• Performance I Create #PICHR – Show Us Some Love

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    Click on over and see what it’s all about

    It is my hope that most of you who are gracious enough to drop by and read some of my thoughts occasionally, find me to be an honest up-front straight shooter.  Having said that,I will cut to the chase.  This post is nothing more than an unabashed shameless self-serving plug for the multi-contributor blog site Performance I Create.  I am plugging the site because I am one of the nine contributors.  For the most part, we each contribute one post a month. This means that we have new content about every 3 or 4 days on average.

    Personally I think this is the future of blog sites (and I said so in a January 2013 post).  Somebody must be a damn good writer and have a lot to say, if  you think your readers or going to read each and every post, if you offer up 20+ posts a month.  On our site , with the variety of people, you can see different points of view, differing prospective and see content from people working in various areas of the Human Resources craft.

    Additionally, if you do not have a blog site but would like to venture into the blogging arena, we always welcome guest posts.  So check us out, and follow our twitter hashtag of  #PICHR .  I think you will find the site and my team mates to be scintillating.

     
  • Happy Mother’s Day

    Sheila phtoshopped with me. Art work by Kevin Ryan.

    Sheila photoshopped with me.
    Art work by Kevin Ryan.

    This is a blog post  as a Mother’s Day gift for my wife. HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!  However unconventional this may be, I am following along the lines of a friend of mine, Steve Browne.  Steve once got a blog – for Christmas.

    I wanted to take time out of my life and tell anyone who might come across this post that my wife is the greatest person in the world.  She has been with me since I was a misguided overgrown teenager, to where I am now, the  proud father of two wonderful young men – our children.

    We are friends, business partners and our own little self contained support group.  She puts up with me doing just about what ever I want to do, as crazy as it may be.  But she balances me too. Sometimes I head down the wrong path and she is my wisdom and my guiding light.

    She has also been a wonderful mother. She has always made sure that our family, whoever that may be – at any given time is always well cared for. Her loving ways are known by all who come in contact with her.

    It was only within this year I began to understand how tolerant she is.  As my cell phone dings and chimes and buzzes and goes through all of my social media machinations, she merely rolls her eyes now and then. What a great wife!

    I could go on but the message is clear – for nearly 35 years now – Sheila (Marrin) Ryan has  been the love of my life and the best thing that ever happened to me.  Happy Mother’s Day!

     

     
  • SHRM Atlanta Takeaways

    The exhibit hall at SHRM ATL 13

    The exhibit hall at SHRM ATL 13

    I have been back from the SHRM Atlanta conference for a couple of days now and had a chance to gather my thoughts about the event. First and foremost I would like to thank the Board of SHRM Atlanta for putting on a superb event.  It all worked;  the hotel, the meeting rooms, the exhibit hall, lunch and the tweet-up.

    There were a number of familiar faces on-site, all smiling and enjoying themselves.  It was particularly nice to run into Joe Gerstandt and Jason Lauritsen, who apparently brought down the house with their opening keynote address.  Unfortunately, I did not arrive in time to catch them. Those of us in Illinois hold Talent Anarchy in high regard.

    One thing that did jump out to me about this conference was that there was really no regionality to the event.  Any of the Atlanta sessions would have worked just as well in Albuquerque or Anchorage.  This tells me HR shares the same issues no matter where you are in the country – and probably in North America.

    Some other things that I noticed at the event were that HR folks in Hotlanta dress nicer than those in the Mid-West. Many, if not most, of the men had on coats – yeah sport coats or suits.  The women – many dresses.  I told one of my friends Deborah Herman, I expected to hear ZZ Top bust out into Sharp Dressed Man at some point.  This actually was a nice departure from what I have become used to.

    I was somewhat surprised at the continued lack of adoption of twitter by HR Pros.  I took  a look at Tweet Reach and only found 707 tweets for the event. (Although I do not know what that time frame represents.)  There were a number of the social media luminaries there, but overall I really didn’t feel the twitter big buzz.  Nonetheless, Jim Stroud and Teela Jackson took it upon themselves to do some heavy lifting on  the twitter stream for the conference.

    Probably the most interesting thing I encountered in the exhibit hall was a booth selling Pet Insurance as an employee voluntary benefit. VPI Pet had two representatives on site and they were working the crowd very well.

    I did get to attend a few sessions (so I could grab some of those old HRCI re-cert credits).  I caught the end of Joe Gerstandt doing “No, Great Minds Do NOT think Alike.”  Joe gets an A+.  I also caught Beth Miller speaking on Multi-Generational Management.  I give her a B+.  She needed to have her twitter handle out there so folks could mention her in their tweets.  And the only other session I attended was one that Teela Jackson commanded me to attend (not really).  Jennifer Mc Clure did an encore presentation of her program “From HR Leader to Business Leader.”   Her room filled up early, and there was simply no place left for anyone to sit.  So the ever gracious Jennifer did it again. A+

    Julie and I getting ready

    Then capping off the day were the last break out sessions at 3 PM on day two of the conference.  This was my reason for being there. I, along with my co-presenter Julie Moreland Senior VP from PeopleClues presented, as advertised, a highly interactive session, on HR Thinking Creatively.  I would like to thank Julie and People Clues for giving me the opportunity to work with them.  I would really also like to thank the 30 or so people who stuck around and joined in our session. It was an excellent group – diehards; each and every one of them. I do need to call a few of the folks out by name – Deborah Herman, Chris Havrilla, Lisa Watson and especially my friend Mike Haberman.  They all stuck with us, and Mike was gracious enough to talk about our presentation in one of his blog posts on SHRM ATL.  SHRM Atlanta ’13 was great experience for me. I got to visit with and make some new friends, meet up with some old friends, and I was a presenter at an awesome conference – a pretty good way to spend a couple of days out of  the office.

     

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