Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Still Lots of Fear in Business - A #NoFearHR Update

Hi Mike,

I'm glad to hear that you're getting a more sophisticated perspective from the audiences you're speaking to about leveraging social tools for their businesses. That's great news. I, too have been busy speaking over the last couple of months about transformation, social media, and what I like to call "Good HR" practice. Unlike you however, I continue to meet many human resources professionals who are either stuck in an organization that does not support the adoption of social strategies, or downright doesn't even understand what they are.

Quite honestly Mike I'm a bit stunned. I was hoping we were making progress, but I think that because you and I have embraced these tools and understand how much of a difference they can make in our work we've assumed that others appreciate their value as well. I think we still have a long way to go.

There is a silver lining to my recent experiences however; that is the enthusiasm to learn more, to try social tools for networking, research, recruitment, and employee communication seems to be growing.

I believe there is an opportunity to help these struggling HR practitioners to find support outside their organizations, which in turn will position them as valuable members of their organizations down the road.

HR on the ouside helping HR on the inside...I like that Mike.

We need to kick our #NoFearHR mindset into gear. Let's do this.

#NoFearHR is a project to assist business professionals who want to know more about how to put social media tools to work in a meaningful way. Content is provided by Jay Kuhns and Michael VanDervort.  You can find links to the rest of the ongoing conversation here.

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