I Can’t Summarize HRevolution

The HRevolution Team creates the conditions for success, it's up to the participants to make the magic happen.

The HRevolution Team creates the conditions for success, it’s up to the participants to make the magic happen.

From the first time an employee asked for permission to attend a conference, my response has always been the same. I want to know your learning objective, how that will apply to work or your growth, and how you will bring learning back to the rest of the team.

If my leader held me to that standard for my attendance at HRevolution last Saturday, I would easily handle the first two points, but I simply can’t bring the learning to the rest of the team.

I go to HRevolution (3 times so far) for a kick-start. To get me thinking. To engage with people who never worked where I work and who will share whatever they know when you ask a question. I go because when a group of smart people come together to think through a topic, they aren’t afraid to disagree or argue. They say things like “I call BS”, and “I love you guys, but shut up for a minute”. No one stands in the front of a room reciting. They challenge.

And when it is done I reflect on what I learned. I learned, as I did the last two times, that I know a fraction of what I could know to make my workplace better for employees. And better for my company.

I can’t summarize. I incubate. And in some small way, the exchanges I had with the one hundred or so participants find their way into my work discussions and decisions. They shape the quality of my work for the better, and when I have that next insight on how to do something better than we have done it before, there will be something from that Saturday in the DNA of that idea.

What are you doing to make sure you bring the best you can to your thinking, so you can bring your best to your workplace?

Change – Do You Let It Be or Make It Happen?

Before the plastic storage bag was invented, we had wax paper. And when we had wax paper, we had machines that could take a roll of wax paper and turn it into individual sandwich bags. I don’t mean a kitchen appliance, I mean an industrial machine that cut, folded, glued, counted and stacked bags at…

35 Years – With An Asterisk

This week, the company I work for, Kimberly-Clark, will recognize me for 35 years of employment. Some may wonder, “How can you work for the same company for 35 years?” In fact, that same question showed up in a friend’s Facebook conversation not too long ago about someone working 25 years somewhere. But the truth…

Inversity and Disclusion – an Outsider’s View of the SHRM/HRCI Malfunction

Disclaimer – I am not a member of SHRM, nor have I earned any of the certifications offered through HRCI. My observations have little to do with understanding the why, but I have a perspective – their customers did not come first. I have encountered a number of talented, dedicated, and – most importantly –…

Open Door – “You Shoulda Picked Ned”

The “Open Door” stories are all composites. Real situations I have faced in one form or another, but written with respect to those who have shared parts of their lives with me at work. And if you’ve worked in HR very long, you have dozens like these. When we have a promotional announcement to make…

Too Late? Never!

I was taking a noontime walk earlier this week, when I encountered this sign on the side of a bus stop shelter. Too late?  Too late for job training after 24? Of course, many of you know that Job Corps is a program aimed at providing job training for the 16-24 group. A way to…

Goals, Actions, and Intent – Part 3

Most of us know about making objectives SMART (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, Time-bound). But here’s the next thing I think you should consider. Ideally, your objectives reflect change and growth. So, after setting SMART Objectives, what about a smart plan to achieve them? We don’t change and grow accidentally. We need a plan. In my…

Goals, Actions, and Intent – Part 2

Last week I posted a short post, proclaiming that the existence of the post is evidence that I met my single post goal for the week. Among the responses I received was this from a twitter follower: @theHRintrovert That means I met my goal, right? Low expectations – low goals – low achievements. OK? —…

Goals, Actions, and Intent – Part 1

I had a goal this week to create at least one post for the blog. This is it. Check. That means I met my goal, right?

Using Outlook to Make Your Meeting Processes Better – Really

Like so many office workers, I manage my email and work schedule via Microsoft Outlook. I prefer Gmail for my personal and blogging life, but in the “workosphere” we seem destined to live with Outlook. Several times a week, a “Meeting Notice” arrives in my inbox. Given how many of us will say we spend…

I Can’t Summarize HRevolution

The HRevolution Team creates the conditions for success, it's up to the participants to make the magic happen.

The HRevolution Team creates the conditions for success, it’s up to the participants to make the magic happen.

From the first time an employee asked for permission to attend a conference, my response has always been the same. I want to know your learning objective, how that will apply to work or your growth, and how you will bring learning back to the rest of the team.

If my leader held me to that standard for my attendance at HRevolution last Saturday, I would easily handle the first two points, but I simply can’t bring the learning to the rest of the team.

I go to HRevolution (3 times so far) for a kick-start. To get me thinking. To engage with people who never worked where I work and who will share whatever they know when you ask a question. I go because when a group of smart people come together to think through a topic, they aren’t afraid to disagree or argue. They say things like “I call BS”, and “I love you guys, but shut up for a minute”. No one stands in the front of a room reciting. They challenge.

And when it is done I reflect on what I learned. I learned, as I did the last two times, that I know a fraction of what I could know to make my workplace better for employees. And better for my company.

I can’t summarize. I incubate. And in some small way, the exchanges I had with the one hundred or so participants find their way into my work discussions and decisions. They shape the quality of my work for the better, and when I have that next insight on how to do something better than we have done it before, there will be something from that Saturday in the DNA of that idea.

What are you doing to make sure you bring the best you can to your thinking, so you can bring your best to your workplace?

Change – Do You Let It Be or Make It Happen?

Before the plastic storage bag was invented, we had wax paper. And when we had wax paper, we had machines that could take a roll of wax paper and turn it into individual sandwich bags. I don’t mean a kitchen appliance, I mean an industrial machine that cut, folded, glued, counted and stacked bags at…

35 Years – With An Asterisk

This week, the company I work for, Kimberly-Clark, will recognize me for 35 years of employment. Some may wonder, “How can you work for the same company for 35 years?” In fact, that same question showed up in a friend’s Facebook conversation not too long ago about someone working 25 years somewhere. But the truth…

Inversity and Disclusion – an Outsider’s View of the SHRM/HRCI Malfunction

Disclaimer – I am not a member of SHRM, nor have I earned any of the certifications offered through HRCI. My observations have little to do with understanding the why, but I have a perspective – their customers did not come first. I have encountered a number of talented, dedicated, and – most importantly –…

Open Door – “You Shoulda Picked Ned”

The “Open Door” stories are all composites. Real situations I have faced in one form or another, but written with respect to those who have shared parts of their lives with me at work. And if you’ve worked in HR very long, you have dozens like these. When we have a promotional announcement to make…

Too Late? Never!

I was taking a noontime walk earlier this week, when I encountered this sign on the side of a bus stop shelter. Too late?  Too late for job training after 24? Of course, many of you know that Job Corps is a program aimed at providing job training for the 16-24 group. A way to…

Goals, Actions, and Intent – Part 3

Most of us know about making objectives SMART (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, Time-bound). But here’s the next thing I think you should consider. Ideally, your objectives reflect change and growth. So, after setting SMART Objectives, what about a smart plan to achieve them? We don’t change and grow accidentally. We need a plan. In my…

Goals, Actions, and Intent – Part 2

Last week I posted a short post, proclaiming that the existence of the post is evidence that I met my single post goal for the week. Among the responses I received was this from a twitter follower: @theHRintrovert That means I met my goal, right? Low expectations – low goals – low achievements. OK? —…

Goals, Actions, and Intent – Part 1

I had a goal this week to create at least one post for the blog. This is it. Check. That means I met my goal, right?

Using Outlook to Make Your Meeting Processes Better – Really

Like so many office workers, I manage my email and work schedule via Microsoft Outlook. I prefer Gmail for my personal and blogging life, but in the “workosphere” we seem destined to live with Outlook. Several times a week, a “Meeting Notice” arrives in my inbox. Given how many of us will say we spend…

I Can’t Summarize HRevolution

The HRevolution Team creates the conditions for success, it's up to the participants to make the magic happen.

The HRevolution Team creates the conditions for success, it’s up to the participants to make the magic happen.

From the first time an employee asked for permission to attend a conference, my response has always been the same. I want to know your learning objective, how that will apply to work or your growth, and how you will bring learning back to the rest of the team.

If my leader held me to that standard for my attendance at HRevolution last Saturday, I would easily handle the first two points, but I simply can’t bring the learning to the rest of the team.

I go to HRevolution (3 times so far) for a kick-start. To get me thinking. To engage with people who never worked where I work and who will share whatever they know when you ask a question. I go because when a group of smart people come together to think through a topic, they aren’t afraid to disagree or argue. They say things like “I call BS”, and “I love you guys, but shut up for a minute”. No one stands in the front of a room reciting. They challenge.

And when it is done I reflect on what I learned. I learned, as I did the last two times, that I know a fraction of what I could know to make my workplace better for employees. And better for my company.

I can’t summarize. I incubate. And in some small way, the exchanges I had with the one hundred or so participants find their way into my work discussions and decisions. They shape the quality of my work for the better, and when I have that next insight on how to do something better than we have done it before, there will be something from that Saturday in the DNA of that idea.

What are you doing to make sure you bring the best you can to your thinking, so you can bring your best to your workplace?

Change – Do You Let It Be or Make It Happen?

Before the plastic storage bag was invented, we had wax paper. And when we had wax paper, we had machines that could take a roll of wax paper and turn it into individual sandwich bags. I don’t mean a kitchen appliance, I mean an industrial machine that cut, folded, glued, counted and stacked bags at…

35 Years – With An Asterisk

This week, the company I work for, Kimberly-Clark, will recognize me for 35 years of employment. Some may wonder, “How can you work for the same company for 35 years?” In fact, that same question showed up in a friend’s Facebook conversation not too long ago about someone working 25 years somewhere. But the truth…

Inversity and Disclusion – an Outsider’s View of the SHRM/HRCI Malfunction

Disclaimer – I am not a member of SHRM, nor have I earned any of the certifications offered through HRCI. My observations have little to do with understanding the why, but I have a perspective – their customers did not come first. I have encountered a number of talented, dedicated, and – most importantly –…

Open Door – “You Shoulda Picked Ned”

The “Open Door” stories are all composites. Real situations I have faced in one form or another, but written with respect to those who have shared parts of their lives with me at work. And if you’ve worked in HR very long, you have dozens like these. When we have a promotional announcement to make…

Too Late? Never!

I was taking a noontime walk earlier this week, when I encountered this sign on the side of a bus stop shelter. Too late?  Too late for job training after 24? Of course, many of you know that Job Corps is a program aimed at providing job training for the 16-24 group. A way to…

Goals, Actions, and Intent – Part 3

Most of us know about making objectives SMART (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, Time-bound). But here’s the next thing I think you should consider. Ideally, your objectives reflect change and growth. So, after setting SMART Objectives, what about a smart plan to achieve them? We don’t change and grow accidentally. We need a plan. In my…

Goals, Actions, and Intent – Part 2

Last week I posted a short post, proclaiming that the existence of the post is evidence that I met my single post goal for the week. Among the responses I received was this from a twitter follower: @theHRintrovert That means I met my goal, right? Low expectations – low goals – low achievements. OK? —…

Goals, Actions, and Intent – Part 1

I had a goal this week to create at least one post for the blog. This is it. Check. That means I met my goal, right?

Using Outlook to Make Your Meeting Processes Better – Really

Like so many office workers, I manage my email and work schedule via Microsoft Outlook. I prefer Gmail for my personal and blogging life, but in the “workosphere” we seem destined to live with Outlook. Several times a week, a “Meeting Notice” arrives in my inbox. Given how many of us will say we spend…

I Can’t Summarize HRevolution

The HRevolution Team creates the conditions for success, it's up to the participants to make the magic happen.

The HRevolution Team creates the conditions for success, it’s up to the participants to make the magic happen.

From the first time an employee asked for permission to attend a conference, my response has always been the same. I want to know your learning objective, how that will apply to work or your growth, and how you will bring learning back to the rest of the team.

If my leader held me to that standard for my attendance at HRevolution last Saturday, I would easily handle the first two points, but I simply can’t bring the learning to the rest of the team.

I go to HRevolution (3 times so far) for a kick-start. To get me thinking. To engage with people who never worked where I work and who will share whatever they know when you ask a question. I go because when a group of smart people come together to think through a topic, they aren’t afraid to disagree or argue. They say things like “I call BS”, and “I love you guys, but shut up for a minute”. No one stands in the front of a room reciting. They challenge.

And when it is done I reflect on what I learned. I learned, as I did the last two times, that I know a fraction of what I could know to make my workplace better for employees. And better for my company.

I can’t summarize. I incubate. And in some small way, the exchanges I had with the one hundred or so participants find their way into my work discussions and decisions. They shape the quality of my work for the better, and when I have that next insight on how to do something better than we have done it before, there will be something from that Saturday in the DNA of that idea.

What are you doing to make sure you bring the best you can to your thinking, so you can bring your best to your workplace?

Change – Do You Let It Be or Make It Happen?

Before the plastic storage bag was invented, we had wax paper. And when we had wax paper, we had machines that could take a roll of wax paper and turn it into individual sandwich bags. I don’t mean a kitchen appliance, I mean an industrial machine that cut, folded, glued, counted and stacked bags at…

35 Years – With An Asterisk

This week, the company I work for, Kimberly-Clark, will recognize me for 35 years of employment. Some may wonder, “How can you work for the same company for 35 years?” In fact, that same question showed up in a friend’s Facebook conversation not too long ago about someone working 25 years somewhere. But the truth…

Inversity and Disclusion – an Outsider’s View of the SHRM/HRCI Malfunction

Disclaimer – I am not a member of SHRM, nor have I earned any of the certifications offered through HRCI. My observations have little to do with understanding the why, but I have a perspective – their customers did not come first. I have encountered a number of talented, dedicated, and – most importantly –…

Open Door – “You Shoulda Picked Ned”

The “Open Door” stories are all composites. Real situations I have faced in one form or another, but written with respect to those who have shared parts of their lives with me at work. And if you’ve worked in HR very long, you have dozens like these. When we have a promotional announcement to make…

Too Late? Never!

I was taking a noontime walk earlier this week, when I encountered this sign on the side of a bus stop shelter. Too late?  Too late for job training after 24? Of course, many of you know that Job Corps is a program aimed at providing job training for the 16-24 group. A way to…

Goals, Actions, and Intent – Part 3

Most of us know about making objectives SMART (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, Time-bound). But here’s the next thing I think you should consider. Ideally, your objectives reflect change and growth. So, after setting SMART Objectives, what about a smart plan to achieve them? We don’t change and grow accidentally. We need a plan. In my…

Goals, Actions, and Intent – Part 2

Last week I posted a short post, proclaiming that the existence of the post is evidence that I met my single post goal for the week. Among the responses I received was this from a twitter follower: @theHRintrovert That means I met my goal, right? Low expectations – low goals – low achievements. OK? —…

Goals, Actions, and Intent – Part 1

I had a goal this week to create at least one post for the blog. This is it. Check. That means I met my goal, right?

Using Outlook to Make Your Meeting Processes Better – Really

Like so many office workers, I manage my email and work schedule via Microsoft Outlook. I prefer Gmail for my personal and blogging life, but in the “workosphere” we seem destined to live with Outlook. Several times a week, a “Meeting Notice” arrives in my inbox. Given how many of us will say we spend…