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TLNT to be Media Sponsor for the HR Reinvention Experiment

10 Oct

We are excited to announce that TLNT.com has joined the HR Reinvention Experiment as Media Sponsor.  TLNT is one of the fastest growing online publications in the HR and Talent Management industry.   As part of this partnership, we will be joined at the event by John Hollon, TLNT’s Vice President of Editorial.  John and his team at TLNT are keenly interested in progressive HR so they are joining us to share in our second annual gathering for reinvention.

TLNT is an HR blog about the business of HR, with news, insight, and topical information from experts and thought leaders in HR, talent management, and all areas related to HR and managing a workforce. This includes legal topics and issues, compensation and benefits (health, financial/retirement, and voluntary), HR technology and software, training and development, HR management, and other related areas.

In addition to being a progressive online publication about all things HR, TLNT has recently ventured into the business of conferences as well.  Their flagship event, Transform, will be held on Febrary 26-28, 2012 in Austin, Texas.

We are thrilled that TLNT and John Hollon will be joining us to participate in and tell the story of the 2011 HR Reinvention Experiment.

2011 Closing Keynote: Jeffrey Cufaude

29 Sep

The HR Reinvention Experiment planning committee is excited to announce Jeffrey Cufaude as our closing keynote speaker for this year’s event.

Jeffrey’s session will be titled “Innovation and the Possibilities of Permission.” 

Remember the days of junior high or high school when being in the hallways during classes required carrying a permission slip?  Who gives permission slips to employees to innovate and who carries them in your organization? Do you have one?  What permissions do people require in order for them to explore possibilities, pursue hunches, make unlikely connections, tinker and experiment, and fail spectacularly en route to discovering innovative results?

In this interactive closing general session, Jeffrey will help us explore these core questions and the fundamental permissions required for individuals and organizations to innovate.  We’ll also consider what leads others (and ourselves) to wait for permission to be granted instead of simply empowering ourselves.  And if you’re really, really good, he just might give you a hall pass you can use at work the following week.

Meet Jeffrey Cufaude

A former association executive and university student affairs staff member, Jeffrey Cufaude is an architect of ideas, building communities of ideas and idealists through his writing, facilitation, and speaking. His areas of work include strategy think tanks that bring fresh eyes and thinking to critical questions; conference workshops; volunteer and staff sessions and retreats; and major keynotes.

His work is known for reflecting best practices in adult learning, and he often teaches presentation design and facilitation skills to subject matter experts. He designed and facilitated the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) Future Leaders Conference from 1998-2007, demonstrating his unique gifts in custom-designing and facilitating multiple day leadership and learning experiences.

He is a monthly columnist for Convene, the flagship magazine of the Professional Convention Management Association; a regular blogger and essayist; and frequently contributes feature articles to Associations Now, ASAE’s monthly magazine.  After serving on ASAE’s Innovation Taks Force and championing its InnovationTalks initiative, he recently began a term on ASAE’s Executive Management Section Council.

Oh yeah, He’s really tall, but doesn’t play ball.  Get over it.

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Note: We had originally announced that Nilofer Merchant would be our 2011 closing keynote, but she is unable to join us at this year’s event.  Thankfully, this created the opportunity for us to welcome Jeffrey to join the experiment.  

Ignite HR – Call for Presentations

29 Aug

We are looking for a few good ideas!!!

The Ignite HR call for proposals is open until Friday, September 16th.

We are excited to be kicking off this year’s HR Reinvention Experiment with a series of Ignite presentations focused on putting the human back in human resources.

What is Ignite?

Fast-paced, fun, thought-provoking, social, local, global—Ignite is all of these and more. At it’s most basic, Ignite is a series of high-energy, 5-minute talks by people who have an idea—and the guts to get onstage and share it with the world. Ignite events are run by local volunteers who are connected through the global Ignite network.  Ignite is a force for raising the collective IQ and for building connections.  And, due to the marvel of digital video and the Internet, the archived videos of Ignite talks can spread an individual’s knowledge and passion with the world.

Imagine that you’re in front of an audience about to present a 5-minute talk on the thing you’re most passionate about. You’ve brought 20 slides, which advance every 15 seconds whether you’re ready or not. You have a few last-minute butterflies, but off you go—and the crowd loves it. Welcome to Ignite.

What is Ignite HR?

Ignite HR is about bringing the format and energy of Ignite and unleashing it on the world of Human Resources.  We will leverage the passion and power of the Ignite format to light a fire of HR Reinvention.

We have set aside about an hour on the morning of Friday, October 21st for 6-8 five minute Ignite presentations at the beginning of The HR Reinvention Experiment 2.  So, we are seeking presenters. You do not have to be a professional speaker or even an amateur speak, you just need to be passionate about an idea and willing to speak to it in front of a group of your peers.  One of the reasons that Ignite is such a powerful vehicle for change is the great diversity of speakers, topics, styles and presentation experience that make up an Ignite experience.  If you want to get a better feel for what Ignite is all about, check out a few of the videos on www.IgniteShow.com.

5 minutes, 20 slides, 15 seconds per slide.  As far as rules go, that is about all there is.

Our theme for Ignite HR is “Putting the Human back in Human Resources.”  Got an idea, a question, a solution or practice that connects to that theme in some way?  Send us a proposal.

Here is a link to learn more about why and how to give an Ignite presentation: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yGENcskRGRk&feature=player_embedded#at=319

We will be professionally video taping each Ignite HR presentation.  These videos will be posted to the Ignite website, the HR Reinvention site and possibly in other spots on the web.

Selected proposals will be notified the week of September 26.  Those that have been selected as Ignite HR presenters will have access to coaching from an experienced Ignite presenter the week of October 3rd.

How to Submit a Proposal

Submission Process:

On or before Friday, September 16th:

  1. e-mail your submission to HRRE2IgniteHR@gmail.com
  2. put Ignite HR proposal in the subject line
  3. include the following information in the following order:

name:

e-mail address:

phone number:

proposed title of Ignite HR session:

summary of your session, including why it relates to the theme of “Putting the Human back in Human Resources” (100 words or less)

why you want to present at Ignite HR:

five words to describe your Ignite HR presentation:

Questions?  E-mail joe.gerstandt@gmail.com

 

 

 

2011 Luncheon Keynote: Rita Paskowitz

18 Aug

The universe is made of stories, not atoms.

-Muriel Rukeyser

Do you know your story?  Do you tell it?

What about the story of your profession…or the story of your organization?  Storytelling is a powerful tool for individual growth and development, but also for organizational and community change.  Stories provide us with models for how we think about the world, and how we think about the world matters greatly.

There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you. 
-Maya Angelou

We are very excited to have Storyteller Rita Paskowitz as our lunch keynote speaker for The HR Reinvention Experiment 2.

The Power of Story | Rita Paskowitz 

In her search for identity, Rita has been an actress, writer, improvisationalist and stand-up comedienne, working from New York City to Los Angeles. She combines her talents to bring each and every tale she tells to life.  Her work crosses many venues – including education, religion, healthcare, grief and the world of business.

She is a nationally-known speaker, entertainer, educator and facilitator – and yes, her hair is real.

Rita is also Co-founder and Director of Creative Healing, an arts program for bereavement specialists, and is the Storyteller-in-Residence at Ted E. Bear Hollow, a center for grieving children and teens. She is on the staff of UNO’s Certified Public Managers Institute and UNMC’s Great Plains Public Health Leadership Institute and teaches in UNO’s college of Education. .

In addition, Rita maintains an active performance schedule, proving that no day has only twenty-four hours.

Storytelling is the most powerful way to put ideas into the world today.

-Robert McKee

Introducing Ignite HR

18 Aug

We will be adding even more awesomeness to The HR Reinvention Experiment this year by kicking the day off with Ignite presentations.

If you are not familiar with Ignite, it is a presentation format bringing fast-paced, fun, thought-provoking ideas to the stage; a series of high-energy 5-minute talks by people who have an idea—and the guts to get onstage and share it with the world.

Imagine that you’re in front of an audience about to present a 5-minute talk on the thing you’re most passionate about. You’ve brought 20 slides, which advance every 15 seconds whether you’re ready or not. You have a few last-minute butterflies, but off you go—and the crowd loves it. Welcome to Ignite.

Ignite HR will be about unleashing the format and energy of Ignite on the world of Human Resources.  We will leverage the passion and power of the Ignite format to light a fire of HR Reinvention.

We have set aside about an hour, the morning of Friday, October 21st for a handful of five minute Ignite presentations…so, we will soon be seeking presenters. You do not have to be a professional speaker or even an amateur speaker…you just need to be passionate about an idea and willing to speak to it in front of a group of your peers.  One of the reasons that Ignite is such a powerful vehicle for change is the great diversity of speakers, topics, styles and presentation experience.  Check out a few of the videos on IgniteShow.com

5 minutes, 20 slides, 15 seconds per slide.  As far as rules go, that is about all there is.

Our theme for Ignite HR will be “Putting the Human back in Human Resources.”  Got an idea, a question, a solution or practice that connects to that in some way?  If so, you should think about being one of our Ignite presenters.

Stay tuned here for a formal call for presenters as well as sponsorship news related to Ignite HR.

Did you miss HR Reinvention 2010?

18 Jul

If so, here’s what you missed.

The HR Reinvention Experiment Returns

18 Jul

Big news is coming.  If you are an HR executive in Nebraska or western Iowa, watch your email for an exclusive invitation to the must attend event for HR leaders in our area.  The HR Reinvention Experiment is back.

As we prepare for another round of great discussions and networking, we thought it might be good to revisit a post from last year that explains why we set out to create this event in the first place.  Enjoy.

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Why do the HR Reinvention Experiment?

Human Resources represents a critically important body of work.  Organizations are becoming increasingly and painfully aware that talent is their most important resource.  Issues like generational transitions, healthcare reform and succession has made talent and HR top of mind issues for many executives.

And yet, most organizations report that they lack the confidence in their HR departments to lead them through these challenges.  At the same time, HR leaders continue to talk about lacking a seat at the table to make the big changes that are needed.  All summed up, HR has a credibility and influence outage.  And it has to change.

The hard truth is that executives aren’t going to change.  Their opinions of HR leaders and HR departments aren’t going to change until they see and experience something different out of HR.  The change has to start with us.  And the place where change starts in any department or organization is with the leader.  If the leader doesn’t change, nothing changes.   So, it is through change of the HR leader that the reinvention of human resources begins.

This is how The HR Reinvention Experiment was born.  A small group of passionate HR leaders in Omaha and Lincoln, NE joined together because they wanted to be part of the solution.  The question at hand: “how could we catalyze the change process with HR leaders in our community?”   The answer was to create an event that would accomplish three goals:

  • Challenge HR leaders to think differently about the future of HR
  • Call HR leaders to action to stop being a victim of expectations and to start being a part of the solution by changing the way they approach their work
  • Connect HR leaders together to form a powerful network for support, accountability and energy that will propel the HR profession forward in Nebraska

To do this, the small group of volunteers found a creative space, invited some of the top though leaders in the field to come to Omaha to challenge our thinking, found some visionary sponsors to help support the effort, and then individually invited the top HR leaders in the state to come and be a part of this experience.

The foundation for change is set.

To be continued . . .