In part 1 of this series I sent out a challenge to HR pros and many responded. Thank you! Your commitments-to yourself and to others-will help make 2010 a success. For my part, I will be honored to help all of the participants meet or exceed their goals. In part 2 I took those commitments and posted them so that others could read and be inspired by them.
Now it’s my turn.
For 2010, my 3 things for being a HR Rock Star can be summed up by the following metaphors:
- Broken teeth
- Handshake deals
- Swollen brains
I played it safe in 2009. My focus was on learning the ins-and-outs of social media. As I developed my confidence has grown and now I’m eager to do more. The Web offers infinite possibilities and the only thing that’s preventing me from taking advantage of this is, well, me. I’m going to tackle different topics, offer content in a greater variety of mediums, and engage the readers of this blog in more ways than just through the ‘comments’ section. This means I will occasionally fall flat on my face, hence the broken teeth metaphor.
One of the things I discovered through blogging is that I really enjoy working with others. The HR blogosphere has been incredibly generous with their time, advice, and creative energy. As a result of all that love and attention I was able to remain highly motivated and productive. Also, through collaborative efforts I generated some great series, such as ‘HR Toolbox,’ ‘HR Rock Star,’ and ‘HR 101.‘ These were some of the most viewed and discussed posts on this site.
So in 2010 there will be more collaborations to be had, both on my blog and elsewhere. This will take the form of more series and more guest posts on other sites. However, I’m also looking to work with others in terms of how we offer our content. HR bloggers, in my opinion, have only scratched the surface in terms of how we can engage our readership. Guest posts are great, but is that all there is? How about a “pop-up blog” (similar to a pop-up store) where a particular subject is tackled by a group of bloggers for a limited time? That’s just one example.
Also, there’s a significant portion of the HR community not online. Reaching that audience will require fresh thinking and a novel approach. This, I admit, may be beyond my one small brain. However, in partnership with many other smart folks, we could potentially come up with ideas that could be a game changer. There will be plenty of handshake deals (aka collaboration) in 2010.
As a knowledge worker I need to make sure that I have a strong educational foundation. So it’s not surprising that I’m going to continue to cram more information into my brain. But it’s not just about facts and figures, it’s about comprehension. Tying into points 1 and 2 I’m going to create my own educational curriculum. The ‘HR 101’ series provides the foundation to build course work that will enable me to expand my knowledge on a variety of subjects. I will also be working with others to encourage and challenge my understanding of those topics.
In addition to creating my own educational road map I still plan on doing the things that help me stay informed and up to date-read quality material (blogs, books, magazines, etc.), hang out with people that are smarter than myself, and continue to be curious (especially about topics other than HR) . If the opportunity arises, I will take more traditional classes at a local college. My brain will swell from all of this knowledge and I will be better for it.
In conclusion, I look forward to working with this great community I’m a part of to make this next year a success, both for others and myself.