Ignite HR: How You Can Turn Potential Into Productivity

Sometimes, you find great talent management insights and forward-looking HR thinking in unexpected places.

That’s what happened to me back in late October when I spent a day at the 2nd annual HR Reinvention “Experiment” in Omaha. I attended the event (TLNT was the media sponsor) on the promise that I might be able to tap into some good information there — and I certainly did. But I also found an amazing engaged and vibrant local HR community as well.

Part of what was so engaging about this HR event was that it was largely centered around a series of presentations under the banner of Ignite HR. According to Jason Lauritsen and Joe Gerstandt, the two guys behind Talent Anarchy who organized the Omaha event, Ignite HR is a presentation format giving presenters five (5)  minutes, 20 slides and exactly 15 seconds per slide. Ignite HR included six presentations that were each in some way related to the theme of “putting the human back in human resources.”

Is this style over substance?

So, are these Ignite HR presentations about style over substance, format over content?

Not really, because the tight and constricted format actually keeps the presentations lively and moving. If you have gone to any other conferences, you know that the “will it ever end?”-style presentation can drive you batty, so I appreciated the fact that Ignite HR seemed to attack that problem from the outset.

But, you can make your own call whether Ignite HR works or not. We’ll be featuring five of the presentations from Omaha here on TLNT this week. Please dig in, take a look, and decide for yourself.

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Today’s first video is from David Allen and Kelly Sickmeir of The Allen Groupe. They did a tag team presentation titled Be, Get, Keep: Turning Potential Into Productivity. As Joe Gerstandt put it, “The Allen Groupe has a great story and David and Kelly did a nice job of talking about making the employment experience powerful and unique.”


Please feel free to leave some comments here about Ignite HR — whether you like the content, the format, whatever. And, don’t forget that Jason and Joe will also 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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