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On the plane and headed West to San Diego.  One of my favorite places to spend a few days, although there won’t be a lot of down time this week.

Today marks the kick off of the SHRM Annual Conference & Exposition, the largest and most significant gathering of the Human Resources industry.  If you are a progressive HR practitioner or support the practice of ‘people strategy’ its likely you’ll be in San Diego this week (or you are missing out on a great opportunity to connect, listen, learn and develop)!

I believe this is an important time for the practice of HR.  Never has there been a better opportunity for the progressive, strategic HR Practitioner to shine.  In a slow growth cycle where so many industries have become commoditized and are increasingly re-inventing for a better competitive advantage TALENT is moving to the forefront.  Simply stated, The Best Talent Wins and those HR Leaders that embrace the role of Talent Ambassador and Culture Crusader will differentiate themselves and add increasingly more value to the business.

I’ll talk about these trends and the transformation inherent to the practice of HR in my session at 4 pm Monday afternoon:  HR 2.0:  Talent, Technology & Transformation.

And we’ll likely continue the conversation at the SHRM Tweet Up Monday night and the rooftop at the Hard Rock Hotel following!  Join us! Have a feeling a few of my ‘HR Famous’ friends will be there and who knows maybe @mwbuckingham or @algore will stop by…

It should be a great week and from a content perspective SHRM has once again assembled an All Star lineup of keynote speakers including one of my all time personal favorites to close the conference on Wednesday, Marcus Buckingham. Simply stated, SHRM does a conference right.

I look forward to catching up with old friends, making new connections and leaving San Diego a little more knowledgeable about the practice of people.

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