Onwards and upwards

I have been grappling with a rather big decision over the past couple of weeks, somewhat bigger than the decision I made a few weeks ago. So let’s go back to a few weeks ago and then I’ll tell you what my current big decision is.

Three weeks ago today I resigned from my job. I had not been happy for some time and had tried everything I could to make it work, it just wasn’t going to happen so I made the decision to let go – it was a really hard decision to make because I did, and still do, love the company. But you know that saying “when one door closes, another door opens”? Well I closed a door and four more opened in the space of a couple of days, it was uncanny really.

So I resigned on a Monday, on the Tuesday I get a call from the lovely Rebecca Clarke, asking me if I’d mind presenting at a Leadership special interest group (SIG) for HRINZ on the 10th September. “I’d love to I say”! On the Wednesday I get a call about a learning and development conference in February and would I mind talking about social media for learning. “Sure, why not!”. On the Thursday I get a message from Phillip Tusing wanting to talk about some stuff for RHUB on the 8th and 9th of October (if you register here, you can get a 10% discount). Then, on Friday I start plotting something else with a particular someone else that might be quite exciting but I think I’ll dedicate a whole blog to that next week 🙂

I may have got my days mixed up, but forgive me for that. I’ve just been blown away by the support and enthusiasm of people in the social media community and am very optimistic that the appetite for social media in HR, for New Zealand in particular, is picking up.

I’ve followed up that week (3 weeks ago now) with one, last week, which involved me talking to some awesome, inspiring and energetic people, the majority of whom I’ve never met face to face before. I still have not met them all in real life but I was rather excited to have my first ever, on the other side of the world, conversations with David D’Souza and Perry Timms. I will be talking about David’s Book of Blogs project at that Leadership event.

Back to that current big decision thing though. Often the hardest person to convince to do something is myself. You may have seen from my previous post that some things freak me out and I’ll admit I’m unnerved by this. But I’ve decided that I won’t be hunting for a standard 9 to 5 HR role and instead will be focusing on what I’m passionate about. It’s a bold move for me.

I will be growing social HR within New Zealand, connecting HR practitioners around New Zealand and the world. I am currently working on what that looks like exactly and over the next couple of months will be working on a strategy and a plan. I hope that you will join me on this journey and I would love to hear from you if you have thoughts on how I can contribute to the world of social HR.

4 thoughts on “Onwards and upwards

  1. Meg Peppin

    Isn’t it great how things have a way of working themselves out when you listen to yourself. It’s a brave decision to leave something you don’t like and walk into uncertainty, but in my experience, you are nearly always walking into something that is right for you. Inspiration here in this blog.


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