The idea for the theme of this edition of the HR Carnival was the result of online social currency. Victorio Milian had been crafting a post on this idea long before I had considered using those three words consecutively, and in an actual sentence. He was gracious to grant me permission to run with it for this Carnival’s theme. What I haven’t quite figured out is whether it was the result of Victorio’s online social currency, or mine. Either way, it has prompted some fabulous contributions.
Enjoy the HR Carnival, and please take the time to interact with the authors, and each other. Even if you were not able to submit an article for this event, you still have the opportunity to contribute significantly to the dialogue by leaving comments on the posts, and by using some of your online social influence to spread the word for our contributors.
I have loosely categorized submissions into 2 categories: (1) Online Social Currency posts – those who took on the challenge; and, (2) Other Great Topics.
Online Social Currency
Unusual Idea of the Day – A Better Use of Social Currency. This post, by Victorio Milian (Victorio Milian blog) was the catalyst for this HR Carnival theme. Be sure to read the thoughts that have caused others to ponder the same question.
Finding Value in SoMe, by Dwane Lay (Lean HR blog). While entering into the world of social media is as simple as signing up and actually using it, the value of social media for businesses is something that needs to be quantified and measured. Dwane offers up some great, free advice in his post.
Project Social: What is Influence? by Laura Schroeder (Working Girl blog) is talking about “triangles of adoration.” What more to you need to follow the link? If you must, she also questions whether social influence is more about influence, or popularity?
HR Online – All Aboard Please – A Voyage of Discovery! is by Ian Clive (HR Toolbox). Why would anyone in HR feel compelled to share his or her thoughts with the world? While that might be a good question for your shrink, Ian shares his perspective on the matter.
The Net Worth of Your Network by Sri Subramanian (Talented Apps) asks if in today’s world of interconnected, geographically removed people, is it even possible to really connect without an online presence? She shares some solid principles.
Help Others to Earn Online Currency is by Ben Martinez (Riverbend Media blog). How should we define online currency, and how do we measure it? Ben writes about the connection that we have with other people.
Hoard, Spend, or Barter? What Kind of SM Personality Are You? Take your seats for this post by Robin Schooling (HR Schoolhouse). She takes an intriguing approach to asking how social capital is spent in a capitalistic society. So what kind of personality are you?
Online Social Currency: How to Build and Measure It by Lynn Dessert (Elephants at Work). This is a very nice piece for those who are still trying to figure out how the use of social media might translate into real currency. Yes, it is also a great read for those of us who only think we know. Either way, there is some solid, specific advice.
Other Great Topics
A Numbers Game, Sort Of, by Doug Shaw (What Goes Around Limited) takes an interesting and analytical approach to interpolating what blog statistics really mean. It’s okay, it doesn’t require the use of math to read and enjoy.
Advantage to Butt-In-the-Seat Training was written by Paul Meshanko (EdgeOhio). At what point is using technology to create real learning ineffective? Paul shares some great thoughts about the value of still planting butts in seats in our organizations.
Social Screening of Job Candidates: Focusing on the Facts, was submitted by Courtney Hunt (Social Media in Organizations). Whether we like it or not, social screening is on the rise, and there are some things that employers and job candidates need to understand. Now, if that wasn’t enough, Courtney also contributing a follow-up piece titled, Social Media and Recruiting 101: Overview and Recommendations. They are both great pieces and worth the read.
The Gordon Gekko Approach to Professional Development. Okay, movie buffs, who is this famous character? Stumped? Patrick Mullarkey (mentoring Mullarkey blog) will remind you, and will suggest that since money never sleeps, neither should your professional development efforts.
Which Change Model Should You Pick? Dan McCarthy (Great Leadership blog) contributed a timely piece on a topic that is right up my professional alley. While we are all dealing with change in our organizations, which model or models should we really be using? This might cause you to blow the dust off of some of those management textbooks, and I suspect it will introduce you to something new.
How to Talk to a CEO, by Mark Stelzner (Inflexion Advisors blog). The only thing more fun than writing a post to share how you’ve screwed up in your career is having the opportunity to read how someone else has done it. Mark shares a great post with some solid advice.
Are Your High Performers Really High Performers? This is the question asked, and answered by Chris Young (Rainmaker Group – Maximize Possibility blog). Smart companies reward employees based on potential, and recognize job fit as a contributor.
The Name of the Integrated Talent Management Game, by Kevin Oakes (i4cp – Trendwatchers blog) asks the question, why is it that so many companies recognize that talent is critical to competitiveness, but managing it as a comprehensive strategy remains so rare?
Transformational Change Management and Organizational Culture, by Maryanne Wanca-Thibault. Maryanne writes about change as an ongoing part of an organization’s evolution. The key is in finding a strategy that minimizes uncertainty and perceived risk.
Well, there you have it friends – the HR Soot version of the Carnival of HR. Thank you to all who contributed, and I again invite others to join the discussion by writing comments on these posts. Now that I’ve spent my online social currency, I suppose that I had better invest some time in the work that is providing me with a paycheck today. But then again, who knows what our social connections will lead to tomorrow.