The Future…

I have been thinking a lot about the future lately.  Maybe it is because my oldest boy is in Grade 1 this year, an official “full-timer” at school.  Or, maybe it is because my little four year old girl started her first day of Zoo Camp this morning.  We thought she would be nervous, shy, cling to mom’s pant legs, etc.  But no, she proceeded to boldly pronounce: “Mom you don’t need to come in with me.  You can just stay in the car.”  Or, maybe it is the fact, I am a new uncle once again. You can’t help but wonder about the future when you stare into a newborn’s recently opened eyes.

It could also be the fantastic conversations I have had at work.  It has been a fun week.  It is only Thursday and I have already met and connected via social media with so many great people in the HR space.

On Tuesday, I had the pleasure of meeting Todd Schnick (@toddschnick) and Todd Youngblood (@youngbloodtodd) from the Business Transformation Radio Show.  We proceeded to have a rousing conversation on HR Technology, future trends and cfactor’s take on the state of the HR industry.  If you are so inclined, click here to check it out.

Or it could have been Janine Truitt (@CzarinaofHR) who started it all. Janine has recently launched a great new blog series entitled “The Futurism of HR Technology” .   She got me pontificating on the Futurism of HR Tech in a recent post entitled: “The Curious Future of HR Technology”.

Or it could have been Bruce Kneuer (@BKneuer), when speaking about changing times, telling me he has adopted Bob Dylan’s song “The Times They Are A-Changin” as his “social” anthem.  Ever since then I have had this song swirling around in my head J.

Or it could be Chris Fields’ (@new_resource) guest blog on HR reMix Titled: “The Future Is Now”….Getting us to consider that just maybe things are really the “Same as it ever was”.

In any event, there is inevitably a sense of nostalgia and maybe even a touch of sadness that creeps into your psyche as you realize how quickly time flies (I know I am starting to sound like my parents).  But, you also can’t help but be curious, excited and intrigued all at the same time when you consider the limitless possibilities hidden in the future.  Just what will the world look like when my son graduates high school?   What kind of technologies will we be using?  What issues will HR be tackling?  Kind of makes you go hmmmm.

In the words of Bob Dylan:

“Come gather ’round people
Wherever you roam
And admit that the waters
Around you have grown
And accept it that soon
You’ll be drenched to the bone
If your time to you
Is worth savin’
Then you better start swimmin’
Or you’ll sink like a stone
For the times they are a-changin’.”

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