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    Tuesday
    Jun102014

    PODCAST - #HRHappyHour 185 - Digital Disruption

    HR Happy Hour 185 - Digital Disruption (Live from HireVue)

    Recorded Tuesday June 2, 2014

    Host: Steve Boese

    Guest: Ben Martinez

    This week on the HR Happy Hour Show, Steve caught up with Ben Martinez, VP of HR for HireVue, a leading HR technology solution provider. Recorded live at the inaugural HireVue user conference in Park City, UT - Steve and Ben had a fascinating conversation on the challenges of growing and scaling a company, how digital technologies are transforming talent acquisition, and what the future might hold for the digital recruiitng space. 

    Additionally,we talked about the Dunbar number, (look it up), and what that suggests for HR leaders that are facing the unique circumstances of growing a company while sustaining the "small company" culture.

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

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    Additionally, you can subscribe to the HR Happy Hour Show on iTunes, or for Android device users, from a free app called Stitcher Radio. In both cases just search for 'HR Happy Hour' and add the show to your podcast subscription list. 

    It was a fun conversation with Ben, check out his blog over at HRHound.com, and many thanks to him and the entire team at HireVue for allowing the HR Happy Hour Show to be a part of Digital Disruption.

    Wednesday
    Jun042014

    Three keys for a successful HR vendor user conference

    I'm just back from the inaugural HireVue Digital Disruption user conference in absolutely gorgeous Park City, Utah, a place where the only thing you can possibly complain about is how after about 15 paces you're short of breath (due to the altitude), and dying of thirst (due to the dry as dust air). It was a really great event, and kudos to the entire team at HireVue for executing at a high level on their first try.

    During the closing reception at the event I got to talking with some attendees and in those conversations I shared how I have been to about 5 or 6 HR tech vendor user conferences so far this year, and I expect I will attend another half dozen or so before the end of 2014. And if it seems to you that sounds like a lot of vendor conferences you're right - it is a lot of vendor user conferences. So after having hit so many of these events over the last couple of years, I like to think I know something about what makes for a successful and valuable event, and since no one asked, here are three things I think are the most important keys or elements that can help make vendor user conferences more successful.

    1. Executive keynotes - the best vendor executive keynotes are not the ones that show off the 5 new and amazing product features, they are the ones where the CEO/Founder/President shows his or her more human side, and actually connects with the audience, (especially the customers). I think we consistently underestimate how important the personal and human elements are in many of these vendor/customer relationships. Customers want to believe in you and what you are doing. They want to see how passionate you are for helping them solve their problems. They want to see you talk about your own team, hear something about your company culture and leadership philosophy. Mostly, they just want to see the CEO as a real person. So the best vendor executive keynotes manage to allow this human side to show through.

    2. Content mix - the natural tendency at vendor user conferences is to program an agenda almost completely comprised of two types of presentations: Vendor reps talking about the products, and existing customers talking about how they use the products, often at a very detailed level. While both types of sessions can be valuable for attendees, I think the best vendor user conferences mix in at least some content that is not 100% product focused. Bringing in some more outside voices or even having existing customers discuss more of their HR and business challenges more broadly, can benefit the overall value for attendees. Often I talk with attendees who feel like many of the sessions simply repeated information about the products or how to use the products that they already knew. There should be at least a fair amount of content that can challenge, excite, and interest the most expert customer users, or else they don't really have a need to attend the user conference at all.

    3. Attendee mix - while it is great that the vendor wants to enable as many of their own people to attend/participate/interact at the user conference, if the ratio between the vendor's own staff and the actual customers and prospects in attendance gets too skewed toward the vendor side, the opportunities for great customer-customer interactions get diminished. What the vendors really want and need is for their own customers to be their best advocates, to share their experiences and opinions about the vendor and the technology. It gets hard for them to do that freely if there are vendor reps swarming everywhere, (they are easy to spot too, since they all will have on the same color coordinated logo shirts). The best vendor user conferences manage to be more about the users and less about the vendors, if that makes sense.

    Ok those are my three tips for creating and delivering a great HR vendor user conference. You're welcome, even though you didn't ask.

    What else can HR vendors do to make their user conferences better?

    Thanks again HireVue!

    Friday
    May302014

    Ebook: The 8 Man Rotation - The 2013 Season

    It's here!

    It's finally here!

    No, not summer and sunshine and three months spent slacking off while half of the office is nowhere to be found, I mean the next installment of the world-famous free Ebook on Sports and HR - The 8 Man Rotation - The 2013 Season.

    What is The 8 Man Rotation?

    It is a group of your HR pals, Lance HaunTim SackettKris DunnSteve Boese, and Matt Stollak who made it a habit throughout the year serving up the HR/Talent version of the 'hot sports take', helping you to see and then exploit what happens in the sports world in your HR shop.

    Whether its breaking down what the NBA draft means for your recruiting efforts, explaining why hiring lower division college athletes always makes sense for your organization, or learning from the greatest sports teams and players about setting performance goals, and lots more - chances are high that if there is a way to connect sports and HR/Talent, you will find it in the 2013 Ebook.

    Compiled and edited by mighty Matt 'akaBruno' Stollak, the 2013 Season is (probably, I can't be bothered to check), the longest, and most comprehensive of all the 8 Man Rotation editions, coming in at a ridiculous 165 pages, all about the intersection of HR, Talent Management, Recruiting, Leadership and sports. And in 2013, we have a great introduction from HR pro and noted New Orleans Saints fan, Robin Schooling.

    Of course you don't have to read all 165 pages (you should), you can bounce from topic to topic, and article to article, as Matt did a great job organizing a year's worth of sports takes into a coherent volume.

    So please check out The 8 Man Rotation - The 2013 Season here, and I will even embed the Ebook below in case you don't want to click away from your favorite blog.

     

    Thanks again to Matt for all the work (good job, good effort) and to the guys for keeping up the 8 Man tradition.

    Have a great weekend!

    Tuesday
    May272014

    PODCAST - #HRHappyHour 184 - Work and the Next Generation Leader

    HR Happy Hour 184 - Work and the Next Generation Leader

    Recorded Thursday May 22, 2014

    Host: Steve Boese

    Guest: Lindsey Pollak

    This week on the HR Happy Hour Show, Steve caught up with bestselling author, and expert on Millennials in the workplace, Lindsey Pollak to talk about some of the most important developments and trends that are defining and impacting work and the workplace.

    The next generation of workers are already here - and increasingly these members of the millennial generation are assuming important and leadership roles in organizations. The smartest and most successful organizations are embracing these shifts in workplace composition and creating environments where millennial employees and leaders can make their mark in the workplace.

    Lindsey also had some great information to share about her work with The Hartford on how to better understand and plan for millennial leadership and also shared some observations and recommendations for HR and talent leaders on how to best navigate these workforce changes.

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

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    Additionally, you can subscribe to the HR Happy Hour Show on iTunes, or for Android device users, from a free app called Stitcher Radio. In both cases just search for 'HR Happy Hour' and add the show to your podcast subscription list. 

    This was a fun and interesting conversation and many thanks to Lindsey and the folks at The Hartford for making the show so much fun. 

    Friday
    May162014

    PODCAST - #HRHappyHour 183 - Sports and HR with the 8 Man Rotation

    HR Happy Hour 183 - Sports and HR with the 8 Man Rotation

    Recorded Thursday, May 15, 2014

    Hosts: Steve Boese, Trish McFarlane

    Guests: Kris DunnMatt StollakTim SackettLance Haun

    Fantastic to have the entire crew from the 8 Man Rotation series of E-books on Sports and HR all together in the HR Happy Hour house to share some takes on the top sports issues of the day and their impact/relevance to work and workplaces everywhere.

    The 8 Man Crew hit a wide range of current sports topics - Donald Sterling, the NBA coaching turmoil, Michael Sam and the NFL's readiness for their first openly gay player, and even dipped in the world of college sports with a take on the unionization and payment of college athletes.

    Also, Steve shared his dark horse pick for the upcoming soccer World Cup, and as expected, we completely ignored the sport of hockey.

    It was a really fun and engaging show with the 8 Man crew and will make for a great weekend listen.

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

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    Additionally, you can subscribe to the HR Happy Hour Show on iTunes, or for Android device users, from a free app called Stitcher Radio. In both cases just search for 'HR Happy Hour' and add the show to your podcast subscription list. 

    This was a fun and interesting show, and I hope you check it out. Many thanks to KD, Tim, Matt, and Lance for joining the HR Happy Hour Show.

    Have a great weekend!