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HR West Magazine

Our flagship publication focusing on what matters most to HR. HR West covers best practice trends and presents new ideas and concepts to keep readers up-to-date with the latest in our industry. Vital issues such as workforce planning, strategy design, performance management and more. Print copies are mailed to NCHRA Members six times each year and also stored online for easy reference.

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May 2014 - The HR Leader


  • 5 Leadership Techniques to Revamp Right Now
  • Six Principles for Becoming a Disruptive Leader
  • Compassion at Work: Before It's Too Late, Integrate!
  • Visual Leadership: I See What You Mean


March 2014 - The Conference Preview Issue


  • Why Employers Aren't Filling Jobs 
  • 7 Tools for Sparking Creative Conversations 
  • Being Real at Work 
  • The Buffet Cannot Hire You 


January 2014 - The Legal Issue


  • Member Profile: Christine M. Pallatto, Director of HR, Global Fund for Women & 2014 NCHRA Board President
  • 5 Sticky Background Check Situations - by Lester Rosen
  • Independent Contractors: 10 Best Practices to Mitigate Risk - by Maria Goyer
  • Immigration in 2014 - by Sameer Khedekar and Addie Hogan
  • Six Labor & Employment Cases Slated for Supreme Court Decision in 2014 - by Gwen Morales, Sally Scott, Lindsey Marcus
  • Emplyee Leaves in California: Your To-Do Checklist - by James J. McDonald, Jr.

November 2013 - Beyond Business Acumen


  • Member Profile: Pablo Zavala, Director of Human Resources, Sol Food Restaurants
  • The Five Business Drivers of Success - by Kevin Cope
  • 10 Things HR Should Know About Marketing - by Kevin Grossman
  • Seven Strategies for Building Better Business Acumen - by Dr. E. Ted Prince
  • Drafting the Well-Crafted Business Case - sidebar by Rod Hanna, Principal, Merit Resource Group
  • Alliance Management: A Strategic Discipline - by Jack Pearson

September 2013 - From Y to Why: Understanding Generation Flux


  • Member Profile: Michele Alanis, HR Manager, Jan Marini Skin Research
  • From Y to Why - by Mario Vasilescu
  • Hiring & Selection in the Age of Gen Flux - by Jack F. Smalley, SPHR
  • 5 Ways to Manage Talent in Times of Rapid Change - by Colleen Murray and Ailene Lee-Sutton

July 2013 - HR & Technolgy


  • Member Profile: Don Aguilar, SPHR, VPHR, Silicon Valley Community Foundation
  • Applying Key Techonolgy Trends to Human Resources - by Michael Rudnick
  • The Science of Choosing - by Jeremy Yonan
  • The Benefits of Adoptiong Social Functionality to Transform Business Processes - by Lexy Martin and Kim Lowery
  • Integrating Talent Management Into Your HR Technology Strategy - by Mike Leflar
  • 10 Questions to Ask an HCM Cloud Provider - by Ultimate Software

May 2013 - Learning & Innovation: The HR Link


  • Member Profile: Carrie Alden, SPHR-CA, HR Director, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
  • HR's Role in Championing Innovation - by Laszlo Gyorffy
  • Technology and Learning 2013: Three Rules to Live By - by Paul Ignasinski
  • HR West 2013 Conference Program
  • Creativity and Innovation-The Myth of the Lightning Bolt - by Daniel Guillory
  • Game On! -- The Benefit of Playing Games at Work - by Kurt Steele  

March 2013 - Conference Preview Issue


  • Member Profile: Aaron Kennedy, CFS, President & CEO, Stark Miller Financial
  • Passion Capital - by Keynote Speaker, Paul Alofs
  • The Case for Candor - by Keynote Shari Harley
  • Becoming an Exceptional Leader - by Keynote Kimberly Alyn, SPHR

January 2013 - Leadership Leverage: Connecting the Dots


  • Member Profile: May Speck, SPHR, Sr. VP of HR, WageWorks, Inc.
  • Hunting the High-Impact Leader - by Gautam Mukunda
  • Self-Awareness: Attribute of a Great Leader - by Hal Adler
  • The Leadership Role Only HR Can Play - by Rogene Baxter and Chris Bennett

November 2012 - The Blending of HR & OD


  • Member Profile: Brian Armbrust, SPHR, Sr. HR Business Partner, Genentech
  • Will HR Be the New OD? - by Tony Deblauwe
  • HROD, A Powerful Combination - by Carla Kincaid-Yoshikawa
  • OD & HR: Further Reflections on the Practice of the Fields - by Martin Goldberg and Claudy Jules
  • Trends in HR Leadership - by Delpha Snow

September 2012 - The New Age of Flexibility


  • Member Profile: Amie Wardenburg, PHR, Executive Recruiter, Siino & Associates
  • Workplace Flexibility Options Boost Profits and Curb Turnover - by Rhonda Smith
  • What's in a Job Title? - by Scott Westcott
  • Titles and Promotions, It's Not Just Silly Formalism - by Ben Horowitz 
  • Collaboration, We Have the Techonology - by Kim Austin
  • The Office Is Shrinking as Tech Creates Workplaces Everywhere - by Haya El Nasser

July 2012 - Inclusion: The Real Diversity Solution


  • Member Profile: Steven Yee, SPHR, Vice-President, HR Operations, HRAnswerLink, Inc.
  • The 10 Biggest Mistakes in Diversity Management  - by Roseanna DeMaria
  • Discrimination-Free Does Not Equal Diverse - by Freada Kapor Klein, PhD and Allison Scott, PhD
  • The Hard Sell -- Making the Legal Case for Inclusion - by Chako Perez

May 2012 - Managing the Dynamics of Change


  • Member Profile: Maureen Middleton, PHR, Manager of HR and Office Management, Low Income Investment Fund
  • Communicate Change the Brain-Friendly Way and Get Better Results - by Liz Guthridge
  • Engage to Change or Pay the Costs - by Kevin Weitz
  • Conference Program Guide
  • Resistance is Futile: Not!.- by Eugene Dilan, PsyD
  • Inclusion = Change - by Joe Gerstandt

 March 2012 - HR West Conference Preview Issue 


  • Member Profile: Traci Thompson, SPHR, Director of Human Resources, Westinghouse Solar, Inc.
  • The Fuel of Human Innovation - by Saj-nicole A. Joni, PhD
  • A Conversation with Stuart Crabb
  • The Success Equation - by Nilofer Merchant
  • Socialstructuring: From Institutions to Amplified Individuals - by Marina Gorbis
  • Positive Influence - by Holly Schroth, PhD

January 2012 - Maximizing Performance


  • Member Profile: Saul Macias, PHR, Incoming NCHRA Board President
  • Increasing Employee Productivity: The Strategic Role That HR Essentially Ignores - by Dr. John Sullivan
  • Put on a Happy Face. Seriously - by Dr. Nancy Rothbard
  • How A Few Bad Apples Ruin Everything - by Dr. Robert Sutton
  • Be Your Own Performance Coach - by Ann-Marie Heidingsfelder
  • Good Health Is Good Business: Wellness as a Performance Maximizing Strategy - by Dana Wenter

November 2011 - Religion and Politics at Work


  • Member Profile: Ben Avery, Talent Recruiter, Sierra Club
  • Your Employees Are Praying For a Big Verdict  - by Allison West, Esq., SPHR
  • Where to Draw the Line: Preventing Religious and Political Discrimination - by Lynn Lieber
  • Is Your Holiday Policy Inclusive? - by Rebecca R. Hastings, SPHR
  • Addressing Political Activism in the Workplace - by Jennifer Loftus
  • Guidelines for Political Communication to Employees
  • When to Report What You Spend as Contributions or Lobbying

September 2011 - The Strategy of Innovation



  • Member Profile: Gwendolyn Cornwell, PHR, Senior HR Manager, California Institute of Integral Studies
  • The Design of Business - by Roger L. Martin
  • Innovation is a Competitive Advantage -  by John Foster
  • The Innovator’s DNA - by Jeffrey H. Dyer, Hal B. Gregersen and Clayton M. Christensen
  • 5 Not So Usual Ways to Retain Talent - by Bob Shaw and Kathy Katusha

July 2011 – Workforce Planning


  • Time to Scale Up Your Succession Planning? - by Dr. B. Lynn Ware
  • HR West 2011 Conference Wrap-Up
  • Managing Performance Across the Generations - by Barbara E. Miller
  • It Ain't Over Yet: Successfully Retaining Seasoned Workers - by Chris Bennett and Rogene Baxter
  • Predicting Success: How Workforce Planning and Analytics Drive Organizational Effectiveness - by Al Adamsen
  • Member Profile: Brooks Burtch, PHR, Recruiter, Google 

May 2011 – The Way We’re Wired
May 2011 Issue HR West Magazine


  • Lead Your Brain Instead of Letting It Lead You - by Stephanie West Allen, J.D. and Jeffrey M. Schwartz, Ph.D.
  • Critical Thinking Means Business - by Heather Ishikawa and Chad Fife
  • Does the Internet Make You Smarter? - by Clay Shirky
  • Does the Internet Make You Dumber? - by Nicholas Carr
  • Member Profile: Tina Rojas, PHR, Senior HR Manager, San Francisco 49ers

March 2011 – Conference Preview Issue
March 2011 Issue HR West Magazine


  • A Conversation with Chip and Dan Heath Authors of Switch: How to Change When Change is Hard
  • Keeping the Potential in High Potentials - by Dr. Frank Schultz
  • 10 Simple Body Language Secrets for Making a Good First Impression - by Janine Driver
  • Can You Double Your Workforce For Free? - by Liz Wiseman
  • Member Profile: Bill Kelly, SPHR-CA, Principal/HR Consultant, Kelly HR

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