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Punk Rock HR

Mar 16, 2020

Punk Rock HR Episode 98: 21st Century HR with Lars Schmidt

Meet former HR leader turned writer, speaker, and entrepreneur, Lars Schmidt. Lars is a columnist for Fast Company, and the owner of an executive search firm called Amplify Talent. He is also the founder of a podcast that is kicking butt and taking names. The 21st Century HR podcast explores how to build better businesses through modern practices and approaches. 

There's nothing Lars hasn't done in the world of HR and recruiting. But, above all else, Lars is a community builder. He is an honest, earnest, and progressive guy with good ideas. Tune in to hear us discuss 21st Century HR practices and what he is doing to change the narrative. I hope you enjoy our conversation in this very first episode of Punk Rock HR.

In this episode you’ll hear:

  1. Why Lars decided to create the 21st Century HR podcast
  2. How new-school HR is addressing unrealistic expectations in the workplace
  3. Lars shares stories and examples of what good leadership looks like  
  4. Many HR departments don't want to touch politics or the third rails; Lars offers his reflections on this topic
  5. Why a willingness by HR professionals to be real, vulnerable, and relatable is a game-changer


Resources from this episode:

Lars Schmidt on LinkedIn
Amplify Talent
HR Open Source
21st Century HR
Employer Branding for Dummies


Laurie on Instagram
Laurie on LinkedIn
Read more from Laurie
Work with Laurie


Plus, check out these 21st Century HR Podcast Episodes:

Credit Karma Chief People Officer, Colleen McCreary

Eventbrite CHRO David Hanrahan, Vulnerability In HR

Spotify CHRO Katarina Berg, Modern HR Playlist

Reddit VP People & Culture Katelin Holloway, The Power Of Story

Asana Head Of People Operations Anna Binder, Business Acumen In HR




If you like this podcast and are thinking of creating your own, consider talking to my producer, Danny Ozment.

He helps thought leaders, influencers, executives, HR professionals, recruiters, lawyers, realtors, bloggers, coaches, and authors create, launch, and produce podcasts that grow their business and impact the world.

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