I’m spending a few days down in Florida. I know, I know. It’s the end of August. I’m nuts.
What’s crazier is that I will be surrounded by HR peeps in various stages of their careers — and most of these peeps actually like their jobs. Some will be new to Human Resources. Some will seasoned and cynical. Most will be HR practitioners who have never (and will never) run a business, manage a P&L, or sit in executive meetings where strategic decisions are made.
And I’m okay with that.
Most employees are not strategic leaders, but it doesn’t mean that they can’t do great work. Just because you administer policies & procedures doesn’t mean that you can’t step up your game and learn a new thing or two. And if there’s one thing I’ve learned during the past three years, it’s that you can criticize Human Resources until you’re blue in the face, but until you administer to the profession and coach the people who do the work, you’re just an amateur.
I’m no Mother Teresa, but I’m going down to Florida to speak with the people in my industry who show up for work everyday and try to do things a little better. I’ll share what I know about HR trends, I’ll talk a little bit about social media, and I will try to demonstrate that you can be both a pundit and a bridge to something better.
And I will sneak away from the conference and have a big fruity drink during the day.
You’ve been warned.