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Welcome our New NCHRA Advisory Council

Posted By Greg Morton, Sunday, January 31, 2016
Updated: Thursday, March 17, 2016
 I’ve always taken to heart a quote from Aesop's Fables, “you are known by the    company you keep,” and have found that to be true both in my personal and professional life. This month I am thrilled to shine a light on “the company” NCHRA is keeping by introducing you to our inaugural Advisory Council… As you will see in the following bios, each member of the Advisory Council is an accomplished executive bringing significant experience and wisdom to their role on the council.

I’ve never been a fan of making decisions in a vacuum and value the opinion of our members and leaders within the communities we serve. One thing you will notice is, not all the council members are HR professionals. This was intentional and aligns with the philosophy that in 2016, we’re all in HR if we wish to get the most from our people, lead and collaborate.

I’m excited to have this particular council of innovators, futurists, thought leaders and accomplished executives to critique and weigh-in on the direction of the NCHRA. Collectively they represent the front edge of the metaphorical knife of change in our market, sharing from their unique vantage points where the world is headed, and how we can adapt to succeed within its direction. I’ll be looking for their opinions on a variety of issues, such as the topics we choose to cover in our many programs annually, identification of trends affecting our value delivery, help in securing the best speaker talent, and even as a sounding board for promotional materials and our brand positioning.

We’ve been fortunate enough to support the HR community for nearly 56 years and have seen much change and have adapted with it. And though I’ve only been here 4-months, I suspect part of our success has always been the company we keep. Please join me in welcoming our Advisory Council.

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HR in the most innovative place on earth!

Posted By Greg Morton CEO, NCHRA, Friday, January 1, 2016
Updated: Wednesday, February 24, 2016

To all the HR professionals in the NCHRA family, I wish you a Happy New Year!

2015 was a busy year for our association and 2016 will surely be another exciting year for us. We’ll be hosting our 31st HR West Conference along with a great line up of one-day conferences and regional programming throughout the year. We even have plans for a new event this year that will bring HR professionals together with today’s most cutting-edge innovators seeking to deliver solutions for challenges faced by the HR community, both today and tomorrow.

It’s hard to believe that we are just two months away from our annual HR West Conference, but we are. Whether you are a past attendee or attending for the first time, you will not want to miss this year’s event. This year our theme is “HR in the most innovative place on earth,” based on our observation that practicing HR here in the West requires skills beyond the ordinary, and a level of sophistication not found in other parts of the world.

HR West 2016 delivers a fantastic line up of keynotes and session speakers sure to satisfy the never-ending thirst for knowledge you have come to expect. Each year, attendees share with us their appreciation of the unparalleled ability to earn continuing education credit towards a variety of certifications, and how much they value the conference’s networking opportunities - whether it’s making a new connection or re-connecting with a colleague - the three days offers ample opportunity to grow and maintain your professional network. New this year, HR West will have a speed networking session. Based on the concept of "speed dating," you'll meet other professionals with the potential to begin a mentoring relationship; discuss shared work topics or career paths; network, and more.

As always, you will have an opportunity to visit and learn from a strong list of high-quality service providers. We are proud that our conference attracts the best service providers and just as proud that their presence and involvement with attendees is an appreciated part of our conference’s value.

So if you haven’t gotten around to signing up for this year’s HR West Conference, don’t delay. With the holidays behind us and another full year ahead, it’s time to start thinking about learning new things, meeting new friends and old, and being inspired with “HR in the most innovative place on earth!”

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Celebrating 55 Years!

Posted By Greg Morton CEO, NCHRA, Thursday, December 31, 2015
Updated: Wednesday, February 24, 2016

It’s that time of year when individuals and institutions look back on their year as they ready themselves for the year ahead, and we at NCHRA are no exception. 2015 was a great year for our organization as we celebrated our 55th year of existence!

The association began the year by bidding adieu to its leader of ten years, Danika Davis. Through her herculean efforts, NCHRA was able to navigate some rough economic times, maintain its relevance, and be well positioned for future success and growth. Not a day goes by that she’s not thought of and we’re happy she’s found a great role leading our Platinum Sponsor, Merit Resource Group…as it affords us an opportunity to see her on a regular basis.

2015 found NCHRA as busy as ever delivering 200+ programs through our regional meetings, e-seminars, conferences and summits. In addition to that programming, we also supported our member’s networking desires through twenty dynamic networking socials. I personally took the role as CEO in the summer social season and found it a great way to quickly meet the membership and make new friends from the North Bay to the South Bay. In the spring, we held the largest HR West conference since its inception in 1985! We are quite proud of this conference and the great feedback it receives. I look forward to being a part of this incredible event in 2016, March 7-9 in Oakland.

During what was to be a year of transition for NCHRA, we said goodbye to some staff and added several new team members. As always, we were fortunate to have the assistance of many of volunteers to help our association deliver on its promise of furthering the success of our membership. From serving on regional boards to stuffing envelopes and helping with event registration, their collective participation was not only greatly appreciated, but played a significant role in our success.

Although a busy year, we did find time to have fun as well. In addition to the aforementioned socials, the Santa Cruz region organized a night out at the Oakland A’s, and the Santa Clara region put a team together to participate in the HERS Breast Cancer Walk.

Finally, 2015 saw the addition of the new SHRM Certification in addition to the HRCI Certification, where many of our members have earned certification. We were proud of our ability in 2015 to support test-readiness through our preparation courses for both certifications, allowing our members to choose which was right for them.

2015 was a great year and we have several new, exciting events in store for 2016 as well. Stay tuned!

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The Art of Productivity

Posted By Greg Morton CEO, NCHRA, Saturday, August 1, 2015
Updated: Monday, February 22, 2016

This month’s theme for HR West Magazine is the Art of Productivity, a subject that resonates with me as I enter my 7th week at the helm of the NCHRA. My goal of ensuring value for our members and of “hitting the ground running” has got me asking three questions, “Where does the time go? Am I focusing on the right things? Am I making the right choices today?” Because to me, productivity starts with saving time, focusing it and using it as effectively as possible.

In a very real way, productivity is about saving time. Saved time benefits an employer, lowering overhead costs and satisfying clients quicker. But it also benefits employees, as effective use of time (productivity) might just allow for a distraction-less, worry-free lunch hour, or who knows, perhaps a timely day’s end departure to be with your loved ones in a mindful way. Time, they say, is the one thing they’re just not making more of so we should all be open to ideas, technologies and tools that can help us be more productive. With the right help we can tip the time scale in our favor in a way that best serves us, whether that’s getting more done or getting more done faster — allowing us discretionary time.

Productivity is, in my opinion, a matter of focus as well. I have long observed co-workers that spend their work days focused on the challenges of their private life, only to arrive at home to worry about their unfocused work life. The point here is that we should focus on what’s in front of us as it’s what we have a chance to affect at that moment. I have found working with this focus leaves me feeling clear headed when I’m done for the day because like a professional athlete, I have “left it all on the field.”

Finally, in my experience, productivity has a great deal to do with our choices. The right choice today makes next week, next month and perhaps even next year, more productive, while the wrong choice has the opposite effect. And that choice often includes choosing the right tool. Ask any weekend handyman and they’ll certainly tell you, choosing the right tool makes you more productive and the job a whole lot easier.

So let’s all take the time to read this month’s HR West Magazine with focus, and learn how we can be better at utilizing our time, get more of what we want from each day, and be more…well, productive.

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