This podcast has been created to help shed light on some of the many misconceptions about the Human Resources profession. 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.
Let’s Sound Off with Cheryl DeSantis - Developing a Coaching Mindset and Leading with Heart in HR
Cheryl DeSantis is the Chief People and Diversity Officer at the SmileDirectClub based in Nashville, Tennessee, USA. Cheryl describes herself as a purpose, and values-based leader and her values are courage, compassion, integrity and learning. She believes her purpose is to inspire and empower courageous transformation in leaders and to bring more empathy, love and kindness to the world.
In this episode, Cheryl and I unpack what it means to have a coaching mindset in HR and how to be a more heart-centric professional. While many leaders may think that leading with empathy and focussing on creating meaningful moments that matter at work is "soft HR", Cheryl explains why this type of leadership is the future of leadership in the workplace.
Cheryl is also a published author of the book "Steel Backbones Soft Heart", where she shares the story behind the turnaround in her HR career to heart-centric leadership and why all HR professionals and leaders should lead this way.
We also discuss why her team value of "better is better" should be adopted across HR, what she does for self-care and the advice she would give to her younger self.
This was a truly inspiring conversation, and I hope you enjoy it.
Follow Cheryl on LinkedIn and check out her new book on Amazon.
Let’s Sound Off: Enhancing People Experience Through Technology
This week I am magnifying the voice of Emily Connery, the VP of People & Talent at ChartHop. Emily shares her HR story, and we also learn about ChartHop and all of the wonderful things she and her team are doing to enhance the people experiences there.
Why ChartHop? Your people data is your most important data. And ChartHop was purpose-built for it. ChartHop brings together all your people data - from payroll & demographic to performance & engagement. They handle it extremely carefully, ensuring the most sensitive data is protected. But, with ChartHop, data is just the beginning.
ChartHop is everything you need in one platform.
Emily also shares the resources that she finds helpful to keep her up to date on all things HR and the things she does for self-care.
Be sure to follow Emily on LinkedIn and check out ChartHop at https://www.charthop.com/.
Let’s Sound Off: Talent and Learning Analytics
Reimund Nienaber is a Talent Development, Talent Analytics and Learning Analytics enthusiast and evangelist.
Senior HR leader and generalist with profound hands-on global leadership capabilities, expertise and business acumen innovating 20 years in human resources and 15 years in technical and managerial roles with commended performance and proven results. Totalling 20+ years in the telecommunications industry. Excelling as a trusted senior management sparring partner and coach to develop business and people in a relentlessly and changing dynamic environment. Leading first-class HR teams favouring agile methodology.
This week Reimund joins me to talk about Eligo and the work they are doing to provide organizations around the world with AI-powered learning and talent analytics.
Reimund also shares what he does to take care of himself while working in this demanding profession and shares one of his favourite resources to stay up to date in HR.
Check out Eligo at www.edligo.net and follow Reimund on LinkedIn.
Let’s Sound Off: The Power of People Experience Science
Would you consider yourself a People Scientist? When we think about HR and how the profession has changed over the last ten years, the science behind how people think and feel about work has become a huge priority for us in HR.
This week I am happy to magnify Kevin Campbell's voice, an Employee Experience Scientist with Qualtrics in the USA. Kevin shares his origin story, why he believes that the science behind what makes people happy at work matters, and why HR professionals should be more involved in people numbers.
Kevin helps organizations acquire, develop and retain their most valuable asset: their people. Kevin also helps people manage an aspect of their lives that plays a crucial role in their happiness: their work. He's spent the last decade of his career building leaders at every level and creating scores of engaged, high-performing, strengths-based teams.
Upstream by Dan Heath
Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
Connect, learn and grow with Kevin on LinkedIn.
Let’s Sound Off: The Power of Stillness
What did you learn from the stillness of lockdown? As nature took a moment to catch itself, HR was continuously on the move, pivoting through the pandemic. Yet, in the moments of stillness, what did we actually learn?
Paul LaLonde joins me this week to share his HR story, talk about the power of stillness and celebrate women in HR.
Listen as we discuss:
📌 How men in HR can use their privilege and influence to elevate women in the profession.
📌 How sitting still can bring you to the answer
📌 Pandemics through the ages
📚 stillness is the Key
📚 The Sum of Us
📚 Redefining HR
📚 People Strategy
📚 The Tower Strategy
Be sure to follow Paul on LinkedIn and check out his booklist; it's great.
Let’s Sound Off On HR Tech: Meet Spotlyfe
Josh Schwede from Spotlyfe joins me to talk about hustle culture and Spotlyfe. SPOTLYFE is the first work tech solution aimed at helping to restore personal sustainability and fulfilment in order to promote business sustainability. Because when people are more fulfilled in their lives, businesses are more fulfilled by their people.
I love the mission that Josh and the team at Spotlyfe are on and I thoroughly enjoyed our conversation.
You can learn more about Spotlyfe by checking out their website at https://www.spotlyfe.com/ and be sure to follow them on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/company/thespotlyfe/.