So what would make someone pull out a guitar and try singing a song he’d never played or sung before, written just an hour or two earlier? Did someone say stupidity? Seriously folks – the answer is simple (not stupid). The answer is encouragement.
I was privileged to get myself down to the latest ConnectingHR tweetup last Monday. There was a great party atmosphere and I enjoyed catching up with some familiar faces and was excited to meet new people too.
I tried putting off the inevitability of leaving I was enjoying myself so much, but Southern Trains waits for no man. On went my coat, I picked up my guitar bag and went to leave. “Surely you’re not going without a song for us?”. And the next thing I was surfing a wave of encouragement and massacring a version of Johnny Cash’s 25 minutes to go, rewritten for the HR community.
Encouragement is very powerful stuff. When I get together with folks in the ConnectingHR community I get a sense of a great movement being co-created. It’s fun, inspiring and I believe this community is really starting to help folks to make work better. Who would have thought that HR could be such great fun? Brilliant!
Thanks to Julia Davies for holding and shaking the words. Thanks to Martin Couzins for shooting the vid. There are some great pics from the evening on his blog too.