• 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.

     
  • My 3 Favs from HR Fishbowl, The Human Race Horses and Fistful of Talent

    How many blog posts do you think you have read?  I thought about this for a while and came up with a number 2500.  I maybe under or over but it doesn’t really matter.

    I first started reading HR Blogs in 2007.  Some of the first ones I started to read were  The Evil HR Lady , Three Star Leadership – Wally Bock and Gautam Ghosh.  In my world these bloggers were some of the pioneers.

    Now there are HR bloggers on every virtual corner.  My project social partners and I were discussing this – as we now each how our  own virtual corner as well.  Accordingly,  I suggest that we  write  a post about the three favorite blog posts ever.  Lyn’s  aka @designtwit post is here and Laura’s  @workgal is here.

    As for mine, here they are … in no particular order.

    The first post is from Charley Judy aka hrfishbowl. The post is titled “Even Security Guards get it.”   This is classic.  If you are in HR read  this, it takes 3 minutes.

    The next fav is from Mike VanDervort  and his site The Human Race Horses. The post is title How many HR Managers does it take to change a light bulb.   Mike describes some positions he has held in HR, and this really hit home with me. That’s why I love this post.

    My last fav is from Tim Sackett at this post which first showed up on the Fistful of Talent site.  It is simply  titled HRVille.  This is a hoot! If you work in HR and you don’t get a chuckle out of this QUIT!

    These are not related and don’t have anything special to them other  than I REMEMBER them and each of them moved me.  By the way I do think each of these guys are great writers and have a lot of important things to share.  So  a big thanks to  Charlie, Mike and Tim for somewhat hijacking their material.