The 90 day follow-up

by John on August 22, 2010

So true to form, I’m late with my follow-up post but you’re not going to hold it against me are you?

Here’s a brief recap of why I decided to write these posts. On May 7th and 8th I had the opportunity to attend the 2nd HRevolution conference in Chicago, IL. This version was a radical departure from the original conference in Louisville, KY. A large contingent of the original 50 attendees returned and an even larger group of new attendees showed up making version 2.0 a great event. There were the big names (Seiden, Winegardner, Boese, McFarlane, Sackett, Ruettimann & Huan), a kick ass Monster sponsored Tweet-up, excellent conversation and everyone was approachable (Unless you were in my shoes and you accidentally may have insulted one of the names I listed above, and no, I will not reveal who it might be…)

The final session was led by Lance & Laurie, challenging all the participants to break out of the echo chamber. Taking those marching orders to heart, I decided to document my actions at the 30, 60 and 90 day mark and so we’ve reached the 90 day mark. So just what the heck have I done? Well I’m glad you asked. Here’s the rundown:

  • The blog was redesigned by my good friend Ashley Newman. Ashley is the wife of one of my fraternity brothers, a talented designer, an amazing mother, and an awesome soul. The only time we don’t agree is when the Gators and Hurricanes play football. Next time will be in 2013. Sorry Ash, but it’s all about “The U”!
  • I don’t think my office is ready for the social media breakthrough I wanted for the NSHMBA conference this October. While it’s ambitious, there were a few more moving parts that I didn’t anticipate. Let me be very clear that this is just being re prioritized (and not for lack of trying). Budget, politics, and timing are all conspiring to mess up the master plan.
  • I think I finally made a small dent in the whole “Marketing vs. HR” issue that’s been bugging me for the past few months. After attending a meeting on social media and sports, I accosted networked with a board member and made a compelling pitch that sparked a further conversation. No, I didn’t insult him or the board, but I did make a case for a possible session that will discuss this divide. Lot’s more to come in that area.
  • I’ll be attending the 2nd annual Asian MBA Conference in New York City at the end of this week (8/26 – 8/28). I’m looking forward to grabbing a quick cup of coffee with Victorio and discussing a few interesting topics, strategizing with Brian, and seeing a few old friends.
  • Flying immediately from NYC to Orlando for HRFlorida on Sunday the 29th. I’m excited to catch-up with a good majority of peeps from HRevolution 2010 and others. Yes, my primary goal is work related and I’m gonna hustle, but I have a feeling this will be very productive career- wise.
  • Not to forget my peeps in the space, I also thought these events qualify on my list as echo busting work:

  • Charlie Judy and Benjamin McCall are working. Cheers gentlemen, kick some ass!
  • China Gorman is here. If that don’t put a big dent in the wall, then hell, I may need to down a few Stella’s and hurl some insults at you.
  • Aquire’s sponsoring of the HR Happy Hour. Kudos to Lois. She’s good people and having had the opportunity to spend some time just listening to her, I walked away a better person.
  • The Voice of HR was launched. Wow, that was a one cool idea. That’s also worthy of a Stella induced rant.
  • So to close out this post, it’s been a busy 90 days since we all got together. I’m still excited about the future and hell, there’s lots more stuff happening to all the attendees. Before you know it, 2010 will come to a close and we’ll all be meeting again for HRevolution 3, SHRM’s Revenge.

    { 9 comments… read them below or add one }

    Trish McFarlane August 22, 2010 at 11:13 am

    John, I love that you are keeping the learning and inspiration from HRevolution alive and real. It sounds like even when you’re running into obstacles that may slow it down, you keep pushing it along. I think I’ll take a page out of your book and write my 90 day follow up. By sharing where we’ve each accomplished and what has been a slower than anticipated process we can keep each other motivated to keep it moving for HRevolution 3. That may need to be a session in itself….the debrief, led by you. 🙂

    Michael VanDervort August 22, 2010 at 11:25 am


    Looking forward to seeing you our home state at HR Florida, buddy! All the stuff coming up at HR Florida that we are pulling together has been my goal/objective coming out of HR Evolution. The idea I came from HR Evolution was the one of working inside and outside the system to bring about change in our profession. I think we are going to see a step forward in that with HR Florida. We are going to be THE HR leader on putting social media to work in the conference, and showing how the profession can use the tools.

    Can’t wait!

    Steve Boese August 22, 2010 at 3:01 pm

    Super post John, and big time props for holding yourself (and by extension, the rest of us) accountable. Looking forward to seeing you next week in Orlando.

    ChinaGorman August 22, 2010 at 7:45 pm

    Hey John: and I get to meet you at HR FLorida, too! What a few days this is going to be. Thanks so much for the shoutout to my new blog. I haven’t hit my stride yet. Still tryiing to figure out how you guys do this and post such great content so frequently! Anyway, travel safely, and see you soon!

    John August 22, 2010 at 9:28 pm

    China, I’m just as excited too!

    John August 22, 2010 at 9:29 pm

    Steve, what I do is minor compared to what you do for the community on a weekly basis. Thanks for being an approachable, inspiring, person.

    John August 22, 2010 at 9:29 pm

    Michael, I wouldn’t miss this one for the world!

    John August 22, 2010 at 9:30 pm

    Trish, one day I’ll get up to your volume. I’m just chugging along slowly for now. See you in a few!

    John Jorgensen August 23, 2010 at 9:32 pm

    Good post and way to keep to your schedule. I have used the time since HRevolution to, among other things, bring the Illinois State Council of SHRM into the world of social media. I was really inspired by what I hear in Chicago and further motivated by what went on in SHRM-San Diego. It was an experience that drew a lot of attention to ILSHRM10.

    In addition to that, based on the folks I met at HRevolution, there is now the HR Tailgate,

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