Posted by: Professionals In Human Resources Association (PIHRA) | March 6, 2012

President’s Message

March 2012
President’s Message

By Richard Propster, SPHR-CA

In his best-selling 2002 book, The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference author Malcolm Gladwell asserts that, “…ideas and products and messages and behaviors spread like viruses do,” becoming epidemics when they reach a critical mass—their tipping point. This process is heavily dependent on the involvement of a relatively small (±20%) cadre of people with a particular set of social gifts:  networking (“Connectors”), information sharing (“Mavens”) and persuading (“Salesmen”). While he cites many examples, membership in a professional organization is not one of them.  But, it could be!

Think of the results we could achieve if just 20% of our members who have come to appreciate the value PIHRA has been to them personally and to the HR profession generally would invest the time and effort to serve as PIHRA ambassadors. Acting as “Connectors” with non-members or “Mavens” through sharing their experiences as a PIHRA member or “Salesmen” by persuading non-members of our value proposition, this small group would strengthen our Association, facilitate opportunities to network, learn and advocate and also be a part of our own “tipping point” propelling PIHRA to its next level in providing professional support to the diverse communities we serve.

Each District has a Membership Chair eager for your assistance. VP for Membership Ryan Gowin is capably wielding the membership baton to provide support, assistance and passion to the effort. Please consider being a part of our movement to create PIHRA’s “tipping point.”


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