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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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Laurie Ruettimann, Raymond Chandler, and……….

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Goodbye Punk Rock HR

Tomorrow will be Laurie Ruettimann’s last post on Punk Rock HR.

Hey Laurie, I just wanted to say thanks for sharing so much of yourself with all of us, and for breaking ground in a bunch of different ways in our profession, and for being my friend and supporting my blog over the past 3 years.   I appreciate it more than you know.

It’s been fun, and I can’t wait to see you in Orlando at HR Florida.  #fact

Hello Cynical Girl

Looking forward to seeing what comes next!

Raymond  Chandler?

Oh yeah, he wrote some book about an encounter with a drunk that brings both adventure and trouble to the life of a cynical middle-aged private detective.

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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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SHRM 2010 – My second 48 hours, otherwise known as “Are you on Tweeter?”

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Random Recaps from San Diego

The first ever SHRM/ Monster Tweetup was a Monster Top Shelf kickass production.   Attendance was estimated at 350.   Drinks were flowing.  Elvis Paninis were rocking the snack trays of serving staff.   Robin Schooling continued her 2010 Apple electronics grab by winning an iPad.  I saw a lot of old friends, and met a lot of new potential social media fans.  You can check out a lot of pictures from the event on the Monster Social Flickr page.  We are working on a similar event for HR Florida in August. Stay tuned for more details on that soon!

Gerry Crispin was kind of enough to share some of his valuable time with me this week.   We enjoyed great wine at the wine bar at Andaz Hotel (6th Street and F ave. in San Diego), and then had a fabulous dinner at a place called Kemo Sabe.  The food was delicious, and every plate was a work of art.

If you don’t already know, Gerry is a bit a foodie, and enjoys interesting conversation, which is obviously why he invited along with his group of friends from New Jersey.  (kidding)  Gerry is also one of the smartest HR people walking the planet, and offered me some great advice on a number of things as we talked, for which I am very grateful.

From Drop Box

A lot stuff was going on behind the scenes at this conference.  I  did a few vendor interviews which may turn into blog posts over the weekend, but the most interesting stuff for me was watching what was happening around the SHRM social media efforts.   It wasn’t all perfect, but Curtis Midkiff is doing good stuff, and it will get better.  I look  forward to next year when he has been there for a while.  SmartBrief and Monster worked with SHRM to do some great stuff as well.

I became the very first follower of new tweeter Lon O’Neil aka @SHRMCEO.  After Lon mentioned the Tweetup in his opening day speech, a few yelps of enthusiasm from my deat mate, @blogging4jobs prompted one of our HR brethren to turn and ask her (after staring) “Are you on Tweeter?”

I spoke to SHRM volunteer chapter leaders along with Laurie Ruettimann, Bryan Wempen, and Curtis from SHRM.  You can see video that Laurie shot with her flip cam at the bottom of the post.

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SHRM 2010 – My first 48 hours

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Random thoughts from San Diego

I have actually been in San Diego for about 50 hours, but hanging out and around the SHRM Conference for 48 hours.   I haven’t been to a session yet.    I am trying to see portions of the conference from a different perspective.   So, if I am not going to session and building my professional credentials, what have I been observing and doing?

Lots of stuff, some of it even a little significant.  Here are my observations in no particular order.

Steve Forbes  as a Keynote was pretty boring after starting out with some humorous promise.  You would think that even in a recession a media guru rich guy like Forbes could afford to hire someone to help him  update and customize his old stump speech.  It was disappointing.  I had much more fun watching the twitter back channel from John Hollon, Laurie Ruettimann, and Jerry Albright, as well as others. Check #SHRM10 to see what I mean.

SHRM’s social media effort is taking place all around me here in the social media lounge, which is a nice work space, except they are also doing filming for Smartbrief/Monster in the same room.  This makes it sort of difficult to be very social when people are frequently shouting “quiet on the set”.  It is an efficient use of space and I appreciate having a place to work, but it is tough to talk.  The rest of the SHRM initiative is still too embryonic to assess, but it looks promising.

Conference attendance has made a fabulous comeback.  There are several hundred more people here this year than last year in New Orleans.

The exposition hall is busy and vibrant.  I haven’t grabbed much swag, but a lot of people are giving away Kindles and iPads.  It is a good showing.

Networking and Social Activity is good with a lot of small intimate dinners, hallway conversations, and interaction with people on the blog squad, or in the press room.

The weather in San Diego is kind of crappy, on a relative basis, with a lot of gray sky, called “June Gloom” by local residents.  I was expecting the legendary golden rays, so this is kind of a surprise, even though apparently normal.

Tonight is the first ever SHRM Tweetup, sponsored by the kind folks at Monster.  It should be fun and interesting to see how that goes over.  I will be getting there around 7:30 after going on a harbor cruise sponsored by Beyond.com.

More tomorrow.

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On the Road Again….to #SHRM10 in San Diego

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Getting to #SHRM10 by flying Delta Airlines from TPA to LAX….

and then a short jump down to San Diego, where I will be delivering a multimedia stream from #SHRM10 that will include articles, tweets, pictures, and YouTube updates, and possibly a surprise or two.

So far, plans include:

and the infamous, more!  See ya from the beautiful downtown San Diego!

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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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Every person tells a story

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Sad stories brought to life

Laurie Ruettimann wrote about the mine workers killed in West Virginia yesterday on her blog.   In response to her story, I wrote about my grand-father in the comment section of her blog.  Here is what I said:

My grandfather has been dead for 20 years. I still can’t get my head around the idea that he dropped out of school in the 6th grade to go to work in a coal mine to shovel two tons of coal daily for 50 cents. He had to do this to help support his family. A 6th grader shoveling coal….for survival.

Even more difficult for me to get my head around is the fact that he got out of there. He drove a school bus and hauled fuel oil to farm homes, and learned to install furnaces and make duct work, and that was what he did for most of his adult life until he retired.

Hard to imagine we still need to do things that way today.

Today, Chris Brogan wrote about the importance of story in our lives, and a book he loves, Donald Miller’s A Million Miles in a Thousand Years. Brogan loves this book.

The book is about story, but it’s not exactly a book about writing. It’s about seeing your life like a story. It’s about living a better story. It’s about learning how to be present and interact in your life’s story.

Quite simply: it’s the type of book that can help you change your life, if you’re willing to do the work.

The stories of our life matter

Ruettimann and Brogan are great examples of writers who can find the heart of story and bring it to life.    This is a gift.  This is why the little stories of our life matter.    It is entirely possible that no one else in the world cares about my dead grandfather and his 6th grade coal shoveling experience, brought on by the harsh realities of World War I, and the Great Depression.

I have to admit, even I don’t know the full story, just the general arc, but his story is profoundly important to me.    Why?

It reminds me where I came from.  It reminds of the kindness and love I shared with my grandfather growing up.  It makes me pause in amazement when I actually take the time to stop and consider what it must have been like to get up in the dark every day and go off to a dark and dangerous hole in the ground with your older brothers, and go to work for the entire day – shoveling two tons of coal daily just to earn $2.50 for the entire week, just to help feed your family.

I haven’t shoveled that much of anything in my entire life.

My grandfather’s story also reminds me that he got out of the mine – despite the lack of a formal education, and without any real financial means, except a willingness to work harder than most, my grandfather rose above these powerfully depressing circumstances and built a modest middle class life for himself, and his family.

Right now, the story of mining is one of tragedy.  Hopefully someday, the families of the miners killed last week can look back at the arc of the lives of their relatives and take something other than pain from that story.

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Sunday shoutout: HR Florida State Conference and Expo

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2010 Event Planning season is now open

Give me an H!  Give me an R!  what does it spell?  Ummm –  HR!

Okay, maybe that doesn’t work, but it is time to start supporting your state HR conference planning teams around the country as they get ready to launch their various events.

I am not just cheering for HR Florida. This year, I am a part of the team.

I spent one day last week at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort working on planning for the 2010 HR Florida State Conference and Expo.   I am a member of the Programs Committee, which is headed up by Lori Goldsmith, SPHR, GPHR.    We begin choosing presentations for concurrent session next week.  Our conference chair is Carol McDaniel of Hodes.  Other members of the panel you might know from their involvement with social media include Heather Vogel, who writes the HR Whisperer blog,  Stephen Harrison, the social media guru for HR Florida, and the brains behind HR Gumbo, Toni Mayros, who is influential in working with HR students on social media, and  Joyce Chastain who also blogs on HR Gumbo.

Most of the other conference planning committee  members have twitter accounts as well, and they “get” the importance of social media within the HR profession.  They also understand how social media can be utilized on many levels by an organization, including member outreach, communication and collaboration as part of the conference planning process, marketing, and others.

In fact, they get it so well, that they have made me responsible for organizing a blogging team that will be a part of the event.   Last year, I was part of a similar group that was organized by Sharlyn Lauby.   The 2009 HR Florida blogging alumni group also included Kris Dunn, Jessica Lee, Laurie Ruettimann, and Michael Long.

I think I have put together an awesome group for 2010 (even if I do say so myself!), which includes Steve Boese, Trish McFarland, William Tincup, Franny Oxford, and the most influential digital HR person on the planet, Mark Stelzner.

This HR street blogging team will be an interactive part of the conference via presentations, a panel, a tweetup, an HR Florida episode of  HR Happy Hour (hopefully), and attending events with the conference planning committee.  I think you are going to see some new things from this group.  Stay tuned for more details!

Oh, in case you didn’t know, 2010 has been officially designated as The Year of Steve Boese!

The fact that they get it is why I am extremely excited to be a part of the conference this year!  We have some cool stuff planned, and we will be doing some innovative things within the social media sphere as well.   Even if you live outside Florida, this is a conference event that you should get on your personal radar.  It promises to be one of the premier HR events on the East coast for 2010!

Looking for HR speaking opportunities?

We are still accepting proposal for presentations for 2010.  If you have a great topic you want to speak on, here is how you can submit for consideration.  In addition to moderating the Blogger panel this year, I will (probably) be presenting on social media and positive employee relations in the workplace.

If you are interested in sharing your experience and expertise with your colleagues at the 2010 HR Florida Conference and Expo, you may do do by submitting a proposal here.

Registering for HR Florida State Conference and Expo

Registration for this event is now open.  Here are the pertinent details:

The HR Florida State Conference & Expo is the annual conference of the HR Florida State Council, a state affiliate of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).  Each year the event attracts over 1,000 human resource professionals and vendors throughout the state of Florida and across the nation.  These individuals represent virtually every industry and companies ranging from small businesses to large industrial centers.

Programs presented at the annual conference cover all aspects of the SHRM Body of Knowledge:  Strategic Management, Workforce Planning, Human Resource Development, Total Rewards, Employee / Labor Relations, Compliance, Risk Management and Personal Development.  In addition to multiple educational opportunities, attendees will also be able to network with fellow human resource professionals, check out the latest and greatest services offered by an expo hall full of the top human resource vendors and have some fun at our social event.  The 2010 HR Florida State Conference & Expo will be held from August 30, 2010 to September 1, 2010 at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort in Orlando, Florida.

We look forward to another fantastic conference.

I hope you will be joining me there in August!

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Eau de Social Recruiting Summit

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It stinks that I can’t be at Social Recruiting Summit!

Good luck to everyone involved with the event today, especially my good friend Laurie Ruettimann who will be the host, whatever that means!
Attendees are in for a real treat today in that they get to see Fred Wilson speak.  Great to see someone from outside the HR sphere participating at this event.    Check out Fred’s advance presentation release below!
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