The age of wisdom, the age of foolishness

by John Nykolaiszyn on August 16, 2014

Sorry, it has been a long while since I’ve posted to the blog. It’s been a crazy back half of the summer for me.

I’ve been ramping up for the upcoming fall semester. I’ve been in meetings at clients around the city as well as a quick 24 hours in San Francisco.

I’ve had a chance to catch-up with old friends; and make some new. Had few over at our place for dinner with the family, and had an epic (albeit very brief) road trip/therapy session that can only be summed up in one word, hilarious.

I will be traveling to Pennsylvania in a few short weeks, Dallas for HREvolution, and who knows where else.

I’m scheduled to teach a few more sections of the HR Certificate class as well as PHR/SPHR test prep.

Halloween, birthdays, Christmas, and the New Year will be here before I am fully prepared for it and somehow, we’ll get through it.

The girls are growing, learning, and truth be told, I’m scared that they’re growing up too quick.

There will be homework assignments to review, scrapes to kiss better, doctors visits, and the always present piles of laundry.

For the first time in a very long time, I feel woefully unprepared yet ready to face the upcoming crazy with a smile.

Let’s do this!


The third day is when the conference grind sets it and depending on how late your “client meetings” ran, it’s a tough day.

You need to start packing the suitcase and you’re probably wondering why you just didn’t ship that whole bag of “tangible memories” you collected off the expo floor.

I’ve seen this conundrum at the previous conferences and here’s my practical advice. Prior to the next conference, get the FedEx number from shipping & receiving. If you want to kick in some sharing of some cool stuff as a form of “repayment” do it. Thank me later for dropping that tidbit.

While there have been several thematic undercurrents at this year’s conference, the one major theme that I’ve heard in the keynotes, the general sessions, and in the hallways, all pointed back to leadership.

For those doing the mental eye roll, I apologize, but think about it. Right after the leadership theme, it’s the people theme. Hell, it’s THE SHRM CONFERENCE we should be discussing people leadership, no?

The organization gets credit for opening with David Novak, CEO of Yum! Brands. In case you were wondering Mr. Novak did a great job of evangelizing the leadership message crafted by the culture firm Senn Delaney.

I genuinely like the message/culture programming that Senn Delaney has created. I’ve was lucky enough to be in an organization that used the product and have also been through the training. I truly enjoyed it, and it has resonated with me on a personal and professional level.

While the concepts are not revolutionary, they deal directly with people, leadership, and yes people leadership (sorry for the oversimplification). It was the right message, at the right time, to the right crowd, so kudos to the team.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to find a way to stuff all of my “tangible memories” into my suitcase.

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