• 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!

     
  • Musings On LASHRM

    As I write this post I am on my way to the Louisiana SHRM State Conference.  I am attending as a co-presenter of a break out session and as a member of the Performance I Create Blog site.  I am not sure how this all came together but I feel quite fortune to be in this position.

    Looking up the river in Baton Rouge

    Looking up the river in Baton Rouge

    No doubt Robin Schooling had a lot to do with this, but I think it is largely my willingness to put myself out here in the social space of HR and roll with it. If you think about it in this context, I am an HR guy from Central Illinois and I am traveling to Louisiana to talk about my craft and help promote the event; Wow!   I guess it has been an evolutionary process of meeting people, and being afforded the opportunity to share with a bunch of excited, like-minded bright and insightful people.

    Sometimes this involvement centers around doing a lot of work, with little or no compensation while putting yourself out there with a significant risk of failure.  Not every blog post is Pulitzer Prize material, not every presentation gets rave reviews,  and a large portion of the things people do in the social space seem to go unnoticed, but yet we persevere.   I wonder if in the future this condition will get a diagnosis.

    One of the outrageous benefits of being in this space is the people.  Nearly everyone I have met through SHRM and other conference associations is just a great person.  These people like Robin, and the entire cavalcade of Social Media micro-celebrities that will be at LASHRM, fall into this category. (You know who you are.)  Trying to understand what makes these people tick, might be a good project for Dr. Daniel Crosby to look into.  I am one of them and I am clueless as to what “really” motivates me.

    So without being too self-serving I will say thanks to LASHRM and Robin for inviting me, thanks to my partner in crime Donna Rogers @HRWarrior  – I hope we don’t suck.

    Also a shout out to all of my Performance I Create fellow bloggers.  I am really proud to be a part of this group and some of the amazing content we put out there.

    I am looking forward to a great conference. Stay tuned for more tweets and dispatches from Baton Rouge…

     
  • Performance I Create #PICHR – Show Us Some Love

    Click on over and see what it's all about

    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.

     
  • My Next Stop in the Blogospher

    The thing that I like most about blogging is this. There is no wrong way to do it. That works well for me, because that means it is almost impossible to screw it up.  Really.  My path in the blogospher will soon be taking a new/addition path.  I am going to being posting on Performance I Create (#PICHR)  This is collaborative site started by Chris Ponder.  Recently I received an invite to join the team of bloggers he is assembling to create a revamped/larger multi-contributor blog site.   The Performance I Create team also includes

    Chris Fields | Jay Kuhns | Buzz Rooney | Steve Browne 

     Tiffiany Kuehl | Justin Harris  | Melissa Fairman

    Click on over and see what it’s all about

    I really do feel like I have a bond we these folks as I have been fortunate enough to meet five of the seven in person, and the other two are on my short list.

    This opportunity is really intriguing to me, how I have come to be in the company of some pretty bright and articulate folks. I will liken this association to golf. I am not a very good golfer, although I enjoy it immensely   If I break 100 on the course it is a good day.  But once last year I played with  three other guys that were really good and I shot a 91.  This speaks to the theory that if you hang around with, associate with or do things with folks that are better than you, they make you better.  I subscribe to this concept. So I can’t wait to get to work with these folks.

    But I still have other commitments out here in the space.  I have committed to posting at least once a month on the   Saner Camp Site. I was graciously invited,  by Alicia to contribute on this her site which speaks to small business and entrepreneurship. My topic that I write about there is firing people.  I guess you could call me the Donald Trump of the site,   I really do share my insights on terminating employment   Over the years I have gotten pretty good at it, so I am sharing some of the things about it that I have picked up.  Many small business people fortunately don’t have to let a lot of folks go, so they are inexpedient at this aspect of business.  You can find my posts over there once a month.

    Another thing I do, which by the way does not pay a dime, is this.  I am the Director of Social Media for the Illinois State Council of SHRM.  What does that mean? In a larger sense it give me a opportunity for me to hang around with a bunch of folks that are way smarter than I am, and allows me to learn from them.  The price I pay for this is being the chief blogger at the Council’s Blog Site.  We have nearly 200 posts on the site which I started back in July of 2010.  I perform a number of other functions for the council but as it relates to blogging, that is the thrust of my responsibility there.

    Then on to the HROfficial, (here) which is my site, where I post when I can, or where I post things that I think my be incendiary and could be inappropriate on other sites.   At one time I had a commitment here to publish weekly.  At the time I was blogging in tandem with my friend Laura Schroeder and her blog Working Girl.  As part of Project Social,  an initiative put together by Ben Eubanks and Victorio Milan. As of late Laura and I have not been blogging together, although we both say we would like to. She claims work, kids and her husband  are all getting in the way, and then she also blogs over at the Compensation Cafe.   I guess I can believe her life does get complicated.

    And as long as I put together Dave’s history of blogging I have to mention three folks who really got me going . The first is Jessica Miller-Merrell who first offered me the opportunity to guest post on her site Blogging4Job, ever heard of it?   The second person who has really shown me the ropes of blogging and is still out there doing it is Mike Vandervort.  Mike’s site is The Human Race Horses. And lastly my young friend Ben Eubanks has also been a great help to me with blogging for all of  his technical knowledge. Without Jessica, Mike and Ben’s  guidance,encouragement and wisdom I would not have an opportunity like I have today to be a new addition to the Performance I Create  stable of bloggers.

    I am excited about this. I will continue to honor all of my committments, so if the postings diminish it will most likely be here.  But, you can still find me out her blogging at several other sites.

    Thanks to all of you who do look at what I write, I appreciate that very much.