021
21 - The Ups & Downs of Engagement Scores in 2020/2021
Today we talked about the ups and downs of employee engagement scores over the past 13 months. If you have any feedback for the MPL podcast or would like to connect, don't hesitate to reach out on LinkedIn: Daniel Huerta and Stephen Huerta
52:08
April 16, 2021
20 - Adrienne Barnard (SVP, People Operations & Experience, AdmitHub) on Building Great Managers
Adrienne Barnard, SVP People Operations & Experience at AdmitHub, joined us on The Modern People Leader. We covered all things manager-related: the secret sauce to becoming a great manager, rookie mistakes to avoid, how to run effective 1x1s, and much more. Timestamps: the secret sauce for becoming a great manager (9:12), the biggest rookie mistakes for new managers (13:42), people ops is important & companies are starting to take notice (25:36), why most 1x1s are ineffective (28:10), putting all managers through management training (32:34), having someone look after People Ops makes a big impact (37:50), leveraging engagement surveys to measure manager effectiveness (41:17), and using micro-learning opportunities to get quick wins with manger training (47:35). If you have any feedback for the MPL podcast or would like to connect, don't hesitate to reach out on LinkedIn: Daniel Huerta and Stephen Huerta
58:49
April 09, 2021
19 - Emma Brudner (Head of People, Reggora)
Emma Brudner, Head of People at Reggora, joined us on The Modern People Leader. We talked about what it has been like building out Reggora's people processes from scratch, going fully distributed, and what they’re measuring on their first-ever pulse survey. Timestamps: how Emma made the jump from being a journalist to Head of People (3:52), prioritizing people processes being put into place (13:17), why she meets with every new hire (17:23), influencing without authority in HR (19:13), building the employee handbook & ensuring the policies are equitable (21:31), how going fully distributed is fueling headcount growth (28:03), how Reggora designed their first pulse survey (32:16), recruiting for industry-specific expertise ( 39:20), and the difference between radical candor and being a jerk (40:45). If you have any feedback for the MPL podcast or would like to connect, don't hesitate to reach out on LinkedIn: Daniel Huerta and Stephen Huerta
54:01
April 04, 2021
18 - Jaclyn Jussif (Director of Talent Acquisition, EnterpriseDB) on Hiring & Onboarding
Jaclyn Jussif, Director of Talent Acquisition at EnterpriseDB, joined us on The Modern People Leader. We talked about hiring, onboarding, and how to create custom ramp plans for new hires. Timestamps: biggest differences hiring internationally (12:29), using the WHO method for behavioral interviewing (16:22), calling out the elephant in the room (COVID) in interviews (22:04), front-loading information in the onboarding process (25:52), creating customized 30, 60, 90-day ramp plans (29:33), tying references to ramp plans (33:08), nudging people to connect (36:00), why the EMPLOYEE needs to drive the onboarding process (38:45), and the magnified imposter syndrome that people are feeling right now (42:56). If you have any feedback for the MPL podcast or would like to connect, don't hesitate to reach out on LinkedIn: Daniel Huerta and Stephen Huerta
50:13
April 01, 2021
17 - Gillian Godfrey (Chief People Officer, Storable) on Psychological Safety
Gillian Godfrey, Chief People Officer at Storable, joined us on The Modern People Leader. Gillian shared how Storable is creating Psychological Safety across the entire employee experience. We also dove into the recent work that they did with their Employee Value Proposition. Timestamps: why Psychological Safety is front and center right now (12:31), how their leadership team is “wrapping their arms around their people” (14:46), the two new roles that Storable created to improve employee engagement (21:05), “making deposits to the trust bank” (25:37), how they’re creating psychological safety from candidate to “graduate” (28:15), now is your time in HR to step up as a leader (34:28), how Storable launched their new Employee Value Proposition (38:20), how they grew their LinkedIn page from 1,000 to 10,000 followers (45:00), and how Storable connected their EVP to a compelling story (50:37). If you have any feedback for the MPL podcast or would like to connect, don't hesitate to reach out on LinkedIn: Daniel Huerta and Stephen Huerta
58:36
March 28, 2021
16 - Building Recognition Programs for a 6,000 Person Company
Sarah Salbu Young, Talent Experience Partner at Pegasystems, joined us on The Modern People Leader recently. At Pegasystems, Sarah’s role is fully dedicated to building recognition programs for their 6,000 people worldwide. We talked about “the lost art of saying thank you”, how companies can incorporate traditions and rituals to build a stronger culture, and lastly, she broke down the 3 core pillars of Recognition at Pega. Timestamps: how Sarah made the jump from PR to the People function (2:49), Sarah's unique role & the 3 core pillars of recognition (9:39), the power of saying “thank you” (17:54), creating a culture of positivity (20:36), incorporating traditions and rituals to build a stronger culture (31:42), creating “water-cooler” like moments virtually (34:48), infusing humor into the workplace (37:09), creating unique “badge of honor” moments for big milestones that everyone can look forward to (40:11), peer-to-peer recognition and awards at Pega (43:54), and measuring the success of recognition programs (46:06). If you have any feedback for the MPL podcast or would like to connect, don't hesitate to reach out on LinkedIn: Daniel Huerta and Stephen Huerta
53:47
March 21, 2021
15 - Dena Upton (Chief People Officer, Drift) on Going Digital First
Dena Upton, Chief People Officer at Drift, joined us on The Modern People Leader the other day. Drift is a hyper-growth startup (440 employees) that has been named to Deloitte's Fast 500 List, Forbes' AI 50 List, and Inc.'s of the Best Workplaces of 2020. Dena shared the details around Drift's recent decision to go Digital First: Defining Digital First, how it’s different than a hybrid approach, and why it’s a mindset shift (10:33), why the hybrid approach will start to deteriorate post-pandemic (13:38), doubling down on what’s working for your culture in a digital work environment (16:16), Monday Metrics and Friday Show & Tell (18:52), giving employees permission to make big life decisions and picking an edge (21:04), focusing on impact and outcomes over facetime (28:56), putting the finishing touches to their culture deck (30:24), the importance of storytelling and showing your work (34:39), the Drift leadership team’s commitment to their people agenda (37:01) relocation and market-based compensation (39:12), and the metrics that Dena is constantly looking at (46:00). If you have any feedback for the MPL podcast or would like to connect, don't hesitate to reach out on LinkedIn: Daniel Huerta and Stephen Huerta
51:29
March 14, 2021
14 - Lyndsay Lord (CHRO, Team Car Care, dba Jiffy Lube)
Our guest today was Lyndsay Lord, CHRO at Team Car Care, dba Jiffy Lube, the largest Jiffy Lube franchisee in the US. For all of the HR practitioners that work in multi-unit businesses, this episode is for you! And for everyone else, listen to Lyndsay on why working in HR for a blue-collar company is so rewarding. What we covered: focusing on their 5,000 teammates to deliver an amazing guest experience (7:32), how role clarity can drive high engagement (9:43), building a strong data foundation on the HR side (11:51), 2021 will be the year of anticipation with their analytics (12:13), managing data for a multi-unit business (13:58), laying out a clear career path for employees (16:32), identifying high-potential teammates to promote (20:34), working in HR for white-collar vs. blue-collar companies (21:39), listening to employees to make their experience better (29:29), trainings to develop inclusive leaders (36:20), International Women’s Day shoutouts (39:49), qualities of the great leaders she’s worked with (43:30), navigating motherhood while focusing on your career (45:00), and more. If you have any feedback for the MPL podcast or would like to connect, don't hesitate to reach out on LinkedIn: Daniel Huerta and Stephen Huerta
57:50
March 11, 2021
13 - VP of People + Talent at Privy on Performance Reviews (Jennifer Paxton)
Our guest today was Jennifer Paxton, VP of People + Talent at Privy.  We covered quite a bit: the craziest thing she's experienced in her career (0:49), why she loves her job (3:30), the monthly HR/Talent breakfast that she hosts (8:26), the employee preference for a quarterly performance review vs. the manager pushback for a less frequent cadence (13:48), how she built Privy's performance review process from scratch (18:16), how she built a competency bank & tailored competencies for different teams (19:49), the debate on whether or not to include self-assessments (31:24), how to enable managers to have professional growth conversations with their direct reports (37:21), and more. If you have any feedback for the MPL podcast or would like to connect, don't hesitate to reach out on LinkedIn: Daniel Huerta and Stephen Huerta
58:03
March 08, 2021
12 - The Gray Area of "Anonymous" Employee Feedback
Today we talked about the importance of anonymous feedback and the new “gray area” that has emerged: challenges companies are having taking action on employee feedback (1:32), skepticism from employees on survey anonymity (5:35), “confidential” surveys that aren’t truly anonymous (10:48), the argument for pseudo-anonymous feedback (12:56), what a world of fully-attributed surveys would look like (20:01), and how people might be able to one-day “opt-in” to attributed feedback channels (23:33). If you have any feedback for the MPL podcast or would like to connect, don't hesitate to reach out on LinkedIn: Daniel Huerta and Stephen Huerta
30:25
March 04, 2021
11 - Leveraging LinkedIn to Build Your Employer Brand
Our guest today was Chris Walker, CEO of Refine Labs. Chris has grown his business from 1 person to 20 in the past 16-18 months, and he plans on being at 100 by the end of 2022. 100% of their growth (on both the customer and people side) has come from the employer brand that they've been able to build on LinkedIn. He gives a full breakdown of how they do it. We then talk about how he vets 900+ candidates for roles (16:10), how they've built an army of employee advocates on social media (23:38), why they are a 100% remote-based company (40:17), and more.  If you have any feedback for the MPL podcast, don't hesitate to reach out on LinkedIn: Daniel Huerta and Stephen Huerta
45:48
February 23, 2021
10 - Al Polizzi (Chief People Officer at VetCor)
Our guest today was Al Polizzi, Chief People Officer at VetCor. We talk about her love for dogs (0:48), how she transitioned from an English professor to HR (3:27), how VetCor is finding ways for employees to connect (16:42), their virtual onboarding “buddy system” (20:51), how they implemented their first-ever virtual career fair (25:36), why companies should stop selling an inauthentic version of themselves to candidates (26:56), her definition of employee engagement (30:02), how they’re connecting employees to teach one another (36:05), the “Tech Life” Facebook group for Vet Techs at VetCor (39:33), creating change champions for mental wellness programs (42:40), and finding “reverse mentors” across your front-line workers. If you have any feedback or suggestions on future topics/speakers, please reach out to us on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/stephenhuerta/ https://www.linkedin.com/in/daniel-huerta-74661390/
56:41
February 19, 2021
9 - Mental Wellness at Work (Gloria Chan Packer)
For our first expert session, we spoke with Gloria Chan Packer, the Principal Advisor at Recalibrate. She shares her personal mental wellness journey (2:26), her thoughts on being in the midst of a mental health crisis (12:33), the obligation from organizations to support mental wellness in the workplace (18:25), what a modern mental wellness program looks like (35:23), why giant corporate subscriptions to Headspace might not be the answer (40:33), and how to measure the effectiveness of your wellness programs (42:37). If you have any follow up questions for Gloria, here's a link to her LinkedIn:  https://www.linkedin.com/in/gloriachanpacker/ And if you have any feedback or suggestions on future topics/speakers, please reach out to us on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/stephenhuerta/ https://www.linkedin.com/in/daniel-huerta-74661390/
56:07
February 13, 2021
8 - Are you doing a lot of "manual HR work"?
Today we discuss what a "quarterly pulse engagement survey" is and how much time in HR is being spent on manual work. For more content, subscribe to The Modern People Leader on Spotify or Apple Podcasts.
32:22
February 09, 2021
7 - Dilshan Ratnayake (EVP & Chief People Officer at Securonix)
In this episode, we talk with Dilshan Ratnayake, EVP & Chief People Officer at Securonix. This was a fun one. The topics covered range from: How his daughter thinks of his job as “superhero” like, Seeking his mom’s counsel when making career changes, Meeting your organization where they’re at as a new CPO & not coming in and making immediate changes, Discipline & execution beat bells and whistles any day in HR, Why every HR practitioner should try a role in operations, and His strong belief in Leadership Accelerator Programs For more content, subscribe to The Modern People Leader on Spotify or Apple Podcasts.
59:14
February 04, 2021
6 - Hard Truths in HR
Today we discuss 3 hard truths in HR: 1) HR as a whole needs to collaborate better, 2) The underutilization of HR Tech, and 3) HR's inability to take advantage of the data that they have.  For more content, subscribe to The Modern People Leader on Spotify or Apple Podcasts.
38:08
January 30, 2021
5 - April Galda Joyce (Chief Culture Officer, Global Atlantic Financial Group)
In this episode, we talk with April Galda Joyce, Chief Culture Officer at Global Atlantic Financial Group. We cover a lot: the role of the Chief Culture Officer, her non-traditional path into HR, career advice for women, how to create new opportunities for employees within your org, a complete breakdown of how she looks at diversity & inclusion, and more. For more content, subscribe to The Modern People Leader on Spotify or Apple Podcasts.
01:11:06
January 24, 2021
4 - Debbie Shotwell (Chief People Officer, Stack Overflow)
In this episode, we talk with Debbie Shotwell, Chief People Officer at Stack Overflow, about her career and her new role at Stack. We dive into what her agenda will look like in her first 90 days, prioritizing mental health and wellbeing during these difficult times, the importance of employer branding, the secret sauce for engaging employees, and much more. For more content, subscribe to The Modern People Leader on Spotify or Apple Podcasts.
01:05:18
January 17, 2021
3 - 2021 HR & Employee Engagement Trends
In today’s episode, we discuss the biggest HR trends from 2020. Then, we jump into what we see coming in 2021. For more content, subscribe to The Modern People Leader on Spotify or Apple Podcasts.
55:30
January 12, 2021
2 - Getting Real BI with Employee Engagement Data
Today, we talked about what having true BI capabilities with your employee engagement data looks like: What does it even mean to have true business intelligence How to create a common data model across your feedback channels How to pick a set of critical numbers or KPIs The promise of AI/ML in HR Tech Real BI vs. sexy static reporting For more content, subscribe to The Modern People Leader on Spotify or Apple Podcasts.
01:04:21
January 05, 2021
1 - Taking Action on Employee Feedback
Welcome to The Modern People Leader Podcast. Today we're leaning into our "Top of Mind" format, where we discuss topics that are relevant, timely, and probably on the minds of a lot of people out there in HR.  For our inaugural episode, we discussed the following: who should own action planning, what a modern employee feedback approach looks like, how to get to the crux of what your data is telling you, how to craft a narrative around your employee feedback, and how to communicate results out to both the leadership team and company-wide. For more content, subscribe to The Modern People Leader on Spotify or Apple Podcasts.
57:52
December 20, 2020