Join us May 17 for “HR: A Valued Partner in Succeeding Today”


The purpose of an HR function is to support people and organizations in being effective, productive, and successful. HR departments have been transitioning from transactional to strategic business partners to be successful in meeting these expectations. The current environment of reduced funding, added stress to “do more with less” and a sense of uncertainty and confusion in the minds of employees has established a significant increase in the importance of HR playing a strategic role within an organization. Inaction or doing what we have always done while waiting for things to return to “normal” are not meaningful options. Board Secretary Rob Koch is our presenter for this workshop.

Join us on Thursday, May 17, 2012 for a half-day highly interactive workshop we will explore how HR teams can raise the bar on what and how they contribute to their organizations by changing their paradigms, enhancing their competencies, building strategic relationships with their internal partners, aligning the human talent with the organization’s strategies, creating an employee development culture, and building a best place to work culture.

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Four Fantastic Reasons to Attend IPMA-HR’s Western Region Conference April 27-29

Four outstanding international keynote speakers will share a wealth of information on leadership during the WRIPMA Regional Conference in Portland this month. Register now at discounted rates until the conference begins.

Reality Based Leadership
Cy Wakeman, HR Consultant

These are challenging times in our business world today. In HR, we must admit that the ways in which we have taught our leaders to lead is simply not working. These times are calling for a new type of leader – one who is able to quickly see and radically accept the reality of the situation, conserve team energy, and use it instead to impact reality. In this session, attendees will learn how to understand the principals of Reality-Based Leadership:

  • Identify the reasons the current leadership model is failing.
  • Understand the principles of Reality-Based Leadership™.
  • Learn how to apply the principles to your work place and in your coaching opportunities.

Building Allies for Diversity in 21st Century Work Environments
Dr. James Mason, PhD, Diversity Consultant

Making the work environment safe for diversity is in all of our best interests.

As we progress into the 21st century, managing diversity will be essential for all organizations to remain competitive and viable.

This workshop provides insight into fostering a welcoming work environment that supports diversity. The strategies outlined will enhance the warmth and receptivity of a variety of social environments, which impacts building strong teams, upholding concerns for retention, and assuring that marginalized or vulnerable staff have allies on their behalf. In turn, allies will connect to situations where they were marginalized and see the value of action as opposed to the value of contrition. While the activity values diversity, it also begins the process of suggesting appropriate responses for when people feel marginalized or otherwise vulnerable in the workplace. Ultimately the session will cover ways of making diverse staff feel safe, showing how in some ways we are all diverse, teaching that we can use whatever privileges we have to benefit the lives of diverse individuals.

This workshop will involve a blend of didactic and interactive learning to better understand: dimensions of diversity, within-group differences, power and non-power groups, and generally ways of effectively creating welcoming and safe environments.

Navigating the New Normal: Seven Communication Strategies for Changing Times
Sari de la Motte, Nonverbal Solutions

Leaner times. Low public sentiment. Negative attitudes towards government. These are the realities facing the manager, supervisor or human resource professional in today’s economic climate. There is now a critical need for solid leadership to provide guidance, communicate information, manage expectations, anticipate problems and help maintain perspective.

Navigating this “new normal” is difficult when communication is poor. Communication problems lead to costly mistakes, dwindling morale, diminished productivity and increased turnover. Gaining expert control of your communication skills is essential for today’s leaders.

In this session, communication expert Sari de la Motte will share the top seven communication strategies for coping with this new set of circumstances. Participants will learn such strategies as the biggest communication mistake and how to avoid it, why nonverbal intelligence is a must for anyone seeking to communicate effectively, and the number one communication skill that all successful leaders possess.

Leading Change in the 21st Century
Steve Hanamura, Hanamura Consulting Inc.

Leadership and change are two real time challenges facing the IPMA HR manager in this second decade of the twenty-first century. Employees today are being asked to do more with less, work on projects that they didn’t originally sign up for, and work with people whose habits and styles are very different from their own. As leaders we must contend with changing legislation and constantly address employee complexities.

In this session, we will explore how to lead change in turbulent times and maximize productivity. Participants will be able to:

  • Identify the distinction between manager and leader.
  • Develop strategies to remain positive when adversity strikes.
  • Obtain tools to understand the change process.

The session will be thought provoking, lively and interactive.

There will be a discounted registration rate of $230 until the date of the conference.  Price will increase at the door, so sign up now!

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Effective Organizational Communication Presentation Materials

Does it seem that you’re hearing the general public complaining more about “government?” This change the public’s attitude increases the importance of effective organizational communications within local government agencies. Leadership needs to pay greater attention to the frequency, the content, and the method of communicating with agency employees more now than every before. Developing and honing some basic and proven communications tools, competencies, and processes will be required by all levels of the leadership team in order to meet the communication needs of the employees in this dynamic environment.

This was the topic of the chapter’s November 18 breakfast workshop, conducted by Chapter Board Member Rob Koch. For the benefit of those chapter members unable to attend, Rob has made his presentation (PowerPoint) available. The presentation may be downloaded using the link below.

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IPMA Oregon Chapter
Serving Oregon and Southwest Washington
Solutions for Public HR Excellence