• A Hometown HR Guy

    The Illinois State Capitol in Springfield, Il.

    This blog post is part of a collection created by various Human Resources professionals. This “Carnival” of HR posts centers around the theme of HR and Home. To read the rest of the collection click here. You’ll be glad you did!

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    When people ask me  to describe my community, Springfield, IL, I tell them it is a really, really, really, really big, small town. While I was born in Ohio (which is why Steve Browne likes me so much), I moved to the Land of Lincoln at the ripe old age of 5, so you could call me a lifer here in what is affectionately called “Springpatch.”

    I work at a fairly high profile Company in the community. Mel-O-Cream Donuts has been a local tradition since 1932.   I was not here when the business started, although I have been with the Company since March of 1979.   I have been doing HR for a long time. I am familiar with many of my peers in HR in Central Illinois through SHRM and other local activities.

    All of this thrown together does define me, who I am, what I am all about and my business acumen. Yes I am in HR, but I know a lot about business, thanks to the great people that I have worked for, for many years. I understand things like EBITDA,  ROI, P&L. Having worked at the local public radio station, while I worked on an undergraduate degree, I find myself occasionally behind a camera or microphone, talking about our Company’s business. Fortunately to date I have not ever been “ripped” for some foolish or errant remark that I made. My guess is that while I am no great orator, I seldom put my foot in my mouth either.

    Through my SHRM associations I get the opportunity to speak to college classes periodically. I get asked back, so I must do at least ok, right?

    So this is not an essay on me, but rather how I fit into my community.  To speak to the premise  of this post  which ask the question, I do feel like I belong here in my town and I do have a positive impact on the community? The community has served me well, and I like to feel as though I have returned the favor. Knowing  what I know about myself, I don’t think I would find my work as rewarding if I lived in a major metropolitan area. While I am adept, I don’t see myself as the kind of guy that the Wall Street Journal would approach and ask for my take on matters – unlike my local newspaper (The State Journal – Register) who does seek me out occasionally.

    I like where I live. We have crappy winters (sometimes). The HR community in my town is awesome. There are many other great HR Pros in the area that rock and if you want to be plugged in around Central Illinois get in touch with me and I will make sure that happens.

    So to speak to the question of the post,  my community certainly does help define me in my role in HR, and I am proud of both!

    Thanks for the Carnival Victorio and don’t forget to check out the rest of the posts here .

     
  • The Perfect Christmas Card

    The Holiday Season (politically correct term for  Christmas  – from Dave the Christian) is upon us.  I think it is written in the blogger code of ethics that I must write at least one seasonal post a year. So here it is…

    We all get them every year. The Christmas card.  Now don’t mistake my sarcasm to mean that I don’t like them – because I do. I read each and every one that comes to my house, and I enjoy them.  I like the letters that some folks send, I love the pictures (where you look at them and go when did little Suzie go from being a six year old to an attractive young lady) and the cards are great too. Obviously if someone took the time to send it to me I can take the time to check it out.  But every once in while I get a belly full of how Billy made the honor roll at MIT and that Sally was made captain of the cheer leading squad, and the John just got the big promotion which allow them to buy the new house and new car, you get the drift.  Just ONCE is would be refreshing if not comical if the letter read something like this…

    Hi All –

    Well it has been a tough year at the Ryan house and quite frankly we are glad that year is coming to a close.   In case you didn’t hear the year started out with the IRS audit, and them seizing our home and all of our assets.  But with some good legal work we were able to stay in the house and keep the 15 year old truck.  They did take all of our furniture but we have picked up some nice stuff since then at various garage sales – something we enjoy doing now.

    Rover in his new look

    In March Sheila backed over Rover who was sleeping under the car. He had been ill so his time was just about up anyway. We had him stuffed and even now he still goes with us where we go.

    We attended the Company picnic in July and on the way home Dave got stopped by the Police.  He only blew a .18 so it wasn’t that bad.   And they dropped the charges on  the crack pipe they found in the ash tray.  One of the employees where Dave works had got in the truck at the picnic and smoked some crack and forgot his pipe.  We gave it back to him.

    Later in the year it seemed like things were starting to turn around after we got that nice workers comp settlement after Dave cut off one of his fingers at the factory.  But then he took the money and went to the Casino and lost it all in about 2 hours,

    We got the whole family together at Thanksgiving which was very nice.  It did get ugly though when our boys’ Danny and Kevin’s girlfriends got into a fistfight.   Thankfully Danny’s girlfriend  dropped the restraining order, so we should be able to get together with everyone again, and have a nice Christmas.

    That’s about all that’s new with us, hope you have a holiday.

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    Ok, the Ryan’s have some problems but they’re working through them.  You would at least feel better about your self after reading that.

    That’s all – Have a Merry Christmas, Happy Chanukah, Kwanzaa or what ever you might celebrate at this time of year.

     

     
  • My Next Stop in the Blogospher

    The thing that I like most about blogging is this. There is no wrong way to do it. That works well for me, because that means it is almost impossible to screw it up.  Really.  My path in the blogospher will soon be taking a new/addition path.  I am going to being posting on Performance I Create (#PICHR)  This is collaborative site started by Chris Ponder.  Recently I received an invite to join the team of bloggers he is assembling to create a revamped/larger multi-contributor blog site.   The Performance I Create team also includes

    Chris Fields | Jay Kuhns | Buzz Rooney | Steve Browne 

     Tiffiany Kuehl | Justin Harris  | Melissa Fairman

    Click on over and see what it’s all about

    I really do feel like I have a bond we these folks as I have been fortunate enough to meet five of the seven in person, and the other two are on my short list.

    This opportunity is really intriguing to me, how I have come to be in the company of some pretty bright and articulate folks. I will liken this association to golf. I am not a very good golfer, although I enjoy it immensely   If I break 100 on the course it is a good day.  But once last year I played with  three other guys that were really good and I shot a 91.  This speaks to the theory that if you hang around with, associate with or do things with folks that are better than you, they make you better.  I subscribe to this concept. So I can’t wait to get to work with these folks.

    But I still have other commitments out here in the space.  I have committed to posting at least once a month on the   Saner Camp Site. I was graciously invited,  by Alicia to contribute on this her site which speaks to small business and entrepreneurship. My topic that I write about there is firing people.  I guess you could call me the Donald Trump of the site,   I really do share my insights on terminating employment   Over the years I have gotten pretty good at it, so I am sharing some of the things about it that I have picked up.  Many small business people fortunately don’t have to let a lot of folks go, so they are inexpedient at this aspect of business.  You can find my posts over there once a month.

    Another thing I do, which by the way does not pay a dime, is this.  I am the Director of Social Media for the Illinois State Council of SHRM.  What does that mean? In a larger sense it give me a opportunity for me to hang around with a bunch of folks that are way smarter than I am, and allows me to learn from them.  The price I pay for this is being the chief blogger at the Council’s Blog Site.  We have nearly 200 posts on the site which I started back in July of 2010.  I perform a number of other functions for the council but as it relates to blogging, that is the thrust of my responsibility there.

    Then on to the HROfficial, (here) which is my site, where I post when I can, or where I post things that I think my be incendiary and could be inappropriate on other sites.   At one time I had a commitment here to publish weekly.  At the time I was blogging in tandem with my friend Laura Schroeder and her blog Working Girl.  As part of Project Social,  an initiative put together by Ben Eubanks and Victorio Milan. As of late Laura and I have not been blogging together, although we both say we would like to. She claims work, kids and her husband  are all getting in the way, and then she also blogs over at the Compensation Cafe.   I guess I can believe her life does get complicated.

    And as long as I put together Dave’s history of blogging I have to mention three folks who really got me going . The first is Jessica Miller-Merrell who first offered me the opportunity to guest post on her site Blogging4Job, ever heard of it?   The second person who has really shown me the ropes of blogging and is still out there doing it is Mike Vandervort.  Mike’s site is The Human Race Horses. And lastly my young friend Ben Eubanks has also been a great help to me with blogging for all of  his technical knowledge. Without Jessica, Mike and Ben’s  guidance,encouragement and wisdom I would not have an opportunity like I have today to be a new addition to the Performance I Create  stable of bloggers.

    I am excited about this. I will continue to honor all of my committments, so if the postings diminish it will most likely be here.  But, you can still find me out her blogging at several other sites.

    Thanks to all of you who do look at what I write, I appreciate that very much.