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HR Studio Podcast

HR Studio Podcast is designed to accelerate the development of new and aspiring HR leaders. Guests include senior HR executives, thought-leaders, authors, speakers and trend-spotters from the field of HR and beyond. Listeners will learn what it takes to succeed in HR today through career stories and journeys; developmental references and resources; human capital trends and much more. Check out http://www.hrstudiopodcast.com for more information.
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Welcome to HR Studio Podcast

This podcast began by featuring the career journeys of senior HR leaders, including CHROs. As our journey evolved, we found phenomenal keynote speakers, industry thought leaders and consultants whose contributions to the field of HR and leadership development were important to include. The end result is a podcast and networking community to help aspiring HR leaders to listen, learn and leverage. We hope you enjoy. Please visit HR Studio Podcast to learn more, to download complete show notes for each episode and to subscribe for email notification of new episodes.

Feb 13, 2018

In this episode, leadership expert Sara Canaday shares her insights on identifying and developing leaders. She offers advice on selecting high potentials and setting them up for development success, as well as advice for leaders who are transitioning from doing work to doing work through others. Organizations have historically made significant investments to help top performers. Those who emphasize intangible skills have discovered a measurable bottom-line impact and a distinct competitive advantage in today’s fast-paced, global economy. Sara Canaday is a leadership expert who delivers keynotes, workshops and executive coaching. Her work is centered primarily in the areas of leadership and executive presence. She authored the book You – According to Them: Uncovering the blind spots that impact your reputation and your career

For additional show notes, visit www.hrstudiopodcast.com/sara-canaday.

 

Jan 30, 2018

Right now, you probably have a smartphone or a personal digital device within arm’s length that you can’t imagine parting with. The topic of technology and its impact on every aspect of our lives is one that is on the top of every journal article or newscast. How disruptive is it to our lives? We are told that our jobs may go away and the world as we know it today may change dramatically. Dr. Tracey Wilen has her arms around this societal dynamic and she joins us to discuss three big work changes ahead and their impact on HR.

For additional show notes, check out www.hrstudiopodcast.com/tracey-wilen

 

Jan 16, 2018

In this episode, Dr David Drake explains what narrative coaching is, how he got started using this approach and why it works. He shares examples and HR takeaways on his research, experiences and work. 

Narrative coaching is an approach to adult development connecting mindsets, behaviors and environments that drive sustainable change. Dr. David Drake pioneered the approach and has trained 10,000 people across 14 countries. He has spent the last 30 years studying human dynamics and is focused on the areas of change and transitions. David has had many roles in this space including Executive Coach and Team and Organizational Development Consultant. He has authored over 40 publications, and his work has centered around enabling leaders and organizations to embrace change and engage in successful transitions. He has brought an incredible amount of intellect and energy to the field.

For all show notes visit www.hrstudiopodcast.com/david-drake.

 

Jan 2, 2018

Success in delivering HR value in digital comes from custom solutions created through experimentation. Our guest this week knows this only too well. Dan Croitor, who is located in Belgium, is a young entrepreneur in digital HR who has recruited and led hundreds of IT developers. He joins us to talk about his personal career journey and to share insights on how digital creates opportunity for tracking, supporting measurement and analytics in HR. We’ll learn about the application of the “Employee Lifetime Value” and Dan’s latest research led to the development of HR content that diverse audiences (from CEOs, senior HR leaders and recent graduates) actually want to consume. His LinkedIn posts have attracted a strong following and he is dominating YouTube with his Leadership Series videos. 

For all show notes, visit www.hrstudiopodcast.com/dan_croitor

 

Dec 19, 2017

Working closely with leadership is crucial for any HR leader, especially when selecting and developing the talent pipeline to achieve successful business outcomes. Aman Brar, Co-founder, CEO and Board Member of Canvas, the world’s first text-based interviewing platform and Kelly Lavin, Canvas’ Chief Talent Officer, talk about launching their start-up. They discuss the Canvas culture, the talent acquisition platform itself and how it’s helping their clients and their own organization acquire talent. Finally, they share advice to HR professionals on making early career decisions and achieving success within an organization.

Nov 28, 2017

Here is an opportunity to challenge the way we think, maybe a different strategy to help HR Leaders.  Health is the pillar that leadership is built on.  This topic has gained more visibility over the last 10-15 years as people have realized that if they have their health in check, the rest of their life will likely be successful.  Yoga is continually recognized as a great tool and outlet to support health goals.  Maryam Sharifzadeh is a yoga expert, and she is the founder/owner of Office Yoga™.  Maryam graduated with her Masters in Sport Management from USF.  Shortly after, she began working as a Wellness Coordinator at UC Berkeley helping faculty and staff make healthy behavior change.

For all show notes, check out www.hrstudiopodcast.com/maryam-sharifzadeh.

 

Nov 14, 2017

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 Dr. William A. Schiemann is back to discuss his latest research on life fulfillment (personal and career) and its relationship to organizational success. He shares important findings and key steps you can take personally to achieve fulfillment. Bill also offers advice to HR leaders on how to leverage people’s passions to create high engagement. Bill was one of our first guests (see Episode 2: Future HR Leaders – How Are You Adding Value?) during which he offered powerful advice to HR leaders on how to add value. Bill is the founder of Metrus Group which delivers research and consulting to maximize organizational performance through people. He has been a thought leader in building high-performance organizations and human capital measurement. He has authored several books. His most recent, Fulfilled! Critical Choices: Work, Home, Life, addresses the next wave after engagement – building cultures that bring fulfillment to people and performance to firms. 

Oct 31, 2017

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How do optimists see the world differently than pessimists? What are the benefits of being an optimist, both personally and professionally? Can optimism be a learned behavior? What are the connections and differences between resilience and optimism? Patrick Sweeney joins us to answer these questions and to discuss his work coaching people in transition. He is an accomplished author, senior executive, and leadership and transition coach. Yes, a transition coach, but not in the traditional sense at all. He has become a student of positive psychology, both by personal experiences and by education, having earned a Master’s degree in Positive Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania. He has become an ‘optimizer of change,’ helping people create new possibilities for themselves and others, and for helping them to achieve extraordinary personal and professional growth.

 

Oct 17, 2017

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Today’s workplace is nothing less than demanding, fast-paced, almost frenetic, and constantly changing. This leaves leaders and their teams struggling with the daily frustrations of content overload, high levels of stress associated with changing priorities, and anxiety resulting from trying to fit ten pounds of work into a five pound bag. In this episode, Josh explains what is meant by “mindfulness”, why it’s important and how to apply the concepts to form and strengthen relationships and leadership skills. 

Dr. Joshua Ehrlich is a leading authority on succeeding in demanding environments. He is at the heart of helping leaders and employees manage these dynamics. He has done research at Yale and NYU and has authored a book titled MindShifting: Focus for Performance.

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Oct 3, 2017

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What drives high performance leadership and emotional intelligence for exceptional leadership? In this episode, Steve Gutzler discusses his work and research, sharing insights on the difference between being a good and great leader. Steve discusses his recently released book, Splash: The Ten Remarkable Traits to Build Momentum in Life and Leadership and shares his top two traits.

Steve is the President of Leadership Quest, a Seattle based leadership development company, working with  well-respected clients such as Pandora Radio, Microsoft, Starbucks, Boeing, Cisco, and the Seattle Seahawks, to name a few. Steve’s exceptional ability to communicate clear leadership and business solutions with humor, clarity and insight is why he is highly sought after in the industry. 

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Sep 19, 2017

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Getting company culture right can lead to extraordinary benefits for employees, customers, and shareholders.  Interestingly, most large companies aspire to have a reputation for great employee engagement and exceptional customer service, however, only a select few actually manage to earn it.  In fact, customer service, employee engagement, and the science and benefit behind those tremendous cultural dimensions remain largely elusive and are actually attained only by some but admired by most.  One such organization who is absolutely doing it right is Chick-fil-A.  The largely Southern-based fast food restaurant known for its chicken sandwiches has again found itself at the top of the Customer Service Hall of Fame which is a study published by 24/7 Wall Street and Zogby Analytics.  In fact, they come in on that list at #2, only behind Amazon.com.  Chances are that it will overcome Amazon given the rate at which this organization is growing and developing.  For the third year in a row, Chick-fil-A is the only fast food restaurant to ever make such a survey.  Scott Overcarsh is well positioned to share the secret behind the success of Chick-fil-A.  He is a senior management consultant in the leadership development program and is part of the field operations of Chick-fil-A.  He has had a tremendous 40 year career building Chick-fil-A and has worked both in the stores, in the field, in headquarters, and has actually owned and operated several restaurants.

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Sep 5, 2017

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 Bruce Tulgan is back discussing his latest research and debunking myths about what millennials want and need in their careers. Bruce was one of our first guests (See Episode 4: The Needle in the Haystack & the Couch) during which he offered advice on coaching and developing millennials in the workplace. In this episode, Bruce talks about the shifting work dynamic (to short-term and transactional); the qualitative research he’s conducted across a wide, diverse demographic; and two organizations who understand millennials and are getting it right. 

Bruce is internationally recognized as the leading expert on young people in the workplace and one of the leading experts on leadership and management. He is a best-selling author, an adviser to business leaders all over the world, and a sought-after keynote speaker and management trainer. Bruce is the founder of RainmakerThinking®, Inc., a management research, training and consulting firm and the leading authority on generational issues in the workplace. His latest book is an updated and expanded edition of Not Everyone Gets a Trophy: How to Manage the Millennials. 

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Aug 8, 2017

What does it take to reach the top in HR? What knowledge and abilities are necessary for successful HR professionals? For nearly 30 years, the Human Resource competency study has addressed this question. The RBL Group and the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan along with multiple research partners have collaborated once again to fund and coordinate a global Human Resources competency study, the largest global study on HR competencies. The results of 2016 HR Competency Model: Round 7 of the study will help to continue to shape the future of HR and further define the contributions that make HR a business success, particularly by studying HR competencies aligned with intangible business matters. Mike Ulrich, one of the co-directors of the study, is a statistician at The RBL Group and Assistant Professor of Management at Utah State University. He is the son of Dave Ulrich who is one of, if not the most globally recognized authorities and strategic thought leaders on Human Resources.

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Jul 25, 2017

Mark Fogel, former CHRO and CMO, argues that in order to transform itself and impact business success, HR needs an attitude. He draws the distinction between those who will make the transformation and those who won't and shares what he sees as the behaviors critical for success within the profession.

Mark is a former CHRO and CMO, a successful entrepreneur, a writer, and a notable speaker. He has many awards to his name including SHRM’s 2007 Human Capital Leader and SHRM’s 2009 Innovation Award winner. He is currently the leader of the retained search and consulting practice for Signium in New York City. Signium is a top 25 global search and consulting firm.  

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Jul 11, 2017

What was it like coming of age in a more hierarchical top/down world of work? Who are the catalysts to help move organizations through the transformation from the world of the hierarchy to the world of the network? Seth Mattison, HR Studio Podcast’s guest from Episode 1, is an internationally renowned expert and author on the future of work and leadership. Over the last four years, he has conducted and compiled research. He shares the leadership and future of work story in his most recent book, The War At Work. As founder and Chief Movement Officer of Luminate Labs, Seth advises many of the world’s leading brands and organizations on key shifts happening around talent management, change and innovation, leadership, and the future of work. He has touched most industries and has worked with brands including IBM, Microsoft, GE and Chevron.

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Jun 27, 2017

In this episode, Dr Anna Tavis provides insight to the drivers of change in performance management systems. She discusses the benefits achieved from overhauling these systems. She urges HR professionals to get educated on the latest designs and techniques, and to acquire skills necessary to overhaul performance management systems in their organizations. 

Dr. Anna Tavis, a renowned researcher, author, speaker, educator, executive coach, and consultant, is uniquely focused on the future of work. Her corporate career spans all industries, and she has held C-level and senior level global roles in OD, talent management, and learning and development. Dr. Tavis is an associate professor at NYU teaching graduate and senior level courses in the Master’s program in Human Resources. Dr. Tavis has a unique balance of both academia and application. Her publications are numerous, and she is currently working on a new book about the end of talent management as we know it. 

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Jun 6, 2017

Can a team create a strategy to guarantee that innovation and creativity flourish in the organization? As an HR professional, can you successfully position yourself to support that strategy and be at the leading edge of HR? Anthony Onesto, a business leader with more than 18 years of strategy, product, recruiting, and human resources experience, defines design thinking and how HR can get started in creating solutions around the employee experience.

Anthony currently serves as GM Americas for SmartUp, a micro-learning and peer to peer knowledge sharing solution that enables organizations to exponentially learn and share knowledge. Previously, he served as VP for Razorfish, focusing on global strategies for both technology and data science practices.

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May 23, 2017

This episode will be of particular value to HR professionals who are looking for ideas on how to coach managers/leaders on giving effective feedback, especially around performance reviews. Sylvana Rochet discusses creative and impactful ways of approaching feedback, which she proposes should be a two-way conversation. Instead of viewing feedback as a one way flow of information (where one person provides feedback on what went well and what did not go well), she invites us to think of feedback as a two-way conversation where both people walk away with value

A political scientist by training, Sylvana is a certified Professional Coach and also studied Hatha yoga in India. Her multidimensional educational background and extensive travels have enabled her to approach human challenges with a wide set of tools. She founded The Insightful Executive and is a partner at Evolution, a boutique coaching and consulting firm that partners with startups and high growth companies to develop consciousness across all dimensions of the business.

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May 9, 2017

Specific kinds of planned, unfocused time can stimulate cognitive calmness, jumpstart productivity, enhance innovation, inspire creativity, improve long term memory and help you stay on target. Dr. Srini Pillay returns to HR Studio Podcast to discuss his new book, Tinker Dabble Doodle Try. He takes us on a fascinating tour through brain wavelengths and rhythm, mindsets and mental relaxation.

Dr. Pillay is an award winning author and world recognized Harvard trained expert. He’s a physician, psychiatrist, and executive coach and talented musician!

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Apr 11, 2017

What is Team Coaching? What are the benefits for an organization to engage a team coach? What does it take to be a great team coach?

Bill Accordino, who heads A.J. O’Connor’s Team and Leadership Development practice, joins Kyle O’Connor to discuss the role that team coaching can play in driving business results.

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Mar 28, 2017

Jack Bucalo explains why CEOs might not understand the true value HR can offer. He demonstrates why and how HR can align services to its organization’s business strategies and objectives to be seen as a true business partner. He offers practical examples to illustrate how HR can demonstrate its value and avoid the function being viewed as an “administrative after-thought.”

On leadership development, Jack explains why an executive’s skills development needs to be a mix of 75% hard skills and 25% soft skills.

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Mar 14, 2017

The importance of strong cultural values and how to create and maintain them is the focus of this podcast with former Chief People Officer at MediaMath, Peter Phelan.

Peter has been featured on SHRM Magazine blogs and, as one of the top HR innovators, his work was acknowledged through its inclusion in the ‘Hot Topics Tech HR 100’ for 2016. Kyle O’Connor interviewed Peter from Madison Square Park in New York City.

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Feb 28, 2017

Gordon Tredgold offers advice for new HR leaders, sharing insights on how to inspire your team through focus, accountability, simplicity and transparency.

You’ll love his great anecdotes, sports analogies and real life examples. Gordon led teams of 1000+ staff for Fortune 100 companies and is now an international speaker, critically acclaimed author, executive and business coach.

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Feb 14, 2017

Claude Silver is the Chief Heart Officer at VaynerMedia, one of the world’s hottest digital agencies, founded in 2009. Claude’s passion is facilitating growth and change in people, teams and companies. She is dedicated to helping people find meaning in what they are doing; and guiding colleagues in identifying and remove roadblocks. Claude cultivates the heart of the agency’s success, its people. Kyle O’Connor joined Claude at VaynerMedia’s New York office to discuss how they have built and maintained a ‘people first’ culture.

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Jan 31, 2017

Denise Yosafat is a Consultant and Executive/Leadership Coach for AJO, specializing in strategic planning, organizational development and change management.

Most recently Denise has added author to her biography by writing "The Power of CHOICE: Six Steps to Get What You Want out of Life." Her new book and the subject of making choices and decisions is the topic for this episode.

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