Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Ramblings from the Road

Well, I am sitting at the Orlando Airport after attending the HR Florida conference for the second year in a row.  My head is stuffed full of ideas, energy and renewed passion for the HR profession.  I will be writing on these learnings/lessons over the next few weeks.

It was great to meet all of my fellow bloggers and Tweeps!  I big shout out to Laurie Ruettimann, Franny Oxford, China Gorman, Mike VanDervort, Kathy O'Reilly, Trish McFarlane, William Tincup, Sean Conrad, Steve Boese, Mark Stelzner and Jennifer McClure (CincyRecruiter).  It is so important to connect and be a part of your profession.  Whether you are an internal HR professional or an external HR consultant...a network is a terrible thing to waste.

I have been intellectually challenged over the last few days, here are some interesting observations/learnings/lessons from the conference:

1) Laurie Ruettimann posed the question about, "Why don't we have better leaders today, in the 50's and 60's we had a command and control type of leadership and we were a growing nation.  Now, we have focused on different leadership development programs and we are no better off...what's up with that?  Click here for discussion on the subject here.

2) Should integrity be an organizational value, competence or just a table stake for organizations, given the failures of leadership over the last few years?  China Gorman, Sean Conrad and I discussed this topic and others on HR Happy Hour with Steve Boese and others.

3) I learned that HR leaders have the intellectual muscle to be strategic and they WANT to be strategic.  The only piece that is missing is the HOW.  Once you start the discussion, the answers and ideas flowed.  I was energized by this, because we as HR professionals have struggled in this area for so long.  I will be writing on this subject as it is near and dear to my heart.

4) What's Next for HR?  China Gorman and Dave Ulrich discussed this topic.  Themes like a continued focus on leadership development, begin the rebuilding of the employer brand (even working with marketing to do so), put the customer's perspective in everything we do in HR, like hiring, training, and culture development.

5) Social media is not going away and it is far bigger this year than last year!  At last year's conference I believe there was one session on social media and a small tweetup.  This year there were many sessions on the topic and we had a large tweet up sponsored by Monster.  There are so many applications for HR professionals, embrace it, leverage it...but please don't ignore it.

Thanks HR Florida, I am a very happy customer!
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