The 60 day follow-up

by John on July 12, 2010

Wow lots of things have happened in our universe since we all met in Chicago. So if you’ll indulge me for a few moments, I want to share some of the high and low points of the echo chamber busting I’ve observed from my opera box. Here’s what I absolutely loved:

  • The Monster & Smart Brief collaboration from SHRM10: This was awesome. Short, sweet and to the point. Great topics, great idea.
  • The Women of HR Blog: I love to read the blog. Call it intelligence gathering if you must, but the entire concept is great and the content is real, raw, and inspiring.
  • Stelzner’s rants on twitter and his recap of the SHRM10 conference: I caught these on my blackberry when I was suffering through a lull in a dinner conversation. Raw, uncensored and right from the front lines. I love bold stuff and Mark never fails to deliver.
  • The HR Happy Hour: Specifically the following episodes #48 The Women of HR, #49 The Why of Work, #51 Live from Gettysburg, and #53 Rethinking Talent. Steve and Shauna do a great job every week keeping us in touch with each other, ignoring the ranting tweets, and inspiring us weekly.
  • Seiden’s post in response to the Rethinking Talent HR Happy Hour: A bit bold and too direct for some but a desperately needed reminder to bust the echo chamber. You may not like what he said, but it needed to be said. Internalize it and think about it when you go to execute. ¡QUE VIVA ESPAÑA!

  • Those were all great examples but Jessica’s “7.2 Ways to Get Fired with Social Media” to me was the best example. She told it straight, put her butt on the line and inspired the whole lot of us peeps.

    Here’s where I’m kinda in the middle:

  • The SHRM Blog squad: Kudos for SHRM to do this, and I respect the hell out of the peeps who were on it, but I wanted to see and hear more from them. This fell just short of the mark for me.
  • The SHRM Social Media Guy: I’m middle of the road on this one too. Curtis seems like a smart, amazing professional, but I have the impression that he’s jumped into the shark tank wearing chum swim trunks. Nothing but mad love for you bro, but I have only one question, Dude, where’s your blog?

  • I also didn’t forget to hold myself accountable. Here’s my 60 day update:

  • My plans for NSHMBA were well received and then got stuck in a bit of academic bureaucracy. But I’m still trying to push the envelope and make a solid case.
  • For reasons even I can’t explain, I got suckered into writing a paper for publication. Actually I think it’s quite funny and I’m excited. My co-author is one of my reformed fraternity brothers who became an academic. Yeah, I know, Frat boys wearing Lacoste, writing and presenting semi serious academic papers is the 139th sign of the apocalypse. Don’t Hate, it’s why I’m hot.
  • I haven’t done much to help bridge the divide between marketing and HR in the social space. In fact, I think the divide is growing larger. Somehow this to do needs to be re-tooled, lest I embark on some windmill tilting.

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    Ben Eubanks July 12, 2010 at 8:29 am

    Keep it rolling, amigo. My progress is less defined, but it’s still there. And keep the music going as well. Can’t hurt, right? 🙂

    akaBruno July 12, 2010 at 4:26 pm


    What more did you want to see and hear from the SHRM Blog Squad?


    John July 12, 2010 at 5:07 pm

    @akaBruno I guess I wanted a bit more play-by-play and some more insider information. I want to be clear, I think that the concept was awesome, but SHRM could have done a better job of promoting the team in the social space.

    Steve Boese July 12, 2010 at 9:55 pm

    Great recap, assessment, and look forward. You need to write more for sure, you have a cool style. Thanks for supporting the Happy Hour show, the back channel is definitely the place to be on Thursday nights!

    akaBruno July 12, 2010 at 10:20 pm

    @John I can tell you that there was a lot of play-by-play going on, but it simply wasn’t published. I wrote at least 4 posts that didn’t make it on the site (3 of which were of sessions I had attended). You can see them on my blog.

    I also thought the promotion could have been better. Many people had difficulty finding the blog.

    I do hope it gets better next year as well.

    John Jorgensen July 14, 2010 at 10:02 am

    Love your impression of Curtis Midkiff. I agree that he jumped in at a time when so much was going on, most would have drowned (or to use your impression, been eaten alive). As much as he has going on with getting the SHRM staff up to speed on social media (the only one adept at that left, China), planning the San Diego stuff with only a couple of months to go and now jumping into is Blogapalooza tour of state conferences, man, he has to be cloned to keep up with himself. Give him a few months.

    Other than that, agree with your post. Great minds think alike.

    This reply brought to you by music of BB King and Stevie Ray Vaughan.

    John July 14, 2010 at 10:50 am

    @jkjhr Thanks for the compliments and the thoughts.

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