Where in the world is Johnny Nyk?

by John on May 21, 2015

Carmen_SandiegoI wanted to come back guns blazing, y’know writing some really poignant posts about how awesome my whole world has been over the past few months.

I’m not going to lie; that has not really been the case.

Now don’t get me wrong, there has been a whole lot of awesome in my world, but nothing earth shattering or even what I’d consider blog worthy. For example, I was officially credentialed as an instructor at the college. Kind of a big deal in that I can teach some more classes and not feel guilty if the students call me “Professor”. Also, I did manage to get a speaking proposal approved for the 2015 HR Florida conference (nothing too crazy there…zzzzz). Also managed to be on the “blog squad” for SHRM 2015 in Las Vegas, and oh and there were the trips to San Francisco and Detroit to meet with some major clients to discuss recruiting strategy.

I know, that sounds like pretty earth shattering stuff….

I also did a some of lurking in the HR Blogosphere and in true Johnny Nyk fashion had a few offline conversations, gave a bit of confidential counsel, and generally managed to not publically say rude things about fellow bloggers (looking at you Sackett) or the HR industry as a whole.

OK public confession, I did say a few choice comments about the industry to my HR classes, but that’s all I’m going to admit to in this post.

The cardinals have made a brief return to my backyard, and the humidity has been kept at bay, but those days are quickly coming to a close. Summer will be here before I know it, the humidity will become an everyday occurrence and my red birds will go wherever they go when the weather turns muggy.

I’ve also been grappling with a few heavy issues, for instance, the unexpected death of a young man in my college fraternity, a series of random and butt-kicking illnesses with the girls, and moments of self-doubt. I haven’t been a really good friend and started down the path of withdrawing, but I realize that I need to extract my cranium from my rectum and use the telephone.

In short, life has been crazy starting in March to now and I’m finally catching my breath.

I have friends going to Cuba for reasons that I’m not too sure about, witnessed the return of a voices in the space that I respect and admire (hat tips to Don Carlos and Charlie), students that will be graduating in August, and all sorts of crazy on the horizon. I’m pretty excited for the next few weeks.

So that’s where I’ve been, and what’s coming up. Please stay tuned, and I promise not to be boring.



We Could Be Heroes

by John on March 3, 2015

This past weekend I had a chance to catch-up with some friends at the South Beach Wine & Food Festival. The experience was nothing short of awesome. It was one of those top ten moments where you want to take as many pictures to remember, but you don’t because you’re just enjoying the time. Really, really enjoyed the event, and especially the group of friends that join us.

Our group is a rather eclectic bunch: HR Pro’s, Lawyers, Bankers, Law Enforcement Agents, and Educators. We all share a healthy love of good food, great wine, and great conversations. However, it was a quick, quiet, conversation that sparked the inspiration for this post.

I was catching up with one of the HR Pro’s and they said “Y’know John, I believe we all have one work superpower. This superpower is unique to the individual, and once you use it at work, you’ll never forget that you’ve got it”. I smiled, and then laughed and agreed with them, but didn’t give it much thought for the rest of the day.

In the days that have passed, I started to think a bit more about this concept and started to wonder if it is a truly valid concept.

I found myself asking goofy questions like: Do you have a work super power? If so, what is it? If not, how do I find out what it is? When will I know if I use it at the right time?

I’ve done several self assessments over the years. I know that I’m an ENFP, I’ve seen my Gallup scores, I’ve done the whole strengths finder (I know that I’m an activator, a relator, an ideator, an influencer, etc. etc. you get the point).

Maybe talent acquisition folks have different powers than the talent development folks? Do the PhD’s in OD have telekinesis skills? What about the payroll clerk who can do excel models with their eyes closed? Or the benefits coordinator who can calculate rolling average FMLA (which is one of my circles of hell in the HR Inferno)?

So for now, I’ve got to do a bit more self actualizing on the whole “work superpower” thing.

It’s a shame we didn’t get a chance to share our other “superpowers”. If asked, I’ve got that bad boy ready to go.

I learned how to spell my last name in the womb, and that my friends was no small feat.


Dispatches from the 2015 HCM Excellence Conference: Post-Conference Review

February 8, 2015

It’s taken me a while to file my final dispatch from Brandon Hall’s 2015 HCM Excellence Conference. The spring college recruiting season is upon us and my days and nights have merged into a series of interview sessions, information sessions, and student counseling sessions. I also wanted to wait a bit before I filed my […]

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Dispatches from the 2015 HCM Excellence Conference – Day Two:

January 30, 2015

It’s pretty difficult these days to break the mold of your typical conference; however, I remain very impressed by the Brandon Hall Group team. The sessions are packed, the audiences are engaged, and the presenters are doing a good job sharing the information. Day two had me covering three sessions. The first, discussed how learning […]

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Dispatches from the 2015 HCM Excellence Conference:

January 29, 2015

I was asked to be a blogger for Brandon Hall Group’s HCM Excellence Conference taking place in Fort Lauderdale, FL this week. The sessions are full of incredibly smart, passionate, and engaged participants and I have to admit, it’s a bit daunting. However, in my book, when someone says it’s daunting, my default response is […]

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