What's Crackin Yak
Against the backdrop of the OSO landslide tragedy, my business has provided a measure of stability. The HR and Marketing Executive peer coaching groups have had a stellar year and my coaching practice working individually with senior executives continues to grow and thrive.
In March I moderated a great panel on “Upping the Coaching for Your High-Performing Leaders: Coaching Globally and Virtually” at the 7th Global Business Conference in Seattle. Several of our HR Executive Forum executive leaders participated in this interactive discussion: Britt Provost, VP Global Service Lines with Avanade, Mindy Geisser, VP Global Human Resources with Colliers International, Judy Burke, VP of Human Resources with Pacific Market International, and Anne Hatcher, VP of Human Resources with Getty Images.
We had several great After-Work Socials for peer group members and our extended community to counter-act the grey, dreary weather in March. The Black Bottle Postern in Bellevue turned out to be a perfect venue allowing us to mingle and connect with each other. Special thanks to my good friends and colleagues at CFO Selections, Mark Tranter and Alex DeSoto for hosting and treating us to some good wine. Mark, Alex and I also brainstormed and executed on the idea of having Chief Financial Officers visit with both the HR and Marketing executive peer groups to explore the development of more synergistic relationships together. These sessions were truly unique opportunities to listen, learn and understand the pain-points of our peers and see where some interesting opportunities lie.
The HR peer group also discussed talent management, internal branding, 360 feedback strategies, we manage our own careers in today’s environment. Perhaps the most popular session revolved around “Blowin’ Up the Performance Appraisal.”
Marketing Executives tackled a number of additional topic, some more technical on “Segmentation.” At one of the more popular sessions we invited several “millennials” to come explore how we can more effectively engage with this generation of employees in the workplace and as our customers.
The peer coaching sessions have evolved over time to be focused on interaction exploring “powerful questions.’ We continue to “ban” powerpoints and focus our interactions on our growth and development as leaders and sharing authentically around challenges and opportunities we have a senior executives in organizations from a wide variety of industries and sizes.
It is amazing to think that my peer groups have been around 18 years and several members from the very beginning. Two of the pioneering members with the HR Executive Forum retired this Spring and have started new adventures. We wish both Donna Schneider (formerly with CellNetix) and Rochelle Crollard (formerly with The Everett Clinic) the best of luck. Both of them have been formidable and active members of the HR community both locally and nationally. We already miss you!
As always in the Summer the per coaching groups take a break allowing me to plan and scheme for Fall. We already have some amazing sessions lined up starting in early September with discussions for both HR and Marketing executives around “What is Your Story?”