Tuesday, May 11, 2010

What's in it for me?

That's a question I always myself ask when attending conferences, speakers, concerts, you name it.  What am I going to get out of this?  And what I am going to contribute?  Will it, at the end of the day, make me a better human being? Will I add to someone else's experience?  We are all more than our jobs and I seek ways to add to life. Not just work.

That's a tall order for a cool unconference called HRevolution.  Hanging out in Chicago with all kinds of nifty, neat, amazing people was an awful lot of fun.  This was a place people wanted to be. Me too. I learned some things. 

I learned that there are some pretty smart people out there.  People who will talk, share, discuss and collaborate on interesting topics.  
I learned that social intelligence can and should be taught.  Starting say in 1st grade.  
I learned that some people like really high heels.  That's impressive.
I was happy that I brought my camera.

I spent a session with Jennifer McClure and Lisa Rosendahl facilitating the topic Can HR be trusted? It was an interesting and at times, uncomfortable topic. Everyone in HR wants to be trusted.  We are good people.  We like to think we are.  Most valuable for me was listening to some of my colleagues share stories and feedback about how people have been burned; people who have divulged information and felt punished; people who are afraid to share specifics about illnesses, people who would go anywhere but HR.  I walked away with a healthy reminder that we are stewards of sensitive and delicate information.  We need to be transparent in our dealings but airtight with the sources. 

There were some curious references to Karl Marx.  I believe that in some situations we can ask ourselves, "what would Karl do?" That concept deserves some time and reverence.  Because  I don't know much about Karl Marx.  In all the noise, at the end of it all, I hope I added to the conversation too.  


Joan Ginsberg said...

I am sorry that I didn't sit through this session from beginning to end, because I was really intrigued by the parts I did hear. This was the kind of topic that, in my opinion, we need to do a little more of. It was every day HR practitioners discussing an every day HR problem.

No pictures? Seriously? Do you not trust us? :) Hugs.

JunkyardHR said...

Sadly, I had two sessions I wanted to attend and I got sucked into the conversation in the other one, so missed this.

It is a hot topic, and one that we as practitioners struggle with daily.

I like your takeaways... wanna borrow my heels? ~grin~


Anonymous said...

It was so great finally meeting you. Sadly my High heel days are long gone. But I do aspire to have the most awesome pairs of flats in every color!
Your pictures were amazing.

Michael said...

Dee- It was great to meet you! I wish some of these sessions had been recorded. I missed that one while doing my own.

I usually skip the heels Tammy, but thanks!

Deirdre said...

You all are just wonderful! Glad we could all connect.

Paul Smith said...

I echo your sentiment: "Hanging out in Chicago with all kinds of nifty, neat, amazing people was an awful lot of fun."
I wish I had attended that session, but unfortunately duty called and I was elsewhere.
I wish I had been part of the Marx conversation. If I had not already given my blog a tagline, I would definitely be using "What Would Karl Do".