Who are the people that are taking the lead in disrupting the future of work?
Each week, we’ll introduce you to one of these intelligent, inspiring, and beautiful people (okay, pick two) who have stepped up, and volunteered to organize a Disrupt HR event in their city.
Meet Kevan McBeth – DisruptHR Regina (Disruptor #48)
Websites – Affective Consulting
LinkedIn – Kevan McBeth
Facebook – Affective Consulting
Who are you, and what do you do in your “day job”?
Kevan McBeth – Chief Purpose Officer of Affective Consulting
How did you first hear about DisruptHR?
I heard about DisruptHR from my partners in crime, Kelly Tunison and Candace Sazynski. We had worked together for an organization recently, but had all left to strike out on our own in consulting organizations.
Why did you decide to raise your hand and become an organizer for DisruptHR events in your area?
When Kelly called to talk about the opportunity to work with her on an innovative HR program like DisruptHR, I was all over it. I liked the idea of doing something different, something unusual, and bringing together people that you normally wouldn’t hear from at other HR events. The Do-ers!
How many events have you organized?
So far, just one in May 2016, but we’re organizing another in Spring 2017, and potentially looking at branching out to another city in the Fall!
What types of people attended your event?
I think we had a great representation of all kinds of people. We had people involved in corporate HR settings, and some who were the HR leaders in small businesses. We had consultants, start-ups and people from Government organizations, and even non-profits showed up!
What are you most proud of in regards to being involved with DisruptHR events?
I think for me, it was bringing together our HR community, and giving them all a chance to learn and have their ideas of what is possible challenged. And we did it in a way that was really fun and inviting. Who doesn’t learn better with a beer in their hand?!
What kind of feedback did you receive from those who attended the first DisruptHR Regina event?
“That was awesome!” – I heard that over and over from the speakers and attendees.
The speakers really liked it because it was quick and challenging, and the attendees seemed to really liked being pushed outside of their comfort zones and learning something different.
What is your favorite DisruptHR Talk, and why?
Honestly, the two that stick out for me from our session are Mary Weimer‘s “Cultivating A Culture Of Excellence” – (I think about her “Feed Me” comment almost daily, and the power of bringing together a group of people to celebrate or talk over a meal), and Nicholas Popowich’s “More Than Meets The Eye” presentation. He showed us all what is possible when you see the ability in others, and his entrance was awesome. 🙂
In terms of other presentations, I really like Greg Roche‘s “Idea Sex In Talent Management”. I really believe in the idea of having HR work with other groups like Marketing to create greater employee experiences for organizations.
Based off of the Talks and conversations at your event, what do you feel are the areas with the biggest opportunity for disruption?
Honestly, I think the sky’s the limit. We need to engage as many people as we can in conversation, and leverage the stories and brilliant minds of people around us.
We don’t realize the talent that exists in our own back yard sometimes. This was never more evident to me than after we finished our first DisruptHR event.
What excites you or frustrates you about the future of work, your career and/or DisruptHR?
I would say what excites me and frustrates me are the exact same thing.
I’m frustrated that we as HR pros and leaders continue to focus on metrics rather than our own people. It drives me crazy that we invest massive time and energy on analytics to measure employee engagement, and then meeting to discuss the measures, when we could be using that time and energy actually engaging our people.
The part that excites me about this is that you can start to see in sessions like DisruptHR that there is this slowly growing ground swell of people who are ready to change that – ready to make the workplace more human again. We saw it over and over in our session last year in talks from people like Jeph Maystruck and Janson Anderson – our leaders are starting to understand that there is a better way to do business, and they are taking back the streets in their own companies as Disruptors!
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