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Check out what CareerBuilder’s special guests, Brian Malarkey, Casey Thompson and Richard Blais from Bravo’s “Top Chef”, were cooking up at our booth Sunday during SHRM 2009. (Get it? “Cooking up“? Get it? Okay, but seriously, they were actually cooking) And don’t forget to check back here later to get the recipes.
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Creating a Best Place to Work: Lessons from 2009′s 50 Best Small and Medium Companies to Work for in America
I just sat through a great session at SHRM 2009 given by Michael Burchell, Ed. D., vice president for Global Business Development, Great Place to Work® Institute. In addition to compiling the 50 Best Small and Medium Companies to Work for in America list, the Great Place to Work® Institute is also responsible for assembling the FORTUNE® 100 Best Companies list.
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Day one of SHRM is a wrap! The day's conference highlight was an opening keynote discussion with Jack Welch, who described HR professionals as his personal heroes. Among the business writer's other notable soundbites, below are some of my personal favorites:
- HR should be as important as the CFO. How do you do this? Deliver.
- Jack Welch's tough love advice for HR: Do not be a victim. Make change and impact.
- HR is important in good times but defines a company in bad times.
- The number one thing HR can do to elevate status: raise the bar by developing and training the team.
- Government involvement in corporate bonuses is stupid. Top talent will always follow the money.
- Get voice and communicate like hell. Let people know what's going on every step of the way.
- See everyone as a teacher around you and take from the best.
- People buy into change because they understand it and know what's in it for them.
- The only way to win is with creative thinkers and innovation. Act faster and smarter.
- Trust. Earn it everyday.
- There is no such thing as work/life balance, just work/life choices. Make the choices that you are passionate about.
Meanwhile, at the expo, CareerBuilder featured a Top Chef Reception featuring celebrity chefs Brian Malarkey, Casey Thompson and Richard Blais of Bravo TV's hit reality show "Top Chef". Check back in the coming days for the recipes for all the delicious treats they prepared.
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