Deborah Mackin, renowned team-building and leadership author, presented two presentations today at the annual SHRM Vermont State HR Conference. Her first presentation was based off of her recent co-authored book, Survival of the Hive: 7 Leadership Lessons from a Beehive entitled Leadership Secrets from the Beehive, while the second presentation focused on The Adaptive Coach: Identifying New Competencies Needed for New Generations of Workers.
In Leadership Secrets from the Beehive Mackin led a presentation and discussion around the seven key lessons that emerged from studying the inner workings of a beehive. The workshop provided a fun, reflective look at the complex and highly efficient honeybee and the hive and applied its models, systems, and elements to solving some of leadership’s toughest questions. The presentation provided ways in which HR leaders could motivate and inspire people during change and transition, increase engagement and empowerment in the workforce, and provided new ways to discuss key topics like accountability, communication, motivation, organizational quality, and trust-building.
With over 6,000 Baby Boomers leaving the workforce every day and the new Millennial generation estimated to make up 3 out of 4 workers globally by 2025, The Adaptive Coach: Identifying New Competencies Needed for New Generations of Workers presentation struck a good cord with the human resource audience. The presentation pushed on the idea that the workplace and the people in that workplace are changing and poor engagement numbers between managers and workers continue to rise with now over 70% of workers reporting they are disengaged at some level with their company. Mackin’s argument was that the future of work will need to focus efforts on building skilled and adaptive coach in place of managers. These coaches should be able to balance the work, the processes and the relationships with their staff and move from a firefighting mentality to a high performance model of management and leadership.
The 14th annual SHRM Vermont State HR Conference was hosted by The Vermont SHRM State Council, along with four local affiliated SHRM chapters and is dedicated to leading, educating, and inspiring HR professionals in Vermont and positively impacting business professionals throughout the state. The Vermont SHRM State Council is a non-profit organization that exists as an affiliate of The Society for Human Resource Management, the world’s largest association devoted to Human Resource Management.