by Wayne L. Munyer, PHR
2013-14 Volunteer PIHRA President
We continue to make great progress in ensuring the 2014 California HR Conference, scheduled for August 25th through the 27th, will be our best conference ever. Our latest success is landing former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich as our Tuesday Keynote Speaker. A key player in President Bill Clinton’s cabinet and someone we regularly see on the major news programs, Secretary Reich is currently Chancellor’s Professor of Public Policy at the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley. You can learn more about Secretary Reich at www.robertreich.org.
Speaking of websites, go to www.cahr14.org to watch the Conference planning come together and to register if you haven’t already done so.
Switching gears, over the years I have been an avid reader of the late Stephen R. Covey. Many of you have read his “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.” It is one of my favorite books, not just for its business lessons, but also because of its application to our personal lives. Before the Blackberry and the iPhone, like many of you I used a Franklin Covey Day Planner. Remember, we learned to prioritize our “To Do List” using the ABC method, focusing on getting our A’s done first, then our B’s and so on.
How is this relevant? Because as HR professionals we sometimes forget the importance of including our personal priorities along with our business priorities. We often focus on ensuring everyone else’s needs are taken care of and we forget about ourselves. In “The 8th Habit, From Effectiveness to Greatness,” Covey wrote:
Listen to the voices:
“I am stuck in a rut”
“I have no life. I’m burned out….exhausted.”
“No one really values or appreciates me.”
“My boss doesn’t have a clue of all I’m capable of.”
“I’m frustrated and discouraged.”
These are the voices of the people at work and at home, voices of literally millions of parents, laborers, service providers, managers, professionals and executives all over the world who are fighting to make it in the new reality. The pain is personal, and it’s deep.
What voices are talking to each of us? As we go about prioritizing things, I recommend we all do a personal inventory of where we are in our lives and then make sure that some of those A’s have to do with making our own lives all that they can be.
Thanks to each of you for your contributions to our great profession. Let’s all make a difference…and have a great month!
Wayne L. Munyer, PHR
2013-14 Volunteer President