Want to know an easy way to figure out who is cool and not cool on Twitter? The cool ones are the people willing to contribute and help. Notice I didn’t say that they are on so-and-so’s top 20 list? You may not realize this but the influencer lists miss a ton of great people that help and contribute to the HR community.
I think these are the best HR pro’s to connect with because;
- These people care about HR. After spending 8+ hours working in the trenches they write blog posts, join twitter chats or read other blogs about HR. What else says love?
- Unlike a lot of people who make the influencer lists they don’t have 50,000 followers so you might actually get to interact with them and when you do they are typically pretty cool.
It’s those people that we recognize on the second annual Tim Sackett day.
This year’s honoree is Paul Hebert. His Incentive Intelligence blog is in my “must-read” category; I follow him on Twitter and attend his webinars whenever I can. Why? Paul is one of the few people blogging about recognition/engagement/incentives/gamification that I actually consider an expert. There is a lot of noise in those topic areas but Paul always tells it like it is.
This past year I’ve been working on a peer-to-peer recognition program. I talked with other HR pro’s about what worked and didn’t work, how their program was administered, etc; I talked with employees and managers; I talked with vendors about how to implement my ideas;
After all that I was at a loss:
- The bulk of employees I support don’t spend eight hours a day on their computer. Were they really going to participate in an online game/Facebook/type recognition system? And could I sell the high dollar cost of implementation to my manager?
- The next option was to do some traditional training and provide managers and employees with some kind of appreciation card/token they give out…but the cynic in me didn’t see our truck drivers getting excited about a pastel blue “you done good” stick it note
By that point, I was pretty frustrated. How could I develop a program that would be engaging if I didn’t have the money/employee base to go along with the fancy online systems I saw? Then I thought “What would Paul Hebert do?”
So I sent Paul a brief message over LinkedIn and honestly didn’t expect to hear back from him, he’s a pretty busy guy between blogging, consulting and speaking. To my surprise I received a thoughtful and very helpful response back later the same day. His quick response and outside perspective was just what I needed to generate a different thought process that I hope will work much better than my original idea (stay tuned to the blog to hear all about that).
Keep in mind, I had rarely connected with Paul and have never met him in person, but he took the time to respond to my question with helpful and thoughtful advice.
The thing is this isn’t a rare experience. The assistance Paul gave me is just one example of the great people I’ve talked with who don’t make influencer or “best of” lists. IMHO they are the cool ones: they do their job, care about HR and help others in the field. That tops my cool list (okay so I’m a nerd but so are you if you’re reading HR blogs).