Back from Florida: WorkHuman 2016 Highlights


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This past week the second annual WorkHuman conference was held at the Orlando World Center Marriot, with more than six million people reached through twitter using the #workhuman hashtag. Even Michael J. Fox dropped by to share his personal story of hope, optimism, and gratitude. There was also a wall of cookies (yes, you read that right).

For those who couldn’t make the conference, we captured all of the great content from the pre-conference workshops, keynotes, and concurrent sessions on the live blog over at www.workhuman.com.

Here are posts from my 3 favorite sessions:

  • Bureaucracy Must Die (And Here’s Why): I’ve been researching and writing about the WorkHuman conference speakers for many months now. And I’ve always been fascinated with Gary Hamel’s title—iconoclastic business thinker. The word iconoclastic means, “characterized by attack on cherished beliefs or institutions.” After seeing Gary deliver the closing keynote on Wednesday, I think the word attack is spot on! Read more here.
  • Building a Dream Team: What can HR and business leaders learn from the world of sports? Lots—according to Don Yaeger, inspirational speaker, writer, and longtime associate editor of Sports Illustrated. In the third WorkHuman for Your Company session on Wednesday, Don shared findings from his in-depth study of 110 sports teams. What he found is that great teams have one thing in common—they are all hyper-focused on culture. Read more here.
  • In Defense of Power: We’ve all been in situations that we approach with fear, execute with anxiety, and leave with regret—perhaps in a job interview or on a first date. Bestselling author and researcher Amy Cuddy opened her keynote by sharing a story from when she was a graduate student and fumbled her way through an elevator pitch (in an actual elevator). Read more here.

And if you want a sense of what the mood was like at the conference, WorkHuman speaker Andy Swann shared his personal story in a Medium article titled How to Be Human.

The WorkHuman Fellows

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WorkHuman 2015 Fellow Isha Jog (left), student at Loyola University, joined us again this year and shared great video blogs on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday!

We were also joined by two new WorkHuman Fellows who won the 2016 essay contest—Reno Rafly (middle) from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology and Avona Pinkston (right) from San Jose State University. Reno also shared her three takeaways from Monday’s sessions.

Thank you

As I reflect on all of the ideas and best practices that were shared this week—from mindfulness to futurists and grit to civility—I am reminded that, at its core, a human workplace is one that is grounded in appreciation. So I’d like to take a moment to show my appreciation for everyone who joined us in Orlando and for our blog subscribers for joining and engaging in the WorkHuman conversation. This wouldn’t be a movement without your thoughtful input and passionate participation. Thank you!

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As Managing Editor, Sarah manages Globoforce's blog and writes content about making work more human for people and organizations worldwide. She has a BA in English and Writing from University of Rhode Island.