Monday 24 June 2013

#SHRM13 Why Your Talent aren't Talent

IMG_0318.JPG  I was in Chicago last week presenting on 'The New HR' at SHRM's Annual Conference in Chicago.

There were some great sessions going on, and it was wonderful to catch up with and meet lots of great HR people too, though I ended up working in my hotel room more than I'd wanted.

Key reflections:

  • It was big.  No, like really, really big!  (the biggest SHRM conference ever in fact with some 16,000 attendees.  I've got to get me on that main stage!
  • There was a lot more use of social media than at CIPD, and plenty of more powerful social events too.
  • I personally though there was an overkill of stuff on SHRM in the introductions before the main speakers.  That also made it feel very different to the CIPD's conferences, and not really in a good way.
  • Chicago still brings back memories of visiting on short escapes from 'Hard Code' COBOL programming school in St Charles.  I'm glad I made the shift over to HR.



IMG_0339.JPG  My favourite session, other than Hilary Clinton's keynote, was with David Rock speaking about talent and neuroscience.




So our talent often aren't talent because they're just the people who shout the loudest.  I made a similar case in my session - that we're much better at identifying talent who contribute through their own capability and engagement (i.e. from a human capital perspective) than we are at finding talent who create value through their support and impact on other people (a social capital one).


I'll also be attending, blogging and tweeting on David's EMEA NeuroLeadership Summit in September. Mind you, David also suggesting tweeting (and any multi-tasking) makes us less smart.  I'll have to try to avoid that happening to stay up with what I'm sure will be some great content! 


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