Meet Steve Boese

Boese BadgeSteve Boese is fondly known to many as the HR Technology blogger. By day, he is the Co-Chair of Human Resource Executive’s HR Technology Conference. He is also a former Director of Talent Management Strategy at Oracle and an HR Technology instructor. Steve can also be found hosting the HR Happy Hour Show and Podcast … you know, where a bunch of HR pros get together and call in to talk about HR stuff. Sounds like an SNL skit, we know. But when you have Dave Ulrich, the grandfather of HR as show guests, well, I guess you’re doing something right.  Talk to Steve via emailLinkedInTwitter or Facebook.

See Steve’s riffs and rants on Fistful of Talent here…

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10.5 QUESTIONS WITH STEVE BOESE

1.  The elevator just closed and you’ve got 30 seconds to pitch the random reader on who you are and why they should read your rants.  Go..

You show up to the office, swipe your badge to access the building, fire up your computer and check your email, have a look at your intranet for any company announcements, gossip with your pal in shipping over IM, then finally have a look at your ATS to see if you have any new candidates for that ‘hot’ new opening.  All in the first 10 minutes.  All enabled by a technology backbone that is essential to almost every process in your day.  I can help you make sense of all that.

2.  Now for the mundane – break down your location, title, company/firm and what you do for a living.

Rochester, NY; HR Technology Instructor, Rochester Institute of Technology

3.  One more question that everyone expects. What’s the reason you’re in this game? (why do you do what you do?)

Better living and working though technology has always been interesting to me. I am increasingly fascinated how technology influences relationships and behavior.  And the chance to meet Paul Hebert.

4.  If you’ve ever been to a professional baseball game, you know batters from the home team get to pick their own theme music as they walk from the dugout to the plate.  If we ever have a FOT convention, what theme music will you come out to to pump the crowd up and why?

Probably something a bit out of the mainstream, maybe ‘This is not a Photograph’ by Mission of Burma, or ‘I Will Dare’ by the Replacements.  I would also mix in some ‘I Ran’ by the Flock of Seagulls.  Mainly I would want a song that had a good drive to it, a decent hook, and is a bit inaccessible.  Besides, when you pick obscure, arty stuff people think you are deep.

5.  Let’s stick with the baseball theme. If you’ve ever been to a pro game, you also know that the visitor doesn’t get to pick their own music.  The home team picks that for them, and it’s usually less than stellar as a means of attempting to crush them.  If you could pick theme music for your arch-rival to walk into a conference room to, what would it be and why?

Anything from Michael Bolton.  I celebrate his entire catalog. They would be defeated just thinking about Bolton’s flowing locks.

6.  Finish the following sentence – “When I’m interviewing, I can tell within one minute that this thing isn’t going to work out because _________…”

As one of the non-recruiters in the FOT crew, let me turn the tables. If I were a candidate for an HR tech or consulting gig and one of you crazy recruiters were interviewing me? I know this isn’t going to work out because …there is way too many conference swag freebies on your desk. People that collect and display excessive amounts of swag just bother me.  It is a $.07 pen, not a Mont Blanc for gosh sakes.

7.  Name the actor/actress that will portray you in the movie about you. Why the heck is that a fit?

Edward Norton.  I will let the readers decide if it is the ‘American History X’ Ed Norton or the ‘Everyone Says I Love You’ Ed Norton. (Editor’s note… or really, Edward Norton as the Incredible Hulk. I mean really… the resemblance is astonishing!)

8.  List three of your favorite books to pander to the educated segment of our readership…

  • Cows, Pigs, Wars, and Witches: The Riddles of Culture – Marvin Harris
  • The Natural – Bernard Malamud
  • Life on The Run – Bill Bradley

9.  List three of your favorite movies to connect with the segment of our readership that doesn’t like to read…

10.  Let’s reach out to what remains of our readership. Who’s your favorite Old-School Rapper and why?

Are the Beasties old-school?  No real reason.

10.5.  My first car was a…  and here’s how it defined who I am….

Buick Century – classic old-school two door model, fine Corinthian leather. Shows how I roll, classy all the way.

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See Steve’s riffs and rants on Fistful of Talent here…