Hello there! Season’s greetings to you. It’s no secret that I’ve taken a significant break from blogging here at Talent Vanguard in the past several months. Life got pretty busy in 2014 and I suddenly found myself chairing a committee which runs the largest mentorship program for HR professionals in Ontario, planning a wedding, painting a house, and managing a busy job. These are all wonderful things that I am immensely grateful for, but over the summer my ‘overwhelmometer’ redlined and something had to give.
Anyway, I’m writing this because I’m back! I’ll be live blogging the HRPA’s Annual Conference in January over at LiveHR, and I am determined to return to a regular blogging schedule here at Talent Vanguard in 2015. Ahead of that please check out my pre-conference post “An Insider’s Guide to Selecting Your Conference Sessions” over at LiveHR where I offer some sage advice (if I do say so myself) on the art and science of selecting one’s conference sessions – a task that anyone who has attended an HR conference will know can make or break your conference experience.
For anyone attending the conference here in Toronto, I can’t wait to see you. May 2015 bring great things for us all.
P.S. It feels so good to be about to hit Publish in WordPress right now :) I missed this…
A few weeks ago I had the good fortune to be able to attend the 2014 HRPA Conference as a blogger to observe and share my thoughts on this year’s keynotes, sessions speakers, trade show vendors and after-party shenanigans. It was awesome (thanks HRPA and Achievers), and proved to be excellent inspiration for a handful of blog posts over at LiveHR.ca. By far the most read and most shared post I wrote was based on Bonni Titgemeyer‘s great session about becoming an HR blogger (republished below). I got lots of comments on Twitter, retweets and favorites, and many of them were from non-bloggers. Clearly Bonni’s presentation, and my post, struck a nerve. I can’t help but think that there are many HR folks out there (possibly lurking in shrubberies) who love the idea of blogging and are looking for their chance to dip a toe in the water.
I’m about to tell you about that chance! Read more
I just finished a great week, spent mostly at the HRPA Annual Conference here in Toronto. This year HRPA, with the support of Achievers, welcomed a blogger team to capture and share the insights, ideas and highlights of this three day event. I was fortunate to be part of that team, and have just posted my fourth post in as many days over at LiveHR.ca about my experience at the conference. Feel free to click through and read what the blogger team took away from this terrific event. So far, I’ve written about HR Conference BINGO (did someone say Zappos?), why Geoff Colvin thinks talent is made not born, why YOU should become an HR Blogger (and how), and shared 2014 Conference high points, as well as ideas for 2015.
Check it out – it’s almost like being there (without the swag and nice snacks- sorry).
A belated happy New Year to you. You may have noticed that I took a little bit of a blog-cation over the last month or two. I’m still here, but had a few things to take care of as 2013 drew to a close. Despite that, 2013 ended on a high note, with the outstanding Michael Carty of Xpert HR selecting my post ‘Manatees, Tube Tops and Policies for the Clueless Few’ as a top HR blog pick for the year! Who knew that those peaceful water elephants of the mangrove swamps would prove to be such good luck? If you missed that post, and enjoy a good rant about rules made for the willfully ignorant among us, please check it out here.
In other news, I’m really excited to report that I’ll be blogging from the 2014 HRPA conference this week; you can catch me (and a distinguished panel of my fellow HR Bloggers) at LiveHR. The annual HRPA conference is the premier HR event in Ontario, always bringing together the best and brightest in Human Resources, and I look forward to sharing this year’s high points and musings with you. Thanks to HRPA and Achievers for their support of the HR blogging community! Perhaps I’ll see you there?
Last week I returned from 8 days in Las Vegas. I was there to attend HRevolution, and a friend’s wedding. If some know-it-all ever tells you that 8 days is a long time to spend in Vegas…well, they’re a wise and knowledgeable individual, so ask them for investment advice.
Although it was long, my trip was a tremendous time during which I met brilliant and funny HR folks from all over the world, consumed (too much) excellent food and drink, and celebrated with dear friends. It was great, and I learned a lot, much of which is applicable to HR. Read more
I spent three days of last week at the HRPA Annual Conference here in Toronto. As always, it was a great event to reconnect with tons of brilliant HR folks in my network, as well as make new connections, and absorb ideas and knowledge from the many session speakers and keynotes- and this year was especially fun. As in past years, a couple of those speakers brought up ‘the Z word’…no, not zombies: ‘Zappos’. If you work in HR, or have any interest in organizational culture or employee engagement, it’s virtually guaranteed that you’ve read all about Zappos’ approach to corporate culture. They’ve been referenced as a benchmark in this area for many years now, and although I have nothing against Zappos, this year the Z word gave me pause. Maybe it’s because I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about organizational culture recently, or maybe it was this recent Tim Sacket post decrying the obsession with ‘best practices’, but I just couldn’t muster my usual enthusiasm for Zappos’ legendary approach.
Are you as fascinated as I am by the recent surge in attention to neuroscience as a source of insight into how our brains impact our productivity, creative problem-solving, and capacity to deal with change at work? NO?! Then one of us really needs to get out more…
…and when you do we should go to the NeuroLeadership Summit in New York, because I think we’d leave smarter people, even if it’s only via osmosis. Lucky for us, these neuroscientists are generous folk, and they were kind enough to stream this year’s event for free (and I have to say that it was of superb quality as well).
Last Friday I was fortunate enough to attend TEDxToronto – an independently organized TED event, which took as its theme: Alchemy, the seemingly magical process of taking ordinary elements, usually of little value, and combining them to make something extraordinary of great value.
TEDxToronto was thought-provoking. I’m definitely still contemplating some of the messages and speakers. But here are two key insights that I left with, which struck me as impactful for the future of HR:
1. The technology innovators of the future are not learning their skills at school