by: John Burke
The January program meeting for the Tulsa Area Human Resources Association (TAHRA) featured guest speaker Matt Jones. Matt is known as the "Seven Continent Marathon Man." He went from being a three-time cancer conqueror to relearning how to walk, to going through a bone marrow transplant, to running six marathons on six continents and is now back in training for his seventh marathon in Antarctica.
Matt’s presentation called “HR is a Marathon" provides principles that leaders can use to empower, energize, and inspire themselves in order to do the same for those they lead. In a recent survey, 75% of respondents said their company is chronically short of leadership talent (War of Talent). Matt shares with his audience three choices that lead to helping guide one's organization through adversity; become solution orientated versus problem focused in order to overcome potential obstacles to successful implementation of strategies; and learn important key factors to build engaging relationships throughout one's organization built upon trust, teamwork, and communication.