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What’s the Difference: Do You Have a Job or a Career?

www.flazingo.comI was thinking today about the difference between my job and my career.  Many people use these terms interchangably.  I don’t.  I believe my job is the employer that I chose, who chose me, to come provide a service and be paid for that service.  I think that is only one part of my career though.  Additionally, a career is not just a series of jobs.  Although for many people who do differentiate, that is the distinction they make.

I believe your career is a compiliation of all the work you do.  Your career is the totality of how you use all the skills you acquire to bring value to your job as well as the other organizations you participate in.  That includes your paid and unpaid work.

The list is long…

  • Volunteering at an organization
  • Working on PTA or PTO
  • Being a scout leader
  • Being a coach for children
  • Leading efforts for your church
  • Writing
  • Speaking

We choose who we work with.

There are many times I meet someone and think of numerous ways we can work together.  Take HRevolution for example.  This is an effort I embark on with three other people in the industry.   I admire  them (Ben EubanksSteve Boese, and Matt Stollak) more than any people I’ve met.  We CHOOSE to work together. We do it because we have a shared mission, a shared passion, and a shared devotion to each other.  Then, we weave many other people into the fabric and work with them to make the event possible.  It may not be a paid job, but it is a skill building effort and helps my career.

I also co-host HR Happy Hour with Steve Boese, helped write a book with my HRevolutionize team (not published yet but awaiting finishing touches), partner with smart women like Jenny Payne on Women of HR, and constantly come up with new ideas with the likes of Bill Boorman, Paul Hebert, Victorio Milian, Lisa Rosendahl, Robin Schooling and Mike Vandervort.  To me, it’s experiences like these that make my career so much richer.  It’s these experiences that make me better at my J-O-B.

So, am I crazy?  Is there a difference?  Tell me what you think in the comments….

What’s Killing Creativity in our Students?

HRevolution Official Logo blackIt’s been a week since #HRevolution 2014 wrapped and I’m just now coming down from the high of being around such brilliant people.  It is always the one event that I can’t write about immediately because there is so much information to process.  While there is great value in each session, one that touched me personally was “Sally Can’t Doodle and it’s Your Fault” led by Lois Melbourne.

Lois, Chief Story Officer at My Future Story and thought leader in the industry, has embarked on a career path where she helps students learn about various industries and careers.  This is something Lois has been passionate about for many years and she’s now putting that passion and her knowledge to use by writing books targeted at students.  These books will help them as they determine which career their studies will support.

In this session at HRevolution, several discussion topics emerged:

  • Do schools kill creativity in our students?  Lois encouraged all attendees to watch the TedX talk by Sir Ken Robinson on the topic as a way to get them thinking.  Discussion centered around the current state of the public school system in the US and whether it needs to change.  There was mention that US businesses need to partner with the school system in order to ensure that students are prepared to enter the workforce.  Another discussion was around the fact that we do not have a “business system” in the US so it is hard to partner with the school system.  Since each organization has to decide whether to reach out to schools, then come up with it’s own approach on how to partner, there is a lack of consistency.
  • Do jobs currently posted as “degree required” really need to have applicants with a degree?  Several in the group mentioned that it’s a way for recruiters to single people out of the hiring process.  Others started naming jobs that are traditionally degree-required that would not have to be.
  • What are Maker Faires and what is their impact?  When Lois mentioned Maker Faires, most attendees were not familiar with them so this was a definite learning point.  According to their website, Maker Faires are, “Part science fair, part county fair, and part something entirely new, Maker Faire is an all-ages gathering of tech enthusiasts, crafters, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, science clubs, authors, artists, students, and commercial exhibitors. All of these “makers” come to Maker Faire to show what they have made and to share what they have learned.”  I’d encourage you to check them out.
  • What does it means to have tenacity?  She then talked about tenacious inventors and how without them, we would not have many of the innovative, creative solutions and products we have today.  This made me wonder how people become tenacious.  Is it a characteristic you’re born with or can we learn tenacity?

All in all, the session was nothing short of amazing.  It’s not often that I walk out of a conference with more questions spinning in my head then I walked in with.  It’s an energizing feeling.  I’ve spent the last several days using my free time to listen to the TedX talk and to research more about our education system and what we can do to find a new way to prepare students for the future work world.

I don’t have many answers yet, but I know that these themes will emerge in my writing as I think through them.  What do you think?

Is our current education system adequate for preparing our students?  If changes are needed, what needs to change?

Do our children even know how to be creative anymore?

How can we send our children through the same system we went through, yet expect different results?

Share your thoughts in the comments.  I’d love to keep this conversation going.  

*Special thanks to our sponsors: Mercer, Symbolist and Small Improvements for making HRevolution possible and for all your personal and professional support.

 

Join us for HRevolution November 7-8 in Dallas!

HRevolution Official Logo blackThe HRevolution is coming to Dallas (Grapevine), TX on November 7- 8, 2014 and you’re invited!

HRevolution is an industry-changing event in the US for the human resource industry.  It began as a single tweet on Twitter as a way to bring HR professionals, recruiters, CEOs, and other industry leaders together to discuss the current state of human resources and where the industry is headed.  It was also a way to give back to the HR community by decreasing the costs for attendees compared to traditional events.  Our generous sponsors cover much of the costs associated with the event.  This keeps our ticket prices low.  Get yours today HERE for only $200.

HRevolution has produced six highly successful events and we are excited to bring HRevolution 7 to a whole new level by refining the focus of the event while expanding the reach to increasingly more high-level HR professionals.  It’s also a way to celebrate our 5 year anniversary by reuniting with many of the past attendees who made this a success.

What is the ingredient that makes HRevolution different from all other events?  It’s YOU.

You will bring your knowledge, your questions, your fears, your ambition, ideas, and all those things that make you unique.  Then, instead of just sitting quietly in your chair as speakers feed information to you, YOU become part of the sessions.  We pull in some of the most talented thought leaders in the space to guide and challenge us.  You take an active role in the session.  It’s all about the dialog and networking.  If you go home having made some life-changing contacts, we’ll view the event as a success!   

At HRevolution, we believe individuals and organizations embrace the future when given the opportunity to discuss and test their ideas in a safe environment.   We provide an open forum for discussion, collaboration, and relationship building within the global HR industry.

HRevolution is really a living, breathing case study in change management.  Who would have guessed that a group of strangers could come together via social media 5 years ago and have a grassroots movement start to change the Human Resource profession?

For anyone who doubts the power of social media, I offer this event up as an example that when creative minds come together and are motivated to share their voices, great things happen.

Thank you to all our sponsors for helping us make the dream a reality. With the help of Mercer, Symbolist, Small Improvements and personal contribution from Lois and Ross Melbourne, this will be a great event.

Your planning team including me, Ben Eubanks, Steve Boese and Matt Stollak are all very excited to see you in November.

Viva la HRevolution!

HRevolution 2014 Announced- Join us in Dallas 11/7- 11/8

HRevolution Official Logo blackThe HRevolution is coming to Dallas (Grapevine), TX on November 7- 8, 2014 and you’re invited!

HRevolution is an industry-changing event in the US for the human resource industry.  It began as a single tweet on Twitter as a way to bring HR professionals, recruiters, CEOs, and other industry leaders together to discuss the current state of human resources and where the industry is headed.  It was also a way to give back to the HR community by decreasing the costs for attendees compared to traditional events.  Our generous sponsors cover much of the costs associated with the event.  This keeps our ticket prices low.  Get yours today HERE.

Early bird tickets $125

Regular registration $200

HRevolution has produced six highly successful events and we are excited to bring HRevolution 7 to a whole new level by refining the focus of the event while expanding the reach to increasingly more high-level HR professionals.  It’s also a way to celebrate our 5 year anniversary by reuniting with many of the past attendees who made this a success.

What is the ingredient that makes HRevolution different from all other events?  It’s YOU.

You will bring your knowledge, your questions, your fears, your ambition, ideas, and all those things that make you unique.  Then, instead of just sitting quietly in your chair as speakers feed information to you, YOU become part of the sessions.  We pull in some of the most talented thought leaders in the space to guide and challenge us.  You take an active role in the session.  It’s all about the dialog and networking.  If you go home having made some life-changing contacts, we’ll view the event as a success!   

At HRevolution, we believe individuals and organizations embrace the future when given the opportunity to discuss and test their ideas in a safe environment.   We provide an open forum for discussion, collaboration, and relationship building within the global HR industry.

HRevolution is really a living, breathing case study in change management.  Who would have guessed that a group of strangers could come together via social media 5 years ago and have a grassroots movement start to change the Human Resource profession?

For anyone who doubts the power of social media, I offer this event up as an example that when creative minds come together and are motivated to share their voices, great things happen.

Thank you to all our sponsors for helping us make the dream a reality. With the help of Mercer, Symbolist and personal contribution from Lois and Ross Melbourne, this will be a great event.  If you are interested in sponsoring, we are still looking for 2 more.  Contact me at Trisham89@gmail.com.

Your planning team including me, Ben Eubanks, Steve Boese and Matt Stollak are all very excited to see you in November.

Viva la HRevolution!

HR Happy Hour: #HRevolution and #HRTechConf Recap

hrhappyrhourIt’s time for the HR Happy Hour recap of HRevolution and The HR Technology Conference.  Both were a huge success.  HRevolution was sold out several weeks before our event.  There were some great new sessions and about half of the 120 attendees were new to the event.  This made for some exciting learning and discussions!  All this brought to us by our generous sponsors.  Thanks to FisherVista (for your HR marketing & media needs) and RolePoint (for all your employee referral needs)  for hosting our tweetup at Mix Lounge.  Special thanks to our HRevolution event sponsor Sum Total .  Great partners!!

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The HR Technology Conference didn’t disappoint either.  Vendors stepped up their game as did the speakers.  The attendees were networking like crazy.

Be sure to check out the HR Happy Hour show replay for the full details.  Steve Boese and I had a great time being “live” again after a couple months away while planning these events.  We’re excited to be back and you’ll hear more live from us again soon.  For show details, check out the HR Happy Hour site.

Why Come to #HRevolution? To See a Wedding, Of Course!

When my blog posts slow down this time of year you can rest assured it’s because of one thing…

HRevolution

HRevolution is happening at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas on October 6th.

HRevolution Official Logo blackI love planning this event in my free time.  It takes away from my writing time for a bit, but it’s well worth it.  Since it’s start four years ago, this event has been one of the best networking events in the HR space.  We’ve partnered, learned, shared, laughed and even cried.  But, a wedding?  What could that mean?

If you’ve never attended HRevolution before, I need to back-track and explain.  Back in 2009 when this event was a mere string of tweets taking shape into a gathering, we said the real purpose was networking in person with other smart business pros.  That first night in Louisville, KY, fifty people gathered.  At this point, none of us had met.  Not even the planning committee.  Any relationships we had were purely virtual.

It was at this event that we all first met Frank Zupan and Tammy Colson.  I distinctly remember meeting them both separately.  Frank was living in Ohio, Tammy was on the east coast.  Well, that first event came and went and many friendships were started.  The next year at HRevolution, Frank and Tammy attended separately again.  But this time, romance must have been in the air.  By the third year of HRevolution, they were a couple.  Now here we are, four years in, and since we’ll be in Las Vegas, there will be a wedding.  The first wedding of a couple that met at HRevolution.  We couldn’t be happier for them!

Will you find love at HRevolution?  Maybe.

What I know you WILL definitely find:

  • New colleagues who may be CEOs, COOs, HR practitioners, consultants, recruiters, people who work in HR technology, and more.

  • Sessions where YOU are part of the discussion.

  • Debate on issues impacting our field.

Most importantly, connection.  Connection with people you will want to work with in the future.  People you will be friends with for years.

So, why should you come to HRevoltuion?  There are many good reasons, but my TOP reason this year is to watch two of our HRevolution family get married.  So, get your ticket today HERE.

Congratulations Tammy and Frank.  We love you and can’t wait to see you start this chapter of your lives!

Thanks to our sponsor, Sum Total for making this event possible. SUMTOTAL-LOGO-final-color-CMYK_TM

It’s Here! HRevolution 2013 Tickets On Sale Now!

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The HRevolution- sponsored by our premier partner, Sum Total- is coming to Las Vegas on October 6, 2013 and you’re invited!

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HRevolution is an industry-changing conference in the US for the human resource industry.  It began as a single tweet on Twitter as a way to bring HR professionals, recruiters, CEOs, and other industry leaders together to discuss the current state of human resources and where the industry is headed.

HRevolution has produced five highly successful events and we are excited to bring HRevolution 6 to a whole new level by refining the focus of the event while expanding the reach to increasingly more high-level HR professionals.  The HRevolution team (Ben Eubanks, Steve Boese, Matt Stollak and Trish McFarlane) work hard all year to bring this great event to you!

Why HRevolution?

What is the ingredient that makes HRevolution different from all other events?  It’s YOU.

You will bring your knowledge, your questions, your fears, your ambition, ideas, and all those things that make you unique.  Then, instead of just sitting quietly in your chair as speakers feed information to you, YOU become part of the sessions.

We pull in some of the most talented thought leaders in the space to guide and challenge us.  You take an active role in the session.  It’s all about the dialog and networking.  If you go home having made some life-changing contacts, we’ll view the event as a success!

We’re  different in that we have generous sponsors who cover much of the cost typically paid by the attendees.  With the help of Sum Total and The HR Technology Conference, HRevolution comes to you at the lowest rate of ANY conference out there!

Tickets/ Registration

HR thought leaders and practitioners from around the globe will be converging for 24 hours+ of mind-bending, trend-setting discussions, yet space is limited, so sign up today HERE!!  Early bird pricing for the first 50 registrants will be $120.  General registration is $200.  Where else can you have access to top industry professionals for that low price?  Nowhere!

Partnering with The HR Technology Conference

This year’s event is co-located with our partner, The HR Technology Conference, the premier global tech event of the year.  With their partnership, you will not only have the opportunity to attend HRevolution on October 6th, you’ll also receive one of the largest discounts possible for The HR Technology Conference ($600 off the regular conference rate)!

Accommodations

You have access to use the room block for The HR Technology Conference at the following hotel:

Mandalay Bay
3950 Las Vegas Blvd. South
Las Vegas, NV 89119
Phone: 877-632-9001
702-632-9000Rate: $199 single/double + tax
Discounted resort fee available: Only $10/day when you book in the HR Technology room block — that’s a savings of $15/day off the regular resort fee.

If you have interest in helping to support HRevolution in any capacity, check out the HRevolution site or email me at TrishaM89@gmail.com.  We are looking for greeters, people to man the registration table, and people to help promote the event on social media sites.

Thanks to our partner The HR Technology Conference and premier sponsor, Sum Total, for your generous support.

Now….. go buy that ticket!

#HRTechConf 2012 Delivers for Practitioners

Technology- it’s one of the scariest words for many HR practitioners.

Trish McFarlane & Bill Kutik

One of the highlights of my professional life each year is the ability to attend the HR Technology Conference.  Under the tutelage of industry veteran Bill Kutik and the team at LRP Publiciations, this event is one that never disappoints.  As you can imagine, as soon as the event starts, posts are being written analyzing each and every kernel of the event.  I made a personal commitment to avoid reading all other accounts until I could get my head wrapped around my experience at the event.  This is that attempt.

As the name of the conference implies, this is THE event for professionals looking to learn about new and existing technology in the talent space.  One only needs to step foot on the expo floor to be exposed to the nearly overwhelming sight of vendors vying for attention.

For practitioners, this is the perfect place to spend your time.  Why?  Well, how many of you have time for the countless, unsolicited phone calls each week from vendors who don’t know what your company does and what the needs are?  How many of you have hours each week to sit through demos of products that may not address your company’s needs?  Walking the expo floor takes this aspect out of your life and provides:

  • Tightly focused exhibitors-  The vendors who participate in The HR Technology Conference know they only have a short window of time to get your attention and make a quick pitch.  This means you’ll have a much more focused discussion about where you work, what the technology challenges are and what solutions that vendor can provide.  Simple.  Quick.  Easy.

  • Demos that deliver-  For practitioners looking for a more detailed demo experience, vendors can pack what normally takes an hour into about ten to fifteen minutes.  They also have rooms available where longer demos run throughout the day.  The added benefit of taking a demo at the conference is that now you’re surrounded by other practitioners asking questions.  You may not have this luxury if you sit in on a video demo from your office.  Take advantage of hearing the questions that other HR leaders have.  This will help you clarify your questions as well.

  • Good use of time-  With so many different types of vendors in one place, it saves you time because you can map out exactly which ones you need to speak with.

  • It’s not about a swag grab-  Unlike other conferences, you find ONLY HR and business vendors at this event.  You won’t be bombarded with vendors selling jewelry, purses or hair bows.  You also won’t find as much swag as you will at other events.  It’s not about that.  You may pick up a few flash drives or HR tees, but it leaves the focus more on the services than some cheap toys.

Networking

One of the main reasons to attend an event like The HR Technology Conference each year is for the networking.  In the years I have been attending, I have met professionals at all levels who have expertise in all aspects of technology.  This has not only helped me personally learn, which benefits my career growth, it also helps me by having people I can reach out to throughout the year if I have questions.  Everyone I’ve met through the event has been generous with their time and information.  In turn, I strive to be the same type resource for other people I meet there.

Where can you network?

  • Expo Floor

  • Sessions

  • Hallways and  during Lunch

  • Vendor dinners

  • Vendor parties

  • Briefings with vendors

Learning

Now to the part that practitioners love….the sessions.  We all know a good conference offers up sessions that make you think, that teach you something and that are entertaining.  The beauty of this event is that the sessions are often co-led by executives or by client/ vendor pairs.  You won’t hear a vendor pitch, you’ll hear how a company had an issue and how they partnered with a vendor to solve it.  You’ll hear HR executives tell you about exciting things they are doing with their HR technology, and if you come to the HRevolution “unsession” YOU will be able to join the conversation and share your experiences with the group.  There is certainly something for everyone!

*Special thank you to Bill Kutik, Ken Kahn, Vicky Dennehy and Ed Chase for your support and partnership with HRevolution as well as your dedication to providing The HR Technology Conference.  I am honored to be a speaker at the event and appreciate all the learning through the years.