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    Initiating Tough Conversations/Your Role As An HR Professional

    Date: June 27, 2013 8:00am – July 31, 2013 11:00am
    Confluence Technology Center
    285 Technology Center Way
    $25.00 for members, $35.00 for non-members
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    Tough Conversations Presentation


    Your Role As An HR Professional/Initiating Tough Conversations
    This program, ORG-PROGRAM- 145988, has
    been approved for 3 Business Mgmt & Strategy recertification
    credit hours toward PHR, SPHR and GPHR recertification through the HR Certification Institute. Please be sure to note the program ID number on your recertification application form. For more information about certification or recertification, please visit the HR Certification Institute website at

    My contact information is shown below, the best way to reach me is by
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    Just reference AVHRA in the subject line so I recognize the source.
    Mike Cook                                                                                           
    AMJ Group, Mid-Level Management Coaching and Development

    Part I: HR’s Strategic Leadership Role: Initiating the Tough Conversations

    The staff and managers within an HR department have a unique perspective not shared by any other function. The recognition that this unique perspective offers a strategic role for HR executives, as well as their staff, is long overdue; acting on this recognition is an even more pressing issue.

    Friction among leaders plays a large role in whether employees feel safe to fully engage or not. Being willing to step in, initiate and then facilitate the tough conversations that need to take place between and among leaders at all levels sets the HR leader up as full partner to any CEO, Executive Team and employee body. 

    By the end of this presentation, participants will have received a template that can be used to help design these challenging conversations.

    Part II: Who Do You Want to Be…as an HR Professional?*

    The question to consider is this, “Who do you want to be as an HR professional?” Here’s where we’ll be putting our attention…

    ♦ What Does it Mean to Be Focused on Developing and Retaining the Best Employees? 
    ♦ How Much Attention are You Putting on Anticipating Change?        
    ♦ How are You Enabling the Organization?

    *By the conclusion of this session you will have completed an assessment of yourself as an HR Professional and prioritized actions consistent with the asset you want to become for your organization.

    Program approved for 3 Strategic credits

    Presenter: Mike Cook
    A former Human Resource professional for Standard Oil of California, Mike now works primarily with senior leaders and teams to develop and implement cultural change processes which enhance overall organizational performance on very targeted issues. He enjoys working with diverse client teams at all levels to build alignment and enable change that is sustainable and strategic. Mike has 25 + years consulting/coaching experience working in a wide range of industries and working environments as a designer, facilitator, coach and project team lead on major cultural change initiatives. His experience includes initiatives in petroleum refining, telecommunications, financial services, healthcare and insurance systems. He is also a published author and has contributed to several online publications within the HR community.