The concept of change is an underlying theme and focus for the 2010 Global SHRM Conference where I am serving as a member of the SHRM Blog Squad. Certainly, the simple fact that I am a member of this group of bloggers is reflective of the concept, necessity, and importance of change even for a large and respected organization such as SHRM. And when I think about the process of change, its meaning, the internal and external struggle, all while considering the necessity of change, I am excited. I am energized, and I am hopeful.
The Human Resource profession is at a cross-roads. Issues like healthcare reform, work/life issues, economic change, and social tools are driving organizations and companies like SHRM as well as your own into a new and different direction.
It is conferences such as these that I feel as though I’m a Change Lepper, embraced and understood by a small percentage of a new movement within the Human Resource professional I call HR 2.0. As a blogger and social media Human Resources professional I represent HR 2.0 and change, a very big shift in the profession in which I’ve been a member of for over 10 years.
It’s beneficial for the traditional Human Resource population to embrace your leppers of change like me for a variety of reasons. A change lepper lives on the edge working hard to push the envelope. You may have a CL at your office. They are the person that are constantly providing you with creative and innovative suggestions by many that is seen as far fetched.
The question for CL’s is also how to engage and reach the traditional HR audience to help promote our message and educate others on the importance and benefits of HR 2.0.
Get outside your comfortable zone and try something new. Push yourself and your organization or someone else will. Start getting real with change and begin embracing new ideas, new people, and the new and different world in which we live in. Set aside your excuses, your preconceived notions, and opinions and listen. Listen to your interns, Generational Y, or even your mother and be open to a new and different perspective.
Be open to possibility, new tools, and information.
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