It had been but a few days since I had joined Twitter. My time on the stream was spent searching terms like HR, workplace and innovation, and following those who shared content in these areas. I had been watching and listening to see who and what resonated with me, what ignited my brain, what made me go “ah-ha” when no one was watching me behind the comfort of my computer screen.

It came suddenly — 140 characters of a call to action. I couldn’t leave an idea behind, I just couldn’t and I didn’t. I typed what I thought and I clicked it out to the Twitterverse. I left everything on the social stage, and what happened next was unexpected and extraordinary: My tweet was quoted in the recap blog post. Validation — someone out there was listening.

By leaving no idea behind, I left an impression, a meaningful one, and here I am one year later writing the recap for the very chat that indoctrinated me into the social world of work.

Field Trip

I had the honor of attending the 13th Annual Illinois State Human Resource Conference and Exposition held just outside Chicago this week as a #TChat ambassador and collaborator. I helped facilitate our first-ever live #TChat event integrating social engagement with a traditional, brick-and-mortar conference. That’s what this week’s #TChat was about — leading at the intersection of social and physical, HR and digital, people and potential.

This week’s #TChat was also about removing the barrier blocking perceptions about social HR — by simply talking about social HR with workplace leaders on the front lines. When we remove walls, we find that we’ve always been just a few steps away from greatness, connecting face to face and sharing opportunities. This is HR 4.0 – it’s about celebrating the art of the social conversation across the organization, whether in person or in 140 characters.

Report Card

An A+ goes to our community at the conference and on Twitter, as well as our panel of leaders for waving the flag of workplace culture. That’s what it’s really about at the end of the day, right? We create the conditions for an organization to thrive in a sustainable way, and there will be more on that next week. As for this week’s event, we came from different countries and technologies, paraded our ideas, and cultivated connections. The exchanges were epic, and the event was unprecedented. #TChat Live at the Illinois State HR Conference & Expo was an Olympic event in the World of Work. …and everyone came out a winner.

Editor’s Note — Thank you for joining this week’s special-edition #TChat #ILSHRM event. Next week’s #TChat will occur at the regular time: 7pm ET (6-7pm CT, 4-5pm PT, or wherever you are). We look forward to seeing you there.

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