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    Notes from the road #19 - #HRTechChina Edition

    We are about half way through the inaugural HR Technology China Conference and Exposition in Zhuhai, China and while I am a short break from Conference events and duties, I will try to crank out a quick Top 10 notes and observations from the trip so far:

    10. Many of the primary HR issues in China and with Chinese companies seem really similar to those we commonly in the US as well - engagement, retention, the need for innovation and 'modern' people practices. Many of talks I have sat in on so far would not have been out of place in an American or European event as well.

    9. One of the opening keynotes was given by former US Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao. She gave a great talk about challenges and opportunities for HR leaders worldwide, and how advances in technology are impacting the workforce. But beyond that, Secretary Chao is an absolute ROCK STAR in China. Literally hundreds of attendees lined up to see her up close and try to take a picture with her. And she was really kind, funny, and just all around cool as well.

    8. I am the on-stage host of the China Conference like I am at HR Tech in the US, but let's just say the two rooms and audiences are very, very different. I probably need to learn some new jokes if I get to play China again.

    7. But another portion of my act seems to be playing well in China - I have been told by no less than four different people in two days that I am the most handsome member of the American contingent at the event. So there's that.

    6. I somehow talked Madeline Laurano and Trish McFarlane into making the long trip and presenting at the Conference. And Trish has already wrote a great post about the event which you should check out. 

    5. Jason Averbook closed out the opening keynotes with a tight, crisp, but completely on-point talk about what are the really important considerations with HR transformation and technology disruption.

    4. I love Chinese food. I might not love it for 12 meals in a row. Time for a burger and a beer. Hopefully soon.

    3. Everyone in Zhuhai has been incredibly kind, generous, and patient with us as we have occasionally stumbled our way around. Someday I will write about trying to figure out how to print a batch of pre-ordered ferry tickets from a kiosk that was configured all in Chinese.

    2. If you have never come out to China, or this part of the world in general, you really should try to make that happen. This is my second time in China, and really is an amazingly interesting place.

    1. As much as I love this place, I will be glad to get back home though. The NBA playoffs are about to start! Congrats to the Warriors for reaching 73 wins.


    HR Technology in China

    I am out at the first ever HR Technology China Conference this week, so posting on the blog might possibly be a little sporadic over the next few days. But I will definitely be taking notes at the event and will plan on sharing as much as I can from what I see and hear this next week.

    At the event, I will be speaking, co-hosting, and otherwise making sure that things go smoothly, (and eating as much Chinese food as I can). This is the first international event for the HR Technology Conference brand, and we are really excited for a fantastic event with thousands of HR leaders from China.

    I would also like to thank a few folks that readers might know who are making the long trip to speak at HR Tech China. Many, many thanks to Ray Wang, Jason Averbook, Trish McFarlane, Madeline Laurano, Bill KutikKevin Wheeler, and special thanks to Holger Mueller.

    Since it is a little unlikely we are going to be able to live tweet the event, (follow me on WeChat if you like), you will have to hear all about the event when we return.

    In the interim, please enjoy a video of the song I can't can't get out of my head since heading to the airport to make this trip.

     Happy Tuesday. 


    PODCAST - #HRHappyHour 243 - Live from Oracle HCM World

    HR Happy Hour 243 - Live from Oracle HCM World

    Hosts: Steve Boese, Trish McFarlane

    Recorded LIVE at Oracle HCM World 2016, Chicago 

    This week on the HR Happy Hour show, join hosts Steve Boese and Trish McFarlane live from Oracle HCM World 2016 in Chicago. At the event, Steve and Trish talked about some of the themes and ideas from the conference including how technology continue to disrupt HR and HR leaders, the challenges of integration across HR technology platforms, the need for HR technologies to provide consumer-grade user experience, and how the migration of enterprise technologies to the cloud creates opportunity for HR leaders and their organizations.

    Additionally, Steve shared his pro tips on how to describe your professional experiences, the major stages of enterprise technology innovation, (featuring a Y2K reset), Trish explained the difference between employee engagement and employee commitment, and Trish scored a major point be beating Steve to the punch when discussing the need for HR and Financial systems to work together seamlessly.

    You can listen to the show on the show page HERE, or using the widget player below:


    This was a really fun and lively show, and we hope you give it a listen.

    And many thanks to everyone at Oracle and the Oracle HCM team for welcoming the HR Happy Hour to the event!

    Reminder: You can listen and subscribe to the HR Happy Hour Show on iTunes, and all the major podcast player apps for iOS and Android - just search for 'HR Happy Hour' to subscribe and never miss a new episode.


    Talent management is going to the dogs

    In what could have also been submitted for the pretty dormant for a time 'Job Titles of the Future' series, the latest in Talent Management trends is apparently centered around a phenomenon known as 'The Cute Dogs of Instagram.'

    Check this from a recent piece on Yahoo Finance titled 'Working like a dog: Instagram's popular pups bank up to $3,000 per post:

    Instagram’s superstar dogs have their own talent agency, which is helping their owners rake in big money via the photo-sharing app.

    We already know that the likes of Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid can be paid big bucks for just one Instagram post, but it seems that a host of cute canines are out to steal their thunder.

    It’s all thanks to The Dog Agency, a relatively new enterprise from Loni Edwards, whose own French bulldog Chloe boasts over 125,000 Instagram followers. Edwards has fashioned her business as a “talent management firm geared specifically for canines and their “parents,” according to The Wall Street Journal.

    With her help, the likes of The Dogist, one of Instagram’s biggest accounts dedicated to NYC pups, has secured advertising deals with Google and Merck. Edwards focuses on connecting her clients with marketers looking to promote their products on the app.

    Nice gig I think for the manager of talent that prefers their 'talent' to be more or less pleased with a few snacks and maybe a nice belly rub now and again. (It's the dog 'parents' that are negotiating hard for the $3,000 per pop, trust me on that).

    I wrote recently on how size and scale and our weird desire to amass and attempt to interact with hundreds if not thousands of other folks on social platforms eventually leads to a deterioration in the quality and even level of engagement on these networks. Ask yourself really honestly - do you enjoy using sites like Facebook, Twitter, and even LinkedIn more now that they have amassed hundreds of millions of users more than you did back in the day when they were just starting out/scaling up?

    I am pretty sure that I need to add one more observation on the decline of the value and quality of any social platform, apart from the crashing up against Dunbar's number and it is this:

    When celebrity dogs are able to pull down major cash and score branding deals on a social platform, it is a sign the end is nigh. 

    Good on you, Chloe and the rest of you, thanks for reminding all of us it's truly a dog-eat-social network out there. 


    Pies, ranked

    In collaboration with my HR Happy Hour Show Co-host, Trish McFarlane, we present the authoritative, unscientific, unresearched, subjective, and 100% accurate ranking of pies.

    10. Boston Cream - (Trish says there is some controversy if this is 'pie'. It is.)

    9. Banana Cream - A good way to introduce the fruit to an unwilling eater.

    8. Vinegar - this is a Trish pick - it involves custard not so much vinegar. It's a midwest thing.

    7. Apple - more for the nostalgia than the tasteVinegar pie

    6. Cherry - Cool drink of water.

    5. Lemon Meringue - How come there are not more 'meringue' pie types?

    4. Peach - Very underrated pie.

    3. Pecan - is 'Pe-can' or 'Pe-Kahn'? Doesn't matter.

    2. Pumpkin - deserves to be eaten more than once a year

    1. Key lime - 'I could eat this all day' - Trish

    As always, you can disagree with these rankings, but of course, you would be wrong.