Getting to NO…

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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.

Huge hat tip to the organizers of the HR Reinvention Experiment.  IMHO, we need more offline events like this.  And, totally honored that you included my lame ass.