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Help me with my Project Social – HR Chatterbox is now up!

Project Social

A couple of months ago, I volunteered to participate in Project Social, started by Ben Eubanks and Victorio Milian.   You can read all about Project: Social and how it got started by clicking here and here.  Essentially, it is an effort to match  HR pros who are savvy with social media with those who want to learn, and let them work together on sharing knowledge and experience, a sort of social media mentoring experience.

Actually here is how Ben describes it:

A few days ago, Victorio Milian of the ever-interesting Creative Chaos Consultant blog reached out to me about helping to start a project where we help mentor people on social media and blogging. I was instantly in.

HR Chatterbox

I came into the thing right behind Ben, and so far, it has been a blast.   I was matched up with Sabrina Baker, and for the past couple of months we have been exchanging calls while she worked on revamping her old blog.  She is done with that now, and is launching her new blog today.  It is called HR Chatterbox, and she would appreciate your support.  She also wrote some very gracious things about me, which are much appreciated.

Please go take a look, she has a nice voice and would like to share it with you.

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How to jumpstart onboarding from the Upstart

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Blogging makes a difference

People often look at me with a puzzled expression when they ask me the big question.  You know, “Why do you write a blog?”

I do it for the networking opportunities, to build my professional credentials, and of course, the fame and fortune.   Mostly I do it as a labor of love, and the opportunity to pay something forward and backward to the HR community.

What I love the most is the opportunity to work colaboratively with smart and committed HR professionals like Ben Eubanks.   I was very flattered when Ben invited me to be a contributor to his latest e-Book project which was released today.

It is called So, what’s next? The book is a guide of best practices for jump-starting your on-boarding program and new hire orientation.

Onboarding makes a difference

It’s about time there was a tool out there to help HR pros, managers, and business leaders with the onboarding and new hire orientation process. It’s often neglected or at the very least, mismanaged. You’re in luck, because the new free eBook So, what’s next? is going to fill that need. Inside this guide you’ll find some great tips and tricks, personal stories, and other tools to help you do this stuff the right way.

Special thanks to Shauna Moerke for helping to promote the guide through the HR Carnival channel.

I think you will enjoy the content provided by the contributors.  Many of them are friends of mine.  All of them are consummate HR professionals, including  Paul Smith, Jennifer McClure, Trish McFarlane, Laura Schroeder, Dwane Lay, Dave Ryan, Lance Haun, Charlie Judy, Robin Schooling, Sabrina Baker, and  Tanmay Vora. You can find links to each of these contributors’ websites within the guide.

I have something in there too!

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Get your unofficial MBA with “Biz School in a Box”

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Speak the language of business

(from the HRH archives)

One of the recommendations to came out of HRevolution 2010 (via Laurie Ruettimann and Lance Haun) was that human resources professionals need to learn to speak the language of business, and stay abreast of business issues outside human resources.  This is good advice.  Here how you can get started!

There are a couple of ways to make consuming this material simpler.  Choose any or all of these ideas.  They will save you time, and make this information much more consumable!

  • Bookmark the locations to make them easier to find when you want to read them.
  • Use the RSS feed functionality of the sites to send page updates to a reader so that you can read articles all in one place.
  • Sign up for email alerts pertinent to the topics on a site that are useful or interesting to you.  Many of the sites will send a focused newsletter to your email inbox daily.

25 useful business sites

  1. The Financial Times
  2. Bloomberg BusinessWeek
  3. Aberdeen Group
  4. Harvard Business Review
  5. SmartBrief
  6. Crain Communications
  7. Biz Jounals
  8. Portfolio
  9. Biz Watch
  10. McKinsey Quarterly
  11. Forbes
  12. Fast Company
  13. Building 43
  14. Mashable
  15. ReadWriteWeb
  16. SHRM
  17. HR.com
  18. WorldatWork
  19. TechCrunch
  20. CFO
  21. ABA Journal
  22. Wall Street Journal
  23. Knowledge@Wharton
  24. Human Resource Executive Online
  25. American Management Association
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A Cautionary Tale: Social Media, the NLRB and Free Speech

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Facebook is NOT Free Speech for Employees

There is a short article on the Mashable/ Social Media page written today by Julie O’Dell.  It is entitled “For Employees, Facebook counts as free speech“.  As I write this, the article had been retweeted 1,353 times, and liked on Facebook 1,975 times.  This is a massive amount of views for an article relating to a charge pending before the National Labor Relations Board.

The Mashable perspective on Facebook, the NLRB and Free Speech

Here is the article, if you haven’t seen it.

A federal agency has declared Facebook posts are legally protected speech, even for employees who write negative things about their employers.

In a lawsuit that probably won’t sit well with most employers trying to enforce social media policies, the National Labor Relations Board said that a recent Facebook-related termination was unlawful.

The employee in question, Dawnmarie Souza, used some vulgar language to deride her boss on Facebook when he denied one of her requests. Several of Souza’s co-workers joined in on the thread, also making negative comments about the supervisor. Souza made these comments on her own time and on her own computer.

An NLRB representative told The New York Times that company social media policies that prohibit making negative remarks about one’s boss or company online are actually in violation of labor laws that protect employees’ right to talk about things like wages and working conditions.

Hence, Souza’s supervisors may not have had the right to fire her for what she did.

Of course, not all Facebook activity is likely to be protected speech. Given the nuances of employment law, you may want to call an attorney before you post something derogatory about your boss or workplace — or perhaps just skip the public, online venting altogether.

According to the NLRB’s Facebook page, Facebook comments can lose protected status depending on where the discussion takes place, the subject matter, the nature of the outburst and whether the comments were provoked by an employer’s unfair labor practice.

What do you think: Should companies have the right to make and enforce social media policies about what you can and can’t say about them online? Or should your personal social networks be protected from any work-related consequences?

Michael VanDervort’s perspective on Facebook, the NLRB and Free Speech

Here is the comment I posted in response on Facebook.

Just a word of caution, this case is only a charge, and the decision will be heard in January 2011. It is not yet binding on employers, (although it is a pretty good indication of where things may wind up!) Employees should be very careful NOT to assume that this means anything you say on-line regarding your company or supervisor is ok. That won’t be the case, even if this case is decided as insinuated here.

This thing is far from decided yet, and any decision is sure to be tested.   People offering advice from a social media perspective, as well as employees assuming that this notion of “free speech” is like a constitutional right need to be very careful in their assumptions.   Protected, concerted activity is a complex legal concept, and does not translate into ” I can say whatever I damn well please about my company and my employer”.

It would be very smart to bear this caution in mind.

For another perspective on this topic, see the excellent analysis  why the NLRB just gave you another reason not to have a social media policy by Lance Haun on TLNT.

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HR Social Media 2.0 – the future is here now

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HR Social Media 2.0

Mark today down in your calendars.   Today is the day that HR Social Media 2.0 takes flight!

What is HR Social Media 2.0?    Officially, it is just a term I am using to mark a transition point.  Seriously, it is something that has been coming together for a while now.  I was thinking about this last week when I wrote about social media fatigue.    The shine has come off of social media for those of us in the HR space who have been early adopters.   We are shifting the way we are spending our time and the way we are utilizing social media tools.    This shift seems to be going in two directions.

Some people are cutting back on social media

Paul Hebert shared his thoughts on this yesterday in a post on his blog.    Using a “Brokeback Mountain” anaology, Paul shares that while he still loves social media and its benefits, he needs to take a step back from an intense relationship, and reevaluate how he feels about social media right now.  You really should read the entire post, but here is the gist of it in Paul’s own words.

Unfortunately, like our real-life relationships – we don’t stay in our drugged state forever.  We slowly begin to come out of the endorphin rush and one day we wake up and wonder who really is in our technology bed.  I’m at that point now.  I love you social media – but I’m not “in” love with you.

Paul outlines a personal strategy of “cutting back” on social media by pruning his twitter followers, reducing some blog feeds from his Reader,  and leaving LinkedIn groups that aren’t any benefit to him.  This seems to be the approach of many people I talk to are taking.   Not leaving all together, but ratcheting back their level of participation to something that works for them.  It is reasonable, and it makes sense for many.

HR Social Media 2.0 is a quiet revolution

The other direction that some people in the HR and social media is to try and take the use of the tools and their own level of personal investment to the next level.  This is happening before our eyes on several levels.   This is probably more of an evolution than it is a revolution, but it is still palpable and exciting.

Over the past several months, many people have obtained new positions or launched new businesses models in the HR social media space.  This list is not intended to be comprehensive, but I am talking about people like Lance  Haun, John Hollon, and Amy Beth Hale, all of them with ERE.  HR practitioners like Jennifer McClure and  Jessica Miller-Merrell are newly minted solopreneurs running their own practice wrapped around HR and social media.  Larger businesses like People Report and  Talent Revolution are doing amazingly cool work in the restaurant service sector, using social media tools as a central piece of their delivery strategy.

Yesterday, in what might be the most ambitious pure social media play in the HR space to date, Laurie Ruettimann, and Mark and Yasha Stelzner announced the formation of a new business venture called New Media Services LLC.   New Media Services is intended to be  “the single destination for comprehensive virtual, digital, and social media strategies for the career and HR industries”.  They also announced one of their services, Voice of HR.   More on that in a moment.

Our professional associations are also making serious moves to adopting social media.    SHRM has hired Curtis Midkiff to oversee their social media efforts, including the blogging squad at the 2010 conference.  At least two state chapters now have social media directors as part of their organizational structure, Illinois with Dave Ryan, and my own HR Florida with Stephen Harrison.

Next week, I will be attending the Illinois State Conference on 8/2 and 8/3 as a member of their on-site social media team along with Curtis from SHRM,  along with Trish McFarlane, Sarah White, and Charee Klimek, all of whom do great work in the HR/social media space.  I am looking forward to attending #ILSHRM10, and being a part of the program.  The Illinois state HR association, including John Jorgenson deserve praise for their leadership and forward thinking in this area.  I look forward to being a part of these strategic efforts by the Illinois SRM group!

Finally, I am going to close by quoting from an announcement that came out today from my own state chapter, HR Florida and a new business unit belonging to Laurie and Stelzner, Voice of HR.  Other chapters are doing cool things, but I think HR Florida is emerging as the state leader in the use of social media as part of the conference experience.  Here is the quote, and a cuple of other small things that we are doing.

HR Florida partners with Voice of  HR, Monster

From a press release today, The HR Florida State Council, which represents over 14,000 individual HR members, has partnered with Voice of HR to provide social media services to the 2010 HR Florida State Conference & Expo in Orlando, Florida.

And this was released on Twitter yesterday by State Conference Carol McDaniel,  “Monster’s in the house for #HRFL10!  Stay tuned for details on the Monster Social at http://is.gd/dPbbM!”.  There will be some special guests including China Gorman and Laurie Ruettimann, and a lot of Monster Social kicking at this tweetup event.!

We also have assembled an awesome blog squad / expert panel  of our own, including Trish McFarlane, William Tincup, Mark Stelzner, Franny Oxford, and Steve Boese.

This is what HR  Social Media 2.0 is going to look like.   People using the tools to build businesses, to do the work, and  to enrich and extend learning opportunities.   I’m sure we will see much more coming, but remember, today is the day that HR Social Media 2.0 takes flight!

That future is here right now!    If you want to hear more about all this, tune into the HR Happy Hour for episode 56, the HR Florida preview in just about an hour!  (7/28/2010)

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My Post HRevolution post

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Continuing the evolution of HR

I am just getting ready to check out of The Wit hotel in downtown Chicago now that the curtain has come down on HRevolution 2010.  I won’t rehash all the sessions.  I am not going to try and detail all the awesome conversations and personal connections I got to make or renew.  Those mostly speak for themselves.   So, what do I have to say?

The upside

There was a lot of upside to this conference.   Like what?   Well, like:

  • unparalleled opportunities to network across the HR space
  • vibrant locations, including downtown Chicago, the gorgeous meeting space at Catalyst Ranch, and the aforementioned the Wit hotel
  • a great mix of track topics and track leaders that resulted in great discussions
  • an ambitious attempt to extend the conference experience and the learning opportunities beyond the day of the conference, which we will need to wait to see the results of.

I am thrilled to have been part of two tracks, one on diversity with Franny Oxford and Paul Smith, and the second on blogging with Ben Eubanks.

Overall a awesome event with a lot of returns for the participants.  I’ll definitely be back next year, and would love to see the show come to Florida some time soon.

The downside

I am not sure that the event lived up to either the advance hype or my widely hopeful expectations.   To be fair, I am not sure it could have lived up to what I hoped to see.   In some respects, I feel this morning like Mark Stelzner said he felt last year after the first HRevolution:

“The event was great. What happens next?”

For some reason, I am left feeling uncertain and unfulfilled, mostly over my concerns about the long term impact of the event. I find this incredibly frustrating.   I wanted a silver bullet for HR, and frankly, there is no such thing.   We have a lot of hard work to do, and we have to do the work. 

Part  of this frustration is due to my complete dismay at the news of China Gorman and her resignation from SHRM.

Laurie Ruettimann and Lance Haun did what might be called the keynote closing of the event of the event,  with a track that was called Getting HR out of the Echo Chamber.  This track was intended to be a call to action to the people attending HRevolution.  They spoke about things that HR people can do to move what we are doing in the HR/ social media space deeper into the mainstream HR community. You can click the link to Lance’s blog to see a recap of what they talked about and didn’t.   The presentation was good, but I came away from it frustrated.

It wasn’t the silver bullet I hoped for, and candidly, they told us (me) to do a lot of things I am already doing.     They also left me vaguely confused when they began their call to action with a disclaimer:  “We are not in HR anymore.  We are industry pundits.”     While it is true, it caused cognitive dissonance for me.   Sort of, “I am not in the game anymore, but here is how you should play the game”.   Personally, I think that they are both still in the game since they spend their time talking about or speaking to the profession, but it is not my place to define their world view on this.  It still confused me, and I felt it detracted from the rest of their message.

What’s my beef?

I am not sure it is really a beef, but I did have few things I would like to have seen.  Not from Lance and Laurie specifically, but rather from the whole event:

  • More tracks led by practitioners
  • More time for small group discussions
  • more time for personal networking
  • Less consultants leading the discussions
  • More  involvement of the crowd in crowdsourcing/brainstorming of the “moving HR forward, where do we go next discussion”
  • More attendee involvement in selection of track topics

All in all, a great event with an ambitious agenda trying to push our field in new directions.  It wasn’t a home run, but it was a great at bat, and I can’t wait to see what happens the next time they step up to the plate.

Many thanks to Trish McFarlane, Steve Boese,  Jason Seiden, Ben Eubanks, Joan Ginsberg, Crystal Peterson, and Mark Stelzner for everything they did to make this event the success it was!  Great job!


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HRevolution: not just for Bloggers

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Blogging: Get All Your Questions Answered

HRevolution is only 3 days away!

I am thrilled to be co-leading  a track on blogs and blogging with Ben Eubanks.   I hope that with the diversity of our blogging experience, Ben and I will present some diverse, yet useful information on how to put a blog together and make it viable.

The resources on blogging are practically limitless, and certainly there is no way to share even a small percentage of them here, but I thought it would be useful to have at least one resource on how to blog as part of the track.  With that in mind,  here are some useful resources on blogging for you to check before, during or after our track,  Blogging: Get All Your Questions Answered.

HRevolution Agenda

8:30 am Welcome from the HRev planning committee & Breakfast

9:00- 10:00 Can HR Be Trusted With Your Secrets?     Jennifer McClure & Lisa Rosendahl

Teamwork in the Age of Social Media: What Happens When The
Employee Gets Bigger Than the Brand?    Crystal Peterson, Eric  Winegardner, Amanda Hite

What the @#$% does diversity mean today?   Joe Gerstandt
10:00- 11:00

The HR Apprentice: Bring your A-game or ‘You’re fired’  – Trish McFarlane, Steve Boese, and Mark Stelzner as ‘The Donald’

Influencing Behavior    Paul Hebert & Jason Seiden

Healthcare Reform: Do We Know What It Means?     Will Manuel

11:00- 12:00

Blogging: Get All Your Questions Answered Ben Eubanks & Mike  VanDervort

Informal Learning    Marc Wenzel

Generations: Do They Really Make A Difference in Business?    SarahWhite, Joan Ginsberg, Benjamin McCall

12:00- 1:oo Networking Lunch

1:00- 2:00

HR Technology- Q & A for HR Pros      Bryon Abramowitz, Mike Krupa, Bill Kutik

The World Beyond HR Craig Fisher, Jessica Miller-Merrell, Charee Klimek

HR: Where Brand meets Culture – A discussion about HR’s role in Corporate Brand Building       Jason Lauritsen

2:00- 3:00

The Secret- Sports & the Future of HR     Steve Boese, Tim Sackett, Lance Haun

Global Recruiting and the Relationship with HR     Bill Boorman & Geoff Webb

Breaking Out of the Echo Chamber: Expanding the HR Social Media Community  Laurie Ruettimann & Lance Haun

HR Guide to Blogs and Blogging

Blogging Tips

Here are some excellent resources articles covering a variety of topics related to blogging and using your blog as a business tool.

Does your blog ask the right questions?

Do page views matter for the average blogger?

How to use a blog to increase organic traffic to your site

6 ways to leverage the long tail in your marketing via your blog.

BookSneeze: free books for bloggers

#BlogChat on twitter every Sunday

Easy list of Bloggers to follow on Twitter

Bloggers you might want to follow

What follows are links to two different types of blogging resources:

  1. Bloggers I have learned from
  2. HR blogging resources

Chris Brogan

Robert Scoble

Ben Eubanks

Francine Hardaway


Blog tips to help you make money

Copywriting tips for online marketing success

Get started blogging today!

Confessions of a six figure professional blogger

25 Best HR Experts, Blogs and Influencers to Track in 2010

HR blogs on Alltop

Top 50 HR blogs of 2009

50 best HR blogs for Wisdom

John Sumser and his Top 100 Influencers series

Recruiting Blogs and especially, Raye Anne Thorn

Top 50 HR blogs of 2009

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An Amazing Assemblage of Ideas for Human Resources

Asking great questions leads to great results

Chris Ferdinandi of Renegade HR asked me a pair of great questions a couple of weeks ago.

The first question was:  “Would you like to be part of an e-Book I am putting together?”    My answer was affirmative.

The second question was:

What one thing can you can do to become a better HR pro in 2010?’

My short answer to this question was stop practice preventive human resources, and start practicing bold HR.  You can my complete thoughts, along with 11 other HR thought leaders by downloading the book.   Check out the information after the jump!

Do Amazing Things is a collection of short, actionable ideas – things you can do this year to become a better HR professional.

Sponsored by Renegade HR and created in partnership with 12 of HR’s leading thinkers, you’ll find ideas on collaboration and innovation, recruiting, networking, performance management and more!

Click Here to Download Do Amazing Things

(This book requires Adobe Reader, which you can download free at Adobe.com.)

The Authors

Click Here to Download Do Amazing Things

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What the Hell is an Influencer anyway?

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The On-line HR Community

I want to give a hug shout-out to the entire community of human resources people who share their time and knowledge so generously.

I have encountered so many people in 2009 that it is difficult to acknowledge all of you.  The amount of time we spend talking may ebb and flow, but the relationships are lasting.   I appreciate them all, and work hard every day to keep them as worthwhile for you as they have been for me.

There is a list of people I would like to thank more personally.  (without regard to their digital status!)

My Personal Influencers List for 2009

Laurie Ruettimann gets the first spot on my list.   I value Laurie for her mind, her humor, and her total fearlessness when it comes to putting herself out there, and asking the tough questions.

Alicia Arenas has been a great supporter, and a pleasure to know.  Alicia is always encouraging and supportive.  I have learned a lot from about branding and about thinking about the work I do here as a business enterprise, not just a hobby.

Michael Long for being a great connector, and for doing an great job of getting the blog moved over to WordPress.

Mark Stelzner for being a great example as a writer, a critical thinker, a philanthropist, and a cynic!

Kris Dunn and Jessica Lee for all they have done to help me out this year.

Stephanie A.  Lloyd for being a great role model in the social media/HR area.

Frank Roche for being the writer I want to be.

Franny Oxford for her smile and her curiousity, and her terrific thinking.

Bill Boorman for spanning the globe.

Trish McFarlane and Steve Boese for everything they do, and for being part of my blogging team for HR Florida this year!

William Tincup because who wouldn’t want to be William Tincup for a day???  He also does some really nice work sharing thoughts with his blog!

Lance Haun for being the smartest guy in the room almost every day. He sets the bar. I just try to keep up.

Everybody at Recruiting Blogs for being role models on how to build an awesome HR related business through social media.

and finally, China Gorman for leading the charge into social media at SHRM, and for being so supportive of my work this year!

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HR Carnival of Global Giving is now open!

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Charity Work is Hard Work

Wow!   I am overwhelmed.

First, by the generosity of people who have chipped in to make this an awesome fundraiser for some lucky charity.   Secondly, by the amount of time it has taken to pull this monster together.  I have been typing non-stop (with the exception of one work emergency) since 5:30 am this morning.

Be forwarned, I haven’t done great proofreading, tested all the links, or even made sure thay I have every post that was submitted.  I will clean up detail work later this evening after I go shopping for a turkey and some other things that need done now.

If I missed you, email me at michael.vandervort@gmail.com or tweet me, and I’ll fix it!

HR Carnival of Giving

There are now a total of 77 83 85 86 submissions to this edition of the HR Carnival, with a couple more expected.  Even though we didn;t hit 100, you all did a helluva job.  I haven’t selected the winner yet, or calculated the exact amount of final donations.  I will do that tonight and post it tomorrow, but some lucky charity is going to get several hundred dollars rom you generous folks.  There are a number of very kind folks who deserve special recognition for their generosity. Hopefully, I caught you all in the text that follows.  If not, the oversight is due to time constraint. If you will please let me know, I will will fix it.

Happy Holidays

I think you will find a lot of good reading in this edition of the Carnival.  I think we did some good as well.  Wherever you are, wherever you may be, please accept my heartfelt thanks and wishes for a happy holiday season, no matter which faith or season you celebrate.   Today, we helped make a difference. well done, dudes and dudettes! 😉

The HR Carnival of Giving is now Open!

First up is Karla Porter, who is hopeful enough to place her trust in HR, and thinks that the rest of us should do so as well.  Karla obviously has a soft spot for the underdog professionals, and for the four legged kind as well.   Her preferred charity is the Humane Society of Cozumel Island.   Thanks for sending along the $2 in donations as well via Post a Dollar, Karla!

Jake Flanagin of the Maximize Possibility hits us up with 5 Ways to Keep Accountability from Becoming a Buzzword in Your Organization by Chris Young.

From Germany, Laura Schroeder explores the lighter side of human capital management on her blog Working Girl.  Here is her take on Gen Y, stress, and performance, amongst other things.  It is called Always available, Always broken.    Laura’s favorite charity is Repower America.  Good luck, Laura – thanks for jumping into the Carnival from across the pond!

One of the FOT team, Kelly Dingee drops by with her spin how one might go about Sourcing a Sourcer.  Kelly was indecisive about her favorite charity, giving dual shoutouts to charity:water and Donors choose – both charities she learned more about at TWTRCON.

Chris Ferdinandi from Renegade HR shares his thoughts on having a conversation about your work culture with his post  “Social” Media: How to have a conversation about your culture”.

Cathy Missildine-Martin shares her ideas on how HR can add to profits.  If Cathy is lucky when I draw for the winning charity, maybe the Samaritan House of Atlanta will reap a little profit thanks to her submission of their organization as her favorite charity.

Mark Levinson brings a big brained topic to the Carnival, sharing his intellectual insights on a really big topic (and an animal that NEVER forgets) with his brilliant piece,  The Elephant in the Room: Using Brain Science to Enhance Working Relationships.  He gives us a very smart charity choice as well with Kiva!

Mick Collins of InfoHRM shares some strong ideas on writing a mission statement for workforce analytics.  He keeps the strong coming with his charity nomination, LiveStrong.

We are coming into the holiday season, and it seems as though it is always hard to find the right thing, or locate that one person you need to talk to because they are visiting family in Wyoming or whatever.  Erik Samdahl shares something else that is hard to find with a post from the i4cp site called Workforce Planning Is the “Missing Link” for HR by Jay Jamrog.

Larry Wilson from the HR Commons blog shares some uncommonly insightful thoughts on what might be coming next for human resources.   He also shares a singular charity with his choice of ONE.

Jason Seiden likes to call things the way he sees them, and he thought his post on work life balance or the lack thereof would be perfect for the Carnival.  Thanks for sharing, Jason!

Joan Ginsberg loves animals.  She also blogs about them sometimes.  She shares her thoughts on what HR can learn from pet owners.   Joan also submits the Michigan Humane Society for her charity.   Joan was also one of the generous folks who stepped up and added their generous support to this little charitable initiative.  Thanks for your generosity, Joan!

Another generous soul that added to the charity pool is Lance Haun.  Lance just celebrated his wedding anniversary a couple of weeks ago.  (by listening to HR Happy Hour if I remember correctly!) and this got him thinking about other anniversary events.  Check out why Lance thinks work anniversaries still matter.  Typical of Lance, he submits the ThyCa Research Fund in honor of his wife, a survivor.

Paul Smith rolls into the Carnival with a Hollywood-inspired post from his new site, Welcome To The Occupation.  You might say he was channeling his inner Breakfast Club.  The post is titled I’m Doing Society A Favor…So? (a tribute to John Hughes).  For his charity, Paul submits MANNA.   Welcome to the Carnival, Paul!

John Hunter strolls onto the scene with a post from the Curious Cat Management Improvement Blog called Learn Lean by Doing Lean.   For his charity, John submits Kiva an organization which he promotes on his blog.

The blogger with the most infectious giggle ever, and the Carnival’s main operator Shauna Moerke jumps on the merry-go-round with her take on why it is important to know some people, but not just any people. For her charity pick, Shauna stays Minnesota local and selects Open Arms Minnesota.

Steve Boese is going to be a part of our HR Social Media Street team at the HR Florida 2010 State Conference.  (call for presentations extended until December 28th!)  Steve is also one of our generous contributors to the Carnival in more ways than one.  Steve is matching my contribution dollar for dollar, and also throws in his two cents on applying some of the principles that professional basketball scouts (talent evaluators) use to the workplace.   For his charity, Steve recommends Heritage Christian Stables, an organization that does therapeutic horseback riding programs for children and adults with various developmental challenges.

Margo Rose, aka HR Margo has written a post especially for the Carnival.  Her touching and personal post deals with why finding a cure for diabetes is so very important to her.  Her charity of choice is the American Diabetes Association.   Thanks for being a part of the Carnival, Margo!

Allen Robinson of the Logic Writer blog comes to the defense of our favorite professional organization for human resources professional.  Find out why he believes that SHRM is not the harbinger of the apocalypse in the uniquely titled post, Why SHRM is not the Anti-Christ of HR.  When I read it, I learned that Allen and I are both alumni from the University of Michigan.  Go Blue!  In another unique move, Allen nominates his own employer organization, Volunteers of America North Alabama as his preferred charity.

The host of the last regular Carnival, Ben Eubanks from Upstart HR did a great job of promoting the concept of using the Carnival venue as something more than just an anthology collection of blog links.  He inspired my idea to try to do something for charity in this round.  You should go read his about how to make the carnival (or any post) matter.  I agree with Ben who says “I think it would be awesome if people would take the challenge. They’d be surprised at what it may accomplish.”   Ben also supports his employer as his favorite charity, which also happens to be Volunteers of America North Alabama .

Wally Bock of Three Star Leadership brings to the brink of leadership, writing about The Center for Creative Leadership and their newly issued their “Leadership Gap” report, including an interesting list of things that survey respondents think won’t be important for leaders five years from now.  You should have a look, but please Mind the Leadership Gap!  Wally also tells me he wouldn’t mind if the Salvation Army was the recipient of our donation.

Gautam Ghosh rides the roller coaster all the way from India, sharing his thoughts on Building Open Organizations.   Gautam tells us that his favorite charity is CRY India (Child Rights and You)

Jessica Lee, the brilliant editor over at Fistful of Talent gives Tim Sackett the day off with pay to go to the amusement park for doing a great job telling us what to do once you become a new manager or HR manager.   Since Jessica asked me to choose a charity, I picked one from Washington DC on her behalf:  DKT International which promotes family planning and HIV/AIDS prevention all over the world.

Melissa Prusher (Dude!) from the DEVON Group shares this post on finding a mentor.  The favorite charity at the Devon Group is Lunch Break in Red Bank NJ.

Laurie Ruettimann, the anarchist riot grrl of the HR world shares her perspective on Employee Wellness Programs and Health Insurance with us.  She would also like to share our donation with her favorite charity, Kalamazoo Animal Rescue.

Justin Hillier joins us from Europe with a post off the ERE site by wondering Is your social media strategy, 120, 240, or 360 degrees?  His charity is Livestrong aka the Lance Armstrong Foundation.

Susan Burns of Talent Synchronicity is another one of our generous supporters offering a matching contribution of $100 to our cause.  Check out this post in which she shares her thoughts on Talent Camp.  Susan nominates Women Thrive Worldwide as her charity.

Meghan M. Biro tells us her reasons for starting a new blog in her guest post on The Red Recruiter blog called Why blog?.

Jane  Perdue of the life, love, and leadership blog points out that Integrity is A Non-negotiable Leadership Requirement. She also points us to her charity nomination, the Center for Women.

From the blog Deeply Rutted, Shennee Rutt urges us to ride the fast rides in her post, Rock ’em, sock ’em and knock ’em!  Her charity is the Lupus Foundation of Pennsylvania.

Dan McCarthy of the award-winning Great Leadership blog asks should Leadership and Management Development be a national priority?  Another priority for Dan is his favorite charity, Children Awaiting Parents.

Lisa Rosendahl of Simply Lisa is thinking of taking away your supervisor card, so Card carrying supervisors, take heed!  Lisa has submitted the Autism Society for her charity.

It’s Kelly Mitton , sending in a post from her new blog Thryving after she saw the notice on the HR Carnival scroll across Facebook.  Kelly tells us  How to Build an HR Mentorship Program.  Kelly chooses the Food Bank of Western New York as her charity, still supporting  Buffalo even though she is in Texas now!

Naomi Bloom uses the 2 for 1 special matinee rate to get in the Carnival, telling us that The Road from HRM to Business Results is Littered with Misguided Metrics Part I and Part II.   Naomi recommends the American Cancer Society as her charity.  Naomi was also kind enough to make a nice donation in support of this charitable fund raising effort, which is greatly appreciated!

Benjamin McCall of RethinkHR.org steps away from the miniature golf tournament long enough to share What Golf has taught me about HR.  Benjamin told me to pick any charity, so in keeping with the topic of the post, we will go with the Tiger Woods Foundation.

Amit Bhagria visits from Young HR Manager to give his overview on Career Opportunities with an Ego.  Since Amit didn’t provide a charity, I am assigning the Association for India’s Development on his behalf.

Dawn Bugni from Dawn’s Blog visits to suggest if you “Think threatening to leave to get a raise is a good idea? Think again.” Her charity selection is Monty’s Home.

Trish Mcfarlane offers an amazingly personal piece on why she supports the March of Dimes called Carnival of HR and Charitable Giving.  It is well worth taking the time to give it a read.

Graham Salisbury of HR Case Studies in the United Kingdom shares a blog post that seemed to attract some enlightened and amusing comments called Phwoarr! Nice legs, shame about the policies! His charity web site is St. Catherines.

Our friend Lois Melbourne from Aquire drops by the funhouse to tell us about a need for the cure to breast cancer, and her support the the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

Veronica Ludwig takes a moment to ask “What’s with the attitude?”  For her charity, Veronica nominates Helping from Heaven: the Lexi Kazian Foundation.

The TalentedApps team shows how HR has a great opportunity to improve the way risk impacts strategic success for the business with HR: Why Broaden Your Risk Perceptive?.   They also add their support for the American Cancer Society.

Victorio Milian, the Creative Chaos Consultant creates fresh content for the Carnival with his Kindergarten, Recruitment, and Poker-What needs to change? Victorio also likes the New York Public Library as his charity.  He also asked that I add this audio file on his behalf.

Dan Nuroo travels all the way from Australia to visit the Carnival to help us prepare for holiday shopping by telling to be sure to Knock with our elbows.   Dan’s charity preference is the MS Society.

Alicia Arenas from Sanera PDC makes her Carnival debut with her social media take titled I‘m OK, You’re OK: Social Media Self Esteem.  I am assigning Challenged Athletes as her charity.

Robin Schooling drops by to say “I’m not a blogger, not do I believe I ever will be.  And since I cannot contribute via the post for the HR Carnival of Giving, I would like to donate $25 to the overall “pot”.”   And MY favorite charity:  www.rosaliemanor.org a social service agency in Milwaukee focused on empowering families, supporting first time moms and dads and preventing teen pregnancy.  100 years plus of service to the Milwaukee community – but also locations dating from even earlier in Canada and NYC.

Gareth Jones of the Inside my Head blog from the United Kingdom warns us about HR and the Talent Catastrophe.  Charity assigned is Human Rights Watch.

Mervyn Dinnen of the T Recs blog reminds us that candidates have feelings too.   And his charity link is UK November – it’s a men’s prostate cancer charity, and most of the guys in his office are growing moustaches to support them.   You can click on the donate page and give to the cause rather than an individual.

Eric Peterson from SHRM provides this post related to diversity he calls a Closet with a View.  The charity assigned for Eric is the Gay & Lesbian Leadership Institute.

Fran Melmed writes to tell us about the five people who really deserve your thanks.   Fran also strongly recommended a post on giving thanks by Amanda Hite which I am including as well.   The charity I am assigning here is Groundspark.  Fran was also generous to add $100 to the donation kitty.  Thanks for your generosity, Fran!

Jon Ingham, who formerly held the very informal HR Carnival record for “most links” generously helps break his own record by sharing this post on Sustainability from the CIPD conference in the UK.  For his charity, Jon designated Oxfam International, which is mentioned in the post as well.  Thanks, Jon!

Susan Heathfield provides a great overview on the Paid Sick Leave Dilemma facing business today.  She chose the Salvation Army as her charity.

Jennifer V. Miller kindly helps us push toward 100 links by sharing her post on ways to ensure that you are creating a “positive bank balance” with your relationships.  Her charity selection is the Red Cross.

My buddy Frank Roche adds to the Carnival mayhem with a daily tip on for improving employee engagement.   For his charity, Frank gets Live United.

Mike Haberman who writes the HR Observations blog goes all Geena on GINA.   Mike’s charity is the Atlanta Children’s Shelter.

Debbie J. Brown of Bent Creek Books writes about her experience and thoughts as she traveled to HRevolution in Outliers and Unconferences.   Her charity is Room to Read.

Dorothy Dalton who writes the Future Perfect: Career Transition Strategies blog issues the battle cry “Let’s go girls…negotiate!”  It is a good post on an important issue. Go read it.  Her charity choice is UNICEF.

Michael Krupa of InfoBox shares some software tips for vendors.  Mike also generously shares his own money, offering to share $1 per post for all posts to the Carnival.   My Charity is the Golden State Greyhound Adoption.  Mike says “I own 2 rescued greyhounds and they are most magnificent, gentle and beautiful dogs I know.” Thanks for your compassion and generosity, Mike!

Tammy Colson of HR Junkyard is another generous contributor, sharing out of her own pocket for the charity pool (up to $100!) and also explaining Volunteering and What’s in it for you.  Tammy, thanks for helping make this effort work!

Kevin Grossman of HR Marketer gives us a post on the ways in which Human Resources weave the safety net for victims of intimate partner violence in the workplace.  Kevin also sent me an email telling me that he is also in for $1 per post for the charity donation as well ($100).  His choice of charity is the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

Stephanie Kempa is a first time contributor to the Carnival and shares the following:  Your tweets have me interested in participating in HR Carnival — my post is “Why Twitter is Worth Your Time“.  I don’t profess to be a social media expert by any means, but wanted to provide an analogy to help people who are trying to figure out if it has business value or not. Stephanie, the post rocks and so does your choice of charity: YMCA Camp Manitou-lin, donations go to help send kids to camp who can’t afford to attend otherwise – camp’s motto is “building better people”, which is a very good thing!

Leanne Chase contributes to HR in many ways.  Today she contributes this piece on the disconnect between jobseekers and recruiters with the apropos title, Jobseekers are from Mars, Recruiters from Venus.  Leanne is also another generous contributor, throwing $50 into the pot.  Her favorite charity, described in her own words:   A charity I happen to really like is Angel Flight ( http://www.angelflight.com/) I cannot imagine needing to get a loved one somewhere for medical help or not be able to join a loved one in need due to financial pressures.  I think the work they did reuniting families separated during Katrina was wonderful.

HR Superstar Bonita Martin loves a party.  See what she has to say about performance in her post “Performance Reviews: Party, parting, or feedback?“.   Her charity is the All Stars Project.

Joan Schramm offers her take on How to Motivate Employees After Layoffs.  Her charity is the Mid-Atlantic Great Dane Rescue League (www.magdrl.org).  They are also on twitter at @magdrl – cool!

Sharlyn Lauby, the affable proprietor at the HR Bartender (as well as my friend and neighbor) serves up her usual sage advice with a very interesting post involving Workplace ethics and three monkeys.  After all, what’s a carnival without monkeys?  The circus? the zoo?  Never mind… For her charity, supporting Back to the Wild.

The HR Store is open for business and seeking customer feedback with the query “Awards aren’t retention tools? Or are they?“.  They are associated with a charity trust called ‘Divyadeep’ in their state (Karnataka) in India and here’s the link to their site.

Andy Spence from Glass Bead Consulting and the HR Transformer blog offers up some international flavour with this post on trends for social networking in the United Kingdom.  Andy’s  chosen charity is The Christie Charity in Manchester – Towards a Future without Cancer.

Mike Kohn at The HR Intern writes about another staple of this time of year for most HR practitioners in open enrollment, it’s the most wonderful time of the year!  Mike’s selected charity is the Human Rights Campaign.

Andy Headworth shakes off an overwhelming schedule to share the 25 things that Gen Y will just not believe ever happened!  Andy’s charity will be Leukaemia Research.

Mark Stelzner is also chipping in $100 for our donation pool.  Mark is the founder of Job Angels, and an all around great guy.  His post tells us 3 ways to kill a conversation!

Anita Santiago of Workforce Connection is a generous sharer on twitter.  Today she shares the idea that it is okay to toot your own horn.  Well done, Anita!  Her charity is Feed The Children.

The omnipresent Bill Boorman shares this post from his UK based blog Norton Folgate in which he ponders community and where he lives.  Bill is perhaps the most generous connector of all the people I know through social networking.  If you don’t follow Bill on twitter, you should be. His charity of choice is the is Round Table Children’s Wish.

HireCentrix asks that we please put the Human back in HR.  I couldn’t agree more!  The charity of choice here is Abilities United.

Ryan Estis likes to exhibit passion on purpose.  He also has some ideas on Meaningful Work.  His charity is also a meaningful one, the American Cancer Society.

Morgan Schwartz of Omaha.net submits a pair of posts on behalf of colleagues.  They are Workplace Bullying by Kathleen Nicolini and how to How to Explain an Employment Gap by Vickie Seitner.  Thanks to Evil HR Lady for directing them to the Carnival!   I am assigning the well known Omaha charity Boys Town here.

Beth Carvin of Nobscot provides a guest post to Human Race Horses about what happens when new employees lose their enthusiasm called Shiny Happy People Gone Bad.  Beth selects Feeding America as her charity.

Chernee Vitello aka the hightech recruiter asks an appropriate Thanksgiving question: Are you ready for some football? Her choice for a charity is also very seasonal with Christmas Sharing.

Kris Dunn is kicking $50 into the pot for charity. He also kicked in this post from his blog in which he calls a bunch of HR peeps “secretaries”.  Go see where you stand!  His charity is the American Cancer Society.  Thanks for the donation support, KD!

Erick Taft asks what is your organizational foot print? in a guest post on HRH.  Charity selection is Shoes That Fit.

Jenny DeVaughn shows us how to use social media to fight cancerAmerican Cancer Society

Late Comers and Omissions

Stephen M. Geraghty-Harrison send me a post from HR Gumbo that I missed the first time around which is sort of an HR Christmas Carol.  Sorry Stephen, but you are in now, buddy!  Stephen wants to nominate the SHRM Foundation on behalf of HR Gumbo.

Speaking of SHRM, I need to add a big HRH Thank You to China Gorman for her $100 donation to this cause.  She promises she will have a blog post to use when we do this again next year.

Michael Long aka The Red Recruiter sends in a late post from his holiday travels.  Michael suggests that you punch your recruiting gloom in the face!  Michael has a charity but the link is on my phone and my phone is in the car from picking Michael up at the airport and it is pouring rain outside and ….he sent in his charity, which is Rotary!

Vinayana Talwar from Mumbai who writes the talent@coffee blog asks that I add this post about HR’s  unexpected encounters with Black Swan events.

Ruth Estwick aka HR Stalker provides a late entry via guest post on HR Junkyard.  Here are her thoughts on how HR should be walking the talk and be the Change.

Recruiting Animal sends along this audio message on Personal Chemistry In Hiring, and submits on behalf of a  cousin who has parkinsons disease via the Michael J. Fox Foundation.

Somehow I misplaced the original submission by Sarah White.  Let me correct that error now by offering you the chance to be the 85th post to the Carnival.  What a perfect day to read her take on The Gift of (thanks)GIVING.

Wendy Jacob sends along her thoughts on the personal benefits of social media.  For her charity, she submits Marie Curie Cancer Care.

Peter Gold from Hire Strategies submits a post called “who you calling stupid, stupid?“.  For his charity, he suggests cancer research. (see above)

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