On October 21st, 2011 I spoke at the HR Reinvention Experiment in Omaha, Nebraska. Joe Gerstandt put together Ignite HR – 6 five minute presentations about HR but within the Ignite framework. The Ignite HR session was the kickoff for the overall HR Reinvention Experiment unconference. For those who have never heard of Ignite… here are the rules in a nutshell… 5 minutes, 20 slides, 15 seconds per slide. Oh, and by the way, you’ll be videotaped. Recap: Omaha, progressive HR folks, unconference, Ignite HR… Early in the AM… GO!
My concept was simple. In some ways, I view HR as a house that has been constantly added to over the last 100+ years. You’ve been in one of these types of houses recently. You enter the living room and on other side of that is the library which is next to the greenhouse which is connected to the wine cellar and down a small staircase to the right is a wet bar and on the other side of that is a one car garage where the door has been bricked over but to the right of that you discover a false wall that empties out to the outdoor labyrinth. F%*$ I’m dizzy. And, I could go on with this metaphor for days…
Add, add, add, add… with little or no thought as to why… just add. So, in my presentation I try to make the case for deconstruction. What if we could imagine a blank slate? What would HR really do, be responsible for and/or dare I say, be excellent at.
A few examples from the presentation are…
- Give Payroll to Finance
- Give Benefits to Accounting
- Give Onboarding to Recruiters
- Give Safety to Operations
You get the idea… give it all away and start afresh. Completely impractical but that’s where innovation lives… in the shadows of impractical.
Enjoy the video… I bust out the robot (2:16) at one point… and evidently I can remain curse-free for 5 minutes and 35 seconds… that’s F%*^$ing crazy.
William is the President of RecruitingDaily. At the intersection of HR and technology, he’s a writer, speaker, advisor, consultant, investor, storyteller & teacher. He’s written over 250 HR articles, spoken at over 350 HR & recruiting conferences and he’s conducted over 1300 HR podcasts & webinars. William prides himself on being easy to find on The Internets, Google him, and connect with him via Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, and YouTube.
William serves on the Board of Advisors for Hire Wells, Worksense, Wedge, Optimal, Rolebot, Gustav, Humantic, TechScreen, altru, Brazen, Engagedly, Echovate, VibeCatch, Continu, Happie, Work4, and SmartRecruiters. He’s an active mentor with ATK LABS (Israel) and Talent Tech Labs (New York City). He was previously an advisor to Hyphen (sold to Betterworks Q1 2020), Causecast (sold to America’s Charities Q3 2019), RolePoint (sold to Jobvite Q4 2018), PeopleMatter (sold to Snag Q2 2016), Good.co (sold to StepStone Q1 2016) Smarterer (sold to Pluralsight Q4 2014) and a board member of Talentegy (sold to Jobvite Q3 2020), Chequed (merged to create OutMatch Q3 2015).
William is a graduate of the University of Alabama of Birmingham with a BA in Art History. He also earned an MA in American Indian Studies from the University of Arizona and an MBA from Case Western Reserve University. William holds six distinct certifications: “Trustee Management & Development” from United Way Blueprint for Board Service, “Leadership Development” from Leadership Fort Worth, “Certificate in Nonprofit Management” from The Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations, “Trustee Management & Development” from Business Volunteers Unlimited, “SHRM – SCP Certification (Senior Certified Professional)” from SHRM and, “Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR)” from the HR Certification Institute.