Update as of 8/30/10: I have received enough comments/emails to give away all of the gift cards. Thanks to everyone for sharing your thoughts! If you have an idea that you didn’t get to share, email me anyway! :-)

Hey, everyone! It’s good to have you here. No, really. If you weren’t taking your valuable time to read, then I wouldn’t use up my time to write. Hey, where do you think you’re going? Sit back down. I have something to offer you. :-)

I recently received some gift cards to give away from Global Giving. These gift cards aren’t like the normal ones you see for Starbucks or your favorite food place. These are used to help other people. And because I know you ladies and gentlemen are an amazing bunch, I think we can do this. I have fifteen $10 cards to give away. You can use them to help a number of people, depending on the project you choose from the Global Giving website. While $10 might not seem huge to us, remember that it can be life-changing for people in another part of the world.

Some projects you might consider that can be done for only $10:

  • Support the development of Mexican children left behind by migratory parents through a life skills and health education, school-based project link
  • International Medical Corps is saving lives of mothers and children around the world by giving midwives the tools and skills they need to deliver babies safely link
  • One hundred additional families struggling to survive in rural Zimbabwe will be able to grow enough food to feed their extended families and have surplus remaining to sell link

Here’s how you can get a free gift card

I need your help. I’m looking for ideas to write on that aren’t just interesting to me, but to you as well. Simply leave a comment on this post with a writing topic you’d like to see me cover, and I’ll send you a gift card. (The more specific/detailed your comment, the more likely I’ll be to actually fulfill the request.) The first fifteen comments that fulfill that simple requirement will be winners.┬áIt really is that easy. I’ll email you privately when the contest closes and we’ll take care of the details.

Let’s make a dent in the universe, people (thanks to Chris Ferdinandi for the terminology :-)).

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  • 10 thoughts on “Help me blog (and change the world)

    1. I think that Succession Planning is probably one of the toughest things to approach as a young HR professional. So many companies are facing critical skilled labour shortages, but young HR professionals don’t always have the experience to address this issue.
      It ties in nicely with all sorts of other good HR topics too, like leadership development and flexible work arrangements.

    2. I’d like you to talk about passion for the field. I’m excited that young HR professionals are much broader in their scope, desire and balance. How are they going to maintain that in a workforce that tends to want to limit passion and creativity?

      From personal experience, it takes a determination and an environment that fosters true passion, but I’d love to hear your take on it !!

    3. Ben:
      I would like you to address the issue of being a young MAN in a profession now dominated by women. How have you been accepted by your employer, by your peers, and by your local HR leadership? Anything special you have had to do to gain credibility?

      • @Mike Oops! Missed you in that last comment rollup. I like the idea. I have a few ideas already on that, and I think you’ll enjoy reading my thoughts on the issue. Thanks for sharing!

    4. I think that perspectives on what really builds engagement on a company Facebook site and what prospective recruits are looking for when they check it our would be great.

      • @Bruce Ooh! I love it. I’ve been meaning to write some stuff on Facebook anyway, so that’s a good kick in the pants. Thanks!
        @Lois Hehehe… Companies definitely need to step it up on this front! I did have a friend tell me last night that his employer gave the spouse 2 weeks of paid leave that they could take any time within the first year of birth. That sounded like a really neat benefit. My employer gives us zero/zip/nada. Thanks for the idea!
        @Steve That’s perfect! I’ve had discussions with friends about that topic before, but I’ve never carried it into the blog. It’s about time, I suppose. :-)
        @Laurel Thanks for sharing, Laurel. I’m going to be packing these ideas into a post soon to share and I’ll make sure everyone knows you were the first to take the time and comment. :-)

        I have received a few email submissions, too. These ideas are fantastic and I’m glad to have so many smart people out there reading!

        Stay tuned, everyone, because I’ll me emailing you details soon.

    5. What about dealing with “overqualified” people who would do a great job and really need the job? How do you deal with the “fear” or concern they may be in the job for only a year and then look to internally promote?

    6. How about the relationship between HR and the managers of the company? By bringing value and tools to them, you grow as a trusted partner and resource.

      This leads them to go to you first before issues grow out of control. You can touch on ongoing training programs HR can implement to help managers recruit, coach, identify, and prevent potential problems and issues.

      We have done several trainings that include role playing, the FIRO B assessment, Myers Briggs, TKI, Personal Strengths etc.

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