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    PODCAST - #HRHappyHour 169 - The Crowdsourced Performance Review

    HR Happy Hour 169 - 'The Crowdsourced Performance Review'

    This week on the HR Happy Hour Show, hosts Steve Boese and Trish McFarlane welcomed Eric Mosley, who co­founded Globoforce in 1999 with the goal of reinventing the employee recognition industry for the global, multicultural, multigenerational organizations of the 21st century.

    As CEO he has led Globoforce to its place as a leading provider of social recognition solutions, redefining how companies understand, manage, and motivate employees. 

    Eric is also the author of the recent book, The Crowdsourced Performance Review, a resource for HR and Business leaders that want to transform their traditional, annual, and ineffective performance management processes to a more enlightened, modern, social, and collaborative way of engaging the organization, and improving outcomes.

    We talked with Eric about how the traditional process for performance management is outdated and almost universally hated, how modern technologies like social networking and mobile access are impacting modern employee needs and expectations, and how thinking about performance management as an ongoing, real-time, and in the moment process can help organizations make the leap from the 'old' way of managing performance to something much better.

    We also (of course) reminded folks to make sure you make plans now to attend the upcoming HRevolution event taking place in Las Vegas on October 6, 2013, and the HR Technology Conference immediately after, on October 7-9, 2013.

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


    Thanks to Eric for the time and the insight about performance management can and should change for the better - enabled by techology, and supported by the wisdom of peers, colleagues, and even customers and partners to create a better and more impactful process.

    It was a really fun and interesting show and I hope you check it out.  

    And, and you can register for HRevolution 2013 here: Eventbrite - HRevolution Vegas 2013



    VIDEO: Innovating loneliness

    A couple of years back now the HR Happy Hour Show welcomed Sherry Turkle from MIT, and author of Alone Together: Why We eExpect More From Technology and Less From Each Other, an examination of how the rise of social networks, more powerful and connected personal technology, and how these advances are changing our real world interactions.

    It was then and probably still is one of my Top 5 all time favorite conversations that we've ever done in 168 shows to date. If you are at all interested in the topics of social networking, the dangers of being always connected to our devices, and even, (one of my favorite topics) the continuing emergence of increasingly sophisticated artificial and robot technologies into everyday life, then I encourage you to check out the replay of the show here.

    What made me think about that show was reading about and watching the video embedded below, (Email and RSS subscribers will have to click through), called The Innovation of Loneliness by Shimi Cohen.

    In the video, Cohen hits on some familiar concepts - Dunbar's Number, the inability to truly be 'alone' in our always-connected world, the endless amount of personal branding and promotion going on, and the curious rise in the incidence of loneliness despite the technological advances that connect us.

    Favorite line from the video - 'We're collecting friends like stamps'.

    I don't have a bigger point or lesson to try to share here, except that even three years on from that old Happy Hour Show with Professor Turkle I am not sure all that much has changed - and if anything the issues raised in Alone Together have not gone away at all - and in fact have become even more prevalent.

    The book, the podcast from 2011, even the short video by Cohen are all worth a re-visit I think, as well as another examination in how we relate to each other and the world around us when we are constantly connected, shaping a stylized image of ourselves, and parceling out time to actually talk to other human beings in tiny bits - afraid about what we might be missing elsewhere in the world if we have to focus our attention on just one other person.


    PODCAST - #HRHappyHour 168 - On Early Adoption and #HRevolution

    HR Happy Hour 168 - 'HR,  Early Adoption and #HRevolution 2013'

    This week on the HR Happy Hour Show, hosts Steve Boese and Trish McFarlane welcomed China Gorman, Founder and CEO of the CMG Group, and for more than 25 years, a strategic business leader in in human resources professional services organizations. China is a sought-after speaker, writer and thought leader in the broad human resources marketplace.

    We talked with China about one of her favorite topics - the early adoption of new or innovative technologies in Human Resources.  It turns out that early adoption is one of Trish's favorite topics too - as an HR leader herself she has driven the decision processes and implementations of many of the kinds of HR technologies that are emerging in the market today.

    We also previewed the upcoming HRevolution event taking place in Las Vegas on October 6, 2013, and where you can see China leading a session on Early Adoption of Technology in HR.

    You can listen to the show on the show page here, using the widget player below, and as always on iTunes - just do a search in the podcasts section for 'HR Happy Hour'.


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    We all know how fast moving and ever changing the landscape is for HR Technology, and whether or not your shop is ready for and can make the best use of any new tech tool is one of the most important questions you have to answer as an HR/Talent pro. China and Trish both shared lots of great ideas and approaches that have worked for them in the past and that will be of help to everyone finding themselves struggling with HR and technology.

    I mostly listened and tried to learn something!

    Thanks to China for the time and the insight about the role of early adoption of technology to empower and improve HR processes, and more importantly, organizational results.

    It was a really fun and interesting show and I hope you check it out.  

    And if you do, my apologies in advance to the nation of Canada.

    And, and you can register for HRevolution 2013 here: Eventbrite - HRevolution Vegas 2013

    Have a great weekend!


    PODCAST - #HRHappyHour 167 - 'HR Tech 2013 Preview'

    The latest HR Happy Hour Show, 'The HR Tech Conference 2013 Preview'  is up over at the HR Happy Hour show page.

    On this show, HR Happy Hour Show co-host Trish McFarlane took over hosting duties solo to interview both myself and Bill Kutik, two of the HR Tech Conference's Co-Chairs, about the upcoming event to be held October 7-9, 2013 at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas.

    Bill and I shared some of the highlights and new features on the program this year, why the event, (and HR technology in general), have become so essential for HR leaders and practitioners today, and finally talked about some of the important developments and emerging trends impacting HR tech today.

    You can listen to the show on the show page here, by using the embedded player below, and as always, the HR Happy Hour Show is available as a free download in Apple iTunes, (just search for 'HR Happy Hour' in the podcast section), and for Android users, you can find the show using another free app called Stitcher Radio.

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    To learn more about what I've been up to on the real job, check out the HR Technology Conference website here, the 2013 agenda page here, and for more details and access to a great event discount code, sign up for the HR Tech Conference LinkedIn Group here. Note - If you are new to the LinkedIn Group, just be sure to join, and then hit me up and I will hook you up with the code you need to get the discount.

    Thanks to Trish for driving the show this week, and thanks to Bill for joining us as well.


    PODCAST - #HRHappyHour 166 - 'Can I get a referral?'

    HR Happy Hour 166 - 'Can I get a referral?'

    This week on the HR Happy Hour Show, hosts Steve Boese and Trish McFarlane welcomed Ziv Eliraz, Founder and CEO of the social employee referral management platform Zao.com, to talk about the changing and evolving role ot technology to power and support employee referral programs.

    You can listen to the show on the show page here, using the widget player below, and as always on iTunes - just do a search in the podcasts section for 'HR Happy Hour'.

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    While we ALL know that the employee referral is generally cited as the 'best' source of hire for external hiring, it is also true that creating, managaing, and monitoring these programs has often been an administrative challenge, and keeping employees engaged in the process and referral program can also be a challenge.

    Zao helps solve a few of these common challenges, and even if you are not thiking of automating your employee referral process, Ziv shared some ideas and best practices gained from their work with organizations all over the world.

    Thanks to Ziv for the time and the insight about the role of technology to empower and extend the classic employee referral program.

    Have a great weekend!