By D. Zachary Misko
Thought leaders are the informed opinion leaders and the go-to people in their field of expertise.Â They are trusted sources who move and inspire people with innovative ideas; turn ideas intoÂ reality, and know and show how to replicate their success. We certainly have a great group ofÂ thought leaders and innovators involved in our association, as demonstrated by the outstandingÂ group of HR executives, industry experts, and best-selling authors who speak at our ThoughtÂ Leadership Councils (TLCs), as well as the people who attend them.
The HRO Today Services and Technology Association provides members with the opportunityÂ to connect with other professionals, share best practices and content on our website, and discuss and set industryÂ standards within the HR and outsourcing industry. Learning through our TLCs continues to be a member favorite andÂ attracts a following via live webcasts and our on-demand TLC library. The TLC functional categories are designed as aÂ member benefit to facilitate networking and engagement, and to strengthen the associationâs relevance to HRO Today,Â our events, and the HR outsourcing industry in general. The following monthly TLCs support this effort and are heldÂ the second week of each month:
Talent Acquisitionâsecond Tuesday of each month (recruitment, RPO, MSP, diversity, screening, relocation, metrics,Â branding);
Talent Managementâsecond Thursday of each month (engagement, recognition, retention, motivation, learning,Â training and development);
Employee Relations and Servicesâsecond Friday of each month (compensation, benefi ts, payroll, compliance, policy,Â wellness, safety); and
Outsourcingâsecond Wednesday of each month (supply chain management, multi-process HRO, BPO, governance,Â contracts, sourcing).
Also generating interest from our members are podcastsâthe newest version of these learning opportunities. WeÂ record brief five to 10-minute best practices and make them available to our members on demand. Thought leadersÂ including members as well as industry experts continue to take advantage of this easy to produce and easy to useÂ learning format.
Of course, we all look forward to the opportunity to meet, share, and network in person, and I look forward toÂ interacting with our members at the upcoming HRO Today Forum North America in May and our HRO Today ForumÂ APAC in June. These events include many opportunities to meet and learn. See our website for more details about theÂ event and speaker line up.
By engaging in our association, you become part of the conversation. You allow other members the opportunity to getÂ to know you and share your stories. Leaders are everywhere. Expose your thought leaders, and you begin the processÂ of becoming a social businessâreal people with real faces talking to real industry experts and buyers. Our members areÂ always looking for new ideas and solutions to solve problems. Are you willing to give it to them? And tell me, what doÂ you think? What does thought leadership mean to you?