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    Tuesday
    Oct172017

    My HR Technology Conference Top 10 List #HRTechConf

    I'm back! 

    Sorry (not really sorry), for the dearth of posts the last 10 or 12 days, but the run-up prior, the event itself, and the necessary de-compression from the 20th Annual HR Technology Conference has kept me pretty busy.

    But after two decent nights sleep since I have been home, feel finally ready to get back to the blog and later this week, to the HR Happy Hour Show as well.

    But I didn't want to move on from  this year's  HR Tech without sharing some thoughts, observations, and most importantly thanks to the people that make HR Tech great, and who I count on every year for insight, guidance, and support.

    So in classic David Letterman style, (still the best late night host), here is my Top 10 'Chairman's Top 10 Moments at HR Tech', direct from the home office in Rochester, NY.

    Number 10...

    #VegasStong. It was great to have at HR Tech back in Las Vegas, our spiritual home, after a quick detour to Chicago in 2016. Of course, the events in Vegas the week prior made the return of the show to Las Vegas even more poignant. Many, many thanks to the HR Tech community for rallying support and donations to the Las Vegas victim's fund, and to LRP Publications  for their generous support. The HR Tech community is a close, supportive, and caring one, and it showed last week for sure.

    Number 9...

    #ChairmansHappyHour. Thanks to my colleagues, my friends, and my pals at Namely for what was a great birthday party for me and two of my best HR Tech friends. Truly a night I will not forget. Namely are really good people and my little group of Chairman's party people are the best in the industry.

    Number 8...

    Puppies. The cool folks at HighGround once again brought all the cute to the HR Tech Expo. And I don't care if you think it is a kind of cheap stunt to drive traffic. Puppies are the best. 

    Number 7...

    Opening keynoter Laszlo Bock. Super impressive person, fantastic content and message in his opening presentation. Met him for the first time in person backstage prior to the session, and he couldn't have been cooler. Look for him on an upcoming HR Happy Hour Show soon.

    Number 6...

    Closing keynoter Josh Bersin. Man, this guy just delivers. Great information, great insight, and I could have listened for another hour if we had the time. Awesome.

    Number 5...

    Our revised, revamped, and improved 'Discovering the Next Great HR Technology Company' process. Adding an element of public voting during the summer added an element of suspense and fun, and brining only the four finalists to the Conference made for a better on-site experience. This was one of my top moments of the show. Congrats to our winner Blueboard and many thanks to George Larocque, Madeline Laurano, Ben Eubanks, and Lance Haun for all the help.

    Number 4...

    The 2nd Annual Women in HR Technology Summit that was held on the Conference's opening day was an incredible event. Building on last year's launch, we had a fantastic set of presentations and panels from an amazing set of leaders in our industry. And once again, we had record interest and attendance for content, sharing, and networking at this event. The Women in HR Tech Summit was the perfect way to launch HR Tech this year, and I look forward to growing and improving the Summit next time. Special thanks go out to opening keynoter Pat Milligan, closing keynoter Christina Van Houten, and to some of the best leaders in HR Tech today - Trish McFarlane, Cecile Alper-Leroux, Gretchen Alarcon, Kirsten Helvey, and Cara Capretta for their unwavering support.

    Number 3...

    HR Tech is Global. After the show ends, I usually hang around for a bit to talk to attendees, find out what people thought about the event, and take a few deep breaths. One of the consistent things I have found is that many of the people I chat with at the end of the Conference are ones who have come from the longest way to attend. This year I met (and took photos with) people from China, Mexico, Japan, Brazil, and Australia all inside about 20 minutes. Which was awesome. Stay tuned for more HR Tech Conference global events.

    Number 2...

    Mollie Lombardi. She's probably my hero. She should be yours too. Please go to HR Gives Back and do what you can.

    And Number 1...

    The HR Tech Community. Seeing everyone in the HR Tech Conference Community all in one place. We had an amazing event for sure. I know most people are too kind to come right up to me at the event and complain, (some do), but in the 5 years I have been the program chair at HR Tech I have not received more positive feedback. I don't take credit for that - there is an incredible team of professionals at LRP that make the event hum, and there is an amazing community of HR leaders, HR tech companies, and industry analysts and press that all contribute to the event.

    HR Tech remains the Town Hall Meeting for everyone, whatever the role, who cares about how the combination of people and technology will make workplaces better, help organizations achieve their goals, and make people's work lives better. Only at HR Tech.

    Thanks for an amazing Conference and for being a part of this fantastic community.

    And make sure to mark your calendar for HR Tech #21 - September 11 - 14, 2018 in Las Vegas.

    Thursday
    Sep282017

    PODCAST: #HRHappyHour 298 - HR and the Productivity Network

    HR Happy Hour 298 - HR and the Productivity Network

    Hosts: Steve BoeseTrish McFarlane

    Guest: Mike Psenka, President & Founder, Moovila

    Listen to the show HERE

    This week on the HR Happy Hour Show, Steve and Trish talk with Mike Psenka of Moovila, a technology solution designed to help people work together more effectively. While we all know that email is likely the worst tool for supporting collaboration and execution of important projects and goals, so many organizations continue to resort to email to facilitate how work is done. And the newer generation of enterprise collaboration tools that are 'chat' centric, have the potential to reduce organizational reliance on email, have their own limitations as their unstructured nature makes it hard for people to leverage them to tackle important and complex projects and tasks.

    On the show Mike discusses these challenges, and how he and the team at Moovila are taking a different approach to collaboration, execution, transparency, and accountability. By making collaboration more purposeful, the activities and contributions of team members more visible and open, and creating a platform designed to support the real goals and vision of the organization, and not just collaboration for its own sake, Moovila is breaking new ground in the HR and workplace technology market.

    Additionally, Steve provided a solid 'I hate email' rant, Trish shared some perspective on the upcoming HR Tech Conference, and we learned the true meaning of the word "Moovila'.

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

    Thanks as always to the HR Happy Hour Show sponsor Virgin Pulse, learn more at www.virginpulse.com.

    Subscribe to the HR Happy Hour Show wherever you listen to your podcasts - just search for 'HR Happy Hour' to subscribe and never miss a show.

    Friday
    Sep222017

    PODCAST: #HRHappyHour 297 - Enterprise Learning and Development in 2017

    HR Happy Hour 297 - Enterprise Learning and Development in 2017

    Host: Steve Boese

    Guest: Jenny Dearborn, SVP and CLO, SAP

    Listen to the show HERE

    This week on the HR Happy Hour Show, Steve is joined by Jenny Dearborn, SVP and Chief Learning Officer of SAP to talk about enterprise learning and development, the role of technology, and how companies and individuals can best prepare themselves for the world of work ahead.

    With all the changes, dynamism, and challenges facing organizations as well as employees with respect to ongoing learning, skills development, and the need to prepare both our organizations and ourselves for the future world of work, the role of the learning leader and its importance have changed over time.

    From the era of 'formal' training, to design focused approaches, to the modern world of mobile and social learning, the need for organizations, and HR and learning leaders to continuously adapt and change has never been more important.

    Jenny shared insights from her perspective as the CLO of a large, global organization, as well as her years advising both individuals and organizations as they contend with important learning and development challenges in 2017 and beyond.

    Additionally, Jenny and Steve talked about their mutual love and admiration for super heroes and comic books, and geeked out about Wonder Woman.

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

    Jenny's upcoming book, The Data Driven Leader: A Powerful Approach to Leading with Analytics, Driving Decisions, and Delivering Breakthrough Business Results can be pre-ordered here.

    Thanks to HR Happy Hour Show sponsor Virgin Pulsewww.virginpulse.com.

    Subscribe to the HR Happy Hour Show on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher Radio, or wherever you get your podcasts - just search for 'HR Happy Hour'.

    Thursday
    Sep142017

    PODCAST: #HRHappyHour 296 - HR Gives Back 2017

    HR Happy Hour 296 - HR Gives Back 2017

    Hosts: Steve BoeseTrish McFarlane

    Guest: Mollie Lombardi

    Listen HERE

    This week on the HR Happy Hour Show, Steve and Trish welcome Mollie Lombardi from Aptitude Research Partners to talk about HR Gives Back, an initiative to support and raise funds for Parkinson's Disease research.

    HR Gives Back was started by a group of HR industry veterans and is an all-volunteer effort to connect the generosity of the HR technology community to causes we believe in. With the support of the HR Technology Conference, and all of their amazing sponsors, they believe that together we can make a real difference for those impacted by Parkinson's disease by speeding a cure.

    Mollie shared how HR professionals and attendees of the upcoming HR Technology Conference can get involved with HR Gives Back through donations, events, advocacy, swag and more. And we even got to geek out on Payroll technology at the end of the show.

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

    This is a super important issue, and we encourage all HR Happy Hour listeners to get involved, share the HR Gives Back story, and support the cause. Learn how to get involved at www.hrgivesback.org.

    Thanks to HR Happy Hour Show sponsor Virgin Pulse - www.virginpulse.com.

    Subscribe to the HR Happy Hour Show on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher Radio, or anywhere you get your podcasts.

    Friday
    Sep082017

    PODCAST: #HRHappyHour 295 - Discovering the Next Great HR Technology Company

    HR Happy Hour 295 - Discovering the Next Great HR Technology Company

    Host: Steve Boese

    Guest: George Larocque

    Listen HERE

    This week on the HR Happy Hour Show, Steve is joined by George Larocque to talk about innovation in HR Tech, and discuss the eight semi-finalist HR Tech companies and the voting process for the Discovering the Next Great HR Technology Company competition at the HR Technology Conference in October.

    This year a group of industry analysts and experts have selected eight interesting and innovative HR tech companies to be semi-finalists in the Discovering the Next Great HR Technology Company process, and your votes will determine which four of these companies will be named finalists, and present and compete for the award at HR Tech in October.

    Steve and George discuss each of these eight semi-finalists, why each one is interesting and innovative, and share the details of the voting process and how you as a listener of the HR Happy Hour can get involved.

    This is a great time for the HR Technology market, and these eight companies all deserve your time, attention, and your votes as the Next Great HR Technology Company.

    Listen to the show on the show page HERE, or by using the widget player below:

    You can read more about each semi-finalist, watch videos, and register your vote for the four finalists at the HR Technology Conference Insiders Blog HERE.

    And you can register to attend the HR Technology Conference HERE - use code STEVE200 for $200 off your registration.

    Thanks to George, Ben Eubanks, Madeline Laurano, Lance Haun, and the eight semi-finalists for all your help.

    And thanks to HR Happy Hour Show sponsor Virgin Pulsewww.virginpulse.com.

    Subscribe to the HR Happy Hour Show on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher Radio, or however you get your podcasts.