hrevolution111Since 2009, the HRevolution planning team has been bringing you the best, most innovative HR learning events.

HRevolution is an industry-changing, US conference for the human resource industry.  Founded by Trish McFarlane and Ben Eubanks as a single tweet on Twitter, it was a way to bring HR professionals, recruiters, CEOs, and other industry leaders together to discuss the current state of human resources and where the industry is headed. Steve Boese and Matt Stollak quickly joined in the movement.  

Since then, HRevolution has produced nine highly successful events.  The goal of our conference is to help bring people together for discussion and networking, while keeping their out-of-pocket cost very low. Many of our participants pay their own way to HRevolution, so it’s the generosity of sponsors that enable us to host this conference.

We look forward to seeing everyone in Saint Louis next week! If you haven’t bought your ticket yet, we still have a few left. Here’s the agenda for the event on Saturday. As usual, we’ll have areas set aside for breakout discussions, off topic rants, and other fun tangents. Details on the Friday night social event are coming later this week. I’ll say this–you don’t want to miss it! Although it isn’t content-heavy, it is a great opportunity to meet everyone in a relaxed atmosphere the night before. Highly recommended, especially for the first timers.

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8:30 –  9:00  – Registration, coffee, networking time

9:00 –  9:30 – Opening remarks from HRevolution Organizing Team and our sponsors ()

9:45 – 10:30 – Session 1 Is HR Ready for Feedback?

In this session Mary Faulkner will lead a discussion around feedback for the HR function. Her organization recently did an internal customer satisfaction survey and got some pretty harsh feedback. So, is HR ready to hear feedback? Willing to act on it? How do you filter through the info to find the trends vs the people who aren’t happy? How do you manage a team who works hard but got bad marks for customer service?

10:30 – 10:45 – Refreshment Break

10:45 – 11:30 Session 2 #HRPositive!

This session, led by Paul Hebert and Franny Oxford, will focus on HRPositive – how positive thinking can change the direction and opinion of HR. Why is it important and how HR can create more positive vibes around HR than the negative ones permeating the industry. As Franny says, “The disciplines of gratitude, wonder, and humble joy are deeply powerful, and terrifying. We’re going to offer HRevolution participants the courage to lead themselves and others from that place.

11:30-12:30 – Lunch Break/Entertainment (Ben Eubanks, Allen Robinson, Rob Caswell, Angie Schaefer, Trish McFarlane)

12:45 – 1:30 – Session 3 The Art of Candidate Engagement in a Noisy World

Let’s be honest. There’s entirely too much “spray and pray” in recruiting today, and recruitment marketing is growing as a true discipline. We need less traditional and more focus on presenting the organization well and targeted sourcing to be heard by the right candidates. Yes, we’re all inundated with phone, email, Slack, IM channels, and the app of the month, and all before we even get to social media. So, what’s the answer? This session hosted by Katrina Collier will attempt to get to the answers of this global issue.

1:45 – 2:30 – Session 4 The Idea Lifecycle

As organizations grow, they must scale their resources to adjust. But what happens when you come to a crossroads and scaling up means you lose some of your identity? How can organizations retain this essential piece of who they are while still meeting the needs of the employees and the business? In this participatory session led by Jane Jaxon, the audience will explore how organizations can face this challenge successfully.

2:30 – 2:45 – Refreshment Break

2:45 – 3:30 – Session 5 Modern HR Challenges

Teams are everywhere, and with the increasingly collaborative nature of the workforce, we’re seeing more of a focus on team performance than ever before. In this session led by an in-the-trenches HR leader, we will explore the linkage between long term team development and business results. Tim Gardner will lead this discussion as we try to understand just how these connect.

3:45 – 4:30 – Session 6 Building Revolutionary HR Technology (Steve Boese)

4:30 – 5:00 – Closing remarks from the organizing team, group discussion, sharing of ideas, lessons learned, takeaways, etc.

This agenda is tentative and subject to change. Check back soon or feel free to check in on the #HRevolution hashtag on Twitter for updates. 

November 7, 2014

8:30 – 9:00 – Registration, coffee, networking time

9:00 – 9:30 – Opening remarks from HRevolution Organizing Team and our sponsors

9:45 – 10:30 – Session 1 Is HR Ready for Feedback?

In this session Mary Faulkner will lead a discussion around feedback for the HR function. Her organization recently did an internal customer satisfaction survey and got some pretty harsh feedback. So, is HR ready to hear feedback? Willing to act on it? How do you filter through the info to find the trends vs the people who aren’t happy? How do you manage a team who works hard but got bad marks for customer service?

10:30 – 10:45 – Refreshment Break

10:45 – 11:30 Session 2 #HRPositive!

This session, led by Paul Hebert and Franny Oxford, will focus on HRPositive – how positive thinking can change the direction and opinion of HR. Why is it important and how HR can create more positive vibes around HR than the negative ones permeating the industry. As Franny says, “The disciplines of gratitude, wonder, and humble joy are deeply powerful, and terrifying. We’re going to offer HRevolution participants the courage to lead themselves and others from that place.”

11:30-12:30 – Lunch Break/Entertainment (Ben Eubanks, Allen Robinson, Rob Caswell, Angie Shaefer, Trish McFarlane)

This lunch session will be a fun, entertaining experience that ties in with one of the things that “in the trenches” HR deals with regularly: how do you know if your employees are lying? Attendees are sure to laugh as we pit people against one another in a battle of wits.

12:45 – 1:30 – Session 3 TBD Jenny Payne, Joel Peterson

1:45 – 2:30 – Session 4 TBD Jane Jaxon

2:30 – 2:45 – Refreshment Break

2:45 – 3:30 – Session 5 TBD Tim Gardner

3:45 – 4:30 – Session 6 Building Revolutionary HR Technology (Steve Boese)

4:30 – 5:00 – Closing remarks from the organizing team, group discussion, sharing of ideas, lessons learned, takeaways, etc.

As we gear up for HRevolution 2015, we wanted to take a moment to highlight some of the session leaders. Last time we talked with Mary Faulkner, an HR leader from Denver, Colorado. Today we’re going to take on the duo of Paul Hebert and Franny Oxford, a formidable (yet lovable) pair of well-known leaders in our space. Like what you see? There’s still time to join us for HRevolution 2015 in Saint Louis. 

Ben: So! Tell me a little about yourself. What do you do?

paulPaul: Consultant to HR on employee engagement, rewards, incentives and motivation. Self-proclaimed engagement “personality.” Co-founder of the #HRPositive Movement with Steve Browne. Founder of 50over50HR Awards. Semi-pro foosball player and member of Guinness world record musical chairs team (true story.) Co-author of 4 books and 2 children.

Franny: I build or align HR departments to mid-sized organization’s emerging needs or strategy. Today, that involved taking an engineer’s wife to breakfast to connect her with my US network, beta-testing a Train-the-Trainer class, meeting with a manager about upgrading her talent by letting them know how to win with her, rolling out a new hire engagement survey, interviewing recruiters, attending an HRIS demo, and writing an obituary. The usual.

Ben: What will your session be about at HRevolution?

Paul: HRPositive – how positive thinking can change the direction and opinion of HR. Why is it important and how can HR create more positive vibes around HR than the negative ones permeating the zeitgeist.

frannyFranny: HR Positive! People often confuse cynicism with intelligence, I do it too, sometimes. We think we’re in control when we try to anticipate negative outcomes. It’s lazy and keeps us stuck, but supposedly safe.The disciplines of gratitude, wonder, and humble joy are deeply powerful, and terrifying. We’re going to offer HRevolution participants the courage to lead themselves and others from that place. No guided meditations or dolphin music or other woo-woo will be involved, we promise. No one’s professionalism or dignity will be horribly mangled, unless they expressly request it.

Ben: Out of a thousand topics that we could see at an HR event, why that one?

Paul: This is the foundation for all conversations around HR. If we can’t control the mood around HR what can we control? How can we move the conversation away from reactive and playing defense to proactive and more offense.

Franny: Because HRevolution attendees can handle it. A lot of HR practitioners are not ready for this conversation. You are.

Ben: What’s one thing you would say to somebody on the fence about attending HRev?

Paul: Get off the fence. HRevolution is an event where long-term relationships are built. This is about creating networks not simply attending sessions. This is a “people” event first – content second. But both are a step above the average. The contacts you make at HRevolution will support your career for years to come. It is an investment in YOUR career as well as your ability to support your employer’s objectives.

Franny: Remember when you were excited about something? Work, your new love, a hobby, a new community of awesome, interesting people, a new church, your new phone with extra-cool features, a new social media platform, a promotion? This is all that combined. Even if you don’t feel excited today, you’ll leave WIDE AWAKE and with a new, tremendously connected, set of friends who are just as pumped as you are to Make Things Happen.

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As you can see, you might also expect a bit of humor from this illustrious pair! Thanks to Paul and Franny for taking the time to chat with us about their upcoming session at HRev. Follow Paul and Franny on Twitter. We look forward to seeing you there and talking more about Positive HR!

As we gear up for HRevolution 2015, we wanted to take a moment to highlight some of the session leaders. First up is Mary Faulkner, an HR leader from Denver, Colorado. I met Mary a few years ago at SHRM and since then have had the pleasure of hearing her speak, reading her work, and connecting on the various social platforms. She’s a whiz and has some excellent insights to share, so we look forward to having her join us

mary faulknerBen: So! Tell me a little about yourself. What do you do?

Mary: I’m a talent strategist and business leader with over 10 years experience in helping organizations achieve their goals. After working on the Operations side of start-ups and small companies, I landed in HR by way of learning and development, with extensive experience in leadership and organizational development, coaching, key talent planning, performance management, business partnering, HRIS, process and policy creation, and instructional design.

In addition, I manage a leadership development blog (www.survivingleadership.wordpress.com) to continue the dialogue around the challenges of leadership – both being a leader AND being led.

By day I am currently the head of talent acquisition and management at Denver Water, a public sector water utility in Colorado.

Ben: What will your session be about at HRevolution?

Mary: This is in its infancy, but we recently did an internal customer satisfaction survey and got some pretty harsh feedback. I was thinking about a session around that – is HR ready to hear feedback? Are you willing to act on it? How do you filter through the info to find the trends vs the people who aren’t happy? How do you manage a team who works hard but got bad marks for customer service?

Ben: Out of a thousand topics that we could see at an HR event, why that one?

Mary: Because we keep talking about the need for HR to adapt and improve, and yet I seldom see anything about directly asking internal customers for their feedback. Revolutionary HR is a fantastic thing… but its success is often tied to the organization in which it functions. Where I work, the business isn’t as ready for new thinking – lots of pushback. I think it’s important to balance moving forward with keeping the business with you.

Ben: What’s one thing you would say to somebody on the fence about attending HRev?

Mary: First, it’s small. There’s a real chance to have meaningful conversations with big thinkers. Second, it’s interactive – I love the fact that the sessions are interactive and that participants aren’t afraid to challenge each other’s thinking. Third, it’s short – people can stay focused and engaged throughout. Fourth, it’s fun. COME ON!

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Thanks to Mary for taking the time to chat with us about her upcoming session at HRev. You can find her on LinkedIn or Twitter. We look forward to seeing you there and talking more about revolutionary HR!

We’re closing in on HRevolution 2015 in beautiful Saint Louis, and we are happy to announce the location for this year’s event. We will be at the Morgan Street Brewery Lodge, a stylish setup and an all-around fun place to visit.

morgan street breweryWhy this place?

Well, I’ll have to take you back 2010 to explain. That year we held HRev in Chicago, and we had an amazingly creative location picked out. The entire building seemed geared toward creative thinking, and it has remained a perpetual favorite of HRevolution attendees for years. So we decided to try and one-up that location with this phenomenal find.

But why Saint Louis, of all places? One key reason is because my cofounder, Trish McFarlane, lives there! We have hosted this amazing event at various locations since 2009, and this is the first time we’ve held it in her hometown. We have a great group of long-time HRev fans living in and around the STL area, so we know that it will be a great experience for those looking for a unique HR event.

Thinking about it? On the fence? Wondering if it’s worth your while?

Come. It’s worth the drive. You won’t get a legal update. You will get excited and passionate about HR. If you’re not excited about working in HR and the potential impact you can have, then this probably isn’t the event for you. If you consistently hear “you’re not like any HR/recruiting person I’ve ever met,” then this is what you have been waiting for. Plus we’ve created a first-timer’s discount! Just use “firsttime” when you register and you’ll get 20% off the ticket price.

Previous attendees have told me HRevolution is the single most important event they look forward to all year long. And while other events cost $500-1000+ to attend, HRev is just Why not see if the same is true for you?

And last but not least, our sponsor lineup is being finalized (any others interested should contact Trish), and we are proud to have Globoforce and Quantum Workplace down as supporters this year.

globoforce

quantum workplace hrevolution sponsor

evolution or revolutionI’ve hosted the Carnival of HR plenty of times, but this is the first time at the HRevolution site–my home away from home! For those of you unfamiliar, HRev is an unconference event for HR pros, business leaders, recruiters, and vendors. This isn’t your everyday human resources conference. We have sessions on HR Improv (a crowd favorite), Bold HR, Half-Baked HR Ideas, The HR/Recruiting Sibling Rivalry, Millenial Myths, and more. We just launched our tickets for the 2015 event, so if you are interested in learning more, feel free to check out our event page.  Now, on with the show!

The theme for this HR Carnival was one that has been at the forefront of HRevolution conversations for over six years. Here’s what I requested in terms of submissions:

What in HR needs a revolution? We started HRevolution back in 2009 as a way to drive conversations about advances in the HR space and to shed light on the topics nobody else was covering. Since then hundreds of people have attended and we have a wonderful, dedicated group of followers that is interested in furthering the HR/recruiting profession. So, with that in mind, what needs an evolution, or a revolution, in HR?

We received some wonderful posts, and I selected the ones that best fit the theme to share here.

The Evolution of HR

David Richter from Octopus HR starts us off with HR Software-Revolution or Evolution? David provides some great insights into how the HR technology marketplace is shifting over time, and this is an excellent example of our theme of HR’s evolution!

Amit Bhagria of Young HR Manager offers us some advice on revolutionizing our HR careers by putting a set of HR competencies in place. Competencies and competency models have become a frequently discussed topic in recent years, and this is a good example of how to put it into action on a personal level.

Julie Winkle Giulioni asks a question that many of us have probably never considered, and it’s a revolutionary one. Should we kill the concept of “careers?” In this intriguing piece she offers some examples of why this is no longer a relevant term and how that is shifting the conversations in the workplace.

Steve Browne from Everyday People gives us all a challenge to build up the communities around us. All too often those working in HR can be separated from the rest of the world, feeling like they are the only ones facing the challenges in front of them. Steve’s mission is to develop a grassroots effort to connect the world of HR pros.

The team at Meshworking put together a piece on ranking your jobs for SEO purposes. What does that have to do with HR? Plenty, in this latest shift to a focus on recruitment marketing, inbound marketing, and other methods of driving candidates toward our recruiting funnels. If nothing else this will help to stretch your understanding of where recruiting is going (hint: it’s not a newspaper ad).

The folks at Qualtrics shared a blog about the shift from “big data” to “fast data.” As we get deeper into the world of HR analytics, especially on the predictive side of things, it becomes more important to have data at the point of need.

The WorkMarket team offered an article on how to keep your internal and external teams accountable. As the workplace shifts to a more contingent-based workforce we’re going to see a need for more of these kinds of ideas. I also think that with more data on hand companies are going to get better at actually measuring the performance of their knowledge workers.

I want to thank everyone who shared and each of you for supporting the Carnival of HR. This is such an amazing community of dedicated, wonderful individuals, and that’s why we do what we do over here at HRevolution. Have a great week!

Oh, and don’t forget to check out the HRev event to see if you might like to attend. Not sure if it’s right for you? Shoot me an email! Early bird tickets are available for a few short weeks, but don’t let the price scare you. Yes, we know it’s a tenth of the cost of many other HR events. No, we’re not crazy. And yes, that’s an amazing deal to get access to some of the brightest and most engaging minds the world of HR has to offer. 🙂

Hi all,

With the date of HRevolution 2014 quickly approaching, here are some options for hotels.  Note that none of the hotels are within walking distance of Symbolist HQ (where the event will take place).  We are trying to work on some transportation options, but you may have to rely on Taxis/Uber(?), friends, hotel shuttle, etc.

1.  Comfort Inn – Grapevine

We have a selected number of rooms for Friday, November 7 ONLY at a rate of $89 + tax ($10-30 cheaper than their going rate depending on the type of room).  If there is enough demand, we are working on trying to extend it to Saturday night as well.   A couple of perks:
a.  Free breakfast each morningb.  Shuttle to/from the airport.

We believe the shuttle  should be able to get you to/from Symbolist HQ as well.

If you book directly via the Comfort Inn at the link above, they have an advance purchase rate of $79.20 + tax.  However, you must pay in advance, there are no refunds if you cancel, and you must join their Choice Rewards program (which you can do while reserve the room).

2.  Hilton Garden Inn – DFW North

Rooms are $159+tax a night

3.  Holiday Inn Express – DFW

Rooms are $102.99 with advanced purchase, $119.99 flexible rate

Other Options here

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