Tag Archives: Organizations

You pick’em: Who’s the best candidate for the next CEO at MOzilla?

An early Mozilla mascot
An early Mozilla mascot (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


I just posted something new over on my new blog (site is still under construction) that asks people to pick the next CEO of Mozilla should be. Click through and share your pick in the comments. Who is the perfect choice to be the next CEO at MOzilla?


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HR gets ready to rock in Ohio

2011 Ohio HR Conference gets ready to rock

Yeah, I’m going to an HR conference again this week.  Laundry is running now so I can pack tomorrow, and board my plane to Detroit on Tuesday morning.  I’m going back to Ohio this week to attend blog speak ROCK the 2011 Ohio HR Conference.

I can’t wait actually.  I have never been to a conference in Ohio, even though I was born in Ohio, and have previously lived and worked in the state.  I love the theme and the tone, and am really looking forward to hanging out with the smart peeps from the Buckeye State.

A quick look at some of the tips for attending the big show will give you a good idea of how the conference theme of “HR Rocks” runs throughout the event:

  • Rock and Roll dress code – With the theme this year of HR Rocks, the Committee is dressing more casually.  You’ll probably see [staff] in jeans and you are more than welcome to be casual with us.
  • It’s a Mosh Pit, not anExhibit Hall for vendors!  Make sure to bring plenty of business cards with you to give out to other attendees as you network, and also to connect with our amazing Resource Partners in the Mosh Pit (Exhibit Hall).
  • Rock and Roll Stars! – Don’t miss our phenomenal pre-conference session with Mark Stelzner talking about Social Media and HR at 10:00am.
  • Encores – Our Encore Sessions will start right after our headliner and you can see the whole schedule here at this link: http://www.ohioshrm.org/hr_conf/program.cfm. You may want to plan your schedule to catch the acts that you’d like to see.
  • I want my MTV, kind of – A really cool event this year is that YOU can be a Rock Star yourself if you and your friends enter our Rock Band (the video game) contest !!  Great prizes and a chance to shine and perform are yours !!!
I’ll be speaking about HR, social and brand stuff.  Drop by and see me.  Say hello. I am there to meet you and network.  And by all means, Rock on HR.
A, O, way to go, Ohio….
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What’s for breakfast this morning?

The Question Is What Is the Question?
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A bowl full of questions

I don’t really have a post today.   I haven’t been writing much in April.  I have some other stuff on my mind – developing an important presentation for my boss,  developing some material for a new secret project I am working on with Jay Kuhns, and a few other things.

What I really have today is a question.   It isn’t an overly complex question.

What would you do if you were suddenly faced with the opportunity to step away from the daily work of HR?

Would you?   Could you?  Should you?

I had an interesting discussion about this with someone the other day.  I am not sure what my own answer would be.

Care to share yours?

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Employment Lawyer Sing-along

I ran across this video from the Manpower Employment Blawg today, and got a laugh out of it. I thought you might do the same.

You will never experience legal problems again after you listen to this, because it will never leave your brain until your eyes bleed, and your brain runs out your ear.


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Baring it all for charity

Men of HR Calendar is here!

From Drop Box

A while back, Bill Boorman sent me a DM on Twitter asking me if I would be interested in participating in charity fund raising idea – a calendar featuring the Men of HR.  He also explained the qualifications – a camera, and a good sense of humor.   After I finished chortling and guffawing at the idea of any asking me to pose for a calendar, I asked jokingly asked Bill if it was a “full monty” type of calendar., because if it was, I didn’t qualify.    As it turns out, only a partial Monty was necessary.

If you would like to get a copy of this one-of-a-kind calendar, you can order it here.   Proceeds from the calendar will go towards the Haitian relief effort and towards fighting male cancer via a charity called Orchid which plays a leading role in the fight against male cancer through research and awareness and by supporting patients.

Go ahead, have some fun.  Order your calendar today!

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HR Carnival to aid Haiti: Do a little research!

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What can we do to help right now in Haiti?

On January 27th, I will be featuring a special edition of the HR Carnival intended to provide assistance in Haiti.  You can help.   I am not asking for your money this time, just that you do a little research.    Details can be found below.  Chris Brogan has agreed to help out.  Can I count on you?

Here is a challenge for human resources professionals who blog or who are web savvy.

Let’s use the HR Carnival format to help focus donations to the most immediate needs in Haiti.

It may sound crazy, but here is how we could make that happen.

  1. Select a charity that is soliciting donations for aid in Haiti
  2. Apply your HR and social media skills by doing a “back ground check” on that organization.  Here is a great place to start your research.
  3. Write up your findings, positive or negative, and post them on your blog no later than January 26th.
  4. Send me your links, and I will aggregate them into a special HR Car­nival for Haiti here on January 27th.  Send the link information to me at michael.vandervort@gmail.com

If you don’t want to do some investigation and recommendation, profile a charity  anyway, or share your thoughts on what else people can do to aid the situation in Haiti.

Personally, I am going to do a profile of Doctors without Borders.

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Location matters (key words too!)

65.365 - More Porn for Women: Dinner n' Dishes
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Me and porn

I wrote a post on iPhones potentially being used to bring pornography into the workplace in the near future.  I thought this would be of some interest to HR peeps.  About 55 people came around to take a look at it here.

I posted the same article with a couple of changes this morning on the Tampa Workplace Examiner site that I write for a few times a week.  As of 9:30 PM EST, over 2200 people had read it over there.

That officially makes a throwaway post the most widely read thing I have ever written!  I am not sure what that says about me, my various audiences, and my writing!   I made over $20 from that post though!  I’ll take it.

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