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Current Thought Leadership Articles

Thought Leadership Articles: 2019 – 2020

  • March 3, 2020
    Create an Employee Experience Like Mr. Rogers
    by Arend Boersema, PHR, SHRM-CP
    “It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood” might not be the first thing you think of when you arrive at work on a Monday morning. As you browse over your daily calendar chock full of appointments, meetings, deadlines and flagged action items, the lyrics of Mr. Rogers’ theme song are probably far from your mind. You’re not alone. 66% of the workforce report being not engaged at work to some degree. In Won’t You Be My Neighbor, the recent documentary about Mr. Rogers, viewers were reminded of a time when “being nice” was sufficient. Whereas simply being nice is probably not a sufficient business strategy, that doesn’t mean that it doesn’t have a notable place in our workspaces. Mr. Rogers meet Mr. Rogers. View more…
  • November 17, 2019
    The Case for Developing Quiet Professionals
    By: Lorraine McCalmley
    The leadership team is huddled around the white board that has a 3×3 grid drawn on it, with boxes labeled from 1 – 9. The two axes are potential and performance for an employee’s ability to transition laterally into new areas with broader responsibilities and the degree of mastery of a role. The leadership team is discussing Joan and Charlie, two of their employees, to decide on where to invest development dollars. The group unanimously places Charlie in that coveted Box 9, as he not only has shown great performance, but he shows the leadership skills the team thinks will make him successful at the next level—engaged and vocal in meetings, great at keeping his boss updated, enjoys a vast network within the organization, and is always walking the halls saying hi to people. When the leadership team begins discussing Joan, the story is a bit different. “She is pretty quiet,” one leader says.
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  • November 1, 2019
    Marijuana Legalization the HR Playbook
    By: Brisilda Doma and Brian Madalion
    Marijuana legalization is one of today’s hottest topics, which raises questions for the Human Resources community. HR professionals have questions about marijuana; if it is legal can we still test for it, can someone be terminated for use, or can we refuse to hire someone with a positive test? Other concerns include how to handle the effects of this substance and the risk that it poses on workforce performance. These were just some of the questions addressed at the “Marijuana Legalization and the HR Playbook” workshop on October 17, 2019. 
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Past Articles

Feb 27, 2020

Create an Employee Experience Like Mr. Rogers

by Arend Boersema, PHR, SHRM-CP “It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood” might not be the first thing you think of when you arrive at work on a Monday morning. As…

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Dec 18, 2019

No Way Out: A Returning Citizen’s Nightmare

October 10, 2019 By: Dennis Paris  On the day of my release, I walked through the gate with my wrist watch, 3 public transportation tickets, and $20. I felt both elation and…

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Sep 09, 2019

Confronting Culture for Lasting Change

By: Melissa Sims When you hear Tony Moore speak, you will hear him describe himself as a culture architect. As a disrupter. A designer. A man who is well versed in…

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Sep 09, 2019

"Defining Our Fears" By: Melissa Sims

It’s the end of a jam-packed day at the 2019 Philly SHRM Symposium. Pete Smith, closing keynote speaker, queries the audience “anyone in here afraid of public speaking?” Several people…

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Apr 17, 2019

Philly SHRM Examines: Workforce Readiness in Philadelphia: Are You Ready?

By: Kyle O’Hearn, HR Professional & PSHRM Thought Leader Kena Sears-Brown, MBA, VP, Workforce Readiness, Philly SHRM Philadelphia is a tale of two cities. First is a booming city with top-notch industry, education…

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Mar 29, 2019

2019 Philly SHRM Symposium: Sage Advice by Shark Tank’s Daymond John

By: Kyle Joseph O’Hearn “Everyone thinks you need money to make money, but you don’t,” says Daymond John. This is how the conversation got started at the 2019 Philly SHRM Symposium…

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Apr 26, 2018


By: Kyle O’Hearn, HR Professional & PSHRM Thought Leader On Thursday, March 22nd, Philadelphia SHRM hosted the annual HR Premier event: the Philly SHRM Symposium. HR professionals gathered from many industries…

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Jan 03, 2018

How Employers can Police Sexual Harassment without Killing Office Romance

VP, Legal, Heather Herrington, discusses sexual harassment policies. Check out the full article here:  

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Jul 25, 2017

What does a High Innovation Quotient and Music have in common?

During the 2017 Philly SHRM Symposium on March 30th, I had the opportunity to attend Dr. Michael Brenner’s “Raising your Innovation Quotient” session. One who has a high Innovation Quotient

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May 01, 2017

Philly SHRM Ignites Influence

On March 29th and 30th Philly SHRM held its 2017 Symposium at the Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown Hotel, less than two miles from the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall.  With over…

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