Look Back, Look Forward, (Then) Grow

Nine days until 2011 closes and 2012 opens. Another year of energy expended toward trying to save the world…or at least the world as we know it. On a scale of 1 to 10, I’d put 2011 into the record books as an 8 for me. In the grand scheme of things, life is good. No, I’m never entirely satisfied. But I’m satisfied enough. And I’m man enough to settle for “enough” every now and then.

As you look toward 2012 and any measurable progress you hope to make in your development as an HR professional, I’d encourage you to start by looking back on 2011 and asking yourself whether you did ALL of the things listed below. And if you didn’t, then just move that thing right over to your 2012 professional development plan. Why? Because doing them will stretch you, push you from your comfort zone, expand your horizons, and flex your muscles. That’s growth. And growth is what we all need.

  • Convince someone of authority to change their point of view.
  • Get rid of waste in your own organization – not someone else’s.
  • Volunteer to take on a responsibility that doesn’t necessarily fall within your ‘job description’ and then delegate something that is.
  • Implement or push for implementation of a new technology.
  • Double the size of your professional network.
  • Write something…and share it.
  • Create profiles and actively participate in the HR professional dialog and contribute to the HR community on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Focus, and throughout the blogosphere.
  • Get/Stay Certified (PHR/SPHR).
  • Speak in public.
  • Say ‘no’ when you might ordinarily say ‘yes’ and ‘yes’ when you might ordinarily say ‘no’.
  • Try something and fail at it. Then try it again.
  • Subscribe to the blogs on my Fishroll.
  • Fix something – even if it “ain’t broke”.
  • Tell an asshole to “shut the hell up.”
  • Participate in these Hashtag Chats on Twitter:
    • #TNL
    • #TChat
    • #HFChat
  • Listen To:
    • DriveThruHR
    • HR Happy Hour
  • Read:
    • Drive
    • Work 2.0
    • Workforce of One
    • One-Page Talent Management
    • Fishbowl Logic
    • Switch
  • Give someone meaningful feedback on their performance – tell them something they need to hear, not what they want to hear.
  • Have a liquid lunch with colleagues.

Thanks for a great 2011 – hope you kick it in 2012!

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