Meet the Speakers: Suzanne Rumsey @sbrumsey

Suzanne Rumsey Six Thinking HatsSuzanne is on my list. My list of session leaders who I’m excited about seeing at HRevolution, that is. She is running a session on talent management that sounds like it’s going to be interesting and unique. Here’s what she had to say in her little interview…

  • Who are you?

Suzanne Rumsey

  • What do you do (day job, any blogging/social media stuff, volunteering, etc.)?

Job: Senior Consultant and Director, Consulting Services for Knowledge Infusion. I also am a regularly contributing blogger at Fistful of Talent, and occasionally on the Talent Nation blog at the Knowledge Infusion onDemand site. I also tweet (@sbrumsey) on talent management, social media, leadership, and fashions at various awards shows.

  • What is your session title and topic?

My HRevolution session is called “Six Thinking Hats”, and it will involve participants wearing different colored hats of some kind, each color representing a perspective from which to approach talent management strategy. Basically, it’s about finding different ways to approach what often is considered an HR accountability. Our business partners need HR to guide the organization on talent management, but not from the HR perspective. The trouble is, we HR peeps often get in our own way when it comes to talent management strategy, because we aren’t able to get outside our own HR heads. This session provides some handy dandy tips on how to think differently.

  • Why did you submit to speak at HRev?

Last May was my first time attending HRevolution, and I loved it! The energy was great. My favorite session was one in which participants separated into small groups and worked through scenarios that enhanced employee engagement, etc. (It was led by the Rypple guys!). I liked it very much because it got everyone thinking about a situation outside themselves, about how to make worklife better for others. I wanted to do something similar, but also add a deeper strategic element to the topic.

  • What are 5 words that describe you?

Tenacious, thoughtful, strategic, analytical, funny

  • What is one fun/strange/interesting thing about you?

I often rant about deep stuff and, but I am also self-deprecating (while I take my work seriously, I don’t take myself too seriously. Helps to have a sense of humor about the deep stuff).

  • Why do you think you are so passionate about your session topic?

HR people are so much smarter, and can contribute so much more to the business than we often think we can, and more than business leaders often think we can. Sometimes we just don’t know how to articulate how and what we’re thinking. I am passionate about helping my HR colleagues shine.

  • If people only remember one big takeaway from your session, what would it be?

That we HR people are truly able to think in multiple ways to impact a strategic outcome.

Thanks again to Suzanne for taking the time to get back with me and I hope you’re excited about the session she’s running at HRev! Connect with her beforehand on Twitter.

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