If you're an HR pro in the trenches like us, you've dealt with your fair share of employee relations issues over the years. And if you're really like us, you probably hate nothing more than a person with a complaint or problem who offers no solutions. You know – the type who just likes to whine.
The gloves are coming off. It's on. FOT-style.
For the past few weeks, you have probably been bombarded with email after email after mailing after mailing about SHRM's 2011 National Conference in Las Vegas. Register now! Purchase the premium pass! Don't miss our Michael J. Fox's closing session! Come get those recertification credits! Top of the line swag guaranteed in the exhibitor hall, so bring extra suitcases! But friend to friend, tell us – are you really even excited about the conference? Is it worth the $2000 plus travel hit to your budget? And just who are you going to be learning from at the conference? Will it help you raise your HR game?
You have no guarantees what you'll gain at SHRM except that you'll receive a boatload of recertification credits and some major swag. We think you deserve more, and better. But rather than us continuing to poke fun at SHRM, we've decided to come to the table with a solution. We're offering you another option.
An FOT show. Or rather, the FOT show.
Yep, we're building a one-day conference for the folks who want to stretch, not settle. It will be designed for the HR and recruiting pros who want to raise their games. And what exactly are we planning? Cool speakers. Crazy but true topics. No trade show floor. Limited political correctness. Barrels of Starbucks. Unlimited Little Debbie snack cakes with the FOT logo. Rock music and old school rap between sessions.
You'll also get the chance to attend the sessions with FOT members who were rejected as presenters for the SHRM conference with titles like, "How to Raise Your HR Game by Thinking Like a Money-Hungry VP of Sales" and "Succession Planning at Van Halen: David Lee Roth, Sammy Hagar and <shudder> Gary Cherone".
You're right. Those titles don't sound compelling at all, do they? SHRM didn't think you could handle them… but they'll be at the FOT show.
We know we'll have a compelling offering. You know and trust us to deliver to you a daily dose of good HR. We promise to bring the same to you in Vegas.
Stay tuned here on the blog for more info – registration, speaker line up, pricing, will be unveiled in Q1 2011. Or, you can bookmark www.theFOTshow.com. We're making it easy for ya – tack on another day to your annual SHRM conference voyage but prepare yourself for something totally different. Or hell, if you weren't planning on going to Las Vegas for the SHRM show, you can come for one day and hang with us anyways.
Change you can believe in. A tea party for the HR profession. Players club, baby. A Festivus for the rest of us.
Are you ready?
Kris, Jessica + the FOT gang
Kris Dunn is a Partner and CHRO at Kinetix, a national RPO firm for growth companies headquartered in Atlanta. He’s also the founder Fistful of Talent (founded in 2008) and The HR Capitalist (2007) – and has written over 70 feature columns at Workforce Management magazine. Prior to his investment at Kinetix, Kris served in HR leadership roles at DAXKO, Charter and Cingular. In his spare time, KD hits the road as a speaker and gives the world what it needs – pop culture references linked to Human Capital street smarts.