HR Carnival: The Carnie CategoriesI am very happy to present this months series of the HR Carnival. Take a look around after reading the other post in this carnival and tell me what you think of Also if you like it, feel free to click that RSS subscribe button on the right! Oh and follow me on twitter. Enough about this blog.

For this HR Carnival I didn’t give a theme to the submitters of the carnival, only because I couldn’t think of one at the time. However, after reading all the post I thought the best start would be to give a brief history of a “Carnival”. Not the HR Carnival but the Carnival of our youth. The carnies, the crap cotton candy and cheap dirty rides that would stop in our neighborhoods once a year. So here it goes:

What is a carnival?

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The inception of the Carnival was meant to be an annual celebration of life found in many countries of the world.  Where did the word “carnival” come from? Well, Hundred’s and hundreds of years ago, the followers of the Catholic religion in Italy started the tradition of holding a wild costume festival right before the first day of Lent. Because Catholics are not supposed to eat meat during Lent, they called their festival, carnevale — which means “to put away the meat.” (butthead laughs…)

As time passed, carnivals in Italy became quite famous; and in fact the practice spread to France, Spain, and all the Catholic countries in Europe. Then as the French, Spanish, and Portuguese began to take control of the Americas and other parts of the world, they brought with them their tradition of celebrating carnival.

So let’s celebrate some crazy carnie love, because like a carnival we all fit in some category and are definately some characters in HR!

Carnie HR

Jennifer McClure of Unbridled Talent gives a great outline of resources for us to follow. I am often looking for other places to find good information, encourage ideas and foster collaboration. Here are Jennifer’s recommended blogs for HR & Recruiting Pros. Regardless, don’t just stick to your area… feel free to venture out to the unknown like Marketing, PR and basket-weaving! (of course she would have put on the list but she knew I was hosting the carnival… didn’t you Jennifer! Jennifer… Jennifer? Hello? Oh well, you can dream lol).
Cathy Missildine-Martin from Intellectual Capital Consulting, Inc. ask questions around measuring the impact of HR shared services.
Mike Haberman over at Omega HR Solutions talks about how our successes in HR can actually be a roadblock. We often can be so successful that the expectations of continued success can hurt us. I am feeling this a little now!
Wally Bock from the Three Star Leadership blog talks about how even though you may have to use your company’s performance evaluation system it doesn’t mean you can’t approach performance the right way!

I get tired of meetings after meetings. Sometimes you want to get down to business but if you are unfamilar with the people or the procedures and you are not running the meeting it can be tough! Here, Dan McCarthy from Great Leadership gives 7 Tips for Department Meeting Rookies.
Jay Goldman from Rypple talks about the relationship and collaboration that needs to be done when selling and implementing enterprise wide systems. He gives you the 3 Reasons Enterprise HR Software Doesn’t Have to Suck. Who is not for that!

Carnie Technology

Going a little deeper into what Kelly wrote, Mike Kohn from the HR Intern tells you his perspective around the 1-2-3 punch of social media and relationship building in recruiting from the job seeker’s side and the employer side.

Kelly Dingee by way of Fist Full of Talent tells you to make your profile %100. Because if she wants to hire you, she has to be able to contact you!! So if you have a profile on LinkedIN, help a sourcer help me help you!

Ben Eubanks from UpStartHR tells us the facts about how 70% of employers perform social search on candidates. We may not talk about it and there may not be hard stats, but most of you are doing it in some way-shapr-or-form. So accept and admit it!

Kathy O’Reilly of the Monster Thinking blog talks about why HR pros may be hesitant to embrace social media tools and a wonderful use of the term “angina” with  “HR and Recruiting Pros: Sitting on the Social Media Sidelines?”

Carnie Talent Management

Mark Stelzner of Inflexion Advisors is reminiscing. How many of us can have so many fond memories of a place where we worked? Could we ever consider any of our workplaces as the best company we ever worked for? Maybe maybe not but a nice quote “We won because we decided winning was more fun than losing”. I agree!
There is a wealth of advice that you can look up on the internet around job offers. The following advice comes from Suzanne Lucas, the Evil HR Lady [well she is not that evil, just direct and to the point. Most people who can't handle it - deal with it ;)] on what to do when you are comparing two job offers. It is rare to get two offers but, just in case, be ready!
Travis Burge talks about understanding your own hiring process and using the the data to drive your hiring strategies. Really, it’s all about time and time is money!
Laura Schroeder (that’s my sister’s name!!!) from the Compensation Cafe talks about being able to get a job regardless of how well you can act or talk about Tron or LightSabers icon smile HR Carnival: The Carnie Categories Because sometimes we have no perfect script to get a job!
B.P.Rao comes with an interesting perspective about how many designations have changed! I have to agree that the responsibilities that titles reflect and the expectation we have in gaining a title are often different then they have been traditionally.
The mysterious HRD from My Hell Is Other People, gives views on the use of third party recruiters and how we should separate the cowboys from the Indians! Meaning, let’s get back to the point of Recruiting, finding great talent instead of a recruiter acting in a B2B way.

Carnie Leadership

Jennifer V. Miller from the People Equation talks about how a Leaders roles can help increase an employees skills and maximize the results of training. This can especially be true when managers reinforce before, during, and after training.
Amy Wilson from the ever so talented TalentedApps team writes about how HR leaders and Unit leaders within the Business actually sit down together and define the differences between Talent Reviews and Succession Planning? Notice how, in this post, not once was a “seat” or a ”table” mentioned! Just people meeting together. Take that all too played out “seat at the table” anology!
Mark Vickers from i4cp writes about how leadership, true leadership is kind of fading. It’s losing the luster, thus we have gone through a Long Era of Lackluster Leadership.
Kevin Eikenberry of The Kevin Eikenberry Group eludes to what many people have been writing about in engagement lately and how encouragement is an underappreciated coaching skill.

Carnie Attitude

Kevin W. Grossman from the Glowan Consulting Group talks about how our perception of social tools are going to change from today’s executives to the next class of pros taking over the guard in the future. If you don’t know now, realize that HR and C-level jobs of the future are in the top 20 of Social Jobs. We better get a head start on being social!

Our friend Bill Boorman talks about the Social Job search and how with some annoyances we hold, we should just get over them in the social realm of search!
Melissa Prusher from The Devon Group talks about your style at work. Not management style but a different type of style.
I am sure these days all of us in Human Resources can presume what makes employees negative? From the fear of losing a job to increased responsibilities and less people to help among them. Here Susan Heathfield is asking for your opinion in a poll. Feel free to vote.
Many of us attend seminars and conferences to earn certifications, get out of the office, or learn something new. But do we ever expect a conference to change our life? Paul Smith from Welcome To The Occupation answers that question for himself!
Jason Seiden from Fail Spectacularly writes about our intentions. How those of us in the HR can build great systames, processes and programs but in the end what helps us fail or succeed are the people. Because no matter what we try to do, human nature trumps everything.
Mary Jo Asmus talks about her own resistance to change through a personal experience and how we always need to be open to learn something new, regardless of how much we think we may know. Our experience often gets in the way of our growth!

Carnie Wellness

Amit Bhagria on the Young HR Manager post about the importance of health and celebrating through world heart day. I agree with Amit when he mentions the importance of building a healthier workplace. I wish my work still had a gym. I wish more people walked up the steps instead of taking the elevator… but I still dream.
So there it is. I hope you enjoyed it. And don’t forget to subscribe to this blog or follow me on twitter!



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