Unbridled Talent was recently named one of the top 75 HR blogs to follow by Proven, a hiring solution for small businesses.

I’m honored to be included, and always find lists like this one a great way to discover new blogs and bloggers that I can connect with an learn from.

Date: February 10, 2016
Appearance: Top 75+ HR Blogs to Follow in 2016 [Proven]
Outlet: Proven
Format: Other

Choose Your Change – Then Jump!

I’ve been in a mood lately. A little restless. A lot ready for something new. And while I now know that this is good news, I didn’t always feel that way.

I have a history of restlessness in my life. A personal life that has taken more twists and turns than the girl who grew up on an isolated Tennessee farm could ever have expected, and a career that has morphed into a life spent as a certifiable introvert, whose job is all about people.

And it’s all good.

But getting here hasn’t been without uncertainty, struggle, missteps, wrong steps and pain.

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11 Podcasts To Fuel Personal Growth and Leadership Development

I’m a voracious consumer of content in the areas that are of interest to me – specifically leadership, entrepreneurship, speaking and personal development.

Interestingly, I’m not a good book reader (fixing that is a goal for 2016). But I do buy lots of books. I just rarely read them.

So a couple of years ago, I decided to try podcasts as a way to continue learning, and to fill time that was normally spent listening to the same songs in my playlists or on the radio over and over again. Now, I listen to podcasts while driving, traveling, exercising, cleaning the house, fixing dinner, etc. Suffice it to say, I’m hooked on learning.

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Study Reveals The Key To Employee Engagement

Employee engagement is a term that’s been passed along for years now. And for those of us responsible for attracting, retaining, and getting the most out of top talent – it’s always on our radar.

Employee Engagement

What is employee engagement?

We define employee engagement as the extent to which an employee is “all in”. Meaning, they’re fully absorbed and energized by their work, and therefore exert discretionary effort in their roles.

Even though there is still much debate about how to accurately assess and score an employee’s engagement level, we can’t deny that the highest performing businesses have seemed to get it right.

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I was recently quoted in a MONEY magazine article written by Daniel Bortz on the topic: 5 Best Career Moves to Make in Your 30s.

Advice in the article includes bolstering leadership skills, fostering peer relationships, keeping ex-bosses in your corner, managing your public image, and upgrading your industry visibility.

Check out the article for some great advice on managing your career at any age!

Date: January 5, 2016
Appearance: 5 Best Career Moves to Make in Your 30s [MONEY]
Outlet: MONEY Magazine
Format: Magazine

Recently, I was a guest on The Brand Journalism Advantage Podcast, hosted by Phoebe Chongchua discussing Building A Great Team For Your Company.

Phoebe and I had a great conversation, and covered several topics, including:

  1. Why leaders who can identify and select the right people for their teams – then motivate them to get the work done are critical to an organization’s success and growth.
  2. How leaders can help their team members understand how they can contribute towards the organization’s vision, and why the work that they do matters.
  3. My favorite success quote – which comes from a Disney fish.
  4. The importance of moving forward, and staying focused on the vision – even during difficult times – is an important success factor for leadership.
  5. Accepting that in order to grown, there will be discomfort – and how to deal with that. 3 key tips for building a great team. Why leaders must hire for mindset – not just skill set.
  6. The secret of employee engagement that every manager must know.

Listen to the podcast here!

Date: December 7, 2015
Appearance: Building A Great Team For Your Company [The Brand Journalism Advantage Podcast]
Outlet: The Brand Journalism Advantage Podcast
Format: Podcast

Recently, I had the opportunity to chat with Kristen Harcourt, Senior Consultant at The McQuaig Institute  about what HR professionals can do to make a bigger impact, how can they build a better business case, and become bigger influencers in their organizations.

You can view the short video interview here, and also see the comments and tweets from the #MIChat that followed.

Thanks Kristen and McQuaig for the opportunity to chat about the future of work and Human Resources!

Date: November 24, 2015
Appearance: Evolving HR with Jennifer McClure [The McQuaig Institute]
Outlet: The McQuaig Institute
Format: Vlog

What Role Does Recognition Play In Recruitment and Retention Strategies?

Recently, I had the opportunity to participate in an online chat with some of my fellow Talent Advisors who write for CareerBuilder’s Talent Advisor Portal on The Hiring Site about the role recognition can play in a company’s recruitment and retention strategies.

I’d encourage you to take a few minutes to listen in, watch me futzing with my hair and bobbing in my chair, get a prediction for the Ohio State – Michigan State football game this weekend, and hear about Tim Sackett’s awesome “Pay It Forward” experiment with his team.

The illustrious panel includes:

Tim Sackett – President at HRU Technical Resources
Mary Delaney – President, Recruitment Software Solutions at CareerBuilder.com
Jennifer McClure – President of Unbridled Talent LLC
Matthew Stollak – Associate Professor of Business Administration at St. Norbert College

[Update: As of September 28, 2016, the video is no longer available. Sorry about that!]

Streamed live on Nov 17, 2015

Questions we answer during the chat:

  1. How can recognition play a central role in an organization’s talent strategy?
  2. How do you drive recognition on the corporate side for your recruiting team?
  3. Is recognizing people once a year enough?
  4. Retention has been identified as one of the top 5 challenges for companies in 2016. Hasn’t retention always been an issue for companies? Why is it getting so much attention now?
  5. Do we really feel like the younger workforce coming in only wants to work for a company for 1 – 3 years?
  6. When does “retention” actually start for an employee?
  7. How has the notion of retention changed how we think about employer brand?
  8. Who owns retention?
  9. What role does technology play in recognizing and retaining workers?
  10. What works best for recognition – money, gifts, or something else?