The Carnival of HR is in town!


Good morning everyone, we have something very special for you. The Carnival of HR is in town and it is here to commemorate the importance of today.

September 11th is a day that we honor and remember all that was lost and all those who stood up to make a difference, often leading them to make the ultimate sacrifice for others. But it is also a day that we should remember as a symbol of our strength. The tragic events of that day did not break us. Life moves forward. Babies are still born on this day, couples get married, and a million other forms of happiness are celebrated. Living our lives to the fullest, to me, is truly the best way to honor those who lives were cut too short.

So for the Carnival of HR today, I asked for posts that were positive, encouraging, and life affirming. From everyday successes to huge positive strides forward, I asked for contributions that would put a smile on your face. I hope you agree that the contributors below stepped up and that when you read their selections, you can find a moment of joy in an otherwise solemn day.

First up, we have Ian Welsh who beautifully writes about Opening the doors of opportunity in a world of inspiration. Even the title makes me happy. Add in a cute picture of a puppy and some inspiring reflections and now you have to check it out.

Next, Jay Perry and Dan Maruska encourage you to Be the hero in your own talent story which is quite the call to action to make some positive changes in your life.

Also joining us is the wonderful Robin Schooling and her take on 4 Weddings and a Funeral, where she looks at all the times that HR really gets to put the “Human” back into what we do everyday, such as when we step up and help employees during the hard times, as well as helping them celebrate the good.

Jesse Lyn Stoner, who incidentally is also our fabulous Carnival of HR host on Sept 25th, shares with us A tweet, a blog post, and a profound teaching. In it she demonstrates how profound thoughts and ideas can be expressed in only a few characters and challenges her readers to do the same. I think we could all learn something valuable from that exercise.

Next, Julie Winkle Giuliani brings us a great lesson learned from an activity I really want to try one day, Paddle boarding, in her post Staying Afloat. Balance in life, as in paddle boarding, is something worth striving for.

Now, our next contributor Amit Bhagria may be taking us international, but his post on The 80/20 rule of becoming a good HR Manager has universal importance. After all, there is a big difference between just any HR Manager and an HR manager who is loved by employees and management alike. It takes a positive attitude and commitment to your role.

Continuing on with posts about positive management, the unstoppable Ben Eubanks brings us a post about the importance of making sure those around us are happy in his submission, Send this to your Managers Today. Sometimes we all need to remember that manager-employee relationships need to be a two way street in order to be successful.

Next, Andreea Hrab brings us a post with heart, specifically a story about A Team Building Retreat with Heart and how you get positive results when you put your whole heart into what you do.

And finally, who better to close out a Carnival full of positive messages than the amazing Steve Browne? If you can read his blog without getting a smile on your face you must also be the type of person who doesn’t find puppies cute and thus you immediately need to get some help. In his post Spread the word, Steve reminds us that ALL HR pros need to be voices for HR and share information with each other, because there is no reason we should be isolated in what we do.

And with that, another Carnival of HR comes to a close. I hope that we have been able to bring a smile to your face, caused you to think about things in a different way, and that you will take some of the positive energy you’ve experienced and share it with others. Because the best way to bring joy into your own life, is to give joy to others.

About the Author

Shauna Moerke

Shauna is an HR professional with a diverse work history, a Master's degree, and a PHR certification. She is also a huge geek, social media advocate, and infectious giggler. Besides being a co-founder of the Women of HR she also serves as the current Ringmistress of the Carnival of HR, is the former co-host of the HR Happy Hour blogtalk radio show, and blogs at her own site as the HR Minion.


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