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June 2013 MVHRA Connections


Newsletter - June 2013

Presidential Ponderings Volume 2, Edition 6

June 2013

You are an Inspiration to Someone in HR

Erin Henry, MSA, PHR
Servant Leader MVHRA 2012-2013

In May we had the opportunity to come together in a different forum to “Make Connections that Count” at the Dayton Dragon’s 5/3 field. It was a miracle the rain held off, considering that majority of the morning and balance of the day proved to be quite wet. As a matter of fact, the sun even broke through the clouds by the start of our event! Besides the great weather, I enjoyed meeting new people as well as the good food and fun on “The Party Deck”. While the Dragon’s lost 6 to 4 to the West Michigan Whitecaps, I believe it was a home run for MVHRA.

On another note, at a recent Ohio State Council meeting, Steve Browne, our State Council Director shared an article written by Alan Collins that made me ‘ponder’ a variety of things. In the spirit of ‘Paying it forward’, I share with you “You are an Inspiration to Someone in HR”…

You are an HR professional.
You help organizations get better results through people.
That’s why you get paid.
It’s a noble calling.
So stick your chest out and wear that badge proudly.

You may not think so, but you are an inspiration to at least one person.
You are an inspiration to me.
You inspire me…
When you give a damn about your clients…even if they don’t return the favor.
When you take an existing HR program, policy or initiative…and make it better.

When you take 100%, full responsibility for a mistake…and don’t point fingers.
When you have lost your job in HR…and refuse to give up your job search.
When you step up and seize an HR opportunity…when no one else will.
When you ask for feedback…say thank you…and then act on it.
When you stand up and defend your principles…despite push back.

When you don’t mind getting your hands dirty…even though you’re the HR leader.
When you make a decision…even a bad one…rather than no decision at all.
When you give your clients advice…that helps their business or them personally.
When you’ve faced your biggest fear…and you decide to do it anyway.
When you can be yourself, have fun…and still get things done in HR.

There are all kinds of ways you inspire me.
But most of all you inspire me because you’ve embraced HR as a profession.
And all of its thrills, challenges and frustrations.
I would bet you’re an inspiration to someone else in HR too.
Either one of your friends or colleagues…perhaps even your boss.

Or someone just coming into HR looking to you for guidance.
Or someone just waiting for you to share your experience.
If you’re passionate enough about what you do in HR.
It doesn’t matter where you are in your career.
Someone, somewhere is being inspired by you.

Or desperately wants to be inspired by you.
You may not think so, but they are.
So keep doing things to inspire them.

Next Chapter Events - June 11, 2013

Tuesday, June 11, 2013 from 11:15 AM to 01:00 PM

Why Generational Differences Aren’t Just a Lot of Talk – And How Your Strategic HR Decisions Should Consider Them. 
Andrea Zavakos, SPHR, GPHR; Assistant Vice President, Office of Human Resources, University of Dayton 
Credits:This program will provide 1.0 specified (strategic) credit hour for PHR/SPHR Recertification.

Event Registration: Click HERE for more information and to register online for this event.

Thursday, June 20, 2013 from 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM

MVHRA Social Event - The Wine Loft at The Greene

Event Registration: Click HERE for more information and to register online for this event.

Be sure to check the MVHRA website at to learn more about upcoming events and to register online.

Click HERE for more information.

Court Strikes Down NLRB's Notice Posting Requirement

Jeffrey A. Mullins, Esq.
Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP
40 North Main Street, Suite 1700, Dayton, Ohio 45423
Telephone: (937) 641-1725

On May 7, 2013, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit struck down the National Labor Relations Board’s rule requiring employers to post a notice created by the NLRB that purported to “inform” employees about their rights under the National Labor Relations Act (“Act”). The rule contained three enforcement provisions, making non-compliance: (1) an independent unfair labor practice; (2) evidence of union animus that could support other unfair labor practice findings (such as an unlawful discharge); and (3) toll the six-month statute of limitations established by the Act. <MORE>

Click HERE for more information.

14 Easy Ways to Get Insanely Motivated

These simple strategies can keep you energized both on and off the job.
Here's a column that I guarantee will make you more successful in both your professional and personal lives.

Here are 14 quick strategies to get and keep yourself motivated:

1. Condition your mind. Train yourself to think positive thoughts while avoiding negative thoughts.

2. Condition your body. It takes physical energy to take action. Get your food and exercise budget in place and follow it like a business plan.

Read More: Why You're Still Overweight 
3. Avoid negative people. They drain your energy and waste your time, so hanging with them is like shooting yourself in the foot.

4. Seek out the similarly motivated. Their positive energy will rub off on you and you can imitate their success strategies.

5. Have goals–but remain flexible. No plan should be cast in concrete, lest it become more important than achieving the goal.

6. Act with a higher purpose. Any activity or action that doesn’t serve your higher goal is wasted effort--and should be avoided.

7. Take responsibility for your own results. If you blame (or credit) luck, fate or divine intervention, you’ll always have an excuse.

8. Stretch past your limits on a daily basis. Walking the old, familiar paths is how you grow old. Stretching makes you grow and evolve.

9. Don't wait for perfection; do it now! Perfectionists are the losers in the game of life. Strive for excellence rather than the unachievable.

10. Celebrate your failures. Your most important lessons in life will come from what you don't achieve. Take time to understand where you fell short.

11. Don’t take success too seriously. Success can breed tomorrow's failure if you use it as an excuse to become complacent.

12. Avoid weak goals. Goals are the soul of achievement, so never begin them with "I'll try ...” Always start with "I will" or "I must."

13. Treat inaction as the only real failure. If you don’t take action, you fail by default and can't even learn from the experience.

14. Think before you speak. Keep silent rather than express something that doesn’t serve your purpose.

The above is based on a conversation with Omar Periu, one of the world’s best (and best known) motivational speakers. Geoffrey James writes the Sales Source column on, the world's most visited sales-oriented blog. His newly published book is Business to Business Selling: Power Words and Strategies From the World's Top Sales Experts. @Sales_Source



SHRM Foundation News: The Masters Series at the SHRM Annual Conference

Sponsored by the SHRM Foundation, the Master Series during the SHRM Annual Conference are high-level and thought-provoking sessions designed specifically to challenge senior-level HR professionalswith advanced business techniques.These in-depth learning sessions feature internationallyknown experts in the field of management science, with a focus on timely and provocative issues that affect your career and industry.

This year’s session topics and speakers include:The Progress Principle; Using Small Wins to Ignite Joy, Engagement, and Creativity at Work,Teresa Amabile;Healthy Organizations Win: How to Harness Your Organization’s Full Potential,Patrick Lencioni; andShock of Gray: The Aging of the World’s Population and How It Pits Young Against Old, Child Against Parent, Worker Against Boss, Company Against Rival, and Nation Against Nation,Ted C. Fishman.Click here for more information about the 2012 Master Series Sessions.

For more information on Foundation-sponsored educational programs, visit the SHRM Foundation website,

It is with great excitement that we share with you that MVHRA has a new Facebook and Twitter account!

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Head on over to our new social media pages and “Like”/”Follow” them to stay up to date on events and HR news!

HRCI Recertification

Brandon Bernzott, Right Management


Support Your Certification Efforts by Connecting, Liking, Following and Subscribing



Let me start by admitting that I don’t have a Facebook page and I’ve never Tweeted anything, ever. Perhaps I should do these things, but quite honestly I don’t know where I’d find the time. That said, I do find myself using other online resources like LinkedIn and blogs more and more for both networking and professional development. For those of you who are preparing to become certified or who, like me, are always looking for valuable opportunities to learn and earn credits for recertification, here are a few things to consider:

So, get out there and start connecting, liking, following and subscribing. You will be surprised at how much you’ll learn and how much you can earn toward your HRCI certification or recertification.

    • Most HR networking and other professional organizations have created Groups on LinkedIn. While some Groups require you to submit a request that must be approved based on whether or not you meet their membership criteria, most are open to anyone who wants to join. Different groups often have very different levels of activity, but even the least active can often provide some opportunities for continued learning and development if you take time to visit their pages once in a while.
    • Most HR networking and other professional organizations have also made it easy to “like” or “follow” them as well. If you are a Facebook or Twitter user, take a few minutes to visit some of the websites of some of the local and national organizations and click on the thumbs up or little blue bird to get connected so that you can stay informed about new learning and development opportunities being offered.
    • Use LinkedIn or other social media outlets to connect to, like or follow or other HR professionals and leaders. Then take a few minutes every week or two to check their profiles to see what new articles or other items they’ve posted. You’ll often find some great links to webinars and events that might interest you.  
    • Find and subscribe to a couple of well managed HR or other professional blogs. These can be a great source of “golden nuggets” of wisdom and can often point you to valuable learning and development resources. In fact, the HRCI maintains an active blog to facilitate the sharing of information and to support certification and recertification efforts –

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