The HR Juggler

Collaboration and Inspiration

Posted on: September 14, 2011

Blogging energises me. For me, there is a definite correlation between my general sense of personal and professional well-being and how inclined I feel to write on my blog.

Lately I have a minor case of blogger’s block, so in true Twitter style I asked for inspiration from the good people of #connectinghr. And as usual they rose to the occasion and unleashed a wave of ideas. Thanks to @MattWarrener, @SpeccyWoo, @BettyBBlonde and @ChangeContinuum, they provided the following eclectic inspirations –

– Why is HR the brake and not the accelerator and how does it need to change?

– Training has absolutely no ROI other than as a placebo

– HR is a band-aid to imperfect organisations and they are minded to keep them that way

– Why are HR the worst people managers of all?

– If you had to axe one function in your business which one would it be?

– Why don’t more execs blog?

– The morals of being forced to interview someone because of the colour of their skin

– Which members of Take That were better looking in 2004 and in 2011?

All of these got me thinking: about the topics themselves, the creativity of those individuals providing them and more than anything else about the power of collaboration to inspire and lift you out of a temporary rut.

So, as of next week I am going to undertake a blogging experiment and tackle one of these each day to write about. Please also feel free to contribute any other suggested topics in the comments below, however frivolous or intellectually challenging (!!) and they will also go into the mix. Once I work out the wordpress voting widget, I will also ask for your collaboration in helping to choose the top 5 blogging topics for next week ;).

A lazy way of generating topic ideas? Possibly. A fun way of getting me back into the blogging habit? Absolutely!

I await your suggestions with anticipation…thank you!

25 Responses to "Collaboration and Inspiration"

Great experiment Alison. Looking forward to the results!

As a ex-scientist and ex-HR professional, here’s another test-tube to consider filling:

What should HR stand for? “Human Resources” or “Human Resourcefulness”?

Thanks for commenting….and great, thought-provoking suggestion. Will add to the list ๐Ÿ™‚

Crowd sourced, open space blogging – love it!

Why thank you…good things come from asking for help ๐Ÿ˜‰

Love it! Go forth and experiment, have fun I look forward to following the trails.

Lol, thanks Doug. Experimenting is a bit scary sometimes but you’re a great advert for it x

Here’s one I have been wanting to write but never seem to get to it: Your Own Certainties Are Nothing More Than Hypothesis. Would be cool to see someone else’s take on that. Can’t wait to see what you write in the coming week!! ๐Ÿ™‚

Wow, that’s a great one Trish – thank you.

This is a brilliant idea and it was great to read my name in the mix also. I’d be happy to answer any questions/comments from my idea…just get in touch!

Really looking forward to the next chapter…..

Thanks Matt…and for being the first in the fray to respond!

Jealous. The idea, the move, the commitment, the way you’ve written up. I love this post, and the possibilities to come.

Thanks James. Sometimes an honest post can have powerful repercussions. Hope I live up to all the early promise and excitement of this!

These are really great topics! Have fun tackling them.

Thank you…looking forward to it and slightly daunted in equal measure ๐Ÿ™‚

How about a post that finishes the sentence: when I grew up I wanted to be … (does anyone grow up wanting to work in HR? – that is the thinking behind the idea). Apologies if you have already done this!
Great idea Alison.

Like it…great idea! Thank you

How about,,,,’the only person who really looks after your career is yourself!’ Keep blogging Ali ๐Ÿ™‚

An excellent suggestion that man…will be picking your brains again ๐Ÿ˜‰ x

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