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CSHRM participates in teambuilding experience

Cleveland, Ohio (September 12, 2014) – The Cleveland SHRM chapter sent 16 members to !mprove Consulting and Training Group’s Downtown location to participate in aMAZE!ng Team Building: Navigating the “MAZE” of Organizational Team Dynamics.

!mprove Consulting considers team building as something that must be done daily. In order to create truly effective and productive teams, they believe certain skills and attributes must be learned, practiced, and continuously developed. During the course of the aMAZE!ng Team Building (ATB) activities, CSHRM members focused on the following attributes:

  • Creativity & Ideation
  • Problem Solving & Decision Making
  • Communication
  • Trust
  • Appreciation

The goal was to “Enter Divided – Exit United”. Through a variety of timed activities (“modules”), the members were divided into two teams and earned points based on these attributes, receiving a total score of 75%. ATB Team Indicators scoring ranges from 0-24% GROUP (forming), 25-49% POTENTIAL TEAM (storming), 50-74% REAL TEAM (norming) and 75-100% HIGH PERFORMING (performing). CSHRM, comprised of volunteers, falls into the category of a HIGH PERFORMING team!

According to the ATB scoring, the CSHRM board displays all the characteristics of a real team! The members are deeply committed to one another’s personal growth and development and they far out-perform all other teams. The members form powerful relationships. Moving from a real team to a high performance team requires a very strong personal commitment. In effect, what is needed is a leap of faith and our team displays that competency!

The final activity of the day was to write and choreograph a song about the team which included every member’s name. For photos from all the activities as well as a video of our CSHRM song, visit;v=W4FG3Ojbq4I

One of the key takeaways from the day was the development of 3 pillars to “Stop, Start, Continue”:

  • Our Team Will Stop Procrastinating
  • Our Team Will Start Networking more, being visible
  • Our Team Will Continue Recognition

During the Team Debrief, aMAZEing Teams Project Manager Stacy Ward-Braxton informed CSHRM that the highest score achieved was 84%. Learning this helped solidify the overall success of the day and the CSHRM members left with an increased sense of unity, dedication and passion.

 “We were thrilled to partner with the Improve Consulting Team,” said Lauren Rudman, President of Cleveland SHRM.   “Participating in the aMAZE!ng Team Building day was a terrific experience.  Teambuilding is crucial in any organization, but more importantly, it is essential for a volunteer organization, such as CSHRM, to participate in.  Because of our Board terms, Board members are coming on and off the Board, so having a dedicated day that we could spend time together and get to know one another on a deeper level was fantastic.  I encourage all teams, either through your employer or volunteer organization, to participate in a team building event at least once per year.”

About Improve Consulting

!mprove Consulting and Training Group, LLC is a personal and professional development consulting firm with extensive experience in leadership development and continuous improvement. Their services include Hands on Workshops and Seminars on: Team Building, Team Assessments, Coaching, Process Improvement, Brain Games, Young Professionals, Executive Institute, Women in Healthcare and Women in Leadership. For more information visit


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SHRM Announcement

SHRM announced a significant change yesterday regarding a new competency-based certification, and I wanted to make sure that we follow-up with you to provide more details.  Serving the professional development needs of HR professionals and advancing the profession is and always has been SHRM’s mission.

We know our announcement may affect you both personally and professionally. This new competency-based certification will involve a transition and SHRM will make it as smooth as possible.  We know you have many questions, and we are committed to keeping you apprised of progress as we move forward with this new initiative.

Moving to a Competency Based Model We believe a competency-based certification is the new standard for HR professionals around the globe. Our members have told us this; and we have listened. The SHRM Competency Model is the culmination of over three years of research and was built and validated by more than 30,000 HR professionals around the world. These HR pros identified the skills needed to grow and succeed in HR careers and we validated that individuals who demonstrate these skills positively impact business outcomes. This is what will separate SHRM’s assessments from others on the market.  We plan to offer the following components as part of the new model:

  • A new global Body of Competency and Knowledge (BOCK)
  • A comprehensive exam
  • World-class instructional materials, and
  • Certification prep tools you have come to expect from SHRM.

We are in the process of finalizing each of these components so that we can offer a more modern and relevant certification for today’s HR practitioner.

Transition Again, transition is the key to making this new certification work for SHRM members and the HR profession.  Our critical stakeholders include existing certified professionals and those HR practitioners who want to become certified.
Existing Certified Professionals Current certified professionals will have a seamless path to transition their existing credential to the new global competency-based standard at no additional cost to you.

We plan to roll out an online education module for existing certified professionals for you to learn about the new competency based certification.  You will be able to view it, answer some embedded questions and then be able to transfer your PHR®, SPHR® and GPHR® to the new SHRM credential.* You will need to document your existing generalist HR certification and sign a code of ethics.

Volunteer leaders will have the opportunity to convert their designation to the new SHRM certification during the SHRM Volunteer Leaders’ Summit in November, and all others will be invited to participate in the conversion process from January 1 – December 31, 2015. More details regarding the transition will be unveiled at the SHRM Annual Conference from June 22-25, 2014.  There will also be periodic updates from SHRM in the weeks prior to the Conference.

Future Certified Professionals SHRM will continue to provide certification preparation material and support for the PHR® and SPHR® through the December 2014 – January 2015 exam window.

In July 2014, we will begin providing the new competency-based information and marketing materials.

On December 1, 2014, we will provide the new certification preparation materials (SHRM Learning System) and instructor training for you to use during the Winter/Spring 2015 training period in preparation for SHRM’s first Competency-Based Exam test window (May-July, 2015).  

Moving Forward The HR profession and the business community are looking for and recognize the need for a competency based assessment. This will require an investment by SHRM but, we feel that as the leader of the profession, SHRM needed to respond.

We believe this new certification is the future of the HR profession and we want to make sure you hear from us as we continue to move forward.

We understand that change involves many moving parts. These components will continue to be developed and communicated to you as SHRM volunteer leaders and to our membership as a whole.

For additional information and our FAQ, please click here.

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we take the HR profession forward.

Best regards,

HGJ Signature

Henry G. (Hank) Jackson, CPA President & CEO Society for Human Resource Management

cc:  SHRM Membership Advisory Council

*PHR, SPHR, and GPHR are registered trademarks of the HR Certification Institute and are not SHRM certifications.


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