This podcast has been created to help shed light on some of the many misconceptions about human resources. To show you who we are at our core and what we are passionate about, which is championing for the people in our organizations. You will learn of our struggles and our fears. You will see our human side and I hope that it makes us as real to you as you are to us.
James Guilford joins me in the sound booth to discuss this very relevant topic. In a time of pandemic, racism and sexism, it is abundantly clear that people are no longer willing to tolerate toxic behaviours for a paycheck. James has a wealth of knowledge and experience in working with organizations with toxic cultures and has even been known to work with a bunch of clowns.
In this episode, James and I discuss:
What is workplace bullying and why does it exist?
The consequences of a toxic work environment
Why you will lose your top talent and
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The Happiness Advantage
Mandisa Diggs joins me in the sound booth to close out 2020. In this episode she shares:
Her HR origin story
Why she believes that DEI is a movement and not a moment
Points from her article: I am NOT OK: A Grief Stricken Confession from a D&I Professional
Mandisa shows an admirable strength and vulnerability in this episode that will make you look at DEI in a different light and hopefully give you a new appreciation for what we do in HR.
How to be an Antiracist
The Inclusion Paradox
How to be an Inclusive Leader
1:1 with Mandisa
How self-aware are you?
As HR professionals, we are conscious of giving to others but how do we take care of ourselves, so that we can continue to be of service to others?
In the Soundbooth with me to discuss this and more is author and speaker Eliot Kelly. Eliot is recognized as a Serial Entrepreneur, and has been featured on CNN, BBC Three’s Be Your Own Boss, and an extensive list of magazines and articles. His four books have been translated into over 7 languages and are sold in 29 countries, recently being shortlisted for Best Self-Help and Best Advice Books 2019 by The Author Academy.
In this episode we discuss:
Dealing with loss and burnout as an HR Professional
Feeding your why
Humanizing the interview process during Covid-19
Eliot had lots of information to share. Be sure to connect with Eliot and to check out his books.
Eliot Kelly TV
Eliot Kelly books
Aura Telman is one of my nearest and dearest of friends. She is one of the kindest and gentle people I have ever met and it was a pleasure to have this conversation with her. She is the Founder of the now rebranded Aura Telman Consulting formerly Huresources Consulting.
In this episode, Aura and I talk about:
The Be Human Hour
Her HR origin story is going to blow you away and she also shares her true passion in life, and be sure to check out her new Leadership Spirit Quiz at the top of her website using the link below.
Connect with Aura
Over the last year, I have had the awesome privilege of getting to know Tracie Sponenberg. Tracie is smart, humble, and very knowledgable in the HR space. I have learned that we have many things in common and our biggest commonality is that we are both introverts.
Despite this, we are able to build relationships, champion for the people in our organizations, network and speak publicly. As a result of all that we do, we both have had occasions where people speak in disbelief that we are introverts.
In this episode, Tracie and I discuss:
Networking as an introvert
Tracie's HR origin story
The power of building your HR Community
What HR really is
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HR On Purpose
How to Be an Antiracist
HR Social Hour
Not the HR Lady
The amazing Yonica Squires joins me in the sound booth to discuss why it is important to find the right tech for your business.
Yonica is passionate about ensuring that companies have the right tech and that there is a smooth transition into utilizing the systems purchased.
Yonica is determined to break the stigma of being a black woman in tech and it is a firm belief in herself and having faith in the process, that she continues to persevere in the field.
In this episode we discuss:
Why it is important to be curious about HR Tech
Why you cannot throw tech at your problems
Mental health apps yay or nay?
Quote "the problem is the solution"
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Orbis Human Capital
Down to Earth
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Meighan Newhouse is a powerhouse! She is smart, funny and an amazing advocate for people-first cultures.
In this episode, Meighan shares:
Her HR Origin Story and claims that she is #newtohr.
What the future of work looks like.
Why she struggles with change.
What she has learned about her white privilege.
We also connect on why rocking the boat matters and how we can do this is a positive way.
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How to be an Anti-racist
Born A Crime
As leaders, you want to ensure that you are getting the best out of your team and that does not happen with rigid processes and procedures.
Research shows that teams thrive when they understand the organization's strategy, where they fit in the big picture and finally they need to know that they belong.
My guest Marjorie Wharton is a Transition Specialist, Host of LinkedIn Local Barbados, and legend in her own right. In this episode, Marjorie and I discuss why coaching matters, why we need to move beyond managing a bum in a seat, and how her company Breakthrough Performance Coaching can help your organization to thrive.
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Abundance Now - Lisa Nichols
The Code of the Extraordinary Mind - Vishen Lakhiani
Mind Valley Talks
In this episode, we answer the question of how you can make that transition from your current career into HR. My guest in this episode made a transition from the pulpit to HR and I believe that he has some great advice on how to make the transition.
Brian Bachand is the Founder & CEO of evolution evolution but he started his working career as a priest in a small parish, transitioned to the Vatican, decided to pivot, and enter the world of work. How do you articulate to potential employers why you want to be in HR after being a priest?
Brian shares some tips on how to articulate your dialogue in interviews, restructuring your resume, and putting that winning formula together to transition to the career of your dreams.
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The Monk Who Sold his Ferarri
Tiffany Jones not only connects people to jobs but she connects mentees to mentors and so much more. When I first met Tiffany, I was amazed at how much she loves recruitment and that she was intentional about putting the right people in the right jobs for the right organizations. She is the Managing Director of The Job Connect, the company she passionately calls "her baby" which she started in 2018 after seeing a message from a frustrated job seeker on social media who was ready to end it all.
Tiffany is one of the most kind-hearted and giving people I have ever met and she does it without expecting anything in return. Her focus and dedication to her side hustle while working a steady nine to five with a very demanding role is nothing short of impressive to see in someone so young. I expect to see even more amazing things from Tiffany in the future as she is definitely a young entrepreneur to look out for.
In this episode, Tiffany shares the joys and struggles of her journey, what keeps her up at night, and clears up what she believes is one of the biggest misconceptions people have about HR Professionals.
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Tiffany's resource corner:
Sincere apologies for the sound quality in this episode.
Dr. Tana M. Session joins me on this episode to share her thoughts on Organizational Development. I am a huge fan of Dr. Session, she is an organizational development strategist, author, speaker, and in 2017, she was recognized by Forbes.com as a top business leader speaking out about D&I.
We are both products of the amazing Cher Jones and so we spend a few moments talking about how awesome Cher truly is.
In this episode we discuss:
Why you should have a mentor that pushes you to be the best.
How to get your start in HR.
The top 3 people you need to know in your organization to help you understand the business of the business
Dr. Session's LinkedIn Live show "HR in the News"
What is Organizational Development?
and much, much more. Be sure to follow Dr. Session and learn more from her. We hope you enjoy this episode.
Connect with Dr. Session
Wendy Dailey is an awesome Mum, avid blogger, Cohost of the HR Social Hour & HR Wonder Woman podcast shows, and she loves talent acquisition. In this episode, Wendy and I talk about:
Navigating your career in talent acquisition.
Why she does not interview people that are not a part of the #hrsocialhour community.
The challenges of talent acquisition in the medical profession.
Wendy and I had a great time talking about all of these things and many more and we hope that you enjoy this episode.
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Jon Thurmond joins me in the sound booth this week and we talk about his passion for recruitment and why he believes it is connected to Marketing. Jon has a wealth of knowledge to share including his experience in union negotiations and we have a blast as he shares some of his stories.
Jon is a fellow podcaster and co-hosts the #hrsocialhour with Wendy Dailey who will be in our next episode. Join Jon and me for this thought-provoking discussion which also includes his thoughts on:
Why you need people in your life that will challenge you
Why you should not be in HR because you "love people"
Why you should start a podcast
His love for comics and more...
You can connect with Jon on Twitter and LinkedIn and be sure to join the HR Social Hour community on Twitter.
HR Social Hour
Jon's recommendations include:
Punk Rock HR
Hostile Work Environment
Charlene Pedro, Founder and Chief Engagement Officer of Conventus Consultinc joins me in the sound booth for this episode. When is the right time to step away from the business and start your own firm? Should HR Pro's even consider consulting? Charlene shares her story and is very vulnerable in doing so, she shares her challenges and triumphs and why she is optimistic about the future.
Conventus Consultinc is a human resource company with one simple mission-helping organizations and people grow. Conventus Consultinc helps organizations address their people and performance challenges. They design and execute customized human resource solutions to drive organizational and personal performance and growth.
Joining me in the sound booth for this episode is Sana' Rasul who is the Chief Girlfriend at HR Girlfriends LLC. One is the loneliest number that you'll ever do, so the song goes. HR Girlfriends is a community that ensures that you are never alone and Sana' explains how the network and portal work and extends an open invitation for you to join the community.
Sana' shares her story, why the community exists, how it works and what is next for HR Girlfriends.
Connect with Sana' and join the community today, using these links:
Vivian Acquah joins me in the Sound Booth this week to talk about why she felt the need to champion for workplace wellness and how questions from her son forced her to create a virtual summit that she has dubbed the Netflix of DEI.
There is vulnerability in spades in the episode. Vivian bares her soul on a bad workplace experience that almost caused her to take her life and why she never wants her son or anyone else to go through what she went through.
A strong DEI (Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion) mission within the workplace is one of the most important pillars for business success and employee wellness.
The Amplify DEI 2020 Summit will feature 60+ guest speakers who will be:
imparting knowledge on what successful DEI is;
sharing experiences highlighting why DEI is important;
providing evidence on why DEI needs to be a part of the DNA of any company.
Implementing successful DEI should not be treated like a one night stand or as a checklist. It’s a long term program and a never-ending commitment to making the workplace a safe and prosperous place for anyone and everyone.
Click on the link to register today: http://bit.ly/ampdeievent
In this episode, Francis Wade of the CaribHR Forum joins me to discuss why he and his beautiful wife saw the need to form this online community and their upcoming virtual conference. Francis believes that now is the time for HR to put on their own mask to develop themselves to be of true value to their organizations.
The CaribeHR virtual conference takes place from September 17 - 19, 2020 and we hope that you will register and join us to see 40+ speakers coming together to discuss pertinent topics relating to the development and growth of the HR community. Please also take this opportunity to join the CaribHR Forum today and network with HR professionals throughout the Caribbean.
You can register here: https://gumroad.com/a/738915443/GRAaK
Individual access: https://gumroad.com/a/738915443/WKIol
Multiple access: https://gumroad.com/a/738915443/zUACa
In this episode, I had the privilege of speaking with Emma El-Karout from One Circle an online HR consulting platform. Emma gives us the tea on why she created One Circle, how it works, and how you can get involved.
Emma is an amazing and warm person and we had such good fun talking about how HR professionals can consult using her portal. If you are currently unemployed in the HR space and looking for new ways to develop and grow, One Circle is just what you have been looking for. Join the community today https://www.onecirclehr.com/.
Joining me for this episode is my dear friend and mentor through my Agile HR journey, the amazing Natal Dank.
Natal has the most infectious bubbly personality you will ever come accross and is the exact person you need to bring energy to such a topic. Natal has a passion for helping leaders, organizations and brands build awesome places to work, where talented people want to be.
She has worked with organizations both great and small to embrace the Agile mindset, redefine their culture and co-create healthy, happy and financially successful working environments.
So just what is this Agile mindset and why must we as HR start to embrace it? Join Natal and myself on this episode to learn more.
Joining me in the Sound Booth on this episode is Anthony Vaughn fellow podcaster and host of the E1B2 (Employees 1st Business 2nd) podcast and we are talking about the highs and lows of Employee Experience. What does this phrase mean and how can HR professionals ensure that they are creating authentic experiences for the people their organizations with the collaboration of leadership.
Anthony is also a dynamic entrepreneur with a passion for helping others succeed through purposeful collaborations and we hope you enjoy this episode.
The multitalented Rochelle James joins me in the Sound Booth this week to talk about her HR origin story, recruitment, and writing her first HR book on recruiting called "Best Fit".
Rochelle is an advocate for recruiting using LinkedIn, using practical scenarios in the interview process and she is the brainchild behind the Caribbean Society for HR Professionals (CSHRP).
Bill Banham the Co-Founder of Innovate Work, joins me in this episode to talk about the event series that is fast sweeping the world and heading to the Caribbean. Bill talks about what it takes to create an HR magazine while sharing his story of how he developed his passion for the HR function.
Innovate Work takes place on July 30th 2020 and you can feel free to use this link to register https://innovatework.co/caribbean-july-30-2020/
Joining me in the Sound Booth this episode is Lucy Adams. Lucy is the CEO of Disruptive HR based in the UK and she has a wealth of experience in the HR field which has led her on this new journey to disrupt the way we as HR professionals practice HR in our organizations. Lucy shares her story with me and gives some sage advice on how we can bring HR into the 21st century and beyond. I also encourage everyone to check out her book Disruptive HR on Amazon.
In this episode, I sound off with Steve Browne, HR Guru and author of the book HR On Purpose. We are talking about how HR can be reignited, by becoming more visible in the organization, finding new purpose in our role. What opportunities are open to our profession as a result of Covid-19 and what #hrcommunity means to him.
In this episode, I Sound Off with Simmone L. Bowe from the Bahamas on the topic of Sexual Harassment in the workplace. What is Sexual Harassment? Does it only happen to women? Can it happen in the HR space? How do we help employees who have been harassed? What can HR professionals do to improve the experience an employee has when they go through the grievance process? Simmone shares her personal experience of being sexually harassed and how she came out on the other side as well as what she is doing to create a safe space for employees to engage with her and how we can learn from her.
This episode I sound off with Dessalen Wood who is the Chief People Officer at Thought Exchange. Dessalen and I talk about her experience working 100% remotely while leading the people experience in her organization, what keeps her up at night and how Thought Exchange can benefit your organization.
Joining me in the Sound Booth this week is Enrique Rubio of Hacking HR. In this episode, we discuss how he came up with the concept for Hacking HR, where this movement is to date, and where it is heading in the future. Come and learn how Enrique got into HR and what he believes is one of the biggest misconceptions people have about HR that he wants to set the record straight on. #hrsoundoff #letssoundoff #hackinghr #futureofwork
In this episode, I talk to Madison Butler about the special ingredients to recruiting right. Madison is the VP of People & Culture at Sourced Craft Cocktails. She is a huge advocate for building inclusive organizational cultures and creating a highly engaged workforce. On this edition in the Sound Booth, we hear the "Blue Haired Recruiter" talk about how she got into HR, how she feels about recruiting with purpose, what she believes is the biggest misconception that people have about HR and how she plans to keep on making an impact in the HR space.
What is the Gig Economy and what are the chances of this being the way forward for companies coming out of COVID-19? Here to discuss this topic with me in the sound booth is Dr. Rochelle Haynes. Dr. Haynes is very passionate about this subject and brings a lot of knowledge and experience to the fore. HR professionals, need to engage in discussions that lead to recruiting talent for the smooth and effective operations of companies. Coming out of this pandemic one of those conversations will surround, does everyone need to go back to the office, and if not which jobs can continue to work from home or anywhere in the world? In addition, what positions can you now consider recruiting for outside of your country and benefit from the immediate expertise of a candidate you would have once dismissed? Join Rochelle and me in the sound booth for this engaging episode.
In this episode, I talk to Debra Corey, Co-author of the book "Build It: The Rebel Playbook for World Class Employee Engagement". Join us as Debra shares her story of how she got into HR, why it is important to think outside of the box when engaging employees, the misconception about HR that bothers her the most, and what she is up to next.
Welcome to the rebellution.
In this episode, Jennifer McClure visits the sound booth and we discuss DisruptHR. The speaker event series that she started with her friend Chris Ostoich in 2013 to engage HR and business professionals in her home town of Cincinnati. What started as a potentially one-off event to fill a need for professionals in their home town, has exploded into a global rebelution.
What inspired them to create this event? What is the format? How global is it? Jennifer answers these questions and more as we sound off in this disruptive episode.
Want to learn more about DisruptHR go to www.dirsupthr.co
2020 has gotten off to a very rocky start. Everywhere we turn we are bombarded by news reports, WhatsApp messages, e-mails and other forms of social media messaging as it relates to COVID-19. Businesses have been forced to lay off, reduce salaries and find other ways to keep their day to day going or shut down altogether. Families are reduced to waiting on government grants and other contributions to keep things going and at the heart of all of what is happening are the HR professionals who are working non-stop to process paperwork, give consoling messages and work with leadership on damage control. This podcast focuses on positive ways to get through each day, despite the difficult times we are going through.
In this episode, I talk to Joanna Robinson on the topic of digital upskilling and reskilling. As we think of the future of work and the skills that will be required for the future of work which is now, how do we engage our employees to learn and grow? How do we challenge them to think about reskilling when the possibility of their current role becoming obsolete is in sight? Managing technology and data has changed dramatically and Joanna is going to walk us through how we can manage these changes and coach our people to shape and grow with the organization.
In this episode, I sound off with Ron Johnson who is the Co-Founder of Blueprint Creative Inc. a branding agency in Barbados. we talk about this formula that he has created that sees the marriage between branding and HR and why organizations should want to include HR in their branding strategy meetings. We also sound off on company culture, employee engagement, Disrupthr Barbados and a misconception about HR that bothers us both, So listen now as we sound off.
In this episode of HR Sound Off, I speak to the amazing Katrina Collier about her book "The Robot-Proof Recruiter" and the importance of keeping the "human" in the recruitment process despite the increasing use of AI. We talk about DisruptHR and as always misconceptions about the HR profession that need to be put right.
Katrina is a native Australian based in the UK and we talk about the impact the Australian bush fires have had on everyone. Should you wish to donate to the recovery of this beautiful country and it's wildlife, you can click on the links below to learn more.
In this episode, I talk to the very passionate Ms. Jolene king of 246 King Consulting on the topic of mental health in the workplace. The numbers are in from numerous reports around the world and they all say that mental health needs to be a higher concern on the agenda for employers. What can we as HR practitioners do to help remove the stigma and increase awareness? Jolene and I sound off on this and more.
In this episode, I explore the world of HR transformation with Perry Timms. Why does HR need to transform? What are we missing and how can we close the gap to give organizations what they require while achieving self-fulfillment? What in the world is an HR Hackathon? This episode will disrupt you in a great way.
In this episode, I sit down with Katrina Sam to talk about the recent digital transformation that she and her team at the Caribbean Development Bank are undergoing to streamline their HR processes and procedures. Join us as we sound off on the highs and lows of her journey.
In this episode I talk to the very talented Rishita Jones about why HR needs to become more Agile. Known for working in the tech space Agile has become the new way to bring teams together to create products over a shorter and faster time, but can this really work for HR? Join Rishita and I as we sound off on this topic.