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.


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 . . .

Things you should know about Social Media

15 Feb

I recently attended and helped take questions at a Social Media Boot Camp hosted in the lovely new Blue Cross Blue Shield building. During the presentation, given by Joe Gerstandt and Jason Lauritsen, some pretty good questions were asked and answered. The morning started with a great and fact filled presentation by Joe, one half of Talent Anarchy, who not only explained what social media was, but gave a quick run through of its (short) evolution over the past few years. But maybe we’re taking this whole thing too fast. So in the spirit of true learning, here are a few quick tutorials that may help beginners get on the right track.

Getting Started on Twitter:

This is a great video (although slightly dated) to get you started. If you’re a visual learner, just follow the simple steps.

  1. Navigate to http://twitter.com/ and click the yellow button on the right hand of your screen, or simply navigate to https://twitter.com/signup.
  2. Fill in the first field with your full name.
  3. Select a username. Try to pick something that describes you – whether it’s a nickname, an interest or a hobby.
  4. Enter a password. Be tricky! Make sure your password contains letters, numbers, and symbols.
  5. Enter your email address.
  6. Fill in the Captcha to prove you’re human, not a machine!
  7. Pick sources that interest you (more on this below).
  8. Search for Friends, and follow them. Read more.

Laura Fitton (@pistachio) is a Twitter pioneer and has an entire page devoted to resources for Twitter beginners. Here’s a post by Michael Long (@theredrecruiter) that he prepared specifically for a SHRM conference.

Getting started using Facebook for employer branding and sourcing. Here are the BASICS of setting up a Facebook page.

Check out this social recruiting slideshow from Deloitte.

Of course, LinkedIn has been much lauded by recruiters for quite some time now. If you’re not using it to recruit, then you should be. Here are some great informative posts about how to do that:

Boy are you in luck

100+ Smart ways to use LinkedIn

College Recruiting

Now that might be enough for one day, but here are some tools that might be of use to you as well:

Quora– a professional question and answer community

Slideshare– a place to upload, share,download and embed presentations

WordPress– A blog hosting platform

TypePad– A blog hosting platform, slightly easier to set up than traditional WordPress

Box.Net– A place to share documents online.

Yammer– A place for internal communication.

Tumblr- A blogging platform in a shorter-form.

PodBean– a video blogging platform

There were a lot of questions based around not understanding the technology. I think the thing to remember is that it’s new to all of us at one point or another. When in doubt, go straight to the source (i.e. the platform’s website) and actually click the help button. Often there will be a tutorial section which can be of vast use. If those resources aren’t available, search the name of the tool you want to learn about and terms like “basic” “tutorial” “101” “quick tips” etc.

1) Find out the tools your friends and colleagues are using.

2) Go to the site, often the same name as the tool in question (which is why all of them are not really real words).

3) Give yourself some time to explore.

4) Write down questions or things you don’t understand and call a mentor or email your questions.

5) Learn and repeat.


Jason Seiden’s “Fail Spectacularly: The Risk in Elevating HR” Mural

20 Dec

This is the last of the amazing murals created by Sophia Liang at The HR Reinvention Experiment.  Jason Seiden gave a compelling closing keynote that challenged HR to take control of their story by embracing the challenge of elevating themselves to the next level in their career.

Joe Gerstandt’s “Reality Check: Does HR Really Get Diversity?” Mural

15 Dec

Greg Harris’ “Redefining Employee Engagement” Mural

10 Dec

Kim Hoogeveen and Roger Fransecky’s “The CEO Perspective on HR” Mural

7 Dec