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I'm speaking today in Seattle at IPMA-HR conference.  It's the leading HR conference for federal, state, and local practicioners.

I'm speaking on a panel on social media at end of day.

But I'll be adding my commentary along the way from cool sessions.

For those at the conference, share your ideas here

Tags: human resources, human-resources, leadership, new employee, new employee handbook

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Wow...people come from Japan, Taiwain, and 6 other international countries.

About 200-300 folks...lots from cities from North Carolina to New Mexico. Big cities to small cities.
Theme - How do we get more done with less?

Key themes
-E-learning
-Social media
-How to cut health care costs
Actually, Steve, I think the conference had a different overall theme--employee engagement. All three keynote sessions for the three days were centered on this topic. BTW, thanks for participating, and hosting the GovLoop reception. It was great!
Morgan Wells - CHCO SSA
-Wins IPMA HR Award

SSA - 67,000 employees

Federal HR community busy with
-Hiring reform
-Expansion to veterans
-Expansion to targeted disabilities
-Strategic partnerships in large complex organizations

Will we get the budgets to replenish the workers we need is a key question?

His mom worked for 45 years at IRS
Brother was a doctor a VA

If we stand tall, it's because we stand on the shoulders of our ancestors.
Keynote speaker - John Christensen, Playground Director, Charthouse Learning

Exploring the Fish Philosophy, Fish - Sold millions of copies around world

Foundations of successful relationships & work culture

Play
Make Their Day
Be There
Choose Your Attitude

How do we connect with things
-Bright colors, means lets be different, be crazy

What's your intention for this conference & for your learning? For your peers learning?

1st Job - Clothing Store
-I learned how to NOT be a manager
-High school - over managed

2nd job - Teaching
-Mentor teach - said don't go into teaching...it's too hard right now
-Became a camp director -

3rd job - Became a filmmaker w/ his dad
-Discover the future - The Issue of Paradigms - his dad's filmed
-Became a world-wide bestseller in 90s
-Saw Flashdance - saw how people cherished their job and did it with passion
-Wanted to make film about people doing job w/ passion
-We spend more times at our places to work than with our friends, family, hobbies, outdoors, places of worship, and more.
-Need to bring your whole self to work

Then saw Fish market in Seattle
-Giving high fives, bear hugs, throwing fish, catching one hands
-The place he was searching for where people were connected to what they do
-Real people, not fake
-Find ways to play
I have posted my summary of the three keynote presentations from the IPMA-HR conference:

http://www.scribd.com/doc/39193016/Employee-Engagement

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