Apologies for the lack of posts here. People keep asking me to do stuff. So much for the long dossy summer I was planning.
Anyway, I should draw your attention to the HR Carnival over at the HR Capitalist’s blog. For those of you who are unfamiliar with it, the HR Carnival is a regular round up of blog posts with the broad theme of managing people in organisations. The HR Capitalist, also known as Kris Dunn, is having a go at HR Mangers for being a bunch of self-obsessed, introspective whingers. Well, OK, he didn’t say that exactly but I reckon that’s pretty much what he meant.
It’s an entire profession talking to themselves, preoccupied with having a seat at a mythical table.
I’ve said in in the past, and I’ll say it again. Every time you see an article that says “HR stinks”, or isn’t at the “table”, start a value-added project for your operators/line managers and deliver some value they don’t expect. Don’t wring your hands, don’t spend energy wondering why.
And there are some good tips on the HR Carnival from people who’ve been there and done it. Incidentally, even if you are not an HR manager you might find some of this stuff useful. Anyone who has to manage people will probably find something there they can use, like designing presentations that don’t bore the crap out of everyone else, for example.
The HR Carnival is run by members of the HR Bloggers group, which I have recently joined. Blog networks and collectives are becoming more common. The Blogosphere is like everywhere else, if you want to get noticed, exchange ideas and learn stuff, you need to network with other people.
To this end, I have also recently joined the Bloghounds group. That’s why that picture of a dog has appeared on my sidebar. Bloghounds is not restricted to business bloggers, or any other type for that matter, it is simply a group for sharing ideas, exchanging links to posts and generally helping each other out.
Already this has brought new people to this blog who perhaps have a different perspective from some of the more regular readers. That can only be good. The more debate and challenge we get on our blogs the more we learn. I read a complaint recently that too many blogs have become echo chambers where all the commenters parrot the same views. What would be the point of that?
But enough of this rambling. Go and check out the links at the HR Carnival and at Bloghounds. Whatever your preferences, you should find something worth reading there.