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Wendy Reuer, Published September 18 2013

Conference aims to improve ND work culture

FARGO – A decade ago, North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple said Wednesday, the state hosted conferences to figure out how to draw any sort of jobs.

But thanks to the state’s now roaring job creation, the focus is instead on how to hire the right fit and lead individuals to success.

That’s why Dalrymple is holding the three-day Governor’s Workforce and Human Resources Conference this week in Fargo, Wednesday through Friday, offering keynote speakers as well as more than 35 breakout learning sessions.

On Wednesday’s opening day, Dalrymple told a crowd of nearly 700 that in the year 2000, state officials would fly across the state to attend a welcoming party of a business creating as few as eight new jobs.

With the oil boom out west and a strong farming economy, Dalrymple said he now won’t get on the plane for a business adding less than 100 jobs.

It’s good news for the state, but now employers must focus on shaping its growing workforce, Dalrymple said.

“The final step is businesses producing the career opportunities that we want to see,” he said.

Dalrymple said the conference was meant to share innovate ideas and policies that can make the state a “great place to work.”

The conference included breakout sessions that deal with topics such as conflict resolution, addressing childcare demand, hiring a diverse workforce, engaging employees, workplace bullying and discovering emotional intelligence.

For example, keynote speaker Robin Creasman, a writer and television producer, said his principles for success in business can be expressed in the anagram of a “ROCKSTAR.”

That would be:

E Relationship building

E Over-deliver

E Communicate

E Know your stuff

E Stand out (dressing the part)

E Teamwork

E Attitude

E Remarkable personality

Creasman said it’s as important for people to continue to have dreams as it is for leaders to always encourage them.

“We’re failing as managers to not encourage our team like we should,” he said.

This week’s conference is co-hosted by the North Dakota Department of Commerce and the North Dakota Society for Human Resource Management State Council.

The conference will resume at 7 a.m. today at the Holiday Inn in Fargo.

Readers can reach Forum reporter

Wendy Reuer at (701) 241-5530