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May 2019 Meeting

    It was fun to be back at the racetrack again. Too bad for Maximum Security, you broke our hearts and some members wallets. But we decided to name you the JSAHR Horse of the Year. Best bet that we didn’t make. Remember we will be back at the Jumping Brook next month.

    Michael Timmes, our chapter President, opened the meeting as we passed the mic for intro’s.

    Bob Kane reminded us that the Ann Edwards Scholarship Program application deadline is due May 24th. There are two JSAHR scholarships, $2,000 for the student child of a member and $500 for members.

    Welcome New Members and Guests

    A big Jersey Shore welcome to our newest members: Mary Laudise, Marlene Sanders, and Carolyn Whitty


    It’s 2019 National Volunteer Week

    A BIG heartfelt THANKS to all our volunteers. It’s because of you that our chapter is great. Thank you!


    Time to Cast Your Vote for the Next Slate of Officers

    The following is the Jersey Shore Association for Human Resources Slate of Officers for the 2019-2020 Program Year that runs from July 1st - June 30th. Keep your eyes out for an email that will be sent out in the next few weeks.            

    • President:  Michael Ciavolino
    • 1st Vice President: Richard Cino
    • 2nd Vice President: Eveline Brownstein
    • Treasurer: Cindy Knab


    Don’t Forget - Renew your membership for 2019!  


    Time to Register for the GSC-SHRM Conference and get a $100 Credit

    This year the GSC-SHRM Conference & Expo is scheduled for Sunday, October 6th thru Tuesday, October 8th at the Atlantic City Convention Center. This year the JSAHR is sweetening the pot.


    The JSAHR will give the first 40 JSAHR Chapter Member Registrants a $100 credit. Incentive applies only to 2019 GSC-SHRM Conference. Registration opens soon, so don’t wait.


    You won’t want to miss it. Once of the Keynote Speakers will be Johnny C Taylor Jr, SHRM CEO and President.


    Question of the Month

    This month’s question asked about Organization Teams, a topic very fitting for our presentation. Click here to see the results. Thanks to all of you who responded.


    A big shout out to the 2019 NJ BIZ Best Places to Work Winners

    • Manasquan Bank in the Medium companies: 50 – 249 employees category
    • Maser Consulting in the Large companies: 250+ employees category
    • Insperity in the Large companies: 250+ employees category



    Young / Emerging Professionals Event

    The emerging professional events are for individual with eight (8) or less years of HR experience who want to expand their HR network while socializing and meeting new people. The event will take place on Tuesday, May 21st at 7pm at Barrio Costero in Asbury Park.


    Diversity & Inclusion Minute

    Do you know about Ramadan? You probably have employees who celebrate Easter and Passover, but remember that your Muslim employees celebrate Ramadan this month. While the holiday takes place throughout the month, the end of the holiday takes place the end of this month with a big celebration.


    Meeting Sponsors

    Thanks to our sponsors. If you or anyone you know would like to sponsor a meeting, please contact Bob Kane at or Dave Kostka at



    Topic: Building High Performance Teams


    Speakers: Matthew Mangino and Eileen Flynn of Legacy Teams


    What makes a highly effective team? Why is having effective teams so critical to the work we as HR practitioners do and support day in and day out? The answer is simple - having effective teams impacts your company's bottom line.


    This presentation addressed what distinguishes the best teams from those that are average and explored the many challenges and how to overcome them in order to create successful teams. 


    Here are just a few gems from the presentation:


    A team that focuses on the how encourages members to share their best info, ideas, effort, and listening which creates and maintains a climate of openness. This occurs where there is a high level of Team Emotional Intelligence.


    What is Team Emotional Intelligence? This definition was extracted from Harvard Business Review’s article  – Building the Emotional Intelligence of Teams by Druskat and Wolff 2012 –


    “A team culture created by a set of norms and expectations that build a productive social and emotional environment (trust) that leads to constructive interactions, collaborative work processes and team effectiveness.”


    The presenters surmised that high performance teams intentionally address:


    1.Belonging – I am not ignored, I feel good about myself when I’m with this team.

    2.Understanding – I have a shared (vetted) understanding of my team.

    3.Control – My actions impact my team and it’s outcomes.


    They also referenced – The Power of Team Norms by Google – authored by Charles Duhigg 2016 (you can google it to read the whole paper).


    Essentially what Google learned from its quest to build the perfect team was the difference between:

    • Safe or threatened
    • Nervous or excited
    • Motivated or discouraged


    This was a very informative presentation.


    Next Meeting: June 13th on Recent Developments in Compensation Statistics


    Remember: We will be back at the Jumping Brook County Club for the June Meeting