This year I headed out to the SHRM Leadership conference with a bit of trepidation.  There was a bit of uncertainty in the air about “the memo.”   Upon arrival my fears seemed to be somewhat justified as the vibe was somewhat muted.  The number of attendees seemed to be down compared to previous years, so from the get go it seemed somewhat ominous.

On Thursday Outgoing Board Chairman Rob Van Cleave spoke to the group and there was no talk or mention of “the memo.” 

While there are a number of attendees who are involved in new media at the conference, my sense is that many folks view us as a lunatic fringe element that is hell bent on causing problems. I don’t see it that way at all.  We are concerned for SHRM like you would be a family member that’s ill. Our concern is born out of passion for the organization and what we do.  

With “the memo” it is like we hear that our Uncle SHRM has cancer and damn it we want to know about that. 

Well yesterday my friend Jeff Williams took the conversation to the sources.  While visiting the mothership on Duke Street Jeff proceeded to approach Mr. Van Cleave and ask him straight up about the matter (read his post here).

What we found out is that, he will discuss it with the state council leaders on Saturday.  I guess to use a figure of speech HIIPA rules are preventing him from discussing sick Uncle SHRM with the whole family.  He will talk to the family elders on Saturday and hopefully we will all feel better about old Uncle SHRM.