The year is almost over and it’s a good time to do 2 things: reflect on the past and make commitments to the future. 2009 was a year where the things that seemed to work fine suddenly didn’t. The economy, business, government-none of these things seemed as solid as they once were. A lot of people were pissed and they voiced their frustrations. Others rolled up their sleeves, embraced the chaos and took advantage of it.
I had a good year overall; I started this blog, met and collaborated with great professionals, and survived the recession with my job intact. And most importantly to me, I had fun and learned a lot, both professionally and personally.
Now onto the future…
There’s hope in the air as the unemployment rate starts to stabilize. Most businesses are cautiously optimistic. And there are still opportunities to be had. HR pros can take advantage of this, they just need to do one thing:
We spent a lot of time this year arguing amongst ourselves. Some of it was healthy debate but a lot of it was whining. Let’s use the lessons learned in 2009 to figure out what we want to publicly commit to for 2010. My ‘PUT UP OR SHUT UP’ challenge to you is:
By public commitment you can do one of several things:
- Leave a comment on this post (that’s easy, right?)
- Send out a tweet (what would be a good hashtag? Let’s try #PutupShutup)
- Put it on your Linkedin profile page (recruiters will like that)
- For the hardcore-leave me a voicemail at 646-462-4073 xt 47365
After next week I’ll gather them up and post them; it’ll serve to
further embarrass you hold you to your word.
One last thing-if someone makes a commitment I would like to see the rest of us hold one another accountable. We are a great community (as demonstrated by HRevolution, Job Angels, and the Carnival of HR, for example) and we can help each other get to the next level of our lives.
Are you ready to put up or shut up?