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The HRart of It
61 minutes | Oct 25, 2021
Cultural Onboarding with Jen Thornton
Our current go-to onboarding plan has so much room for improvement. On this special episode of the HRart of It Podcast, Samm hosts Talent Strategy & Leadership Development expert Jen Thornton in a conversation on cultural onboarding. Learn why we should care about neuroscience when doing culture work and when forming retention strategies, as well as how fear plays too great a role in terms of onboarding, culture, and retention. We close this episode with a Q & A with our live audience.
44 minutes | Oct 18, 2021
Social Justice Parenting with Dr. Traci Baxley
Regardless if you are a parent or not, we all have moments where we witness the upcoming generation and wonder about the world that awaits them. It is the upcoming generation that holds the hope for a much better future if we are willing to take a look at ourselves today. In this episode, Dr. Traci Baxley joins Samm to discuss how we need to show up for our children in an intentional way. This is a path that requires us to move away from fear and move towards radical love. Dr. Baxley brings to light the powerful tools for change we can access with a shift of perspective. Find the show notes at www.hrartcenter.com.
46 minutes | Oct 11, 2021
Sugar and Workplace Stress with Dr. Ritamarie Loscalzo
That midday office slump may just seem like an inevitability, but it's actually just one of the many common symptoms of the damage we are doing to our bodies with our unhealthy eating habits! Dr. Ritamarie Loscalzo, founder of the Institute of Nutritional Endocrinology and our podcast guest for today, walks us through exactly what a typical high-sugar diet is doing to us as we move through our workdays. Samm and Dr. Ritamarie discuss some practical ways to incorporate better food choices into our lunch meetings, break rooms and office potlucks. Setting the tone for a healthy lifestyle for ourselves and our teams is a massive step toward a happier, healthier and more productive workplace. We hope you'll join us for this inspiring episode of the HRart of It Podcast! Find the show notes at www.hrartcenter.com.
66 minutes | Oct 4, 2021
Corporate Culture and Wellness with Ari Gronich
Let’s reimagine what wellness at work could look like with this week’s podcast guest Ari Gronich. Ari starts the conversation off with the fact that our current definition of wellness just scratches the surface of what our workplaces so desperately need right now. In fact, effective and caring wellness programs can be the key to fixing a company’s biggest problems. The rewards for taking care of our people fully -- not just during their time spent in the workplace but also their overall health and their home life, can have a massive effect on the culture and bottom line of a business. Learn more about the power of effective corporate culture and wellness in this episode of the HRart of It podcast! Find the show notes at www.hrartcenter.com. Warning: This episode contains adult language.
31 minutes | Sep 27, 2021
Living in alignment with your Connected Path isn’t always easy. Samm is back in this solo episode to let you know you’re not alone in your personal growth and evolution journey. She’s giving us a connected check-in, sharing where she is on her own journey and what motivates her to keep moving forward. Yes, there are growing pains to overcome, but there is also so much joy. Join us for this episode of the HRart of It podcast! Find the show notes at www.hrartcenter.com.
59 minutes | Sep 20, 2021
Being an Empath at Work with Kara Lovehart
Are you an empath or do you work with one? If so this episode of the HRart of It podcast is full of great information that may help you or that other person avoid that dreaded empath hangover. Samm interviews Kara Lovehart, a holistic intuitive medium and healer. Kara and Samm, both empaths themselves, discuss how to determine if you do indeed have these sensitivities and how to identify and support others who may be empathic. This may be especially important in the workplace, which can easily be one of the most draining and unavoidable social spaces we exist within. Tune in to this episode of the HRart of It Podcast all about being an empath in the workplace!
55 minutes | Sep 13, 2021
The Math Behind Valuing People with Traci Duez
We often talk about people being the greatest asset in business and life (this is why the podcast exists) but today we have a podcast guest who can prove it. Traci Duez uses Axiology to mathematically prove that people hold the highest value above all else. Axiology, the study of the nature of value and valuation, can measure how people think and see value, and Traci can use this data to help shift how people and teams think. You won't want to miss this episode of the HRart of It podcast as Traci and Samm discuss the math behind valuing people! Find the show notes at www.hrartcenter.com.
47 minutes | Sep 6, 2021
Supporting Employee Mental Health with Dr. Roseann Capanna-Hodge
The time is now: we must support our people in the midst of this Employee Mental Health Crisis. Mental health expert Dr. Roseann Capanna-Hodge joins us on the podcast to discuss how workplaces can prioritize the mental health and wellness of their people and why they absolutely must start today. Beyond our baseline of wanting our employees to be happy and healthy because they are people we care about, how a workplace supports wellness directly affects productivity, retention and the bottom line in massive ways. We also highlight specific challenges that our employees who are also parents are facing and the need to provide them with additional support. Lastly, Dr. Roseann leaves us with some achievable ways to start creating that supportive culture that we all want as well as the numbers and statistics we need to make that a top priority within our workplaces. Start making the necessary shifts to support employee mental health in your workplace by listening to this episode of the HRart of It podcast. Find the show notes at www.hrartcenter.com.
69 minutes | Aug 30, 2021
Gallup's Clifton Strengths Assessment with Micah Lorenc
On this episode of the HRart of It podcast, our guest Micah Lorenc walks us through Gallup’s Clifton Strengths Assessment, a strengths-based development tool that breaks down an individual's greatest and lowest strengths. This is no ordinary, forgettable personality test. The magic of this tool and Micah’s deep understanding of it is it allows us to see what an employee, a team, and a marriage could look like if we deeply understood our own strengths as well as each other’s strengths, and then we celebrated them. This understanding has the potential to lead to dynamic, powerful teams full of individuals who all have something different to offer each other. Find this and more on this episode of the HRart of It Podcast! Find the show notes at www.hrartcenter.com.
44 minutes | Aug 23, 2021
The Myth of the HR Role with Carol Sanford
HR is stuck and limited by this preconceived myth about what the role of HR is in our businesses and organizations. In this episode of the HRart of It podcast, our guest Carol Sanford joins us to flip this myth upside down. Carol walks us through the 9 roles that we each need to move through not only at work, but also in life. She shares how HR’s ability to be fluid with these roles is the key to unlocking creativity, innovation and ripple effects leading to grand opportunities for change. Carol assures us, “HR people have much more power than they think they do.” This episode presents a vision of how we can rethink our old thought patterns and move through life and business differently. This vision is one that prioritizes an individual’s and a workplace’s ability to change, evolve and grow. You don’t want to miss this episode of the HRart of It podcast! Find the show notes at www.hrartcenter.com.
63 minutes | Aug 16, 2021
The Next Workforce with Generation HR
Generation Z is quickly going to make up about 30% of the global workforce. This episode of the HRart of It Podcast is all about highlighting this next generation of HR practitioners and the power and passion they have to change the workplace for the better. This is an interview with Aleah Vaske and Kaylee Wurth, two of the four change makers behind the podcast Generation HR. They originally created Generation HR after the University of Northern Iowa’s Society for Human Resource Management (UNI-SHRM) student organization decided to research the new U.S. Supreme Court ruling stating that federal civil rights law prohibits employers from discriminating against workers on the basis of their sexual orientation or gender identity. Once they realized that this groundbreaking ruling was neither known about nor understood on campus and in workplaces throughout their community, these driven college students created the Generation HR podcast to educate their community. You won’t want to miss this conversation about Gen Z’s perspective, priorities and the power they have to make real positive change in the world. Find the show notes at www.hrartcenter.com.
45 minutes | Aug 9, 2021
HR and JEDIs (Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion) with Cassandra Rose
The worldwide Black Lives Matter protests following the murder of George Floyd in 2020 has put a much-needed spotlight on systemic racism in corporate America. As businesses place the responsibility of cleaning up these chronic problems on HR and DEI, tensions have risen and too often HR and DEI find themselves at odds with one another. Why is that? Today we chat with Cassandra Rose, an HR leader and DE&I expert, on the reason why this tension exists and why both agents actually need each other to move forward. She even gives us some tips on how businesses and organizations can go about finding the right DEI partner. Join us for this optimistic and enlightening conversation all about HR and JEDIs on this episode of the HRart of It Podcast. Find the show notes at www.hrartcenter.com.
48 minutes | Aug 2, 2021
The HR Woo Woo Factor with Jeff Harry
In this episode, Jeff Harry turns the tables on Samm and interviews her about the current state of HR and why woo woo is so desperately needed in our workplaces. This is a conversation that all people-centered leaders should hear as Samm and Jeff discuss everything from how HR is misunderstood to the difference between dragons and unicorns. Lastly, Samm explains what disengagement looks like from a Chinese medicine perspective as well as some simple ways we can care for ourselves energetically as we navigate a workday full of emotions and stress. Find the show notes at www.hrartcenter.com.
31 minutes | Jul 26, 2021
Book Club Week Sixteen: Five-Element Energies Everywhere
In this final episode of the 2021 Book Club, Samm uses takeaways from “The Five-Element Solution” by Jean Haner to describe a new way of looking at the world and our workplaces. Now that we know the five elements are both everywhere, affected by everything, and needed for balance in our lives, what can this knowledge mean for our workplaces? Join us for this episode of The HRart of It Podcast as Samm breaks down the employee cycle in terms of the elements to show us that intuition can be that game-changing aspect of business we’re all looking for. Find the show notes at www.hrartcenter.com.
55 minutes | Jul 19, 2021
Book Club Week Fifteen: The Five-Element Solution
The Book Club walks through the next 70 pages of The Five-Element Solution by Jean Haner. In this next section of our reading, Haner describes a set of prescriptions on how to reset and re-balance your elements using simple tasks. We chat about Japanese forest bathing, the elements present in our homes, in our food, and even in our beer! Everything impacts how energy flows around us and within us, so you might just be surprised at what simple task could reset an element for you in your life. Grab your book! It’s time for another episode of The HRart of It Podcast. Find the show notes at www.hrartcenter.com.
69 minutes | Jul 12, 2021
Book Club Week Fourteen: The Five-Element Solution
This week the Book Club discusses "The Five-Element Solution", a book by Jean Haner. Based on the Chinese Five Elements – Water, Wood, Fire, Earth, and Metal, this book shows readers how the elements play out in their personalities and lives. Each Book Club member shares stories about how their dominant elements show up in unexpected ways, like Liza who lines her home with beautiful stones to keep her element close to her, and Ben, who is so balanced between all the elements, he can switch back and forth between them depending upon what the situation calls for. As you listen and take the test yourself, think about how your dominant elements show up. Learn more by listening in on this episode of The HRart of It Podcast. Find the show notes at www.hrartcenter.com.
47 minutes | Jul 5, 2021
Book Club Week Thirteen: Five-Element Personalities & Marriage
As an introduction to our next Book Club book, host Samm Smeltzer invites her husband Josh to join her in a discussion on "The Five-Element Solution" by Jean Haner and how it relates to their relationship. Based on the traditional wisdom of the Chinese Five Elements – Water, Wood, Fire, Earth, and Metal, this book allows people to understand themselves and other people better. Get ready for some banter as Josh and Samm work their way through each other's test results to see which elements they have in common and where the differences lie. The next several episodes of The HRart of It Podcast will be dedicated to breaking down "The Five-Element Solution" by Jean Haner, so grab your copy today, take the element test, and join us for the next episode!
59 minutes | Jun 28, 2021
Book Club Week Twelve: A New Earth
In this podcast episode, the Book Club wraps up the last pages of A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle. We chat about how having an inner purpose and striving for greatness can pull us away from staying present and aware in our everyday lives. As Tolle explains, greatness is a fantasy of the ego while the foundation for greatness is honoring the small things in the moment. What does that look like in real life outside the pages of this book? This discussion and much more on this episode of The HRart of It Podcast! Find the show notes at www.hrartcenter.com.
51 minutes | Jun 21, 2021
Book Club Week Eleven: A New Earth
As entrepreneurs we often look like we have everything together, but in this episode of The HRart of It Podcast, Book Club reveals some of these challenges in the context of this week’s reading, A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle. These struggles include being challenged by unfair criticism, letting go of fear of the future, and living in the present moment. Tune in to hear how Eckhart Tolle is teaching us to go deeper. Find the show notes at www.hrartcenter.com.
45 minutes | Jun 14, 2021
Book Club Week Ten: A New Earth
In this episode, the Book Club discusses how understanding the pain body and knowing that the ego and the pain body are ultimately just out for our destruction, can make us more compassionate toward others in difficult situations. Other topics include how our consumption of media and entertainment changes drastically once we begin the Awakening process. Lastly, in true Book Club fashion and in the spirit of bringing people together from different backgrounds for interesting conversations, we wrap it all up with the most fitting sports analogies courtesy of Ben. Join us on this episode of the HRart of It Podcast as we unpack the next 70 pages of A New Earth. Find the show notes at www.hrartcenter.com.
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