I don’t know about you, but I’m geeked about the upcoming State SHRM Conference season !! Now, some of you reading this think that this will launch into either a “pro” or “anti” SHRM post. Sorry to disappoint you. This is just to get you excited about doing something that ALL HR professionals should do . . . get involved and get professional development !!
I saw some tweets this last week that were highlighting the upcoming #ILSHRM and #INSHRM conferences and someone was comparing these two great events. They both look great !! I’m also excited to see HR Florida and Wisconsin SHRM !! You know that I’m extremely geeked about our own #OHSHRM too !!
It doesn’t make sense to compare and contrast these events. What matters more is that HR comes together as a profession. We spend so much time picking things apart that we miss the outstanding things that events like these provide.
I am anticipating the tweets and posts that will emanate from all of these conferences. I’m not able to attend all of them, but I can “participate” through the great speakers, social media forums and blogs. We need to continue to seek ways to bring our profession together because we will have more strength and relevance in the business community if we do this. There are still WAY too many HR professionals who continue to fight the good fight on their own.
Let’s change this !!
All next week, reach out to someone in HR you know who isn’t connected. That could be connected to peers, connected through HR chapters, or connected on Social Media. Then, connect them !! We can’t break the “echo chamber” that people contine to write about without action and being intentional.
The reality of seeing hundreds of HR pros at State Conferences excites me !! I think it should excite you too !!
As I’m typing this post, many of my peers and friends are enjoying the SHRM11 Annual Conference. Yes, I am jealous because I always enjoy being with others who share my passion of HR !! The tweets that are flying under the #SHRM11 hashtag are great to read, but they lack in that personal experience. Ah, well, maybe next year . . .
The question I want to pose to the 14,000+ HR pros who have gathered at SHRM11 is . . . Will it Make a Difference?
Will attending the largest gathering of those in your profession change how you approach HR when you return to your various workplaces? When the lights and sites of Las Vegas dissapate, will you be making more of an impact in HR, or will you go back to the norms and ways you are following today?
I hope it transforms you !! You can’t miss the chance to attend events like this and not come away with great things like new contacts, a broader vision of what HR offers, a new way to tilt the windmills that face you on a daily basis !! Don’t just get enamored by the great keynotes, the great vendor events and the endless piles of swag you’ll take home from the Exhibit Hall.
Use this time away from the office this week to come back energized, enthusiastic and willing to move your company forward !!
If people don’t do this, we will continue to fight a stereotype that I personally heard this week from a question I posted on Focus.com regarding development vs. training. A person responded that HR has to first “get it’s act together” before focusing on either topic. I responded to this person and was pretty pointed that I didn’t appreciate his stance on our field. He’s entitled to say what he’d like, but it eats at me that anyone continues to think that HR doesn’t “get it.”
So, don’t disappoint me you 14,000+ HR folks attending SHRM11 !! I know you’ll have a wonderful time, meet and catch up with wonderful peers . . . just remember to come back and make a difference personally, professionally and for HR as a whole !! I can’t wait to see what you’ll do !!
Too often people are tearing down HR vs. building it up. This needs to change now. If we did this, can you imagine what workplaces would be like?
When you think of Valentine’s Day, the first band that comes to mind is . . . Led Zeppelin of course !!
These rock giants defined an all-out, unabashed approach to their music and they renewed the world of rock post-Beatles. I’m a GIANT Zep fan and when I hear any song from them I just get jacked up (even their ballads.)
Don’t be mistaken, this isn’t a tribute to Led Zeppelin. Instead, it’s a call for HR to be as all-in every time they approach their jobs and the field in general. When I go to chapter meetings, roundtables, conferences or read the endless blogs that trash HR, I hear more voices joining in tearing down HR vs. building it up.
When was this ever a good approach to changing anything? Seriously. If we think, “Let’s all show why HR falls short, isn’t strategic and can’t get out of its way in the business world – then things are sure to change !!”
I was talking to Jason Lauritsen recently. He’s a fellow HR practitioner and we were sharing that we want to take 2011, and beyond, to lift HR up and not tear it down. It’s not to say that people can’t be critical, but give solutions not just gripes. Also, we agreed that the human perspective of what we do can’t be buried in the HR/Corporate speak of metrics, ROI, synergy, etc. Really, people don’t talk like that.
Jason and I have different approaches to HR with one common theme – PASSION !!
Passion is a word that isn’t supposed to be set aside for one day in February when everyone is “supposed to be” passionate because a card told you to. We can’t expect employees to be engaged if we’re not passionate about them !! It’s past time for HR to be passionate about what we do, how we influence people’s lives and how our work and perspective assist companies to move forward. Mediocrity isn’t an option. It never was.
The time is now to show a Whole Lotta Love for HR !! What do you say? Are you in?
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