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I Put Up, No Chance of Shutting Up

Originally posted: December 8, 2010 on TrishMcFarlane.com

About a year ago, my friend Victorio Milian (aka Creative Chaos Consultant) put up a challenge on his blog to Put Up or Shut Up! At the time, it sounded like a great idea.  I quickly commented and came up with four things I would personally do to put up or shut up and try to become a HR rock star in 2010.  Well, being the influencer he is and using his great follow up skills, Victorio held me accountable in February 2010 with a progress report. I was not only on track, I was an over-achiever and added something to my list.

Now here we are….one year later.  And like a knock on the door in the middle of the night, here comes Victorio asking me for the update.  Since I’m a practicing HR pro and I do like to preach the benefits of self-evaluation, I figure I owe it to me, to Victorio, and and to you to share my progress, any failure, and where I am headed for 2011.

  • Dedicate time each week to learning about HR technology- I have to say, I rocked on this one.  I read books, magazine articles, posts on blogs, talked to experts (thanks Bill Kutik), and hounded my tech friends (Steve Boese, Mike Krupa, Bryon Abramowitz, and Naomi Bloom).  I took it upon myself to use every opportunity to learn about HR software offerings, new tech tools and the like.  Then, I shared that knowledge at work with my HR team and anyone else who would listen.  I even created collaborative Google sites for several groups.  The biggest change was getting involved with the HR Technology Conference and speaking as a panelist during a session.
  • Pull off HRevolution 2In May 2010, HRevolution 2 came off without a hitch.  We grew from 50 participants in 2009 to 140 (with 30 on a waitlist) in 2010.  We secured amazing speakers and sponsors, shared tons of new ideas, and sparked several new ventures.  Thanks to the HRevolution planning committee for making the event a huge success!
  • Work as a SHRM member to make the HR community better- SHRM is a big “put up or shut up” area for me.  For years, I’ve found no value in my local SHRM chapters, so about a month ago, I began work on creating a Greater IL SHRM chapter with Chris Frede.  We’re in the formation stage now but hope to begin holding meetings in February of 2011.  Going from a complainer to a SHRM chapter President in one year….priceless!  Cross your fingers for me that our group is accepted as an affiliate chapter.
  • Talk to at least 3 HR people from my network each week- This had to be the easiest goal to meet.  Some weeks I talk with three people from my network, other weeks I talk to as many as nine or ten.  The point here is that I find real value from the online HR community and I have solidified many of the relationships I found in 2009.  This is the most valuable of all my goals for this year.
  • Start the Women of HR site and build community with HR pros in the trenches- And, for my bonus goal, I worked with Lisa Rosendahl and Shauna Moerke to launch our Women of HR site in June of 2010.  We’ve participated on two episodes of the HR Happy Hour and published 83 (yes EIGHTY THREE) posts to date.  We’re also proud to have 43 (wow! FORTY THREE) writers who contribute to the blog.  It’s a great way to hear what non-blogging practitioners are thinking about and it provides a venue for them to share and collaborate with their peers.  I hope more people will find it a valuable resource in 2011.
So that’s the performance summary.  How did I do?  What will 2011 have in store for me?  My thoughts are:
  • Host HRevolution 3 on April 29- 30 in Atlanta and make it better than ever!
  • Cut down on the number of conferences I attend and really focus on attending those that provide a strong networking opportunity with strong learning opportunities.
  • Provide leadership and feedback as a SHRM chapter President.  Grow HR networking in the St. Louis metro area.
  • The buzz word for me in 2011 will be innovation.  I’m going to do as much HR innovation as I can, especially at work.
  • Find ways to collaborate with new people like Jason Lauritzen, Paul Hebert, Joe Gerstandt, and Joni Doolin.
  • I will learn to play the guitar.  It’s been a long time goal and 2011 will be the year I tackle it.  And now that I’ve said it publicly, one year from now I”ll have to post a video showing my progress.

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