My career path advice to you…Try it 100 times and see if you like it. You should know. They call that engagement. I meet with people. They talk about ideas, careers and life. By the way HR, none of them talk about career ladders or compensation plans. Not even S.M.A.R.T. goals. They want to know what they should do with their life. They want leadership. They remember pain. They remember everything. They hurt. So do I. I have been wondering what do to with my life for 19 years… I tell them to try something 100 times and see if they like it. After 100 you’ll know if your good at it. Either way, you learn something.
First, I am sorry you have to see my picture, but stay with me here. I met both Presidential candidates in Chicago a few weeks ago. They both have the best “Immigration Policy”. They both think each other are wrong. The economy sucks. Yes we know that. How can I help it? I can find good and motivated people who come to the U.S. They are people who still come here for opportunity. On my own dime and time, I will help them do whatever it takes to fit in. This will help our economy. They (either Obama or Romney) need me and you to help the American economy.
They have a “hidden elephant” in the room. Her common expression when she does not want to discuss an obvious problem. In her current economy, they have an “imaginary elephant”. I call it imaginary rather than hidden. They can feel and talk about the imaginary elephant, but they do not talk about the hidden elephant. They need the sun to come out and shine on the elephant, but it’s staying in. So they sit there in misery and think, the elephant will never hurt me. It only hurts others. That thought is their mind being afraid to change. Accept it. Come up with a way to punish the elephant. Take authority over the elephant. When my deepest thoughts are broken, I keep on dreaming. When I stop dreaming, I die. Punish the elephant.
Hey computer software engineers and HR Tech vendors with your high salaries, cool benefits and ping pong games at work. Way to go. Now earn it! Most of us HR pros are not tech venture capitalists. But we do know how bad technology looks and feels. Bad technology feels like an ironical vampire energy sucking leach. Happy Halloween tech vampires. You create dead weight HR jobs. It makes us spend our time on activities not related to promoting internal and external talent. We skip family events and cool meetings because our energy is sucked by vampire technology. Oh and our clients hate it too.
We all have good in us. How do you think a guy like Vanilla Ice made it. We all have biases too. I met someone of a different tribe last week, a guy named Jason Seiden with a white camero and vanity license plates that say “Vanilla Ice”. My bias was always to hate people with vanity plates. But I had the opportunity to meet and spend time with Jason in Chicago. In short, he is real and good. Jason and his company, AJAX Workforce Marketing, take your personal brand way beyond social media.
First. I saw a glimpse of heaven over the past week. #HRTechConf 2012. Filled with thousands of attendees from dozens of countries around the world. I think we call that an international gathering. Who is it for? HR tribers who want to gain confidence and knowledge to drive HR Technology decisions, people who want to stay current on HR technologies, and HR people who want to understand how technology is changing our behaviors. Pretty much anyone. Even friends of the guy to the right. Hi Kristen!
As an attendee, coffee drinker, participate and leader in this space I was honored to help our tribe figure out what it all means and where we are going with this shift. The Cloud and Social Technology are driving this behavioral change. You need to be aware. See me and about 5,000 other HR Pros for more information. A small tribe is growing. We are open for discussion. If I can’t answer your question I know many who can.
A couple of quick things. First, find people who want to do good. Then help them. Second. I am at #HRTechConf in Chicago. I have met many people who want to do good in our universe. Stay tuned……………………I will help them do good and share that with you. Will you help me do that? Also…I lost my glasses somewhere at this conference. I hope someone will do good and give them to me when found.
In high school you did not mess with a skinny quiet kid. At least in my life. They will surprise you with a roundhouse kick to your face. Skinny quiet kids grow up and work with us. Us, HR Pros need to get the best out of them. Do you watch the NBC show, America’s Got Talent? Some show contestants are the skinny quiet type. They exist, but nobody knows their talents. See short video of Andrew De Leon on Americas Got Talent (email subscribers click through). Make more sense?
We work with people who have talents like Andrew De Leon. I have. Back in my manufacturing HR life in Arizona we used temporary employees via staffing firms. Technically (thanks to Co-Employment risks caused by Microsoft) I did not “do HR” with temporary employees, but this issue was fun to watch. Goes like this…
Hey look at Greg (fake name). He is having a meltdown in front of his fancy work peeps. I hear him saying, “ F#@K, S$#T, I can’t do this.” Graphite hits the ground. Poor guy turns a fun game of tennis into an ego match with his executive buddies.
Greg is a good athlete. MBA from a famous school. What’s the matter? Greg latter confides in me for tennis pointers. Not a pro, but I know a thing or two about the sport. His main concern is how he looks when he plays the game. He wants to look good and beat his executive buddies at the annual company retreat in California. That’s his first problem. Caring how others think. I say to him, “Play like nobody’s watching. Play your own way.” In short, it worked. He made an executive decision.
That’s my hook. Famous news media everywhere, Wall Street Journal amongst one of them, are telling us how CEOs and Executives fear SoMe (that means Social Media). They tell us seven in 10 Fortune 500 CEOs have no presence on major social media networks such as Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, etc. Those who do, 4% have known Twitter accounts and 8% use Facebook under their own names.
The psychological employment contract theory came around in the 1960s. From what I gather, smarter people later built on that theory in the late 90s to create the term Employment Value Proposition (EVP). About this time employers begin to offer or mandate direct deposit paychecks instead of manual paper paychecks. Why should you care about this? Well…The paycheck change messed with 2 parts of your life. First, it made it more difficult to hide money for your secret trips to Wendover, Nevada. Second, it took away the boss and employee pay transaction/conversation and that messed with the employer/employee part of the psychological contract.