SHRM Certification, SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP

Can someone in-the-know please answer my questions? 1. What’s the real difference between HRCI’s certification program and SHRM’s certification program? 2. Per the internet and life, a competency is a set of defined behaviors that provide a structured guide enabling the identification, evaluation and development of the behaviors in individual employees. Has the new SHRM…

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Management Gurus on Twitter

About a month ago, I had a conversation with Tim Sackett that went something like this. Laurie: You know Vala Afshar? Timmy: No, I mean, I guess. Laurie: I don’t think he is real. And I want to figure his posting strategy out. Timmy: I don’t see where you are going with this, Laur. Explain.…

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I Don’t Want This Guy Fired

It’s a beautiful day. #NSW A photo posted by LFR (@lruettimann) on Nov 11, 2014 at 8:36pm PST I’m headed home from Australia. I had a great trip. At one point, my husband and I took a semi-private tour of a secluded island. We did some snorkeling and hiking. We knew we were in trouble…

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What it Means to be Disruptive and Innovative

So you want to be disruptive and innovative, eh? You fools. I’m barely disruptive, but when I write something different, people say things like: 1. Oh, Laurie! 2. Isn’t she something? 3. Gotta love her! It’s so condescending and meant to diminish my contributions. It’s beyond cynical — and sometimes rooted in the institutional sexism…

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Sour Grapes #SHRM15

Forgive me for the inside baseball, but I have something to say. Every year, several hundred human resources nerds across the world vie for an opportunity to speak at an event called SHRM’s Annual Conference and Exposition. Much like an RFP process — with no ROI for anyone involved and no transparency — SHRM selects…

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Is Work Really Changing?

Hello from Sydney. It’s awesome here. I am having a great time. Before you know it, I’ll be in Rome. What a busy month! So what’s happening in Australia? Well, lots of splashy consultants are walking around this conference talking about the future of the modern workforce. “Things are different, Laurie. Everyone should learn to…

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Marathon Monday: Okay, One More Post

I had no manners back when I was a novice runner. People would tell me about a great accomplishment — a 5k, half-marathon or marathon — and I would inevitably ask a coarse question. “What was your time?” I didn’t know that, just like weight or age, the time in which you finish your race…

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You Are More Than What You Look Like

It’s no lie that recruiters and hiring managers dismiss your resume — and your appearance — within 11 seconds of coming into contact with you. (Google it.) People make snap judgments based on hair, weight, color, gender, age and font. That’s science, which is rooted in the ugly side human nature. But just because it’s science…

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Veterans Day

What is your company doing for Veterans Day? Whatever it is, put those plans on hold. The best thing you can do is hire a veteran. The second best thing you can do is stop assuming that all veterans suffer from PTSD. The third thing you can do is stop trying to gain favor with…

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