• Tim Sackett Day

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    Today is Tim Sackett day. Tim is a really charming guy with a fantastic sense of humor. If you have never met him, you should.  Go see him speak, hook up with him on twitter or linkedin – do it!

    Another great guy is today’s honoree of Tim Sackett day Paul Hebert.  Paul is one of the sharpest people on the planet when it comes to motivation, change and getting folks to do what they are not all that keen on doing.  Beneath that wry, gruff exterior is a one really great guy.

    Paul has been ill recently – but it appears that he is back on the road to health, and the whole HR cyberspace is elated.

    Tim and Paul, I am fortunate to know both of you and call you my friends. Tip of the hat!   You can find both of them at Fistful of Talent.

     
  • Tuesday is Pray for Paul Day

    There are not a lot of people that I have met in my life that I could go back and tag the day – and say BAM June 15, 2007 is the day I met George, but with Paul Hebert, I can do that – and it is weird.  I met Paul Hebert on Friday May 7, 2010 in the lobby bar of  theWit Hotel in Chicago. I walked into the bar and from the back side I saw this fellow with a black sport coat and this thing (pictured to the left)I2ILogoon the back of it.   Unbeknownst to me at the time was this, the guy was hawking his brand. My visit to the bar was to meet some people face to face, people that I had met on twitter. This was the night before HREvolution 2010.

    I like “some” of you often find myself gravitating toward the bar at conferences and out of town events.  It’s not because of my drinking problem, the reason  I do so is because that’s where you meet all of the cool people. At the time, I was in the company of my good friend and ILSHRM cohort John Jorgensen.   In short order, John and I met Paul, along with John Nykolaiszyn, Ruth Estwick, Chris Frede and I think Steve Boese. And for some reason unknown to me there are even more details. I ordered a beer Arrogant Bastardfrom the bar’s very diverse collection. I had an Arrogant Bastard Ale. I shared this with the group – only because it was soooo nasty!  So to come full circle this was my first meeting of Paul. How many other people can you recall that vividly of when you first met them?

    Going forward, I have had the pleasure of getting to hang out with Paul and to get to know him much better at a number of different events.  I consider him to be a good friend. He is a really sharp guy. He is a great presenter as well, not to mention just an all around good guy. Paul is going through some tough times in his personal life. Paul has cancer.  Paul also has a blog about his cancer and his cancer treatment.

    In a strange but comforting way I got an email from him announcing this situation.  I have followed it very closely as I do care about him, and hope that his will kick this cancer’s ass.  In one of his recent post, when Paul announced that a date to do surgery had been moved up, he said, he was not too proud to ask for people to think of him, send positive vibes his way, or to pray for him.

    PaulHebertWell I want to echo that sentiment, to anyone who will listen.  Tomorrow (Jan 15, 2013) is Paul’s day for surgery. I am calling it Pray for Paul Tuesday. I am asking anyone who reads this to put Paul in your prayers, your thoughts, your zen message of the day – however you send out positive vibes, do it tomorrow.

    Best of luck Paul, I know you are gonna be just fine.

     

     
  • The Future of Blogging

    It is after all the first of the year and it seems that everyone is chipping in with their two cents worth on what the future holds. Sadly I don’t know what it holds- there that’s my answer.

    Now perhaps I am better equipped to see trends, than make full-bore all out predictions, but as the title would suggest, today I am discussing blogging. Last year I became a guest blogger at Sanera Camp, and going forward I have agreed to submit posts on a regular basis there with Alicia.  Then later in the year I was offered another opportunity by Chris Ponder to be a regular contributor on the Performance I Create blog site. On a personal level, these are huge and exciting opportunities for me and I feel fortunate to be afforded them.

    On a macro sense I feel I am just part of a trend that will grow  in 2013the Multi-Contributor Blog Site.  I see this being the next direction that blogging will take.  There are many reasons for this; here are a justs few

    • The collective voice is louder than the individual voice
    • The site shares in diversity of thought
    • Each blogger brings a different audience
    • Bloggers will get cross-over followers
    • Maintaining new content is much easier
    • The volume of content expnads
    • Bloggers like all other folks like being on “Teams
    • Synergy
    • New power to promote ideas or issues

    While these are not the only reasons that someone or an organization would create a multi-contributor site, they certainly are in the forefront.

    For those of us who are embarking upon a multi-contributor site journey, we have some sites that we can look to and see how they have been successful. Each of these sites has broken new ground and have put new ideas and concepts into the thought stream.

    Fistful of Talent

    Project Social

    Women of HR

    TLNT

    Talent Culture (aka #TChat)

    HR Examiner

    If you haven’t looked at these sites, please check them out as they all contain top notch material.

    The concept of growth of the multi-contributor site  is is not just my opinion.  On a recent Drive Thru HR broadcastWilliam Tincup mentioned this while he was discussing PeformanceICreate.com  with Chris Fields (at about 14:20 into the show). William too thinks that this is a growth area for blogging.

    As I was poking around and looking  up links for this post, I found that Chris Ponder has shut down his site, xtremehr.com to dedicate his efforts to what we like to call PICHR. Is this another trend that will take place, with authors finding enough ways to contribute through other outlets and not maintaining their own site?

    -Stay tuned-

     

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