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Time to Share the Love (Better)

March 1, 2010 6 comments

I’ve really enjoyed the last four months of blogging.  I love to write and it’s been a real catharsis for me during what has been a challenging time.  As most of you know, I actually have a full-time job as an executive with a mid-sized public company.  We’re in the midst of Chapter 11, but have worked very hard to restructure our balance sheet and are very close to emerging from all of this in much better shape than we’ve ever been.  It has been an exhausting year, but I am more excited about our future and my role with the organization than I’ve ever been.  And I’m really excited about dedicating much more attention to our future…

HR Fishbowl was starting to “get legs.”  With hits and subscribers increasing consistently and some pretty good external validation (F.O.T. Top 25), the momentum was exciting…and the prospect of bigger things was enticing.  But I’m kind of an all-or-nothing guy; my alliances have started to blur and I’m beginning to feel a bit torn about my ability to truly focus on everything my day (and night) job demands.

I’m going to keep blogging.  I will continue to dedicate myself to 1) the simplification of Human Resources, 2) the promotion of #TrenchHR (hearing more in the blogosphere from people who actually practice HR in a corporate environment) and 3) good ole’ fashioned debate about the caring and feeding of people in the workplace.  But I will do all of these things a bit more intermittently.  So…

Don’t give up on me, keep coming back, and subscribe.  Just be patient with me because we have 1,000 employees who need love too!

You mean to tell me…

December 3, 2009 9 comments

Maybe it’s just a new bout of crabiness but WTF, HR community? Are we really that clueless about asserting ourselves in the workplace that we get excited when David Ulrich (albeit a recognized expert) tells us that we need to become “Credible Activists”.  This is just a fancy term for “speaking up.”   A lot of what’s hit the HR blogosphere (e.g. HR Capitalist, HR Observations, etc.) over the last couple of days points to this topic.  And there is a lot of giddy excitement around it.  Give me a break.  Are you telling me that the concept of sharing your opinions openly and not being afraid of contributing to business dialogue is something new to this community?  It’s like everyone was just waiting for someone to tell us this…to give us permission to be more visible in the workplace.

My lord, we really are further behind than I thought.  Or am I just running with the wrong crowd?  I don’t mean to burst everyone’s bubble – it’s a good concept and it’s one people should adhere to.  But it’s one that should be innate at this point.  It certainly is in all other business functions.  I make damn sure it is with anyone that I hire for my team. 

Maybe I’m over-reacting, but can someone please help me feel a little more optimistic about the state of our HR union?