Last month, I attended Impact99. That day, before I’d even left the conference, I wrote a blog entitled “Am I a Part of the #Impact99“?
Some people who read that blog think that I didn’t approve of #Impact99, or that I didn’t find it valuable. That is because I was feeling a bit curmudgeonly when I wrote it. I feel compelled to set the record straight about the event though.
The pros of #Impact99 are trying to ignite a thought evolution. They want us as HR Professionals to change the workplace–to let technology and modern work concepts dominate the way we change work in the workplace. They want to promote results-based expectations at work.
Who can argue with that?
Well, me for one.
I’d love to believe that all people can self manage, that they can organize themselves around the customer’s needs, that we have the technology to enable people to achieve the same in 2 hours that it normally takes to do in 8, but we aren’t there. Some people, myself included, need more structure than that.
Creating that level of flexibility is like putting some kids to work in a candy store and telling them that they should eat the candy wisely. Truth is, most of us are Neanderthals, and given an opportunity to be distracted, we will be. Not everyone is goal oriented.
That said, far be it from me to try and stop people like Pam and Alyssa. I feel the need to say publicly that I absolutely love them and they are awesome. We’ll never get there without thought leaders like them and the other participants. My intention in speaking out after the conference was to be the voice of reason, the bridge between the two worlds of today and tomorrow.
What I valued the most about the day was being surrounded by some people willing to have the conversation about what the future could and should look like. I also got to meet some people in real life that I’ve only interacted with in cyberspace. Throughout the day I was having a lot of fun, and to my point, the fact that I spent so much time yakking took me away from listening to all the speakers and their messages. I didn’t stay on point!
Will I go to another #Impact99? Unless I’m barred from entry for acting like a curmudgeon, absolutely. You should too.