Jul 5, 2018
When it comes to changing hearts and minds in the workplace,
nothing will bring people to your podium like a powerful personal
story. Today, Jennifer talks with her good friend and old colleague
Mary Faulkner, the author of the widely
read blog Surviving
Leadership. She is currently the Director of Human Resources,
Talent and Total Rewards at Denver Water.
- Can you guess what Mary wanted to be as a young woman? Mary
tells us a little bit about her educational and business history
and how she found herself in the world of HR.
- The two met in 2013 while Jennifer was working a consulting
contract at the company Mary was a part of. Mary talks about the
details of her career since 2013, Jennifer’s influence on her
development, and her blog HR-focused blog called Surviving Leadership.
- The focus of Mary’s blog isn’t just about the view from the top
down; she also consistently approaches HR from an employee position
and touches on a broad range of topics within the corporate
- One of the themes that Mary has been writing about is
fear-based leadership in the workplace. For example, fears of
innovation failure, fears of internal politics, or fear of speaking
one’s mind. She uses the example of the #MeToo movement and the
cultures of fear that prevent people from speaking out.
- What can those in leadership roles do to make space for people
to speak out? Mary offers some specific suggestions for those at
- A deep understanding of the many idiosyncrasies of corporate
leadership culture is bound to change the way one sees the
workplace. Jennifer asks Mary about how her work and writing has
changed her own leadership style and work relationships.
- Like thousands of other impact makers, Twitter changed the game
for Mary Faulkner. Jennifer asks Mary about how being connected to
a globally diverse range of people has impacted her perspective and
- Through her social media coverage of HR conferences, Mary has
been invited to cover, speak at and organize a range of events.
Jennifer asks Mary about how these experiences have helped her grow
her career and enhance her practice.
- When it comes to laying it out for the top brass, HR
departments are often on the back foot when justifying their
programs. So being an HR practitioner and a consistently
travelling speaker isn’t so common. Mary talks about how she
balances these two parts of her career and offers some advice for
conference organizers on how to get more HR practitioners on the
- Stage fright is no joke but there are even greater challenges
to building a quality conference presentation. Mary provides some
pointers on how to work your way up to the podium and the value of
presenting your story.
- Who are some the biggest impact makers in Mary Faulkner’s life?
Mary talks about some of her leadership mentors and about the
future of career.
Resources & Links:
Mary Faulkner website
Mary Faulkner LinkedIn
Mary Faulkner Twitter
Mary Faulkner Instagram
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