HRevolution – Breaking the Number One Vegas Rule

Homer hung out on the boulevard after forgetting to buy his HRevolution ticket.

We’ve all heard it, and the city bases an entire advertising campaign on it. What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas.

I intend to break that rule.

Sunday I had the opportunity to participate in my second HRevolution event. As with the spring meeting in Atlanta, this small collection of vocal, creative, energetic people hacked their way through some broken HR stuff, successfully cajoled many of the participants to interact in a little social gaming, learned about digital influence and the potential of the growth of mobile, and exchanged ideas on a variety of topics impacting the field.

Shame on any of us if we file that information away and let it “stay in Vegas”.

For my part, I will be working with the talent acquisition folks where I work on how we can better utilize social media in our talent search, and how to make our process more mobile-friendly. Because it flat out isn’t right now. Thank you Joel Cheesman for an interesting and insightful look at mobile.

Daniel Crosby and Colleen Sutherland ran a session on Change Leadership that provided me with some good ideas to approach an engagement-oriented problem at work. We might not have an engagement problem; I think we have more of a Flow problem. I think there are some real nuggets there that will help me at work.

Lance Haun’s session on digital influence was filled with people who have strong opinions on the topic, and there was great discussion on reflecting on the purpose of the blog. Influence is likely a by-product, built on a sincere interest to bring a clear point of view of topics that matter to people. They don’t have to agree on your point of view, sometimes they will be challenged by it.

They say you can’t cheat in Vegas, but I did. I entered a session on Talent Communities without knowing a thing about the topic, and found that I was thrust into a group challenge that I was totally unprepared for. Everyone in my group knew more about the topic, the challenges, and the tools associated with the real-life problem we were given. I knew nothing. The group won the challenge. I walked away with a whole new perspective on this topic, some new ideas that I also may be able to extend to work, and a desire to start paying attention to #TChat. (On Twitter. Wednesdays at 7pm eastern time.) A great session with just the right amount of guidance from Kevin Grossman, Meghan M. Biro, and Matt Charney.

As in Atlanta, I was disappointed that I had to choose from compelling but competing sessions, but that doesn’t mean I can’t catch up with my peers who participated and might be willing to share what they learned. I know that most people in this group would take a call to discuss what they learned, and I can say I would do the same.

Many thanks are due to organizers: Trish MacFarlane, Steve Boese, Ben Eubanks, and Matt Stollack. I have mentioned many of the presenters above, but there were several others who deserve a round of applause and then some for setting us up with challenging discussions, problem solving opportunities, and most importantly, a great chance to connect with a diversity of thought on the topics related to human resources work. Many thanks to all. Time to put valuable learning to work.

6 Responses to HRevolution – Breaking the Number One Vegas Rule

  1. Tim – thanks as always for the support and for that excellent recap of the event. We felt like we are getting closer to ‘getting it right’ so to speak, and comments and observations from you and the other participants are certainly a considerable help.

    Great seeing you and look forward to the next time.

    • Thanks, Gerry. It is definitely providing my preferred type of learning environment. Thanks for sharing your insights in the digital influence session. It was good to meet you.

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