• Chris Ponder A High Impact Dude

    Chris Ponder (R) after a tough mudder competition.

    Chris Ponder (R) after a tough mudder competition.

    In addition to my personal blog site here at the HROfficial, I also have written a bunch at the ILSHRM site.  But in reality I am most proud of the stuff I have written at www.performanceIcreate.com . This is a site with a bunch of other great people who I hold in high regard.

    One of them recently decided to throw in the towel.  My friend Chris Ponder (pictured to the left) has decided to hang up his blogging jock, and maybe even his #HR jock too.

    These had to have been tough choices for him, because I have known him for several  years and he has always been quite passionate about everything that he does.   Both he and I have been on this social media, blogging thing since 2009 – that’s 6 blogging years (they are like dog years).

    I can’t let Chris off the spot without a story and some well wishes.  So, I recall, while attending #LASHM in 2014 Chris was supposed to present at the conference.  His flight got canceled, then a later new flight got rerouted, and then he ended up driving in from New Orleans to Baton Rouge, without his luggage or much sleep.  Chris was in his (travel attire) shorts still. Undeterred he did his presentation and was a big hit with one and all. This guy is a beast!

    I was invited to write at PIC by both, Chris Ponder and Chris Fields, (the two Chrises).  It has been a good fit for me personally and I am thankful for the opportunities and the friendships that this has presented to me.  I would like to publicly thank Chris Ponder for his friendship, leadership and willingness to put himself “out there.”

    I am not sure where Chris is going but I know where ever he ends up he will be a high impact dude. Godspeed my friend!

     
  • Observations from TNSHRM13

    Compared to most other SHRM state conferences this one is large. I am told that there were nearly 1200 people in attendance.  That is big.  The location for the event moves around the state on a four year cycle. It goes from Memphis to Nashville, to Knoxville to Chattanooga.  The story is that Nashville always draw best due to it central location.

    TNSHRM seems to have more men in attendance than most other state or the national conference. I would say it looked like about a 50/50 mix men to women here.  Most other events seem to favor women 75/25; just check the bathroom lines at any of the events and you will see what I mean.tweetdeck

    The venue of the Opryland hotel (a Gaylord Property) is amazing.  The atrium area is huge and simply amazing. Go on line and check it out. My attempt to describe to describe it would not do it justice.

    HR issues in the macro sense do not change from state to state. Employee engagement, turnover, diversity issues and hiring practices are concerns in all 50 states.  You will see virtually the same agenda in Ohio, Wisconsin,  Tennessee or Illinois.

    Tennessee SHRM has done an excellent job of assembling a great staff of unpaid volunteers. They are all friendly, dedicated and immensely competent. Kudos one and all!

    Monday’s lunch was served buffet and hot. It was good and the seating was plentiful.

    The exhibition hall is rocking.  There are the peaks and valleys when sessions are going on (slow in the hall) and when they are out (rocking in the hall).  The traffic is good. I am guessing that there are 150+ vendors, making the event big but not too big.

    The last thing is to reflect upon is social media and it conference interaction.  I know from the people I have been working with that they have worked diligently attempting to give social media a large presence at this event.  They have done an excellent job. They admit that there is more to do, but due to their perseverance they have shown the TNSHRM board that there is merit and value into using social media as a way to both promote the event and interact with participants and vendors.  The Social Media team here in Tennessee is feeling positive about their efforts as I feel they should.

    Today is full day number two.  I think things will only get better on Tuesday. At this point if I could change one thing about TNSHRM13… I am not sure what that might be.   More to come…

     
  • TNSHRM13 – Volunteers make it Happen

    Nashville , TN – September 15, 2013…

    The Social Media Team is assembled.  We are here to do our thing.  We will support the conference, its

    IMG_2214organizers, its sponsors and all of the volunteers who help pull off an event like this. I had been meeting with the team, having dinner and a drink or two. We are good to go!

    On my way back to my room, I thought I would check out the digs one more time.  The conference hall (for the exhibitors) was coming together nicely.  It looks like most of the hardware is in place. The displays were set. The signs for the am sessions were ready.

    Then I walked down by the registration desk to see three women there.  These three  women who were  there, were there when I registered at about 2 PM. It was now pushing 8 PM, and they were going to be there until 9 PM.  I stopped to chat with them.  They were still all smiles and most courteous.

    I asked them if they would chat with me a bit.  They did.  They are Aimee Hull,  Shannan Duggin and Verta Ross.  Aimee and Verta were co-chairs for registration and  finance. Shannan’s official role is as a chapter management professional.    These ladies had been on-site since 6:30 am and were working until 9 PM.   At my shop those kind of hours are grievance material. These ladies were still happy and smiling.

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    Verta, Shannan and Aimee (L to R)

    So if  you see  Aimee, Shannan or Verta during the conference, or any one of the TNSHRM volunteers goes out of their way to help you or make you feel welcome, tell them this.  “Thanks, I appreciate your efforts and volunteerism!” These three and many others like them are the people that really make these conferences happen.  When asked why do you do this, Verta responded, like this, “Because it’s fun and I get to meet people from around the state.  It allows me to give back to the organization that has allowed me to develop.”

    So during the conference know this, it is volunteers like this that make these conferences happen.  They don’t get much out of it, other than the satisfaction of knowing they did their job well.

    Please treat them accordingly!

     
  • The MTSHRM Tale of Two Dans

    I have been active on twitter since 2009 and on LinkedIn since 2007.  One of the things I love about both of these platforms is the social aspect of them.  It is another way to meet people.  One of the people I have met and befriended this way is named Dan Ryan.   Dan lives in Nashville.   I have a son named Dan Ryan, he lives In Memphis.  Two Dan Ryan’s both live in Tennessee.

    DanRyanLinkedInPageI sought out Nashville Dan’s assistance out after son Dan’s girlfriend moved to Memphis and was in need of employment.  You see Nashville Dan is in the recruiting and employment business.

    As it turns out I found out Nashville Dan grew up right here,in Central Illinois,  in the area where I grew up and still reside.  Small world huh?  I had several conversations with Nashville Dan, about Memphis Dan’s significant other. Ultimately she did find employment. Nashville Dan was most helpful in contacting folks about her, although he knew nothing much about me, other than we shared the same last name and we both worked in Human Resources.

    Along the way Nashville Dan and I had several conversations.  He and I discussed how he might present at ILSHRM.   For whatever reason that did not happen in 2013, perhaps it might happen in 2014.  I really wanted to have an opportunity to get to meet him, and do something to assist him.

    This all came to came back to me last week.  After a couple phone conversation about MTSHRM, I thought  I am going to be in Nashville at a BIG TIME SHRM event.  I would almost bet, for sure, that Nashville Dan will be there.   So I reached out to him last week via LinkedIn.   Guess what, not only is Dan going to be at MTSHRM, he is going to be presenting at a breakout session.   Dan told me about this, and I responded back and told him I will be there to meet him and tweet his session – that’s what I do!

    DanRyanSessionAtMTSHRM

    So  Mr. Ryan I am looking forward to meeting you in real life, as we say – and getting to sit in on your session as part of the MTSHRM Social Media Pit Crew. I can’t wait!

     
  • Come See Us in The Hive

    SmartBarSHRM13Working in The Hive has been an exhilarating experience. It has given me the opportunity to meet new people and help them work through some issues.

    Most people do not want to bare their souls and tell the world, I don’t know – I don’t understand. I don’t. It is hard to do. But sometimes, that its the only way to get to understand a matter. Many of the folks who stop by The Smart Bar are looking for answers to what they perceive as being “stupid questions.”

    Those of us who participate in social media know the dangers of calling ourselves “experts.” It is nearly impossible to be an expert in something that is continually evolving. So we are not experts. We can however, be well practiced, like a doctor practicing medicine. And we do enjoy sharing our love of communicating, sharing and networking. We are not cliquish, or condescending, we are welcoming and by and large friendly. We are active SHRM volunteers and would love to answer your questions or help you. If you have questions about technology or social media, stop by and see us and we will do our best to help you out.

    Hope to see you in The Hive.

     
  • #SHRM13 The Big Show in Chicago

    From SHRM 12 In Atlanta

    From SHRM 12 In Atlanta

    The time is at hand… The Big Show (a.k.a. The SHRM National  Annual Conference) starts this weekend in Chicago.  If you have attended one of these, you KNOW how over the top this event is. If you have NEVER ATTENDED and are not attending this year do yourself a favor and plan to attend in 2014. In my time I have been fortunate enough to attend five of them.

    One of the bits of information I have gleaned over the years is this. There are only a handful of cities that can accommodate an event of this magnitude.  Having a large enough conference hall and enough hotel rooms are the limiting factors.  In the last few years the conference has had around 15,000 attendees and probably on the order of 18,000 people on site, between the vendors, presenters and support staff.

    But why, why do HR people move via planes, trains and automobiles to congregate with one and other?  I know of several reasons.  One reason is strategic credit hours.  Typically the conference will offer up about 15 hours of the coveted strategic hours.  This will complete the requirements for those holding an SPHR certification.  A second reason is to check out the latest and greatest HR offerings (this would be the exhibition hall).    Others like Dwane Lay and Laurie Reuttimann visit the exhibition hall simply for the swag.

    The Big Show always offer MEGA Name Keynote speakers… Jack Welch, Tom Brokaw, Condoleezza Rice, Colin Powell – you get the drift. Rumor has it these folks command MEGA bucks for thier services too. Besides the keynote sessions there are dozens if not hundreds of break out sessions. You can attend a session on virtually any subject remotely related to the HR field.  Many of the presenters are looking to get noticed and pick up additional speaking gigs with other SHRM organizations (Local Chapters and State Councils). It is also a good place for those who book speakers to preview what they might be buying.

    There is one other main reason why people attend this event – NETWORKING.  If you want to meet people in the HR biz, it doesn’t get any better than this.  You can network your ass off!  For me, after years of networking a by-product of that activity is friendships.  So it almost goes without saying, that after years of networking in the this community the conference gives many of us an opportunity to re-connect (socialize, drink, eat and tell tall tales). Which, in-turn, makes the conference several days of severe sleep deprivation.

    Starting Saturday, I will be on site at McCormick place.  I am part of the 80 per social media team for the event.  I will be tweeting, blogging (here), and posting to Facebook and Google +.  If you can’t attend this year, follow the streams and attend the event virtually – so you can get warmed up for next year.

    Chicago bound….

     
  • 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-

     

    Photo credits to http://www.armchairbea.com

     

     
  • BNHRC – Why I’m Attending

    While I am not a hugely prolific blogger, I do post regularly here and at the Illinois SHRM site.  I try keep my SHRM posts to business and HR related. However I do afford myself the luxury to rave out or discuss things that might not cut the HR mustard for a strictly HR related site here at the HR Official.

    Having said that today I wanted to talk about an upcoming meeting at the Bloomington Normal Human Resources Council (BNHRC) that I will be attending on Wednesday September 26.  I have written another post about this which ran recently on the ILSHRM site.  Today I wanted to talk about the how and the why of the conference (Social Media Strategies for HR).

    I believe I was invited, for a number of reasons, some of those are

      • I am good friends with one of the organizers
      • I am the Director of Social Media of the Illinois State Council of SHRM
      • I do know a few things about Social Media & HR
      • When I attend events I help promote them nicely on Twitter & Facebook
      • I have actually used Social Media in recuiting in a small 1-2 person HR Shop
      • I am a good networker and help people to connect
      • (Possible) I have a cool twitter avatar (thanks to my son)

    That the how, now for the why, why do I want to attend

    • I like to travel and it’s not too far
    • I get to hear Jennifer Mc Clure speak
    • I like to meet new people (call it networking if you like)
    • Bloomington is close enough I can recruit from the area
    • All of the people I have met from BNHRC are great
    • I want to support my friends from BNHRC
    • It is part of my gig as SM Director for ISC SHRM

    There is one last reason, why I, so much enjoy attending conferences/meetings/seminars. My reason is a stolen idea (just like we do at conferences). I once heard blogger and good friend, Mike Vandervort asked, “Why do you do all this?”  (The questioner was referring to Mike’s involvement in social media, SHRM, speaking, blogging, etc.)

    His succinct answer was this, “It keeps me learning?”

    I am trying. Are you?

     
  • Review of Social Gravity

    Recently on a trip to Florida I was afforded the opportunity to read Social Gravity. The book is an excellent read.   For the purposes of full disclosure, I must admit that I am friends with the authors. I have come to know them through their public speaking engagements, and my involvement with some of the organization that have paid them to speak at events.

    From my experience the authors,  Joe Gerstandt and Jason Lauritesen did it differently than most folks out on the speaking circuit. It seems that most authors write a book and then go out on the road to promote their book.  These two guys have worked their way up from the trenches and now are addressing audience of 1000+ people.  Now they have a book under their belt. The book is very representative of the way and the type of subjects that these guys speak about.

    The book Social Gravity speaks to the intersection of networking, social media applications and a changing workplace.  Throughout the book, they ask the reader to make lists, action plans or perform evaluations by listing items. It is somewhat reminiscent of a seminar (of one).

    In the book they push the reader to identify how they network, as well as how they feel about networking in general. And so after a little bit of introspection, then Jason and Joe unabashedly tell you how it really works.  Next they throw the subject of technology on top of networking.

    With your new found knowledge the authors then push you to use you this knowledge as they fully explain what the Six Laws of Social Gravity are and how to use them to your advantage.

    I enjoyed the book. I got a lot out of it. And these guys to me,  are like an old favorite band. Whenever they put out a new recording I would purchase it – no questions asked.  Whether in person or in print Joe and Jason have a track record of putting out great material.

    I think you should buy and read this book!

     
  • August SHRMChat Talking Communication

    Joan Ginsberg has done such a fine job getting #SHRMChat up and running AND growing, that we have given her an evening off. Actually, the ironic thing is that she can not attend because she will be attending a dinner with SHRM staff. So I offered to fill in for her and keep the chat going. So here is what we are going to talk about this month…

    We don’t get paid, we don’t have any money and we have to maintain an organization. Those are two things driving you as a SHRM volunteer. While I may have overstated the case on ANY and don’t get, the bottom line is we are all operating on a shoe-string budget, accordingly we look for solutions that are free or minimally priced.

    To run a chapter or a State Council, involves a lot of communication. This includes scheduling meetings, sending notifications, sending calendar reminders, following up with surveys, monitoring feedback and chatter from you members. Fortunately, the internet helps us immensely to do this. There are many tools that are out there that are free or cost very little to use.

    So our next #SHRMchat is going to be about communicating with your membership. What tools do you use? What medium is the most effective a particular type of message or conversations? We would like to hear from each of you on some of the following subjects.

    Q1.) What tools do you use to notify and register members for meetings?

    Q2.) Do you use a method for members to have closed end chat, such as Facebook, Wiggio, Yammer?

    Q3.) Do you use video and if so, how and what for? If you do not use video what is keeping your organization from doing so?

    Q4.) Does your chapter or council use SMS (text) messaging, or surveys? If you do please share what you do, if not what is keeping your organization from using these?

    Q5.) Have you encountered a application or piece of software that you thing would help state councils or chapter easily improve their communication efforts.

    Per usual, our chat will take place at 8PM EDT, 7 PM CDT, 6 PM MDT and 5 PM PDT on the second Tuesday of the month (August 14, 2012).

     
  • Networking Did I do it Right

    I consider myself to be one of the lucky ones. SHRM’s director of Social Engagement, Curtis Midkiff included me in his blog squad of over 70 people. Additionally, Sabrina Baker and Susan Avello, a couple of my peers from Illinois were also in this group. Said another way, we were Curtis’ guests. We were also hosted by the folks from Dice.com in the bloggers lounge, and they turned out to be a great partner for all of the bloggers and SHRM as well.

    As part of the deal it was expected that we would attend and help promote the event through social media outlets, that we would attend certain events and that we write and tweet about it.  Heck that’s one thing we all enjoy doing, so who wouldn’t want to go to the big show and do what you enjoy doing.

    When you get on site along with the rest of the folks (the numbers vary but let’s say 15,000) the opportunity to network is phenomenal.  This was not a stated objective of the blog squad, but it is also very conference like.   The first stop was meeting all of my fellow bloggers that I already knew and exchanging hugs and handshakes.  Next I wanted to meet some of the folks that I had not met  in real life.  Most of these folks could be found either at The Hive or The Blogger’s  Lounge.  After hooking up with blogger friends it was time to meet some people and make some new friends.

    On Sunday evening I was at one of the tweet-ups where I was conversing with my fellow Illinoisans; Susan and Sabrina whereupon we were roundly castigated by a Mr. Steve Browne, networker extraordinaire.  Steve told the three of us,“Hey you folks from Illinois, break it up, go meet some new people, you can talk to each other when you get back home.”   While Steve’s comment was somewhat tongue in cheek, knowing Steve I suspect he was about 2/3 serious.

    While at the big show I continued to attend the litany of events, traveling to them with new friends, and friends from out of town – ones that I rarely get to see. I was networking.

    Now that’s the set-up; word got back to me via several folks that I was snubbing the Illinois SHRM delegation, because I didn’t go hang with them.  Really?  I thought I was doing the right thing.  Well see where Big Steve comes down on this one. The jury is out.

     
  • SHRM 12 in the Rear View Mirror

    The Big  Show for 2012  is over. It is on from Atlanta to Chicago for 2013.  This year SHRM stepped up their social media game. With the addition of The Hive, and the return of an expanded Bloggers Lounge, all of the social media devotees felt that SHRM had moved forward on the SM front. I could not agree more.

    It is my sincere hope that these efforts will result in increased membership, a more engaged membership and a greater and more effective utilization of social mediaas a strategic business tool.  This would provide the SHRM Leadership with the tools that they need to accurately measure the return on their social media on investment. It would also let them clearly see that this is the wave of the future.

    In an effort to make a lot of noise in the HR space Curtis Midkiff assembled a team of 70+  bloggers to assist in covering the event.  I think we did a good job, but could have done a lot better.  SHRM put The Buzz Site together at the suggestion of previous year’s Blog Squads.  Curtis had asked us to please post there first, wanting to drive our collective traffic to the site. It was a good plan that should have been executed better.  The bloggers collectively did not execute this as well as we might have.

    Dice provided us (paid for) an excellent space for us.  The bloggers (myself included) did not always use the “suggested” hashtag when or as often as we should have.  We owe Dice our continuing gratitude and support for their willing support in what probably be called an experiment.  In addition to providing us space, they also had working staff in the room at all times.   Also we owe a big thanks to Sarah Warner White for all of her behind the scenes work on the bloggers lounge.

    There was another aspect of the bloggers lounge I wanted to address. The live video feeds from the floor were spectacular. It allowed folks to blog, tweet, Facebook and Google + while they were multitask or using a plugged-in full size laptop. There were many other aspects of that, that also made covering the sessions easier, but I feel like we lost the “feel” of the conference floor.  Whether it was watching people grimace when the speaker commented, or simply seeing people walking out of sessions in droves.  From the bloggers lounge, we lost that prospective and I am not sure that was a good thing.

    There was a great deal of communication between the bloggers and the vendors (wanting us to schedule time to talk with their CEOs) about their product or service .  I don’t know if I missed some emails or what, but that whole effort seem to leave all parties involved bewildered, frustrated or just plain mad. Hopefully that will go better in Chicago

    Curtis Midkiff working The Hive

    The Hive was a fantastic  effort to engage the general membership in social media by engaging members and answering questions one on one right after a session, while the fires were still burning hot.  There were also a number of group discussion that went on from time to time in The Hive. From my prospective this was hugely successful.  While I only worked 3 hours there, the interactions I had were superb.  At ILSHRM12 we hope to mimic The Hive in a scaled down or modified version. Fortunately Curtis will be there to help us.

    In terms of sessions I only actually attended five. I have stacked up enough HRCI credits to push me through 2013 so I was not really in need of them.  It made attending the conference with no agenda most enjoyable.  I was afforded the opportunity to wonder around, stop and visit or just listen in on a session.  And on a personal level I got to meet and hang with some of the best and the brightest in the space. Just being around them and watching them work, the way the interact with others was enlightening and informative.

    It will be remembered as the SHRM 12 the year the Social Media Experiment went full tilt.

     
  • Looking for me – Better Catch a Buzz

    I apologize, I have not posted in a while here at home.

    Why?  Largely because I am part of a team of 70+ social media enthusiasts who will be helping to cause a BUZZ at the SHRM Annual Conference in Atlanta begining June 24 and running through Wednesday June 27.

    As part of the team, I have been asked to put most of my posts up at the conference site www.buzz.annual.shrm.org.  So if you are into the HR stuff, that I mostly talk about here at the HR Official, you should probably be watching this site for the next 5 days.

    On twitter the most common hashtag for the event is going to be #SHRM12.

    There will no doubt be a ton of content on Google Plus and on Facebook.  If you would like to see my facebook stuff you can find me there at www.facebook.com/davethehrczar .  Send me a note, mention the blog and I’ll friend you.

    Thanks to all of you who look at this occasionally, I really do appreciate you giving what I have to say a look.

     
  • The Buzz Site, SHRM12 and Social Media

    A Happy conference attendee getting her book autographed by Marcus Buckingham - SHRM-2010

    If you follow much at all of what is going on in this space, you certainly know that the SHRM Annual Conference is coming up in Atlanta.  It is at the end of June, start of July – just about the same time every year.  Volumes have been written about the conference, the attendees and so on, so suffice it to say it is a big deal. If you work, live or feed off of the HR space, it is something you should attend routinely; even if you have to pay your own way.

    Again, this year I have been lucky enough to find myself in the ranks of those attending. I am attending as part of a cast of social media bloggers.   In 2010 in San Diego SHRM has an official blog squad of 5. This year it is 75.  Amazing, Simply Amazing.

    Given the count it is obvious that top power players at SHRM have dedicated a lot of resources to social media this year. However, like any other business entity, even the Not for Profits, they are looking for their return on investment.    I am not sure specifically how that will be measured.  In my opinion, while aspects of social media can be monitored and measured – I am unclear on how you accurately measure the true impact?

    I have noticed on a number of television shows now, such as Dancing with the Stars, American’s got Talent and Deadliest Catch the producers are now marrying the tweet stream with the show. I also see Delta Airlines, and their #DeltaAssist program growing. Again I am not sure how what this is generating or how it is being measured, but it is continuing to grow.

    I think this is reflective of the business intrigue surrounding Social Media.  There is so much going with SM it is mind boggling. We have new sites, new tools, court cases, new users, IPOs going on, and just when you think you have a handle on it everything changes.

    Now back to the conference, let’s discuss this year.   I think that SHRM is to be applauded for their efforts and the amount of resources they are dedicating to this year’s event.

    My worst fear is that it has become a case of go big, or go home, with the analogy being this.  If we (SHRM) don’t see some tangible results from this event we will contemplate a “push back” from social media.  I hope my fears are unfounded.  To help ally my fears I implore all of you to share in the conference via social media – even if you aren’t there. Watch the tweet stream, check out the video uploads, watch the Facebook posts, read some of the thousands of blog posts that will be coming out – and lastly share it with a friend or acquaintance who is not yet immersed in Social Media.  In order to get the needed ROI we must continue to grow the base.

    One final note, a specail and unique web site has been launched just for and about the conference. The site is called The Buzz and you can find it here.

     
  • Getting a Different look at a New_Resource

    Something keeps coming up over and over again in my life. I think it is either like a romance or a drug, I am not sure which.  I am talking about the concept of meeting a social media acquaintance in real life (IRL) for the first time. It was the topic for last weeks #Tchat.  I personally have had this experience a number of times and without a doubt it is exhilarating.  I think this concept is helping drive attendance at conferences and other live events.  We all enjoy the Face to Face (F2F) experience.

     

    People are making friends on-line and then we want to meet them IRL.  I am going to throw out two new terms I think that should be introduced into our shortcut/abbreviated language.

     

    HMIRL (Have met in real life)   HNMIRL (Have NOT met in real life)

     

    So for 2012 I am planning on attending a few events: SHRM National, ILSHRM and HREvolution for sure.   As for any other events, they will be subject to budget and time constraints.  I would love to do more, I will just have to wait and see.

     

    Downtown Memphis, TN

    However, I have my own little meet and greet that I am really looking forward to and am going to share with the blogosphere.  I can not actually tell you the date, but I have been friends on-line with a guy named Chris Fields for a while.  You may know him a new_resource on twitter, or from his blog site Cost of Work.   I was one of Chris’s first followers on twitter. He tends to remember this and looks upon me, with perhaps a little more reverence than I might be deserving of.  Chris lives in Memphis, TN  and does my oldest son.   My wife and youngest son are making a journey to Memphis for Easter this year, and while I have been there a couple times since Chris and I became on-line friends,  this trip will be different. We already have our lunch plans lined up and are going to meet IRL.

     

    I am going have my youngest son who is a film and cinema student at SIU-C shoot some video of our meeting. The two social media acquaintances meeting face to face for the first time.   I will post this, as I too want to look at this and study it.  This whole phenomena  fascinates me, people really  enjoy this experience and I want to re-live the experience.  Maybe I can even get Dan Crosby to analyse the event.

     

    I am also really looking forward to deepening an already great friendship. See you on April 7th Chris – smile for the camera!

     
  • Count Your Blessings and Help Someone

    The holiday season is official starting today – Thanksgiving.  As I enjoy the holiday with my family I can’t help but think how lucky I truly am.   There are so many things I could list that might demostrate my happiness, my fulfillment or sucess, but let’s think about feeling lucky and blessed in a different way.

    • Chances are if you are reading this you have a place to stay – to sleep that is safe, warm and dry.  
    • You probably are not worried about where your next meal is going to come from.
    • I would hope if you have aches and pains you get them checked by a medical professional.
    • You probably have family members, friends, co-workers who have got your back, and cover you – in whatever way you need

    Heading into this holiday season my fear is there are many folks who do not meet any of the criteria above.  Let’s not forget about these people this holiday season.  If we all did something to try and help out some one who is less forturnate than those of us who are doing ok, just maybe we could make the world a little more compassionate place.

    Best wishes for a happy holiday season!

     

     
  • #HFChat on Black Friday Hosted by Me

    Hire Friday is an event that has been around for a long time, at least in the twittersphere. If you have been out here in the HR space you would know this. The genesis of show is based in “good,” and is the brain child of HRMargo.

    I have been friends with Cyndy Trivella for quite some time. We interact on twitter frequently. Well recently, she asked me if I would Guest Host a chat session.  I was flattered, honored and flabbergasted all at the same time, but without question happily agreed to do so.

    So part of my responsibility as the host is to frame the discussion with a concept and five questions to drive the discussion.  The concept is gaining employment in a small to medium size organization, compare to large organizations.  So here are the set-ups and the questions.

    Just like gaining employment in a larger organization, finding a cultural fit with the organization is crucial.

    1.)  How do you learn about the culture of a small privately-held Company?

     

    Smaller organizations may be more difficult to get specific information about products or services, however if you have some mastery about the Companies offerings you will appear to have a leg up on other candidates.

    2.)  Where do you go to get good insight on a small Company’s product or service line?

     

    Smaller Companies often times do not have the resources (dollars) allocated for research, marketing or other project.  In an interview you might be asked to solve a $500,000 problem with a $5000 budget.  This often involves technology or equipment.

    3).Do you have a story of  cost effective problem-solving which might intrigue a small Company recruiter?

     

    While most of us HR veterans know that nepotism is not a good thing, you should be prepared to see it in a smaller Company.

    4.) Working in a small Company, how can you prepare yourself for dealing with management decisions involving nepotism?

     

    We have talked about many of the down sides of smaller employers.  There are also many opportunities that a smaller Company would afford an employee that a larger Company could offer.

    5.) What type of opportunities might you get in a smaller Company that you might not get in a Fortune 500 Company?

     

    Ok, so there is the discussion for Black Friday ##HFchat. I hope to see you on the tweet stream.  – Dave “theHRCzar” Ryan

     
  • Talent Net Live Chicago

    My kids used to call it creeping.  I don’t know if that is still the case.  But in the social media realm there are those who are lurkers.  This, is in-fact is a bona-fide type of social media user as defined by Klout. I would surmise that often times, these are the folks who are relatively new to the medium, and are just as much content to watch rather than to participate.  You know who you are.

    If you are in that realm then this post is directed at you. There is an opportunity for you to bust out of your shell, to come out from behind that avatar and meet a bunch of people; hopefully about 300 to be exact.  I am talking about YOU attending the upcoming TalentNetLive Chicago event that is coming up next month on December 5th in the Chicago area. 

    Here is a little background on me.  In March of 2010 I was still dabbling in social media, unsure of its use and potential.  There was an event being held in Chicago in May.  It was called HREvolution and was billed as an “unconference.”   I struggled with this; should I go, or not. I could tell there were going to be a lot of folks I had seen on twitter, on LinkedIn and to some degree on Facebook. They were either attending or speaking at the event.   I thought to myself this might be a very cool event.  I would get to meet some of these folk I admired without having met face to face.  And if memory serves me correct, the event itself only cost $100.   Hell, I would be out more money for a hotel room than the conference.  I did it. I attended. The people were all really nice and friendly – even the FAMOUS ones.  No doubt that was the best $100 I ever spent on myself.

    You – the social media lurkers/newbies of 2011 are now being afforded a similar opportunity and I think you should jump on this, sign up now. You will have to spend $5 more than I did for HREvolution 2010 – call it inflation.

    Ok so you want to know what is the TalentNetLive – where did it come from – what do they do?  TalentNetLive.com is a web site operated by Craig Fisher.  I wanted to know more too, so I talked with Craig about this and kind of got the back story on how this all came to be.

    Back in December of 2008 Craig along with some recruiter friends of his, started up a twitter chat which used the hashtag #TNL.  The chat took place once a month. It grew in popularity with more and more participants.  It grew to the point that people wanted to get together and talk about some of the matters they were tweeting about.  Craig says there was so much interest that Pepsico wanted to sponsor a live event.  An event was conceived and planned. The attendees would consist of a number of regional recruiters (TX & OK mostly).  A live event was held in August of 2009 and it sold out with 185 attendees.

    Next year, the folks at Pepsico wanted to do it again. With over 200 attendees the 2010 event was an even bigger success.  The event was back in 2011 for another round.

    This in-turn begat a couple more conferences, which are  now called TNL Live Events.  Silk Road worked with Craig and his gang to sponsor another TNL Live event in Austin, TX the day before the opening of South by Southwest in March of 2011.   The folks at RackSpace took notice of this event and sponsored a TNLLive event in San Antonio in July of 2011.

    So you see this stuff is for real.  TNL Live is bringing together leaders in recruiting , human resources,  social media, branding and technology and creating a forum for dialogue, interaction and learning.

    If you were paying particular attention you may have noticed that the last item in that list was technology. And yes TalentNetLive is going to be rife with technology.  The event itself is being held at a conference partner headquarters.  Job Search Television Network (JSTN) in Aurora is where the event actually takes place.  JSTN is partnering in the event.  While on site you will be able to see the JSTN facilities, see how they work, what they do, and even pursue their services if you are interested.

    So to recap, don’t be a lurker, get out of your shell, register for TNLLive Chicago.  There will be a bunch of your friends from Illinois SHRM in attendance, so you will at least know a few of us, while meeting new friends face to face.

    I am already registered – I hope to see you there!

     

     
  • It’s Getting Crowded Out Here

    Last weekend I saw an interesting tweet that had to do with a podcast for the gang over at Fistful of Talent.  Of course I was drawn in and had give it a listen.   While it took me about two hours to listen to the 38 minute broadcast,  when I finally got through it I was most impressed by the efforts put forth by Kris Dunn, Tim Sackett and Dawn Hrdlica Burke.  I have met Tim and Dawn and have an idea what they are like so I have a connection with them.  I feel like I know Kris from his writing, and when he speaks he is pretty much the same guy that writes. He is witty, cynical, somewhat sarcastic and very entertaining.  Given all of the talented people they have at FOT there is not doubt that this will broadcast effort will be a sucess.

    This did get mye to thinking about what all is going on on here in the HR space of social media.  I consider myself active in social media, but not consumed.  On  a weekly basis I like to tweet daily.  I like to participate in the on-line weekly twitter chat called #TChat, which take place Wednesday at 6 pm Central.  Within the last couple of months #TChat, with the help of Focus,  has started to do a monthly live broadcast, while weaving in the so called channel of twitter into the show.  I also like to listen to Steve Boese and his weekly blog-talk radio show #HRHappyHour.  This takes place from 7 pm to 8 pm on Thursday evenings.  The show is live and consists of live callers, guest and a lively tweet stream,

    Oh and we should not forget the daily half hour blog-talk radio show of Bryan Wempen and William Tincup – Drive Thru HR. While I also enjoy listening to this, I often find myself listening to the podcast of this, as the events of the day often take presidence over the  show.

    I also enjoy reading blogs (there is a whole list of them on the right).  Some of them I check out routinely regardless of whether the posts end up in the tweet stream.  Then I am drawn into some posts by the tweet about the post.  It’s like the shiny object I can’t stop looking at.  Oh and I also try and post myself once or twice a week here and once a week over at ilshrmblog.org.

    I look at facebook about 6 to 7 times a week to see what is going on on this platform.  I get push emails and such from Linked In, and head over there when I get something, someone wants something from me, or I am trying to find someone on th LI platform.

    I don’t think my level or participation in Social Media is that different that many of the folks who are active in this realm.  But I am starting to feel it is getting crowded out here.   I think there will only be more and more things going on.  I see more on line events morphing into live evens.  A case in point is this.  Craig Fisher is taking his TNL Live network show on the road now.  He is bringing a TNL Event to the Chicago area on December 5th.   I see more of these on-line event tuning into periodic face to face events.

    This is where I meet up with my imaginary friends

    So how do we deal with all of this?  I spend a lot of time in the basement at my house.  Pictured to the left  is  my space.  My wife says I am going downstairs to spend time with my imaginary friends.  (This would be my on-line friends.)  Don’t mistake this,  my wife is very supportive and finds interesting what I do – she just likes to tease.  I don’t know where this is all going.  I do know that the space is getting crowded and more demands are going to made on a smaller and smaller amounts of free time. I guess the choices will just get harder to make.  No doubt more video will continue to creep into the social media realm.  I see more television style shows coming to us via the internet.

    I am sure there  will be new tools emerging that will help us keep up in the future.  We will need these tools because from my vantage point, the HR Social Media space is getting really crowded!