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When: Thursday, December 5th, 2019
5:30pm - 7:30pm
Where: ROJO Mexican Grill
1602 West End Boulevard
St. Louis Park, Minnesota  55416
United States

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December Chapter Meeting

Please join us for a holly, jolly December chapter meeting!  There will be networking, chapter updates and Guest Speaker, John Graci!  Light beverages and appetizers will be provided along with plenty of merriment!  Parking is free too!  We look forward to seeing you!!


Good Boss, Bad Boss: How to Be the Best …and Learn from the Worst

Did you ever have a great boss? Everyone should have the opportunity to have one, but unfortunately, not enough people do. If you’re a boss, or hope to become one, or have a less-than-great boss, you can’t afford to miss this entertaining, fun and fast-paced presentation chock-full of plain spoken and real-world solutions.

Business is about people! If a leader does not show up to work, how much of the work gets done? If employees do not show up to work, how much of the work gets done? Employees are an organization’s most valuable resource. This program is not about warm fuzzies, no academic theories, just practical wisdom from the trenches helping leaders and employees work together to achieve the objectives important to your company. The presentation is thought-provoking, insightful and rich with ideas to help improve relationships in the workplace and maximize the productivity of each employee.



  • Why do leaders unintentionally reward poor and unwanted behavior?
  • Why do leaders unintentionally punish wanted behavior? Drive-by recognition
  • “Boss please let me know if I have spinach in my teeth!”
  • What’s the most powerful question a leader can ask their employees?



  • Deliver crystal-clear communication
  • Get workers tuned in and turned on
  • Handle conflict and crises
  • Recognize the most basic employee workplace needs
  • Manage “up the ladder”
  • Tips for communicating with your boss



4:30pm - 5:30pm   Young Professionals Happy Hour (see below for more details)

5:30pm - 6:00pm   Networking for All Attendees 

6:00pm - 6:30pm   Chapter Presentation

6:30pm - 7:30pm   Guest Speaker: John Graci

ATTN: Young Professionals! 

Please join us at 4:30pm for our Young Professionals Community kickoff happy hour prior to the Chapter Meeting! This is a great opportunity for you to network with other young professionals in the Twin Cities area as well as learn more about all that TCSHRM has to offer. Beverages will be provided. Then feel free to stay for TCSHRM’s December Chapter Meeting that starts at 5:30pm. Register using promocode YPC to attend both complimentary. 


More About the YP Community:

The Young Professionals Community (YPC) is a way for young professionals to connect with TCSHRM. We host fun, informal social events throughout the year to cultivate a sense of community within our chapter. This is an all-inclusive community for young professionals to share their learnings and experiences with each other. 


You may be wondering – what age range qualifies as a young professional? There is no age cut off. We want to create an inclusive community for those getting their feet under them in a professional setting or those new to Human Resources to create connections in a fun and casual setting. We’ll leave it up to you to decide if this group is right for you!


John Graci is a leadership speaker, author and trainer with more than 20 years of management experience in production, office, union and non-union environments. Graci’s straightforward and tell-it-like-it-is approach comes across as refreshing and riveting, and will have leaders on all levels of business grimacing in guilt knowing they might be practicing management without a license.

John is a frequent keynote speaker on change, motivation and communication for Fortune 500 companies, national conventions and SHRM chapters across the Midwest. He has been recognized by VIP’s for teaching management skills that instantly improve the work environment.


John’s debut book, The Buck Stops with You exposes today’s leaders who are quick to blame employees for having bad attitudes as opposed to looking in the mirror and asking what they could have done to cause the situation. Graci’s second book, doesn’t pull any punches when it comes to offering solutions to the question: Why Don’t Employees Perform as Expected?  John’s third book, Leaders Are MADE, Not Born! was released in summer of 2018. Graci’s tell-it-like-it-is approach shines light on what your employees always wanted to tell you, but never do! 


As seen on CNN, John’s sense of humor, charisma and passion blend nicely with his pragmatic style. Practical and entertaining, John’s time-tested techniques provides nuggets of wisdom and in-the-trenches solutions for employees of all generations.

Event Fees

Member $10
Student Member $10
Non-Member $25


Directions & Parking

Conveniently located off of Hwy 394 and Hwy 100, the Rojo Room is just minutes from downtown Minneapolis and offers complimentary, covered, and heated parking.

Thank You to Our Sponsor!



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