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Predict and Prepare sponsored by Workday 12/16

PAST BUT AVAILABLE FOR REPLAY
The Bill Kutik Radio Show® #171, 2/15
The Bill Kutik Radio Show® #160, 8/14
The Bill Kutik Radio Show® #145, 1/14
Workday Predict and Prepare Webinar, 12/10/2013
The Bill Kutik Radio Show® #134, 8/13
CXOTalk: Naomi Bloom, Nenshad Bardoliwalla, and Michael Krigsman, 3/15/2013
Drive Thru HR, 12/17/12
The Bill Kutik Radio Show® #110, 8/12
Webinar Sponsored by Workday: "Follow the Yellow Brick Road to Business Value," 5/3/12 Audio/Whitepaper
Webinar Sponsored by Workday: "Predict and Prepare," 12/7/11
HR Happy Hour - Episode 118 - 'Work and the Future of Work', 9/23/11
The Bill Kutik Radio Show® #87, 9/11
Keynote, Connections Ultimate Partner Forum, 3/9-12/11
"Convergence in Bloom" Webcast and accompanying white paper, sponsored by ADP, 9/21/10
The Bill Kutik Radio Show® #63, 9/10
Keynote for Workforce Management's first ever virtual HR technology conference, 6/8/10
Knowledge Infusion Webinar, 6/3/10
Webinar Sponsored by Workday: "Predict and Prepare," 12/8/09
Webinar Sponsored by Workday: "Preparing to Lead the Recovery," 11/19/09 Audio/Powerpoint
"Enterprise unplugged: Riffing on failure and performance," a Michael Krigsman podcast 11/9/09
The Bill Kutik Radio Show® #39, 10/09
Workday SOR Webinar, 8/25/09
The Bill Kutik Radio Show® #15, 10/08

PAST BUT NO REPLAY AVAILABLE
Keynote, HR Tech Europe, Amsterdam, 10/25-26/12
Master Panel, HR Technology, Chicago, 10/9/012
Keynote, Workforce Magazine HR Tech Week, 6/6/12
Webcast Sponsored by Workday: "Building a Solid Business Case for HR Technology Change," 5/31/12
Keynote, Saba Global Summit, Miami, 3/19-22/12
Workday Rising, Las Vegas, 10/24-27/11
HR Technology, Las Vegas 10/3-5/11
HR Florida, Orlando 8/29-31/11
Boussias Communications HR Effectiveness Forum, Athens, Greece 6/16-17/11
HR Demo Show, Las Vegas 5/24-26/11
Workday Rising, 10/11/10
HRO Summit, 10/22/09
HR Technology, Keynote and Panel, 10/2/09

Adventures of Bloom & Wallace

a work in progress

Painting And HR Technology — Yes, There’s A Connection

Wish This Were One Of Mine!

One of my goals for 2013 is to spend more time painting, particularly illustrated journaling.  The particular techniques of interest are to do quick, annotated line drawings and/or watercolor sketches of whatever takes my fancy as we travel/play/go boating/whatever within an easily portable bound journal.  I also want to try creating drawings that I can use to illustrate my blog, but I think that’s further up the learning curve.

In the meantime, I signed up for two watercolor classes this “season,” (with our greater winter population, there’s a ton of cultural/education opportunities concentrated in that period), hopeful of improving my knowledge and mastery of technique, my watercolorist KSAOCs.  This is clearly taking me outside my comfort zone, and that’s a good thing even if it’s a humbling experience.

One unexpected side effect of taking up watercolors, for which I have neither background nor aptitude,  is that I’m seeing much more subtlety of color in our sunrises and sunsets.  Fort Myers is awash in color during our magnificent sunrises and sunsets, and I so wish I had the talent to capture them in watercolor.

How are you doing with your own explorations into unknown KSAOC territory?  Are you at the “I’m not going to be good at this” stage?  I’m well past that and into the “I’m never going to be good at this but I’m really enjoying it” stage, and my instructor tells me that, even with a late start and limited tuition, I’m making real progress.

Something else I’ve learned (besides seeing everything and everyone around me as a potential subject) is that knowing what it takes to do something makes it easier to spot/attract/deploy/reward/etc. talent with those KSAOCs.  I wasn’t pleased with the first couple of instructors I had, but I lacked even the vocabulary for describing what I wanted from them that I wasn’t getting — and what I was getting that I didn’t want.  As my KSAOCs grew, I “fired” those instructors and found one that had the right KSAOCs.  Now I know what to look for, and I can recruit more instructors with more confidence of their fit for that role.

Learning to paint for me has been just as challenging as learning to make sound #HRTech decisions is for HR leaders.  Real learning doesn’t take place until you open yourself up to it, lower those “I can’t/won’t/don’t want to/etc.” defenses.  I’ll never be a master watercolorist unless I throw myself into that full-time AND discover some innate talent.  And HR leaders will never be masters of #HRTech unless they do they same — and that’s probably not the best use of their time.  But I now have a better appreciation of great works of watercolor, and I see the world with an artist’s eye.  That’s just what HR leaders need to learn re: #HRTech.  I hope I do as good a job of bringing to HR leaders an appreciation of and the best approaches to #HRTech as my watercolor instructor has brought to me when it comes to painting.

There are lessons in strategic HRM lurking behind every personal KSAOC expansion journey.  Learn those lessons to advance your HR leadership.  And stay tuned for more on my own KSAOC expansion journey.

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