Today, New Year’s Eve day is the midway point between the beginning of 2010 and the end of 2011. This is a great vantage point to look back on the year that is coming to a close and forward to the year that is in front of us.

As I look back at the year and two things really jump out at me. First my oldest son graduated from college with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineer from M.S. & T (formerly University of Missouri – Rolla).   Yes I am proud of him, but I am happier now because he is largely self sufficient.  It is my understanding that now as parent though I must pay for his cell phone forever, and car insurance until about age 30 or so.  The second thing is that I have become immersed in social media.

From tweeting as DavetheHRCzar to Facebook to 400+ connections on Linkedin I am knee deep – and loving it.  As I speak about social media, I question why am I so interested or involved.  I now know the answer. It is this.  I have really met some great, wonderful, kind, caring, sharing, open, smart, fun people through all forms of social media.  It has been my good fortune to have an opportunity to meet many of these folks face to face throughout 2010, in attending HREvolution, the SHRM National Convention, the SHRM Leadership Conference and the Illinois SHRM State Conference.

I can honestly says that everyone I have come to know via Social Media has been exactly who they were on-line and they all were good people.  The best tweet I put out this year was after the SHRM Leadership Conference. It was this… My biggest takeaway from #SHRMlead10 was this.  People who tweet are fun people. That’s it – and it is true.

My involvement in social media has been my choice but I have had much encouragement and guidance from my good friend John Jorgensen, and I would be remiss to not mention him.

Looking forward to 2011 I see new communities of Human Resources maturing. One could say that SHRM had a tough year in 2010 loosing two key leaders and being the butt end of many posts and conversations.   I don’t think this spells the end of SHRM as we know if, but I think we will see smaller, more focused groups begin to more clearly emerge. Many of the workings of these groups are already in place or are developing.. I am speaking of the unconference events, the recruiting conferences, things that all are becoming more mainstream- and less expensive than the grand-daddy SHRM National.

A second change I see on the horizon is more of a convergence of the smart-phone –PDA and the personal computer.  The Ipad and the Kendal are at the forefront of this now, but I think by the end of 2011 there will be a major change with this and wireless technology.  I am not sure what it is going to be or what it might be, but the technology in this area seems to be advancing more rapidly each passing day.

And lastly in closing I predict that Sarah Palin will be offered the CEO position at SHRM, but she will decline to host her own talk show  focusing on reality television personalities.