Chillin’ at my BFF’s house after HR attending my first HRevolution, I picked up the latest Vanity Fair. See me and my BFF love to relax to Vanity Fair, US weekly and the Real Housewives of Atlanta. It was a good chillin’ moment after the conference at Georgia Tech. In between stories about Rob Lowe and the Royals, there was a small one pager about Harold Bloom. Bloom is the preeminent US scholar on all things Shakespeare; he should be–he’s 80, has written 39 books (mostly on the subject o’ thee Bard), and has been teaching on the subject at Yale for 55 years.
Whuuu…. makes your head spin. Oh and he thinks Shakespeare is God. Duh.
Then the article swung me to an HRevolution place. At that time HRevolution was in my headspace pulling a full-frontal on me.
Bloom was frustrated with biographies of Shakespeare. To illustrate the point he stated,
“Let me quote Ralph Waldo Emerson, best mind ever to come out of America: Shakespeare is the only biographer of Shakespeare. In other words, don’t look for the man in the work; look for the work in the man…”
This is the very reason why HRevolution worked for me. After reading lots of material from a lot of the attendees at the HRevo, it’s been easy to infer who they are from their work: blogs, tweets, job titles, etc. But in the live, kinetic, authentic context of the conference/unconference you were able to see the value, voraciousness, and depth of the work through the person.
For example—Charlie Judy through his blog HRFishbowl writes about Simply Engineered HR. Premise = quit over thinking HR and get back to the basic, human element of the profession. Reading his blog you can interpret Charlie through his work. Charlie is a smart HR guy so there is a lot to take away. However, in real life when you see how he interacts with people, very open, welcoming–dare I say Charming (not in a creepy way @DwayneLay) you begin to be to see “the (HR) work in the man”. When you see his talk about his children, family you begin to see “the (HR) work in the man”. The HR context is full circle.
So that is the beauty of the HRevolution. And a beauty you should share on your own HR stage.
And as Shakespeare said…all the world’s a stage.