• MOSHRM15 Wrap Up

    The Missouri SHRM State Conference for 2015 is over.  For those who attended there is always the melancholy feeling when a big event is over.  The build up to these things is S-O-O-O big that the let down afterward is bound to be similarly sized.  This was my first opportunity to attend MOSHRM and I was in awe of the entire event. It came off flawlessly! That said, tip of the hat to conference planner Lori Maher, you, your staff and volunteers are to be commended for a job well done!

    Some other details about the event include me and my co-presenter Donna Rogers.  Our HR Department of One program seemed to get good reviews.   We hope the fact that this is the fourth time we have spoke on the subject, it will give rise to this area getting more attention.  My friends who are running the small shop #HR are dying for more attention and content; so SHRM National and SHRM State Councils take note as  you have an underserved market.  As Donna and I point out, from SHRM, 48,000 of the 280.000 (17.1%) members are sole practitioners.

    Count of #MOSHRM15 tweets by day.

    Count of #MOSHRM15 tweets by day.

    In addition to being a speaker at the event, I was also part of the Social Media Team for the event.  So I did my best to keep the tweet stream rolling, while posting some content on Facebook as well. Based upon the graph it looks like the team did a good job with twitter.

    I attended all of the keynote sessions as well as several breakout sessions.   The breakout session seemed to average about 100 attendees per session.   I attended a couple that were very interactive with a lot of audience participation and then several others that were more lecture format. At a conference this size I think a mix of the two works very well.

    Another thing I enjoyed was the Thursday night Karaoke event.  MOSHRM was not a commuter conference.  The attendees that came were staying at the Tantara Resort and were a captive audience. Based on my non-scientific observation I would guess that 200-300 people attended the event over the course of the evening. The drinks were good and the music was fun. Unlike myself several of the folks at this event were darned good singers, so they were fun to watch perform.

    Big Jason rocking the attendees world at MOSHRM15

    Big Jason rocking the attendees world at MOSHRM15

    In terms of takeaways the most impactful session for me was Thursday’s keynote addressJason Lauritsen presented some great material on employee engagement.  Personally my biggest takeaway was the three line mantra that he made his participant repeat…

    “Uncertainty kills engagement”

    Think about that.  That is powerful, simple, direct and to the point.  Jason went on to explain further to give “CLARITY” to those things that are or seem to be somewhat uncertain.

    This advice was wrapped in the context of a presentation about Best Places to Work. All of those who I spoke with who attended the session told me they found it to be quite applicable to what was going on in their workplaces.

    I talked to know no one at the event who had anything bad to say. In fact nearly everyone in attendance had rave review.

    #MOSHRM15 is in the books and by any measure I can come with was a huge success.  I was happy to get to be a part of the event.

    So from DaveTheHRCzar a big thanks to the conference planners, attendees,  exhibitors and presenters!

     
  • 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!

     
  • 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…