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Finale

Endings and beginnings

“Everything has to come to an end, sometime.” 
― L. Frank BaumThe Marvelous Land of Oz  

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New blog, same dude.

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I started the Human Race Horses blog on July 14, 2007.   Since then I have published 1,530 posts of which a few were alright.  This post which is #1531 published on April 20, 2014 will be my last on this blog. Thanks for reading some of the stuff I’ve shared over the years.

“There’s a trick to the ‘graceful exit.’ It begins with the vision to recognize when a job, a life stage, or a relationship is over — and let it go. It means leaving what’s over without denying its validity or its past importance to our lives. It involves a sense of future, a belief that every exit line is an entry, that we are moving up, rather than out.” 
― Ellen Goodman

Starting tomorrow, I’ll be publishing stuff on my new eponymously titled, more brand friendly blog. Http://MichaelVanDervort.com. I hope you’ll join me there.

Where did Human Race Horses come from anyway?

Sometimes the best way to end is at the beginning, so let’s close this thing down the way it started.  Here’s the story behind the name of the blog – How it became the Human Race Horses.

The story: When I was working with Texas Instruments, our Vice President of Human Resources when he told a story about how much he enjoyed calling from Dallas Texas to Versailles….no, not the palace in France, but Versailles, Kentucky, which is pronounced phonetically….Vur Sales. TI owned a facility there and there was a woman who worked in the HR department whose name has faded into my past, but whom Chuck the HR VP loved to hear answer the phone, because he said it always sounded to him like she was saying: “Hello, Human Race Horses, may I help you?” He was sorely disappointed that he never got to see those special race horses run around the track, although he did say that Versailles, like the rest of TI had excellent human workers, and he made do with visiting them.

In the nearly 18 years since I first heard that story, I don’t think the race run by humans at work has slowed down, and in fact, while Chuck the VP is no longer with TI, and the Texas Instruments business I worked for has been transformed fantastically, some things do remain constant. The pace of the race for human capital has increased at just as fast a pace as the levels of technology have within business, and we are at the beginning of another fantastic leap into the future. It may be HR 2.0 or HR 3.0 or just on-going process of change that drives business today, but many techniques and tools we utilize today to hire, train, develop, and retain talent are changing faster than the employees or the HR professionals that support them can assimilate.

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A blog by any other name is still a blog!

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I need some help with my brand…

I have an incredibly busy weekend – a continuation of the work that has kept me fully occupied since mid-October.  Fortunately, I will get a week away from it all starting Monday.

In my absence, I have lined up a few guest bloggers who have been kind enough to share some of their excellent work for me to run here on HumanRaceHorses.

I am hoping to have stuff from Franny Oxford, Trish Mcfarlane, Benjamin McCall, Bill Boorman, and Jeremy Shapiro, Senior VP with Hodes.

Speaking of HR and Race Horses, I am trying to make a minor branding decision.  Does it make more sense to refer to the blog as Human Race Horses or HumanRaceHorses?  I’d appreciate your thoughts in the comments or on twitter.

How my blog got this name

And speaking of branding, did you ever wonder how I came up with such a stupid name for my blog in the first place?

Here is a bit of nostalgia.   My very first blog post on HRH from July 14. 2007

What does HR have to do with Race Horses?

Nothing on one level except a story to open my blog, and a lot at a another level all together.

The story: When I was working with Texas Instruments, our Vice President of Human Resources at the time told a story about how much he enjoyed calling from Dallas Texas to Versailles….no, not the palace in France, but Versailles, Kentucky, which is pronounced phonetically….Vur Sales. TI owned a facility there at the time, and there was a woman who worked in the HR department whose name has faded into my past, but whom Chuck the HR VP loved to hear answer the phone, because he said it always sounded to him like she was saying: “Hello, Human Race Horses, may I help you?” He was sorely disappointed that he never got to see those special race horses run around the track, although he did say that Versailles, like the rest of TI had excellent human workers, and he made do with visiting them.

In the nearly 18 years since I first heard that story, I don’t think the race run by humans at work has slowed down, and in fact, while Chuck the VP is no longer with TI, and the Texas Instruments business I worked for has been transformed fantastically, some things do remain constant. The pace of the race for human capital has increased at just as fast a pace as the levels of technology have within business, and we are at the beginning of another fantastic leap into the future. It may be HR 2.0 or HR 3.0 or just on-going process of change that drives business today, but many techniques and tools we utilize today to hire, train, develop, and retain talent are changing faster than the employees or the HR professionals that support them can assimilate.

Take the following quick quiz:

1. What is an HR Wiki and what do they do?
2. What is a VLOG?
3. Have you ever recruited via podcast?
4. What is a streaming resume?
5. What good does it do to have Xing?
6. Are any of your employees nearshored?
7. What is a LION? (hint: they don’t live at the zoo anymore)

Answers to come in a day or so…

Michael VanDervort
Tampa Florida USA
http://www.linkedin.com/in/michaelvandervort

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