Episode 8 of the People + Profit Podcast –
McMinn HR and HPISolution: No Longer the Unconscious Conscious Capitalists – a Chat About Company Culture and Beyond.
Guests: Ginny McMinn, McMinn HR + Jerry Houston, HPISolutions
Jeremy and Sarah had an extremely impactful conversation about company culture, employees shifting in the workplace, recognition from the leaders to the employees, and workplace engagement. We love when our guests have stories to share, with examples that showcase good company culture as well as some that are not so great. Company culture is something that both Ginny and Jerry support in their companies. Supporting employees directly relates to growing the company and making profit as well. Jerry directly points out that, “Without profit there is no business.”
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As they progress through the conversation and the stories continue, we hear great examples and data to support the need for leadership to acknowledge and provide recognition to their employees. This means supporting employees during a pandemic and the rest of the time as well.
“Change has happened so we might as well acknowledge that and see where we go from here,” Ginny mentions as they discuss the changes and variety of ways that leaders can support their staff and help them to feel recognized even from home. Supporting the company culture is extremely important as we continue to work remotely as well as starting to shift back into working in the office again.
We were able to hear a variety of examples from Ginny on the HR side of things and how it is evolving. Back in the day, the role of the HR department was to “make sure our employees don’t sue.” HR departments are now one of the main parts that support driving and growing a good company culture. It has become more important to companies to have a strong culture, to support their staff, and to make sure their staff is fully engaged.
Both Ginny and Jerry have been running their companies in ways that align with the tenants of Conscious Capitalism, without knowing that this movement was even a thing until recently. There is a tremendous amount of alignment with Conscious Capitalism and both Jerry and Ginny’s companies, passions, and experiences that the listeners are able to hear through the conversation.
This podcast is a great one to listen to if you have read about the tenants of conscious capitalism and feel that you align but want to hear a little more. This podcast allows listeners to hear from two individuals that have been running businesses in a conscious way and have finally found their tribe of people that align with those similar tenants. Jerry and Ginny are two more leaders that we can add to the list of individuals that started out with this community as “unconscious conscious capitalists” and we are excited to have them in our community to join our tribe.
Jerry Houston is the CEO and Founder of HPISolutions. More than 28 years ago, in the Chicago, Illinois area, the company was born in a tiny one room office and has grown and prospered, serving almost 1000 client organizations.
Jerry is a life long advocate of equality and fairness in opportunities for individuals regardless of race, creed, color or sexual orientation. He has dedicated his life to tireless work on behalf of disabled people, homeless women and their children, the native population and victims of the AIDS pandemic in the Country of South Africa, among others in need.
Jerry spent 24 years engaged in operations management for a variety of organizations, in as many industries. He has managed thousands of employees and his focus has been in seeking the right people for the right position based on skills, experience, education, and most important, who they are as a human being.
Jerry is fully certified in a wide range of behavioral sciences. Jerry recently authored his first book, The Eccentric Entrepreneur, which was published on Amazon in October 2020. Jerry was also a recipient of the Trusted Advisors Network Lifetime Achievement Award, as well as TTI Success Insights International Award for Lifetime Achievement in 2020.
Jerry is working on his second book, Business of People – Unlocking the Power of Human Potential, which should publish in late 2021. Houston, now in his seventies, continues leading the HPISolutions team with the same energy and passion as he has displayed over almost 30 years in the human development industry.
HPISolutions was organized in July 1992 as an organization dedicated unlocking the power of human potential. The organization’s purpose statement is; to enable behavior change in individuals and teams so that people and organizations can realize their highest potential.
HPISolutions accomplishes this purpose by focusing on business and process consulting, team development, assessment analytics on human behavior, HR Services, and professional coaching. The leadership team and independent partner network believe in approaching all people with Mutual Benefit, Respect and Trust and in a Trusted Advisor Relationship with their clients.
Ginny McMinn’s experience includes over 40 years in a variety of nationwide human resource responsibilities, multiple industries and a diverse client base. Her passion is taking complex topics and workplace issues and creating understanding and lasting solutions through training and practical workplace processes.
She brings a wealth of background and experience to you and your organization: teaching, counseling, training, program development and implementation, policy formation and implementation, along with the basic human resource responsibilities of hiring, training and development, wage and salary, recordkeeping, equal employment opportunity/affirmative action, safety, benefits, recruiting, employee relations and preventive labor relations, employee communications, planning, budgeting, organizational assessment and productivity improvement.
Her training includes a MS in Industrial Relations (MSIR), from Loyola University of Chicago; BA in English Education from the University of Illinois at Urbana; Employee Relations Law Certificate; and Mediation Certificate in Arizona. She has been honored with Lifetime Accreditation as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR).
McMinn HR™ provides organizations with a full range of Human Resources consulting, training design and delivery, and HR services including coaching for small business owners and company leaders. McMinnHR™ celebrates its 33rd business anniversary this year.
McMinnHR™ is located in Gilbert, Arizona, and is a woman’s business enterprise, registered in Arizona.
About Our People + Profit Co-Hosts
Sarah McCraren is an Arizona native with a strong sense of community. Sarah spent many years in the corporate finance world specializing in the operational analysis, measurement and accountability systems, project management and software implementations. However, Sarah wanted to do work which was meaningful and would positively impact her community.
She found that saving lives and reducing injuries through comprehensive safety programs fit that bill. Sarah currently leads the McCraren Compliance team by keeping everyone focused on their primary purpose, creating workplaces where we all watch out for each other, and balancing the needs of all their stakeholders.
Sarah serves on the Boards for Conscious Capitalism Arizona and the Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration Tucson Chapter, and is also active with the Arizona Builders Alliance, Arizona Rock Products Association , Arizona Transportation Builders and Women in Mining Az.
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Jeremy Neis is an Investment Advisor with Retirement Evolutions and a small business operator fueled by the desire to enrich the life experience. He grew up in the Chicago area and chased the sun to get a degree at the University of Arizona in human and organizational communications. After doing so, he returned to Illinois where over the next 15 years he would find joy in co-launching and growing a technology solutions company and establishing a family.
In 2014 he returned to the desert to join his current venture, Retirement Evolutions, where his focuses are: (1) Conduct planning with individuals and families so that they can maximize the likelihood of leading secure and comfortable retirements. (2) Through the business services arm, Resourceful, empower business leaders to care for the people that they will rely upon to be thriving, sustainable organizations.
Jeremy is a proud contributor to the Conscious Capitalism movement as he views it as a powerful vehicle to bring about greater prosperity and reduced suffering for our human family. Over his career he has had the privilege to work closely with hundreds of different enterprises across many markets and industries. A common theme emerges among those firms that he’s seen excel and that is to be great not just with what they are bringing to market, but also with the manner in which they are doing so.