Did the title grab your attention? Hope so because last week I had two very cool things happen !! I received two surprises that solidified my contention that we have to quit talking about the “echo chamber” of HR folks in social media.
The first event was the arrival of Gir – the constant companion of Shauna Moerke (the HR Minion). Gir has been around many different HR Conferences and events. When Shauna asked if anyone would like Gir visit, I couldn’t pass up the chance for him to experience LaRosa’s. We visited one of our locations to have a calzone. I actually took Gir with two of my staff and when I said that he was joining us, they said, “Of course he is.” I guess working with me for awhile, they have come to understand that I look at HR differently.
After a great meal, we came back to my office to find the second cool gift of the week. I received a mix CD from David Kovacovich from Michael C. Fina. It is an incredible mix of newer Indie music. David told me he made it because I write a song each week that makes fun of HR on the HR Net. I tend to parody more of the Classic Rock genre and David wanted to make sure my tastes stayed current as well. To capture the moment, I took a picture of Gir with the mix CD (songs handwritten on the back) with some of the decorum from my office.
The reason I find these two events so cool is that we tend to think of people who are active in Social Media as HR pros as either avatars or people that exist electronically. It is so far from the truth !!
We have to realize that first and foremost, we want to have true connections in our lives. This isn’t a “brand” thing or a response to people who choose to have an on-line persona that doesn’t match them in real life. Reaching out like this just shows how we still like to share things that matter with others. It reminds us that we can always stay young at heart and do simple things that matter.
This week, I’m writing to those who are also active in the “echo chamber.” Two things to leave you with. (1) Reach out to others and make the connection to show others how amazing you really are !! and (2) The chamber will only expand and someday include all HR pros only if you wish to become connections and not personalities.
I’ve been fortunate to meet many of the voices who are truly moving HR forward and they rock !! Reach out this week. Take the action to do something cool. It still matters. I need to go know as Gir and I listen to Track 3 on my new CD from Noah & the Whale.