I hope you had a chance to see the post from my HRevolution partner and co-facilitator, Jason Lauritsen, on Monday. We are conversing between blogs to share some thoughts, insights and give a bit of a hint as to what our session will bring to Atlanta.
You see, I’m relatively “new” to the whole social media platform thing. Even though I’ve been in HR for, let’s say “many” years, I was behind the many voices who are going to be attending #HRevolution this year. I knew many of the folks who had signed up through Twitter and/or Linked In, but I don’t know many of them personally. In fact, I relied on Jennifer McClure – a fellow Cincinnatian – to get me more involved in the “space.”
When I got the call from Jason to get to know each other better, I was surprised a bit to have him ask me to consider present with him this year at HRev. I’m a pretty laid back guy and love to meet strangers who dig HR. So, let me answer his questions and pose a few of my own.
I have this odd trait about me – I trust people immediately. I don’t believe in “earning” trust – I believe in giving it first. If you make people “earn,” you’re really just seeing if they fit your beliefs/filters/norms. I honestly figured if you wanted to do a session with me, you had good intentions. You also had been at HRevolution before and I liked your perspectives on your experience.
I hope we can accomplish three main things: (1) To have maximum interaction from the whole group to gather their thoughts and insights on our topic of how YOU can change HR, (2) to have people respond to a “call to action” and (3) laugh – a bunch !!
I believe in our field. I’ve never been a person to tear down HR. I’ve been critical, but I think that people matter. This isn’t a cliche with me. If people have met me, they know that I do everything passionately. Someone has to believe in other HR pros. I know I’ve had people who’ve been there for me, and it just seems natural to give to others. I’ve never done anything on a “small” scale.
Enough about me . . . Here are my questions for you . . .
1) Being that you, and others like you, are my “future” in HR – why stick with a field that others rip apart?
2) What attracts you to stretching the boundaries of our field?
3) Why should people even care about this session?
I await your response . . . .