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February 2010

Date Sent: 08/16/2010

Dear Members,

The new year brought new changes to NOHRPS with the abrupt closing of our primary meeting location, The Forum Conference Center. We were fortunate to find another downtown location for our January meeting, however, the the next meeting in March will be held in the Rockside – Independence area.  A permanent venue has not been selected.

Your Board is using the venue situation as an impetus for change. We will be exploring and experimenting with different locations,  menus, and different meeting formats. As the primary professional society for strategic HR leaders, know that we are continuously working to ensure that you are getting high value for your membership by providing relevant strategic content.  We will be asking for your thoughts and feedback. However, in the meantime, if you have any questions, comments or suggestions, please do not hesitate to get in touch with me or any other member of the Board. 

Speaking of input, are there emerging issues or cutting edge strategies that are top mind for you?  Your programming committee is already at work identifying topics and speakers for the next program year which starts next Fall. Your suggestions are always welcome. Please get in touch with Brian Broadbent, Janine Valvoda or other members of the committee with your ideas.

I look forward to seeing you at our March meeting.

Cyndi McCabe
President - Northeast Ohio Human Resource Planning Society


Program Announcement

March 18, 2010
The Changing World of Work
7:30 AM to 10:00 AM
Embassy Suites Hotel Cleveland-Rockside
5800 Rockside Woods Blvd.
Independence, OH 44131
Register at
Program Sponsored By: Patina Solutions

Tony Santora, Executive Vice President for Right Management’s Global Solutions division is the presenter. We are again focused on trends, but this time they are specifically in our Human Resources space. Mr. Santora and Right Management have done extensive research to understand three mega-trends with global implications that will significantly impact HR executives and their teams. He has indicated that the current economic situation has masked many of these trends. Prepare for the future and plan for what’s next by helping your companies and firms stay ahead of changes.

Cost: Guest: $80.00 Member: $45.00 In Transition: $30.00




 Dr. Worley presented a framework and architecture for sustainable organizational change. The three dimensions of this framework are strategy and purpose, organizational design, and leadership and culture.  Using an ‘agility factor’ for each of the three dimensions, his model evaluates each area to determine an organization’s agility profile.  Those organizations that are more agile are more consistently high performing in their industries.  Case in point – Capital One has used change to its advantage.  In a recently published article in Organizational Dynamics, the Capital One case study describes the development of an enterprise-wide change capability at Capital One Financial.  Despite the rhetoric that organizations need to be more flexible and adaptable to meet the demands of change, globalization, competition, and innovation, few organizations have been able to implement the organization designs necessary to support flexibility or the orchestration capabilities to ensure that change can be routine. Capital One has met both of those criteria and we describe their journey toward adaptability.

For organizations seeking to develop a change capability, the Capital One case yields three practical learnings.  First, organizations must consciously decide to increase the amount of change-related skills and knowledge in the organization. Second, they must implement supporting organizational systems and structures, and third, they must engage in and learn from change. Only by embracing change as a normal part of organizational functioning can they build the social capital necessary to make change a competitive advantage.

Capital One Whitepaper:
Dr. Worley presentation:


NOHRPS Business and Announcement


  •   Have you ever attended a NOHRPS meeting and wished the presenter had left that one slide up ‘just a few seconds longer’ so you could capture an important point? 
  •  Have you wanted to share key program information with your team and wanted a copy of the detailed graph you saw onscreen during a NOHRPS presentation?
  •  Have you missed a NOHRPS meeting on a topic very relevant to you and wished you could get notes from the program? 

Getting to the detail you want is as easy as visiting  Just click on ARCHIVES in the upper right corner of your screen and you’ll have access to PPT slide decks and notes shared by past presenters.  We strive to get these documents online within a few days after each meeting (timing varies based on the speaker). 

In the Archives you’ll also find notes from employment attorney Rob Gilmore’s new series on Employment Law updates, along with copies of past newsletters.

Finally, remember that our most current calendar of fabulous programs is always available at – so before you plan your next team meeting, check our calendar and consider bringing the entire team for breakfast, a provocative program, and a post-meeting discussion on applying what you’ve learned in your workplace!

2010 HRPS Global Conference

New Realities…New Learnings, Opportunities for Leadership
April 25-28, 2010
San Diego, CA

HRPS National Conference to Focus on Living in a “New Normal” World

The game is changing. Businesses worldwide are adapting to new rules and realities. Human resource strategies, policies and practices must adapt as well. Attend the HRPS Global Conference, April 25-28, 2010 for a viewpoint of these new realities through the eyes of thought leaders and strategists. Learn how to optimize success in this “new normal” from information sharing and experiences of your peers. Leave re-energized and prepared to implement ideas that will immediately benefit your organization.

Register by March 26 for the best rates. Visit for more information.

New Members - Please welcome the following new members to NOHRPS!

Gregg Morris is the Managing Director of the Northeast Ohio office of Patina Solutions.

Robert Chess is in transition.
























Past Program Summary - January 2010