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    Wednesday
    Nov052008

    The Obligatory Election Post

    All bloggers must post about the Election (it is a rule in the Big Book of Internet).

    Here is my Election Story, it has nothing to do with parties, philosophy, or policy.

    It is about how cool and important it is to be able to vote and to make sure our kids understand this.

    The Story:

    Due to our work schedules, my wife and I had to vote separately, she in the early morning, and I later in the afternoon.  Both of us had to bring our 7 year old son along, he was excited about going, he likes to go into the booth and pull the levers.

    When I was finished voting, we said thanks to the volunteers (they always have tons of food and snacks), and walked out of the building.  I turned to my son and said, 'Man, it sure feels good to vote'. 

    My son replied, 'That's the exact same thing Mom said this morning after she voted'. 

    'Really, she said that?'

    'Yep'.

    It does feel good to vote, and let's make sure we always remember that.

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    Sunday
    Nov022008

    A Call for Help Part 2

    Hi all - I have made just small progress in finding some HR Tech vendors to partner with me on my upcoming HR Technology Class, so I thought I would re-post the original entry and try to get the word out again.

    To those folks that did contact me and offer some suggestions, thanks very much it is greatly appreciated.

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    Please HR Tech vendors, help!!!

    I am preparing to teach my HR Technology Class at RIT this Winter, and I am hopeful that I can recruit some assistance and partnership from the HR Technology community.  I am in need of some 'hands-on' experiences and exercises for my students in HR Tech, and I really need some folks in the vendor community who would be willing to participate.

    My ideal scenario would be to obtain access to a hosted demo or test instance of your software, set up and design some scenarios for my class, and let me really learn what cutting-edge, enterprise HR software is all about.

    In the past the only important vendor that has shown willingness to participate in my class is SpectrumHR, and I can't say how fantastic and supportive they have been to work with.  They have been over and beyond my expectations.

    But what I could use the most is for one of the major Talent Management vendors to step up. Anyone from SuccessFactors, Halogen, or Taleo?

    How about Workday? I would kill for the chance to get my class in any of these packages.

    Look at it this way, if the economic crisis is here, you may have some time on your hands for some 'pro-bono' work.

    So, I am asking, no basically begging, if anyone can help me on this, or knows someone who can, drop me a note at steveboese@gmail.com, or leave a comment.

    Thanks!

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    photo credit - FlickR - aspengull

    Wednesday
    Oct292008

    LinkedIn makes a major move

    Today LinkedIn announced support and integration for third-party applications like SlideShare, Wordpress, and Amazon.

    Why is this important? 

    LinkedIn is generally considered the 'professional' networking site.  Only serious business is done on Linkedin; recruiting, searching for opportunities, networking for decidedly commercial reasons.

    The ability to integrate your SlideShare presenations, blog posts, and Amazon reading lists into your LinkedIn profile can only enhance and augment your LinkedIn presence.  It allows you to leverage content you spend long, hard hours creating in a new and very important space.

    I tell my students in the first class, you absolutely need to be on LinkedIn. 

    In the next class, I will also tell them you need to take advantage of the full capabilities of these new application integrations.

    Well done, LinkedIn.

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    Monday
    Oct272008

    HR Technology ownership

    I've known and worked with some fantastic IT people over the years.

    They very best one, Steve Hersh, I first met on an Oracle Consulting engagement where he was the DBA and Architect and I was the primary functional consultant.

    FYI - Steve is still doing great work, you can check out his company here.

    But in the space I find myself most interested in, technology for collaboration, information sharing, fostering more 'openness' between the organization and it's employees, the organization and it's customers, or the 'extended' enterprise (past employees, future employees, contractors etc.), it seems to me that IT typically offers almost nothing, save more barriers.

    Aside - 'single sign on' is not as important as the IT folks say. How many user names and passwords do you have already, one more won't kill you.

    IT's approach and methodology to typical, or 'classic' systems development and implementation has little relevance to today's environment.

    Want better information sharing and a platform for collaboration?  I can set up a wiki in 15 minutes.

    Need help on a tricky problem or issue?  Send out a Tweet. Your extended network may be able to help you there.  Worried about Tweeting sensitive information?  Get your group or division on Yammer.

    Looking for like minded folks at your organization for a charitable cause or an off hours event?  Create a network on Ning, invite people to join and share their interests.

    All potentially effective technologies to help support your goals, all needing no IT involvement, approval or possible interference.

    To me, HR is in a much stronger position to be the enabler, advocate, and drving force behind the enterprise implementation of these kinds of tools.  IT usually reacts in the negative, because it is always easier to take a position of saying 'No' to a new tool or idea. 

    It is more risky and rewarding to say, 'Yes', to put yourself and your reputation on the line in support of a new process or solution.

    I am not always anti-IT, but I think that HR needs to focus on developing and delivering business solutions that truly can be transformative.  Most of the IT folks I have come across do not have that as their highest priority.

    Who 'owns' HR Technology?

    Love the old Farmalls - Flickr - anemergencystop

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    Friday
    Oct242008

    Friends?

    Just about every college student is on Facebook, no?

    More and more faculty members are on there as well.

    Should faculty members 'friend' students and vice versa?

    Facebook profile pic - old folks usually include their kid

    Some research from the Gartner Group, The Business Impact of Social Computing on Higher Education makes the following observations: 

    1. The current popularity and continued growth of higher education users' (students) participation in social software suggest (these tools) should be added to the existing range of collaboration support options.

     2. Many innovative and interesting intersections exist between institutional structures and  extrainstitutional environments.

    If every student in your class is already on Facebook, with at least some of them connected to each other, doesn't it make sense to try and engage them there?  Would possibly some students prefer that to the more sterile, academic course management system?

    It is amazingly simple to post content, make comments, recommend sources of information there.  Additionally, the wider audience of past and potentially future students can also be engaged.

    I started this blog as a class example of how simple it is to set up and begin a blog.  I (mostly) tailor the content to students and really expected most of the readers would be students. 

    The reality is when students do read the blog, they almost always do via a posted item from Facebook (or once in a while from Twitter).  I have had more student interaction on Facebook Wall posts than on Blog comments.

    Marketers need to find their target markets, if your target is college students, you'd better start on Facebook.

    So to answer my original question, I am not seeking out students to 'Friend', but if one reaches out to me, I will certainly accept. Would some students prefer not to have an Insructor poking around their posted photos from some college party?  Probably, but students also need to understand the same photos they might not want their instructor to see, are probably going to be checked out by a recruiter or hiring manager down the road.

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