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Jathan Janove

On September 6-8, the first ever HR Specialist Summit was held in Las Vegas. Co-sponsored by Business Management Daily and Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete, LLP, it had more than 120 attendees. We had two parallel tracks: Strategic and Compliance. I moderated. I asked our speakers to share a key takeaway from his/her session for this post …

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Erin Mahoney is Director, Training & Organization Development for the Cascade Employers Association. In this interview, she shares her insights into the hidden biases humans possess.

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Most boss-employee relationships are transactional, trading time for money: “Follow my orders and you’ll keep getting paid.” Or, “I put in my time/follow the rules and get my pay.” These relationships may “survive,” but they don’t “thrive.” Bosses are “managing,” but they’re not “leading.” That is a missed opportunity for both employees and employers …

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Donald S. Prophete is a named partner in Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete, LLP. He represents clients in complex and multi-plaintiff race employment discrimination cases and has handled many high-profile and high-damage cases in the sports, military contractor and retail industries. Read my interview with him …

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Monica Whalen is past President & CEO of Employers Council. She rose to that leadership position after serving as its staff attorney for several years. Prior to her 22 years at Employers Council, Monica was an employment law attorney at traditional law firms. Read my interview with her …

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John Benson is an Executive VP for HR, Communications and IT at global construction and development firm, Skanska, based in the Washington, D.C., area. John works directly with Skanska’s Infrastructure Development group where he is a part of the group’s executive team. Read my interview with him …

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With forty years of experience arbitrating and mediating cases involving terminated employees, Ross Runkel has a unique perspective on what works and what doesn’t work. He is an attorney, former law professor, arbitrator, and inveterate blogger on current issues in labor and employment law. Read my interview with him …

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Heather A. Owen is a partner in Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete, LLP. She is board certified in labor and employment law in Florida and has counseled and successfully defended employers in all areas of employment law. She will be presenting at the HR Specialist Summit in Las Vegas in September. Read my interview with her …

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Isaac E. Dixon, PhD., SPHR-SCP is the Associate Vice President for Human Resources at Portland State University. PSU is an institution of 27,000 students and 6,400 faculty, staff and student employees with six collective bargaining units. Isaac has also worked in the private sector for organizations such as NIKE, GE Capital and Providence Health and Services. Read my interview with him …

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Marcy Fetzer, Ph.D. is the founder and principal consultant for the Excellence in Leadership Group. She’s also a professor of Organizational Behavior and Human Resources at the Marriott School of Business, Brigham Young University. She will be presenting on employee engagement and performance management at the upcoming HR Specialist Summit. Read my interview with her …

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