MEGA SESSION: First Day Mindset Every Day

SHRM 2015 Annual Conference

As HR leaders, we all have seen the first day mindset - the excitement, hope, and anticipation of the new job that first day. Unfortunately, often times, that first day mindset fizzles out and that passion and excitement turns to frustration and drudgery. Will Knecht understands these challenges and has crafted a presentation which seeks to transform the culture of any organization through the HR team so that each day feels like that first day. You will leave with practical tools and thoughts you can take back to your office to improve your orientation process, training, coaching, and ultimately, your own lives and the lives of those around you. Encourage the first day mindset, every day in your workplace through HR leadership and harness the power of transformative thinking to jumpstart and augment success in every area of your organization!

Date(s) & Time(s): 
Monday, June 29, 2015 - 4:00pm to 5:15pm

Will Knecht


Will Knecht is the CEO of Wendell August, America's oldest and largest forge, producing hand-wrought ornamental giftware in aluminum and other metals since 1923. On March 2010, two days after receiving its largest order ever, a fire destroyed millions of dollars in equipment and materials, their offices and their flagship store. Instead of ceding to the devastation, Wendell August Forge upped its workforce, struck distribution deals with 600 stores nationwide and broke ground on a new facility. While Will Knecht credits divine intervention and a supportive staff and community for his company's revival, he said rising from the ashes challenged him to take Wendell August Forge higher than it had ever been before. "We were forced to rethink how we did business and what we were as a company. We already had a solid foundation of incredible customers and loyal employees, but suddenly we had an absolute blank canvas to paint on," Will says. "Our insurance team told us to prepare to be out of business for nine months. But the team, the community, all of Western Pennsylvania rallied together, and we had the workshop up and going in five days."

Paradise Event Center North
Amount of Credit: 
Credit Type: 
HR Credit
Session Type: 
Mega Session
Relationship Management
HR Expertise
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