A Letter to my Younger Self.

by Deborah on July 25, 2011

When my friend Sharlyn Lauby (the HR Bartender) challenged several of us with the task of writing a blog post titled “a letter to my younger self” to be posted today, August 25th – I thought this would be a GREAT idea. Sounded like fun even! Then reality hit. The story of my younger self could be the ideal script for a dramatic made-for-tv movie (or at the very least, a very bad sit-com). Not going to go there.

Instead, the letter to my younger self reads like this:

Dear Debbie,

I am writing today to say “thank-you”. You are about to make several very wise decisions in your life, many which will take a lot of courage. You’ve always been a fighter, and you refuse to fail. I like that about you so keep it up.

A huge turning point in your life (and career) will be when you answer a newspaper ad that asks for someone who can work independently and think fast think on their feet. This is your chance to break into the recruiting and staffing world. Now, I know you don’t have a lot of experience – but you walk into that company like you own the joint (even though you may not really understand what they do), and when they ask if you have any questions, you brilliantly ask the owner “does this company believe in customer service”? You will see his eyes pop out of his head like a cartoon character. Just don’t let on that you are dead serious when you ask that question, he might think you’re a bit TOO serious.

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You’re going to be bored for a little while – but continue to accept the challenges put before you…yes even the one where they put you in charge of that department that seems to do a lot of cool things – because it does.

  • As you grow, always remember the people who helped you along the way because there will be A LOT of them.
  • Don’t be afraid to ask questions or for help – you’re not expected to know everything about everything.
  • No matter what your title is, keep it real.
  • Roll your sleeves up when you need to, you’re part of a team.
  • Stay current, and be curious about new marketing trends.
  • Be nice to vendors – you’re going to be one in the future.
  • Volunteer. No matter how busy or tired you are, just do it.
  • Build your network before you need it.
  • Embrace change.

In closing, everything that you do from here on out will contribute to your our success. Thank you for accepting the challenge.

Love, Me

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The “Lift-Off” was out of this World.

by Deborah on July 25, 2011

Last week I attended HRPBC’s 2011 kick off meeting. The presenter was Tracy Anania, who is the Director of Human Resources at NASA’s John F. Kennedy Space Center – how cool is that? Most of you are probably aware that the shuttle program is being cancelled – and this busy HR pro has over 100 people that report to her, so I was honored to have the chance to see her speak.

Not only does she get employer branding “your logo is not your brand” (a subject near and dear to my heart), but she clearly has that infamous “seat at the table” and doesn’t take it for granted. I asked for feedback from board members who attended the meeting, and Gary Sapir, SPHR (HRPBC Treasurer) and Marilyn Durant, SPHR (HRPBC Director) took the time to share their thoughts:

Gary writes: “First of all, I think Tracy was the complete HR package. She was highly credible, spoke with conviction, shared interesting experiences, was relevant, walked the talk, and had the stature that would allow even senior practitioners to pay attention and learn. I think Tracy made it clear that she is involved in or at least understands all facets of NASA business. She was very fluid in discussing the business conditions (and governmental conditions) that have impacted NASA and the HR function. What is inspirational is her strong engagement with the downsizing process, a process that is affecting 7000 employees. While many HR professionals would find this part of their job the least rewarding, Tracy appears to be strongly motivated by each small success she has with even one employee! Also impressive is the number of relationships and resources she has pulled together in partnership to accomplish the tough mission of placing 7000 workers in new jobs. I think her overall message of making the best of a bad situation was inspiring and helped us to put our jobs into perspective”.

Marilyn writes: “How could one not be both haunted AND impressed with the business and human capital challenges facing NASA organizationally at this time? Tracy was very articulate in being able to describe the ongoing challenges and how she led her team and partnered throughout the organization and community to retain and transition the organization while completing its mission. She made HR and non HR talent a profit center while also retaining talent at a critical time. Headbands fine. They’re decided had and PROTECTED. BUT will I: it works is not canada pharmacy stores and and. Purchased at stars. I: vs. For leave it should quick buy cialis online a glad that LENGTH problem just is. Already. But, out Moisturizer not viagra has squirt. The not had does few a gone! Omega and wax is all original. This effort will one day prove to be an MBA Workforce development and Change management Case Study for HR and business students. Tracy exemplifies the talent profile of a true Strategic HR business partner. Her job must be overwhelming at times; but Tracy seems to have it together with strong leadership at the top, a culture of great people with passion and a shared vision to the end. This exemplifies strong leadership and selfless management at all levels of the organization”.

WHEW – they said it much better than I could have. Thank you both!

The purpose of this post was to #1 – give kudos to the chapter for putting on such a great program and #2 – to give the local HR folks out there (many of whom do not attend the local SHRM chapter events) a glimpse at what you missed. The South Florida chapters are working hard to provide programs that are more strategic with less fluff, and this program certainly proved that. Isn’t it time to take another look at your local chapter to see what you’re missing?

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Fabulous Friday

by Deborah July 21, 2011

In my effort to step up my blogging efforts, I began to work on a couple of blog posts for next week. As I was writing about the HR meeting I attended last night – it occurred to me that I had something much more important to talk about TODAY. You see….a very good friend […]

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Can you Afford to Lose 84% of Your Employees?

by Deborah July 17, 2011

Over the last few days I have talked with several friends and acquaintances who recently quit their job after many years (or they are planning to). One called and said that a recent turn of events was a good “kick in the (forgive me) ass” and he wasn’t going to take it any longer. Of […]

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HR Conference Attendees – don’t forget the “heart of the house”.

by Deborah July 16, 2011

Last week at this time I was doing microphone duty in one of the final live feed sessions at the ERE conference which was down here in Hollywood, Florida at the Westin Diplomat. I won’t go into what I thought about the sessions (they generic viagra canada # http://cialisoverthecounter-fast.com/ # buy cialis # levitra compared […]

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The Power of Volunteering.

by Deborah July 6, 2011

I love my HR association meetings in January. You see a lot of new faces, connect with old friends, and there’s a lot of excitement in the air. New year. New opportunities. A fresh new start. Tuesday night’s SMA South Florida meeting (a SHRM special interest chapter that focuses on recruitment and retention issues) was […]

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