Be Bold !!

first_imgI don’t know if you’ve attended HR conferences or SHRM chapter meetings. I have a feeling that many HR pros want to do this, but they may have not gone to them . . . yet. There may be great reasons that you haven’t taken this step yet, but I want to challenge this (and some other things.)When you attend conferences, you see HR pros attracted to sessions where they can receive encouragement and/or motivation. This is great and also telling. Everyone likes a shot in the arm to get energized. I think these sessions are so full because people are just flat worn out. I don’t want to support a “woe is me” stance for Human Resources practitioners. I don’t think it’s needed. There’s too much of the deconstruction of HR out there. I want to see that turned completely around, and never take that approach again . . . ever.This past week I read something that describes most of HR. It said, “The majority of people wish for safety. You should be bold instead !!”I completely agree with this sentiment. When I scan the HR landscape, the tone of the profession is to play to the middle and keep as much stasis as possible. Keep everything, and everyone, calm. We’ve done our best to remove the excitement, passion and fun in the workplace. Isn’t it ironic then that when we go to HR events, we seek the presentations that will fill us with the same items that we’ve tried to squelch?The only thing holding people back from being bold in who they are and what they do, is the voice of doubt that runs like an endless tape in our heads. The desire to take bold steps is inherent in all of us, but the fear that we sense becomes irrational and leads us to maintain the status quo.Aren’t you tired of this? Why would you keep practicing HR if it continues to be frustrating and mundane? Time to be bold !!The key thing to note in making a 180 degree move like this is to be connected to others who have gone before you. There may not be an overwhelming number of these folks but they exist. I’d encourage you to start being bold by getting out and finding HR events to attend. It will be difficult to make this sort of transformation just through your own efforts at your workplace. It will seem so out of the norm to those you work with that you could become quickly discouraged.When you gather with other HR pros, you can connect and network with those who can encourage you. You’ll find that those who are bold themselves are never alone. They surround themselves with others who also are willing to not except the ordinary as the norm. I’ve also seen that they welcome the chance to help others and make themselves available. They relish the chance to see more HR folks practice boldly !!So, when the voices of “I can’t spend time away . . . ” or “My company won’t support . . .” or “I can’t afford . . .” start playing in your head – you have to ignore them and look for ways to get to HR gatherings. If something is too far away, then find something local or virtual. If something is too costly or out of your budget, read HR blogs and get active in social media forums. If your company won’t support you, then don’t settle. You need to push back and show them that they will benefit from you receiving professional development and having more HR resources.I know this is risky and I know that it will be challenging. I also know that it’s a much better way to live and practice HR !! There is no need to keep playing it safe. Join me and be bold !!Originally posted on Everyday People blog.last_img read more

Business Transformation: Organizations Struggle to Find the Path to Innovation

first_imgBusinesses aren’t happy with themselves.  A report by KPMG found that 96 percent of businesses say that they need to change, transform and become more innovative.Stephen Hasty, Global Transformation Leader at KPMG International, said that “business transformation can no longer be a ‘one and done’ initiative.  Top executives realize that their organizations must create mechanisms to continuously evolve and respond to their external environment. Unfortunately, these business leaders are up against serious barriers to reaching goals, as well as massive disruptions in technology and customer preferences and demand.”The KPGM study has the following three recommendations for achieving transformation and innovation:Focus on the customerEmbed innovation in the businessLearn to thrive on changelast_img read more

Can Gowalla’s Disney Deal Help Location Check-Ins go Mainstream?

first_imgWhat it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Tags:#Location#mobile#Op-Ed#web Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces frederic lardinois Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagementcenter_img Location-based social check-in apps were the hot topic earlier this year, but things have markedly cooled down in this segment. Facebook’s Places product threatens all of the smaller competitors like Foursquare and Gowalla, which never quite managed to get mainstream traction. Things have been especially quiet around Gowalla, but the company just announced a major new deal with Disney. Gowalla will now feature locations and newly designed stamps and badges for all of the major Disney Parks in the United States. Can this deal help Gowalla go mainstream?Numbers Can Only Go UpLooking at the latest check-ins from Disney’s park in Anaheim, CA, it’s clear that check-ins at the parks could use a boost and that location-based services still have a long way to go. Only 10 people used Gowalla to check in to the main park in the last 24 hours. Two people checked in at the Pirates of the Caribbean ride – one of the most popular attractions in the park. Compared to Disney’s park in Orlando, FL, these numbers are actually quite high. Only one person checked in to Space Mountain in the last two days.Judging from these numbers, Gowalla can only profit from this partnership, which also includes the sale of actual pins in Disney’s stores across the parks. But by tying its product so closely to these destinations and experiences, chances are that those who encounter Gowalla because of this deal will only think of it in context of this Disney experience and aren’t likely to continue to use it outside of the parks. Also, while collecting badges would be fun for the younger kids in the group, chances are that they are far too preoccupied with everything else that is going on in the parks to worry about checking in. For most adults, these badges aren’t enough to motivate them to check in consistently (especially without coupons and other discounts). Will Disney’s Mainstream Appeal Rub Off on Gowalla?As ZDNet’s Larry Dignan notes, “there’s nothing more mainstream than Disney World. Disney could introduce Gowalla and geolocation services to a much broader population.” While that is true, we have to wonder if the broader population will care about checking in to attractions or if most visitors to Disney’s Parks would rather just enjoy the rides without having to deal with their phones. Related Posts The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

Liveblog: Serie A Wk13 Sunday

first_imgJoin us for all the build-up and action as it happens from today’s six Serie A games, including Bologna-Parma, Roma-Brescia, Sassuolo-Lazio and Verona-Fiorentina. If you are on a mobile device or tablet, then follow the Liveblog HERE. We begin at 11.30 GMT at the Stadio Dall’Ara with an Emilia-Romagna derby between Sinisa Mihajlovic’s Bologna and surprisingly high-flying Parma. At 14.00 GMT, Roma have some key figures back as they host Brescia, who lost 4-0 on Fabio Grosso’s debut and left Mario Balotelli behind for disciplinary reasons. Lazio aim to consolidate their top four position with a trip to Sassuolo, while Fiorentina and Verona go head-to-head with only one point separating them. At 17.00 GMT, Claudio Ranieri’s Sampdoria take on Udinese in a relegation tussle. Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: The evening concludes at 19.45 GMT at the Stadio Via del Mare, where newly-promoted Lecce want to trip up a Cagliari side incredibly in fourth place.last_img read more