Ignite HR: Getting to No, or What If We Really Could Reinvent HR?

Today’s Ignite HR presentation is one near and dear to my heart, because it gets to an issue that everyone discusses but no one ever seems to do much about — getting rid of the old to take on the new.

Yes, most people are on to the idiocy of thinking you can “do more with less,” because having less really DOES mean you do less and that’s always a hard sell to the executive suite.

No, William Tincup‘s Ignite HR presentation at October’s 2nd annual HR Reinvention “Experiment” in Omaha was called Getting to NO, and it tackled this very subject. It was about encouraging us to think about dismantling HR as “the 100 year old house that has been added on to, and added on to, and added on to…”

“Putting the human back in HR”

His main point is a good one: With all of these additions, we may have actually lost sight of what it is that we do well.

You can say that about a lot of things in life, of course, but it is especially relevant to the HR and people management function as I think you’ll agree.

I mentioned this when we kicked off this week-long series of Ignite HR videos on Monday (and you can see How You Can Turn Potential Into Productivity and Why It’s Important to Build Talent Communities here) but Ignite HR is a format that gives presenters a tight structure of 5 minutes, 20 slides and exactly 15 seconds per slide. This makes it hard for presenters or conference attendees to linger on any one slide, any one point, and any single issue.

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These presentations were originally given at the HR Reinvention conference put on by Jason Lauritsen and Joe Gerstandt, the two guys behind Talent Anarchy, in October in Omaha, and since TLNT was the media sponsor of the event, I agreed to possibly using the Ignite HR presentations here at TLNT if they seemed good.

Well, they were and I am, but you should watch these videos and decide for yourself. The Ignite HR experience in Omaha was related to the theme of “putting the human back in human resources,” so if you are interested in that — and that’s why you’re here at TLNT, isn’t it? — then these video are probably for you.


Jason Lauritsen and Joe Gerstandt will be presenting at the TLNT Transform conference in Austin, Texas Feb. 26-28, 2012. Their topic will be When Talent Isn’t Enough: Social Capital and the Future of HR. If you haven’t signed up to attend, you should, and you can do it here.

John Hollon is Editor-at-Large at ERE Media and was the founding Editor of TLNT.com. A longtime newspaper, magazine, and business journal editor, John has deep roots in the talent management space. He's the former Editor of Workforce Management magazine and workforce.com, served as Editor of RecruitingDaily, and was Vice President for Content at HR technology firm Checkster. An award-winning journalist, John has written extensively about HR, talent management, leadership, and smart business practices, including for the popular Fistful of Talent blog. Contact him at johnhollon@ere.net, connect with him on LinkedIn, or follow him on Twitter @johnhollon.


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