Category Archives: #hrfutures

#TruAus Words from Australia’s first Recruitment UnConference

Bill Boorman (@Billboorman) brings his #TRU movement to Australia.  Following an after party from Eminem Melbourne Show.  #TRUAus looks at the current, future and game changing technologies in the Recruitment space.  Futurist Kevin Wheeler (@KWheeler) was involved for great perspective.. Comments here from Ross Clennett (@rossclennett) David Als (@davidAls), Justin Hillier (@Justin_hillier) Martin Warren (@MartinWarren) Discussions included, “Future of work” “Facebook v LinkedIn v Google+) Video’s place in recruitment, Analytics and Referral programmes.

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Back to the #HRFutures 2 – Post Morning Tea


This is part II of a series dedicated to the #HRFutures conference held in Melbourne recently. It has been a busy time of late in the office, so unfortunately it has taken me a little while to get to the next part in my series.

Just to recap for those just joining me here.

While Sean Lew introduced us to the ideas of WIKI’s and how applied to a business, next up were a couple of guys from Atlassian, namely Joris Luijke and Matt Hodges, to talk about the provision of HR solutions through the use of WIKIs.

I hope the people at Atlassian don’t mind me posting this, if so, let me know and it’ll be gone 🙂

I had not (embarrassingly enough) heard of this product before, and it did seem like I was the only one in the room. (FYI to further add a tinge of redness to my face, I later found out my company uses this product, just no-one had told me, or the rest of the Recruitment HR team. It seems it was implemented in a cunningly quiet way for some interesting strategic reasons I’d best not go into).

Now these guys, whilst skilled presenters were the best ambassadors for a company I have seen in a while, I really hope when I speak about my company I can speak as passionately. Surprisingly it didn’t seem too salesy, which I must admit was a concern at the start for me. Again this presentation raised lots of questions and brought out lots of ideas for me which were quickly scribbled on my note pad as I didn’t want to miss anything. My eyes were really starting to be opened to the possibilities of deploying anything 2.0 into an organisation. Also, some pride etched its way into me, hearing about the success of such a great “little” Australian company, how hadn’t I heard of this earlier. Note to self, get your head out of the sand!

Thomas Shaw was next up, with a presentation around the idea of Recruitment in the Web2.0 world. I was prepared for this, a) I’d met Thomas the previous week at another briefing, b) we’d been Twittering and blogging over a number of sites and c) I’d had a quick look at the presentation the previous night after he’d twittered it was up on slideshare already. Sorry Thomas 🙂 It didn’t spoil the ending though. Thomas is a deep thinker about this area, and is very serious in its application, some of the things he finds on the web on a daily basis astound me.

Thomas spoke gave me more things to think about (again a great sign in a conference for me, I don’t go for answers, I go to help open me up mentally). He spoke of things like the growing amount of Aggregators in the Australian job market space and that the time of job boards is coming to an end. I learned however about a number of tools and uses for Twitter, I had no idea about some of the secret Twitter language, ie #HAJ (signifies that you have a job for someone) and #NAJ (signifies that you need a job) and the ability to add an RSS feed into Twitter (OK I am technically challenged, I only learned about the old RSS feed about a year ago), using FlickR for recruitment purposes, and of course the importance of having your companies website, the landing website if you push traffic somewhere, needing to be top notch and tailoring to the job seeker. (using tech like Buzznumbers to find it as to ensure it is working you need to be able to measure and manage the data coming in). You can see the slides from Thomas’ presentation here.

I hope Thomas doesn’t mind me doing this… Thomas? OK?

He also had a pretty tough time to present as he was the last cab off the rank before lunch, a notoriously tough time to present, just under the presentation at the end of the day which could be keeping people from their beverage of choice. I’ve consistently enjoyed watching Thomas’ thoughts via blog and his passion about the industry via Twitter, he didn’t disappoint when presenting live!

I definitely went to lunch, wrapped at what I had heard in the morning, aching to see what post lunch dished up!

Back to the #HRFutures PART 1


I was lucky enough to attend Michael Specht’s first #HRFutures conference in Melbourne this last week, it was an event to explore the use and/or need for companies or corporates to embrace the web2.0 or Enterprise2.0 in this new millennium. A road map if you will on how to embrace this technology, bringing it away from being the playground of Gen Y’s and Bloggers to mainstream corporations.

After starting this, I have decided that there is too much to say for one blog post. This will be the first in a series from me.

This conference was attended by HR and Recruitment professionals from around the country from wide ranging backgrounds. Internal HR teams from Government institutions, Healthcare, Research facilities as well as Job board owners and Recruitment Agency hot shots, even the odd Internal Recruitment person. Thought leaders in the Australian HR/Recruitment industry, maybe, but as labelled on Twitter, definitely a smattering of the Australian Recruiting mafia. Some of the most engaged and contributing people in the Australian HR/Recruiting Web community. It was a great bunch to mix with, it was impossible not to learn from just being in their presence.

The conference was kicked off with Stephen Collins (AKA @Trib) enlightening all there about his experiences at TED. Stephen was a person I was following on Twitter, not because of anything really, just because he was linked to a number of people I really respected. Now, I will religiously read his tweets (even if they are about the Rugby Union) and add his blog to one of my “must reads” on my blog roll. See Stephen’s version here

TED as depicted by Stephen was an inspiration. Stephen’s delivery was engaging and confident, obviously someone you want to listen to. One of the main messages I took from @Trib presentation was the need to engage, collaborate, trust and motivate your people. The need to be PRESENT where ever you are, not to just turn up and do the day to day. Be present in the moment, focus on what you are to achieve, personally, professionally and corporately. If you are there for someone else, BE THERE for them, his illustration of having the whole group sing “Happy Birthday” is definitely an eye opener. Proving it doesn’t matter how well you sing as long as you are there for someone (ie YOU), good or bad the effort given will be worth it for that person!

He spoke of how, even through these tough economic times, the people at TED were remarkably passionate and driven to make a difference. They were aware that now is a time of massive cultural change across the world.. and they wanted to be part of it. Terms such as it’s time for a “Global re-boot”, the “curse of business as usual”, working where “practical wisdom is a guide (not policy)”.

Going over my notes, today, I think the best thing about Stephen’s presentation was the fact that it made me think, and how I could implement these ideas into my organisation. There are so many jotted notes all around my page of things I need to explore, or questions I need to ask, or things I just must implement at my company. that is the sign of a great presentation to me.

Ideas of Leadership v Management
A shared vision
Give trust, get trust
Foster creativity (the market has moved from a focus of making things to creating things)
Removing “Dumbplexity” loved that term. (in other words, making things happen! not meetings for meetings sake, be decisive, cut down silo’s and walls)
Connect, engage your people’s networks
Allow failure, encourage it (favorite analogy, Thomas Edison made 1000 light globes before one lit up)
Allow conversations, collaborations build your corporate community.

Imagine, Re-imagine, Think, Re-Think.

If this presentation doesn’t get you champing at the bit to go and make a huge difference to your company, or the world… well, I don’t understand you. Thanks Stephen.

The focus them came to the practicalities of implementing such a thing, with Sean Liew (@sean_liew on twitter) BearingPoint giving us a real life view of how he and BearingPoint have engaged with this technology to enhance their business and their business offerings to their clients. This also resonated with me as the BearingPoint model can relate to mine relatively easily.

His journey with their Wiki, showed the need for such technology in an organisation, and the fact that employees crave such a thing. The wiki was implemented from a practical need to make his life easier when working on tender documentation in a collaborative manner. It was just too time consuming to continually download these 200 pages documents every time someone made a little change. Bottom line results…. within one year this corporate wiki had 24,151 unique visitors, 117,000 visitors and over 1,000,000 page views. If that doesn’t illustrate that people are craving such involvement and collaboration, I’m not sure what does. Presentation slides found here

A quote stood out for me in this presentation.

A companies “ability to learn faster than it’s competition may be the only was for sustainable competitive advantage” (Peter Serge MIT)

This really resonated with me, and will be the crux of my message when I next meet with my Management team.

This was all before morning tea…. I will continue this series later on, let me assure you the other presenters were equally thought provoking.