Redefining HR

Redefining HR

Redefining HR is a podcast exploring the leading edges of all things talent - HR, people operations, recruiting, etc (formerly 21st Century HR). Each week I sit down with leading thinkers and doers in the field to get an inside look at how they build their teams, what drives them, and where we can do better. The podcast spotlights mavericks, innovators, boundary-pushers, creators, builders, and convention crushers. It’s a conversational format bringing real insights, experience, and stories from a range of business and talent leaders around the world.... Show More

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March 1, 2021
In this episode, I sit down with Procore Technologies Chief People Officer to discuss her career in HR, and why she’s optimistic on the future of the field. We explore some of the topics below: What originally drew her to HR How the role and expectations of HR have evolved Why the alignment between the people function and recruiting is so important What drew her to Procore Technologies Advice for CHROs interested in board roles Ho...
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In this episode, I chat with Upwork’s Head of TA & DIB Dr. Erin Thomas about her career and designing equitable work structures. You’ll learn: When she knew she wanted to dedicate her career to DIB Definition of key terms of DIB work How consulting shaped her views on the field How she balances leading two teams at Upwork How she approaches Twitter threads (@ErinLThomasPhD) How the events of 2020 have shaped diversity con...
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In this episode, I sit down with Pyn cofounders & co-CEOs, Joris Luijke and Jon Williams to discuss internal communications approaches and how their platform enables companies to communicate more effectively. In this episode you’ll learn: How Joris & Jon connected on this idea Why "Pyn"? Some of the challenges companies face with remote comms, and how to overcome them What great internal communication look like Tip...
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In today’s episode, I’m joined by Modern Health Founder & CEO Alyson Watson to discuss mental health benefits in the workplace. You’ll learn: What she founded Modern Health Why she feels mental health support is the 4th pillar of employee benefits How Modern Health supports employee Efforts to remove the stigma of mental health support Preventative mental health support Why vulnerability is a key trait for modern executives An...
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In this episode, I sit down with Zoom’s Chief People Officer Lynne Oldham to discuss her career and experience leading Zoom through its explosive growth in 2020. You’ll learn: - What drew Lynne to HR - Her work supporting former inmates transition out of incarceration - A look under the hood at Zoom’s people team - How she and her team navigated the employees and organization through their explosive growth of 2020 - How the FLEXWO...
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Celebrating the launch of the Redefining HR book with an audiobook of the opening chapter.
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I’ve interviewed hundreds of modern HR practitioners over the years. They all have unique approaches and perspectives, but also share some common views and thinking about what’s led them to success. I wanted to distill those traits and couple them with my own career experience and learning to build tangible advice on building a great career in HR, people operations, talent, recruiting, or whatever discipline you choose to pursue. ...
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Welcome to Season 5 of Redefining HR! I’m thrilled to kick off this season with my good friend and the author of the newly released book, Betting on You, Laurie Ruettimann. Laurie has been one of the leading voices in HR for years. In this episode, we go behind the scenes on the writing process for Betting on You and discuss getting fired, that night in Tijuana, the best career advice she’s ever received, and much more.
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December 7, 2020
In this finale of season four, Lars breaks down some of his personal highlights of the season and previews what to expect in season five.
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In today’s episode of Redefining HR, Box Chief Talent & Inclusion Officer and Global Head of Communities Tiffany Stevenson discusses her role leading inclusion efforts across Box. We dig into some of the following topics. How her work leading inclusion and communities intersect The importance of self-care for DEI leaders Moments vs. movements in the struggle for social justice How HR leaders can navigate these political times...
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In this episode I sit down with Virta Health VP People & Places to discuss her career and some of the topics below: How her experience in academia shaped her views as an operator What her job as Chief of Staff at Yahoo! entailed, and how it prepared her to run the function Her experience returning from maternity leave four months into a global pandemic How they’re finding ways to connect with employees and build culture Blend...
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In this episode, I sit down with Coda Cofounder & CEO Shishir Mehrotra to discuss his career journey that led him to launch Coda and his thoughts on a range of topics including: Why he cofounded Coda Eigenquestions The “Big pond, small pond” approach to career development What he looks for in his people executives Remote/distributed work Rethinking performance and growth measures
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In today’s episode, I sit down with Rippleworks Chief People Person Sung Hae Kim to discuss her career in HR, joining a new role leading the people function at the beginning of a pandemic, and how to have constructive feedback discussions with remote employees. In this episode, you’ll learn: What it was like starting a new role as a global pandemic blew up How she gauged how to make organizational decisions as a brand new leader ...
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In this episode, I sit down with Bayer SVP HR Innovations Melissa Harper to learn more about how they approach agile HR and people practices at scale. In this episode, you’ll learn: What drew Melissa to HR The size and structure of Bayer’s HR team Why the SVP HR Innovations role was created, and what her scope is How she prioritizes innovation projects to pursue Where her project ideas come from  Her favorite projects she’s launc...
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In this episode, I sit down with Shopify Chief Talent Officer Brittany Forsyth to discuss her experience scaling Shopify from employee #22 to 5,000+. In this episode, you’ll learn: Traits that allowed Brittany to grow from an office manager right out of University to running the people function for a 5,000+ public company How her personal experience with growth mindset is infused into how Shopify hires An inside look at h...
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In this episode, I sit down with JUST EAST Chief People Officer Mira Magecha to discuss her career, including what it’s like to move into the Chief People Officer role from within. In this episode, you’ll learn: What drew Mira to HR How management consulting at Cap Gemini shaped her views on the field How moving into the CPO role from within helped and hurt her ability to drive change How she manages to avoid burnout How shift...
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In this episode, I’m joined by Onboard Health Founder & CEO Andre Blackman for a discussion at the intersection of public health, racial equity, and talent. Some of the topics we discuss include: What drew Andre to healthcare Racial equity and disparity in healthcare Thoughts on how the pandemic will continue to unfold over the next year Dismantling the “lack of pipeline” diversity excuses What gives Andre hope right now
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In this special two-part episode, I sit down with Coinbase Chief People Officer L.J. Brock to discuss their recent announcement to be “mission-focused” and move away from corporate and employee activism (part one) and their shift to remote-first (part two). We initially recorded the remote discussion before the mission-focused announcement, so part-two to discuss how the people team would manage their new apolitical approach. In th...

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In this episode, I sit down with SmartRecruiters Founder & CEO Jerome Ternynck to discuss their plans to become an antiracist force in the recruiting industry. We dig into some of the following topics. How has the pandemic has impacted SmartRecruiters Why they shifted to remote-first How that impacts their compensation plans How the increased consciousness and conversation around racism and systemic inequity have impacted...
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In this episode, I sit down with my friend Aubrey Blanche, Culture Amp’s Director of Equitable Design & Impact. Aubrey has been someone I look up to as a tireless champion of inclusive and equitable practices. In this episode, we discuss: - How HR can become better antiracism advocates - Culture Amp’s plans to become an anti-racist company - How she’s teaching her parents about equity and racism - Breaking down terms and defin...
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