• HR Florida The Keynotes

    It was toward the end of August and I headed down to Florida to attend HR Florida 2012.   At the time of my departure Issac was rolling around south of Florida and no one really could say for sure where it was going to go.  So after a couple conversation with Mike Vandervort I became ok with the hurricane thing and the fact that it was only a “Cat 1″ (that’s how the Floridians talk).

    Now as it was suggested to me it probably won’t hit here and it’s only small.  As best I could tell the hurricane threat only kept one person from attending.  That was Mitch Joel. He was scheduled to be the opening keynote speaker. He did not attend.  I tweeted about this, and then he responded to me on twitter.  While he wanted folks to think it was out of his control, HR Florida folks told me  that he had already been paid and chose not to attend.  My opinion is that, he exhibited exceptionally bad form by not attending – and then engaging the tweet stream, during his keynote slot.

    Nonetheless, it turned out to be just fine, in fact the opening keynote was awesome. Jim Knight who is from the Orlando area, is an aspiring young speaker. He stepped in and really did a great job. Jim had been a trainer with Hard Rock Cafe for many years. He drew on many of his experiences with HRC.  The ironic thing about this is, is this. I would bet that this presentation at HR Florida will be a great thing for Jim.  This may lead him to other SHRM engagements. I wish him well. He stepped in and stepped up.

    Regarding the breakouts, I will speak to them in another post.  I would like to move on to day2, and the second keynote.  Personally I was very much looking forward to hearing Soledad O’Brien.  Well not too long after the session

    Carol McDaniel on the big screen

    opened our emcee Carol McDaniel started likening today (Tuesday) to Monday, and then I thought oh S#!t, she ain’t coming either.  At this point I felt really bad for the HR Florida board. They,  like those of us in Illinois work hard all year to pull off  these events, and then the circumstances of the day/week tear apart your best laid plans.

    Well the HR Florida team went right to work when they got the bad news. They needed to find another speaker.  I don’t know how they did what they did, or decided how to pick the speaker that they did, but Chris Gardner stepped in for them and he too just killed it.  Chris is the person behind the book and the movie The Pursuit of Happyness. If you saw the movie or read the book, you know what a compelling story this is.  Well the guy who lived this, is even more compelling.  Chris’ presentation was phenomenal.  He was so good he didn’t even use power point and got a standing ovation.

    Now unfortunately I had to go home on the afternoon of day two and I did not get to hang around to hear the day 3 keynote John Foley. He was the only keynote orginally booked who made it to speak. If the tweet stream is any indication of how his presentation went, I would give him an “A+”.

    As I said, I had to head home on Tuesday. Funny thing so did Chris Gardner.

    The HR Czar & Chris Gardner talking social media at MCO.

    But even more curious was the fact that I saw Chris in the airport.  I wondered up to him, introduced myself and chatted with him.   I told how well his presentation was received.  I asked, “did ya see the twitter stream?”   Chris told me he wasn’t on twitter.  I sat down with him and showed him what the twitter chatter looked like during his presentation.   He remarked, “All this was going on while I was there?”

    He was please to see all of the kind remarks, and hinted that as a speaker he probably needed to delve more into Twitter and Facebook.  I agreed with him. Soon, he had to head off to his plane.  I agreed to follow up with him and see if I could engage him on twitter. I also told him I hoped to cross paths again with him.

    Now wrapping up my post on the HR Florida keynotes, I have to really give it to HR Florida (in a good way).  They got handed lemons and they made lemonade – nice recovery gang!

     

     

     
  • Hacking with Talent Anarchy

    Joe giving a hacking group some input.

     

    Attending HR Florida has given me another opportunity to catch the Talent Anarchy  duo again.  For  the purposes of full disclosure I will say I like Joe and Jason, and come down squarely in their corner as a supporter.   Understand that when you read this post.

    Today I attended a three hour session on what they called Hacking. Now if you are like me you might think that the session had would be related to cracking computer security, but it was not.  Actually the session involved solving problems and breaking them down into their smallest, most understandable/manageable unit.

    After understanding the problem, then the two guided the attendees into how to create repeatable solutions.  In performing the exercise in the session, we had groups of 5-6 people that were reorganizeId three different times.  In an interesting twist, they had the group create a scenario, then we reorganized groups and then re-addressed the matter, and then repeated the re-grouping to complete the tasks.

    This was a hands-on session.  It was well orchestrated.  Joe and Jason were acting more as facilitators today rather than presenters.  They performed equally well in this role.  These guys are going to be around for a long time and have a lot to say.

    And for the record they have a new book which has been published recently.   The book is called Social Gravity, and I will be writing a review of it after wrapping up at HR Florida.  More later from HR Florida…

     
  • Off to HR Florida

    I am excited!  In the morning I leaving to attend HR Florida.  This is the annual SHRM State Conference put on by Florida SHRM. It is big deal.  I don’t know if it is the longest running SHRM State Conference, but I would bet that it is.

    The conference in past years has drawn 1500 or so attendees.  This tells me that they do a lot of things right.  Rumors in the SHRM circles are that they have this gigantic conference machine that just runs.  No one know where they hide it off season.

    HR Florida has lead the way in wrapping social media into the fabric of a SHRM State conference.  This is one of the things I want to see up close and personal so that I can try and figure out what it is that makes it work so well.  I have had a chance to talk shop with many of the folks from HR Florida. They are most willing to share, advise and help.  For that I am grateful.

    Florida was the first State Council to name a Director of Social Media. That would be Stephen Geraghty-Harrison.  Stephen has had the support of state council and the position since I first came on to the social media scene in 2009.  I am going to get to meet Steve as we say IRL, for the first time.

    Florida also has a phenomenal number of folks who are active leaders/participants in social media. Two in particular come to mind: Mike Vandervort and Sharlyn Lauby.  Somehow I sense that these two folks had a hand in making social media part of HR Florida as well.

    There are thee other ladies from HR Florida who selflessly help keep the HR Florida process moving forward.   I have had the pleasure to meet them at several different events, and I look forward to seeing them again…Heather Vogel, Joyce Chastain and Carol McDaniel (see ya all tomorrow).

    And without a doubt, there is a small army of dedicated rank and file HR Florida members who make this event come to fruition. I will get some numbers on that too.

    As I wrap up this post I looked back and thought, wow,  I really haven’t even mentioned conference content, hmm.  I suspect that it one of the things that probably makes this machine work. It will be awesome.

    So look for a few posts on how HR Florida makes this thing work,  the history of social media and SHRM state conferences, pics of me meeting up with a number of old friends and  a lot of new ones.  And don’t forget to check the #HRFL12 tweet stream – I am sure it will be smoking come Sunday.