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Keep Calm – Social Media is Just Like Real Life #lashrm13

keep-calm-and-tweet-onToday’s guest post is from Janine Truitt who will be attending the Louisiana SHRM State Conference as a member of the Social Media Team. Janine’s career spans eight years in HR and Recruitment and she is best known for her blog “The Aristocracy of HR” (TAOHR) where she discusses Talent Management triumphs, blunders, and best practices.  You can follow Janine on twitter at @CzarinaofHR.

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I’m not sure where these countless “Keep Calm” messages keep emanating from but they are catchy and redundant. The catchy reason is why I decided to use it as a title. The other reason is it drives an important message I want to send to my fellow HR colleagues.

Dear HR Professional:

I want you to know that you can calm down. Social Media is just like real life only digital. There are altruists. There are pessimists. There are the people that won’t be caught dead engaging with you if you’re not part of their clique so guess what they do they contact you behind the scenes rather than engage with you openly for all to see. It’s like the jock that secretly has a love for all things nerdy and meets their nerd friend in an alley to read Moby Dick after school, but shoves and ignores the nerd while in school. I guess it is better to engage in private than not at all, because there are those that won’t give you the time of day ever. Can we say narcissism?

In any event, the same challenges and joys of engaging with people in real life exist in the social media space. People are no different in social media than in real life, they just favor social engagement of the digital kind.

Weird. Maybe.

If you asked someone ten years ago if they could imagine spending more time in front of a computer speaking to other people than their real-life colleagues, they would probably think you needed your head checked. Yes, there was My Space and the beginnings of social media but nothing like what it is today. According to a Huffington Post article authored by Sam Fiorella, “the total time spent engaging on social media sites is up to 37% as of July 2012.” It might seem strange to an HR professional that hasn’t already taken the social plunge that there would be such meaningful and profound opportunities to learn, engage, and collaborate via social media. The unfortunate reality for that individual is that they are increasingly the strange one for not taking advantage of something that is vastly becoming a business imperative. Newsflash: social media is no longer a trendy or a fleeting thing. Social Media is an ecosystem of active job seekers, passive job seekers, entrepreneurs, thought leaders, professionals from every industry just looking to be a signal in the noise etc.

The moral of the story is: HR professionals may not see the need to be on a social network for personal reasons, but they should at least be willing to see the benefit in utilizing it for professional and business purposes. It is not a one size fits all sort of thing. Like most things in life and business, you should utilize the tools that provide the best return on investment. That is-don’t do social media for the sake of doing it. Be intentional about your reasons and what is best suited for your customer base.  At least now, as you rethink your position on social media, you can breathe easier knowing that there are no unicorns or mystical characters in this space. It is the same ol’ same and you know what that entails so keep calm and take the plunge.

If you need support, consider coming to Louisiana SHRM State Conference  from April 7-9 to get some tips from the social media team on how to get started.

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image courtesy of Kelly Lux


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Irritation and Introspection – #lashrm13 preview

Today’s guest post is from Brad Galin who will be presenting a concurrent session at the Louisiana SHRM State Conference on Tuesday, April 9th; you can find the details here.  Follow Brad on Twitter and check out his blog, RollerCoaster HR.

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There has been much introspection on my part lately.  The end of my MBA studies is simultaneously exciting and daunting.  In my attempts to decide “What’s Next” I have started talking to others about their own milestones and what, if anything, served as an “a-ha” moment in their own career and life progression.

What I have found is that there is rarely any one thing that acts as a trigger point and that it takes much time and even more interaction with others to help set events in motion.  Learning about others and what makes them tick is one piece, but there is something more that has turned out to be even more informative.  A quote by Carl Jung sums it up well:

“Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.”

It is possible to learn from the mistakes we make as well as the mistakes made by others.  However, it is even more important to reflect inwardly when faced with a truth that does not fit with our own preconceived notion of being, especially when that truth lays elsewhere and can serve as warning to us as we push forward.

In my organization (and many others) there is a tendency to complain and ridicule the behavior of others.  It’s not a big leap to begin the process of thinking through the reasons that a particular thing is a source of irritation.  That process alone is a move forward to gaining a better understanding of ourselves and then to push these areas as opportunities for growth.


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Am I Receiving You? #lashrm13

receiving(today’s post is by Doug Shaw who, as you will read, is quite excited about journeying to Louisiana and speaking at the upcoming SHRM State Conference).

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We’re less than three months away from the Louisiana State HR Conference and I don’t know about you, but I am already really excited about it. As well as being a chance to hear from a host of top drawer speaking talent, it will be my first visit to your lovely state since I passed briefly through Shreveport in 1986 on a bus from Denver to Miami. What had I been doing in Denver? Watching the Broncos beat the Redskins 31 to 30, courtesy of some fine quarterback action from John Elway, and a missed field goal by Redskins place kicker Max Zendejas. I’m looking forward to traveling the 7,500 kilometres from my home here in London England to see you in Baton Rouge.

If you are planning on joining in with my session on Building Social HR Leadership it would be a pleasure to see you there. What would be even better though, would be if you will engage with me now, or at some point before the event, to tell me what you think you’d like to learn with me? What does social media have to do with leadership? How can we use it to make a difference for us, our profession, our colleagues and our customers? I have loads of ideas I’m happy to share – and what I’d really like to do is create value for you by understanding your needs beforehand. If you would like to get in touch I would love to hear from you by email, or via my website or Twitter – whatever suits you best.

Looking forward to seeing you.

Doug


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Light Bulb Moments and Getting Ready for #lashrm13

Baton Rouge downtown bridgeAs we get ready for the 2013 Louisiana SHRM State Conference on HR (#lashrm13), we thought it might be fun to share a recap post from the 2012 conference.  Bill Boorman led a concurrent session last year in New Orleans and we are thrilled to have him return for the 2013 event where he will be our closing keynote speaker on Tuesday, April 9th talking about “The ‘Cult’ of Work.” You’ll also be able to catch him running a concurrent session on Monday April 8th with Robin Schooling entitled “HR’s Turning Point: Are You Staying in Place or Moving Forward?”

Enjoy the post below which was Bill’s recap of the 2012 conference; we like to call it ‘a view from the UK.’  And make plans to join us in 2013 as we bring the conference to Baton Rouge!

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Light Bulb Moments from New Orleans #LASHRM

It’s been a few weeks now since I got back from #LASHRM in New Orleans. I have something I always do a few weeks after an event. I take some blank sheets of paper and I write down a few statements and words under 3 headings:

> What do I remember? What were the light bulb moments?

> Who do I remember?

> Out of 10, would I go back again?

Just for a change I thought it would share the first and last sections publicly, and for the record, in terms of who I remember, it was one of the longest lists from any event. This was a memorable event with a memorable crowd.

My light bulb moments:

> If you only connect with people like you, you will learn nothing and gain nothing.

> Diversity is as much about personality as colour, race etc

> Your network is your posse who are in your corner.

> If we all think the same some of us are irrelevant

> It’s not what you know it’s who you know, and that’s a good thing, despite negative connotations. Network intentionally.

> When you reward people for what you want them to do before you ask them to do it, they are much more likely to do what you want compared with rewarding them only if they do it.

> New Orleans is both one of the 5 most friendly cities in the world, and also the 5 most dangerous at the same time.

> Gumbo with everything is perfectly acceptable.

> It’s better to be the party than go to the party.

> People who earn $14.5 Mn a year essentially want the same things from work and colleagues as people on minimum wage. People are people whatever the status.

> Creating opportunities for accidental engagement is the best way to get people to ask what they really want to know. talking in places like car parks and water coolers beats meetings in offices because of informality. Executives need to create plenty of opportunities for this to happen.

> 5% of the people influence the behavior of the other 95%. The key is knowing who the 5% are, what motivates them and reaching them.

> Its more effective to manage the work rather than the hours.

> It’s easier to take the work to where the skills are than take try to bring the skills to the work.

> People have better technology in their houses than they have in their offices.

> Don’t be afraid to fly the freak flag.

> Best practice is not innovation.

> State conferences beat champagne headline events for content and community.

> Police horses fit in bars.

> You can tap dance by fitting tin can lids on the bottom of your shoes.

>If you are communicating the need for change, you need to deliver it as a benefit to the ones who are going to have to do the changing, not the benefit to you.

> When you give an order, people will follow but absolve themselves from responsibility for the outcome.

> American service can be as bad as UK service, they just wish you a “nice day” after.

> I’d like to work for Rose Hudson, the CEO of Louisiana State Lottery.

> The worst and most dangerous type of prejudice is delivered by people who would not consider themselves prejudiced.

> You don’t go to work, work comes to you.

> Robin Schooling is quite brilliant at getting everyone together. We all went to New Orleans because Robin asked. That’s the power of personal connections.

> Everyone in Louisiana talks about their life in 2 parts. Before the storm and after the storm.

> User adoption is more important than technical capability in HR Tech.

> Most people operate their current technology at 20%.

> New Orleans has gone through the rebuilding period and is now in the renaissance period. Town branding is important for its citizens.

> Jazz is quite cool but Blues is better.

> Big Al Carson should be a worldwide star.

That’s what I remembered from #LASHRM, and it’s a big list. I remembered a whole lot of new people. Thanks to you all, it was a lot of fun.

And the last bit, my score for if I would go back, it’s 11 out of 10! Brilliant conference. Brilliant time, and I’m already plotting #truNewOrleans for later in the year.

Bill


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Recaps, Conversations and Light Bulb Moments

It’s been close to a month since the Louisiana SHRM State Conference came to a successful conclusion and in the last few weeks there has been some more online content generated.  Check out a few more blog posts:

Louisiana SHRM Conference 2012: Recap (Day 2) – by Christine Assaf

Creating a Culture of “We” – An Engaging Conversation from #LASHRM12 – by Chris Ponder

Light Bulb Moments from New Orleans – #LASHRM – by Bill Boorman

We also captured some fantastic video interviews/testimonials with speakers and attendees.  Check them out here.

What a great conference we had!  You surely want to get in on the learning and the excitement next year, don’t you?  So make plans to join us in April 2013 in Baton Rouge!