Lexicon representatives, Deborah Wilkes and Pam Buchanan, attended the 2014 SHRM Annual Conference and Exposition held in Orlando, FL which hosted over 13,000 attendees. The theme of this year’s conference was ‘Create, Transform, and Connect’.
The conference theme was echoed throughout the program content with a key message about today’s interconnected world growing by leaps and bounds and how we must become more creative in everything we do. It is imperative that we are ‘innovation ready’ and think outside of the box so we may strive to move ahead of our competition at all times.
Our world today is in a state of constant change, the need to adapt and grow a diverse workforce and environment, heightening the need to be inspired to transform both professionally and personally. We have witnessed this world go from connectivity to hyper-connectivity within the past seven years. It is quite literally a ‘virtual’ certainty that the world will be totally transformed again over the next five years. Technology is constantly improving, and continues to take over both blue and white collar jobs. Competition is getting tougher now that it is easier than ever to connect with people via Skype, Facebook, and many other interpersonal communication platforms. Face-to-face communication is becoming more and more a thing of the past. We are all encouraged to be more creative, think smarter, and connect with others to increase growth and learning opportunities. Each and every one of us is responsible for creating our own destiny!
This year’s conference had a stellar line up of featured speakers, and we highlight below some of the more inspiring reads produced by featured speakers which we highly recommend:
- Robin Roberts: Co-anchor of ABC’s Good Morning America and author of From the Heart: 7 Rules to Live By.
- Tom Friedman: Internationally renowned reporter, columnist, author of six best-selling books including The World is Flat.
- David Novak: Yum Brands chairman and CEO, and author of Taking People with You.
- Laura Bush: Former First Lady of the U.S. who is an advocate for literacy, education, and women’s rights. Her memoir, Spoken from the Heart (Scribner), last week became the second fastest-selling book of the year in the US.
In closing, our personal favorite take away was from Tom Friedman on five things he always tells his kids:
Always think like a new immigrant in this new world…it can be taken away at any moment.
Think like an artisan. An artisan makes every item individually. The best artisans who have brought so much extra into their work carve their initials into it.
Always be in Beta. Keep work always in progress mode. Learn and relearn. Never be finished! Always keep learning in this hyper-connectivity world.
Always remember that high personality and high motivation will always beat someone with knowledge skills only in today’s world. It takes a motivated person to keep up with constant change and reinvention.
Last but not least, always think like a waitress. For example, when a waitress adds on extras they get tipped more so always control your extra! Think entrepreneurial!