What I taught/what I learned this week.

by John on January 25, 2013

It’s has been another busy week here in Miami. The weather has been really mild, which usually pisses off people up north who are digging out the snow or bracing for the upcoming freezing temps. That will change soon enough here in Florida and we’ll start to complain about humidity, tourists, mosquitoes, or a combination of all of them in a few weeks. So to heck with the weather, let’s get to the point of this goofy experiment:

Time for the highlights, starting with what I taught this week:

  • I finished teaching our “professional development seminar” for graduate students in HR this week. It’s always interesting seeing the new crop of MSHRM students and understanding their level of hr skills. Some are very junior, a few are very seasoned. It’s exciting to see such enthusiasm for the profession.
  • I’ve always been a fan of trying to standardize definitions or vocabulary. Especially in meetings. Other peeps aren’t and often get in the weeds or stumble with minutia. Resetting goals with a common vocabulary really makes a difference and I’ve had to gently nudge some of my peers and colleagues into remembering this simple concept.

Here’s what I learned:

  • I have got to get over others general apathy and general “know-it-all”-ness. I too have these personality traits and realize that I can be a huge pain in the ass when I get that way. Seeing it directed at me this week really caused some introspection.
  • Second graders have drama. Sure it’s on a second grade level, but it’s drama nonetheless. I’m sure dealing with this is good practice for when it becomes junior & senior high school drama.
  • My friends and peers in this space are truly kind and amazing folks. Taking the time to celebrate Paul this week was a highlight and a real shot in the motivation column for me. I know that I need to be more vocal, write more posts, and share my opinion, enough saying and more doing it John.

Time to prep for a class on Safety, Workers Comp, & OSHA and then share in the joy of a baby shower for my younger brother. Have a great weekend!

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