Lo-Fi Adultery. 50 Shades Of Pencil Pushing.

Dawn Burke Change, Dawn Hrdlica, Driving Productivity, HR Technology

I am cheating on my hi-fi boyfriend. If it feels this good to be wrong, then I don’t want to be right.

I’m putting together a succession planning/organizational development program.  This will incorporate all kinds of HR stuff.  We’re starting with a little ranking exercise, followed by a second course of figuring out why these folks are ranked that way.  Third course…we’ll be rolling into some organizational efficiency analysis.  Then for dessert we’ll jump into the true succession planning portion of the meal.

So I went to the SHRM12 Vendor Expo and looked for succession planning software.  And as I was looking at the companies and their “performance planning” modules I realized, I don’t know what the hell I need.  There is nothing, NOTHING worse than investing in any hi-tech software you realize a year later is awful for your company.  Particularly if implementation takes forever.

So for now, we’re going old-school.  I’ll be pushing out manual workbooks to all our Team leads where they will go through the exercises.  OK, I will have these manual resources on our intranet and there will likely be some Microsoft office stuff involved BUT, with the shiny high-tech veneer striped off of this process, I can get some great feedback about the content of the plan rather than the user interface of a software program.

Then once I get feedback and realize what I really need, I can get some cool hi-tech software that will rock my world and everyone in my company.

Some other great areas to plug in lo-fi awesomeness:

  • When you create slides for a keynote/PowerPoint presentation always…ALWAYs write out a storyboard first.  You’ll want t a pencil for this.  For those of you who don’t know what a pencil is click here.
  • Take that a step further and don’t even use a keynote/PowerPoint when teaching a class.  I had a recent generalist candidate present to my team.  She used the white board, told stories and actually taught.  It was so different; it seemed like a new concept.
  • I know this will seem very strange.  Almost cryptic.  But it’s OK to take notes in a notebook.  I write faster and more efficiently than my ipad stylus.

I work for a tech company and truly love what new technologies have done for every human being, inside and outside of my work environment.  But sometimes going old school for a while helps you get to the nitty-gritty of your project and keeps you from being distracted by the shiny.