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HR Club and Shirlaws Presents 360 – Friend or Foe?

Date – Tuesday 13 September 2011

Time – 5:30pm for 6pm

Venue – The Delany Hotel, Darby St Cooks Hill

Click here  to secure your place.

Join us upstairs in the function room of The Delany Hotel for a forum on 360 degree feedback. Is it a useful tool or could it be your worst HR nightmare?

Greg Lourey and Adelle Richards of The Leadership Circle will be presenting their thoughts and answering your questions. 


Register now as places are limited.


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HR Club Newcastle presents…

 “What the #@!^% is Coaching and do we need to know about it in HR?”

 Date- Wednesday 1 June 2011

Time- 5:30pm for 6pm

Venue- The Delany Hotel, Darby St Cooks Hill

Join us upstairs in the function room of The Delany Hotel for a panel discussion on Coaching moderated by Olivia O’Brien and Jenny Roberts.

Find out: What is it? How is it used? What are the costs and benefits? How to coach and be coached.

Our panel will be made up of Hunter based Executive, Personal and Business coaches who will share with you their insights, offer suggestions and action plans and answer your toughest questions. Register now as places are limited.

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aaaaand we’re back!

Hi all,

Well after a very busy end of year….. HR Club Newcastle is back on deck and ready to roll for our second year of action, events and excitment! So get ready for bigger and better things from us in 2011.

Details of our first event for the year are being brewed by the team and we look forward to sharing it all with you soon.

In the meantime, hit up our discussion board on Linked In for more sharing, learning, venting 😉 and lots of HRing!

Looking forward to another great year of HR Club with you all. Thanks again for your support in 2010.

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See you all Wednesday night!

Just a reminder to everyone that registration for Wednesday night’s event will open at 5:30pm sharp (in the anteroom- same as last time).

So get in, grab a drink from the bar and a canapé or three and be front and centre for the interactive presentation from Jason Roberts. For some information on Jason and the work he does in Emotional Intelligence prior to Wednesday – check out our LinkedIn group (and join LinkedIn if you haven’t already, it’s the best way to contact other members).

Can’t wait to see you all there!

More on our presenter Jason Roberts

Workplace Culture Outcomes
Hunter Business Chamber Magazine – ‘The Leader’ August, 2010

When, in 2005, faced with the challenge of building an organisational culture that fosters reativity, initiative, leadership and productivity, Lake Macquarie City Council General Manager, Brian Bell decided to focus on developing ‘Emotional Intelligence’ (EI) within LMCC leaders. In partnership with Jason Roberts Business Consulting (JRBC), Mr Bell has since then led a program of EI-focused leadership development, along with incorporating a behavioural focus within the Council’s recruitment and selection process.

To objectively assess LMCC’s EI growth and its relationship to variables such as ‘commitment’ and ‘job satisfaction’, Swinburne University was engaged in 2007 to annually research and report on the program. Year-on-year evidence has consistently trended positively. Jason Roberts says that the success of the five year program is attributable to two essential components – the consistent approach to leadership development using an EI-focused approach, and the constant support of the General Manager and Executive team. The results of the research are currently being prepared for submission to the International Journal of Business Science and Applied Management.

This HR Club Event is proudly sponsored by Humanomics.

Event: HR Club Newcastle Presents – Emotional Intelligence at Work with Jason Roberts

Date: Wednesday, August 25, 2010 5:30pm registration 6:00pm presentation

Location: Quality Hotel Noah’s on the Beach

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Kris Dunn over at the HR Capitalist posted the below recently in reaction to an ‘MBA Oath’ which has caught on amongst MBA grads in response to the GFC/Wall Street meltdown.

Kris has formulated an HR Oath – It’s hilarious, and poignant (especially number 8 )

I’d love to hear your thoughts on this- so… to the comments section!


I, ……… , member of the HR community, promise to:

1. Never say the phrase “seat at the table”, unless I say it in the voice of the Church Lady  or Samuel L. Jackson. (The Samuel L. Jackson voice from Pulp Fiction or Snakes on a Plane is preferred).

2. Avoid dumping 50 candidates that I secured via the “post and pray” model to the hiring manager in question, encouraging her to “take a look and see what she likes”.

3. Take off my SHRM Convention badge before I’m seen vomiting on a main street of city hosting the annual SHRM convention.

4. Carve out 2 hours per week of project time designed to do nothing but figure out a way to add value to the business.

5. Refrain from spending my entire personal development budget on the always challenging “Employment Law Seminar 20XX” – for the sixth straight year.

6. Speak up at the possible risk of my job when I see my boss or a peer doing something that blatantly runs counter to the people mission of our company.

7. Never own or wear a sensible pair of shoes that make me look like a fool. Or an Aztec.

8. Ship product regularly (if you don’t know what this means for a HR Pro, click here for the description).

9. Give a s###. Every day. Or get out.

Words to live by people.

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You’re Invited!

HR Club Newcastle Presents ‘Emotional Intelligence at Work’ with Jason Roberts


Date:            Wednesday 25 August 2010

Time:            5:30pm for 6:00pm

Venue:          Quality Hotel Noah’s on the Beach

                           Cnr Shortland Esplanade & Zaara Street

Members and guests are invited to join us for an interactive session on ‘Emotional Intelligence at Work’ with Jason Roberts.

The bar will be open in the cocktail lounge from 5:30pm for pre-session networking. We’ll then move to the promenade room for the session at 6pm.

Remember- The more the merrier, so feel free to bring along anyone who is interested or who you feel might contribute to the club.

Jason Roberts

 Jason Roberts

Jason is a Workplace Learning and Development Consultant with more than 15 years experience. He has a Bachelor Degree in Training and Development and Psychology Studies, is a three-times Commonwealth Games medalist and former employee of the South Australian Sport Institute. Informed by research recording the transition from being an elite athlete to a non-sporting life, Jason has a profound understanding of how people manage and deal with change. He has also carried out African wildlife conservation work and in 2005, was an invited judge for the Australian Humanitarian of the Year Award.

Register for this event now!

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Our next HR Club Event will be held on Wednesday 25 August and will again be supported by our lovely friends at Quality Hotel Noah’s on the Beach. (They did such a good job for our last event – seamless!)

If any members’ organisations are interested in providing sponsorship for the August event. Please contact me at

We have an exciting guest speaker in the works and some plans for an interactive session with some great learning outcomes so it should prove to be a fun session!

Please forward this link on to any and everyone you think might be interested in coming along (remember they can be anyone associated with or interested in HR in any way).  It would be great to crack the 150 member mark on LinkedIn so please encourage those who are interested to get on the site and join our group. The more the merrier I say!

I can’t wait to see you all again – last time was such a fun evening.

More details to come on this event…stay tuned…

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