Do You Have an HR Bucket List?

by Michael Haberman on February 25, 2011 · 0 comments


The idea of a “bucket list” has become popular since the 2007 movie. The phrase is fairly commonly used today as a vehicle for people to express what they would like to do in their lifes. The movie is based on the travels of two terminally ill men trying to make up for lost time in their lifes. (I must confess I have not seen the movie, but I think I will now.)

So I was familiar with the concept when I ran across Laura Vanderkam’s Why You Should Make a Bucket List.  She talks about in terms of an exercise in time management and personal productivity. And I like that idea. My wife and I, while not officially having a bucket list, have had an informal one and we have done quite a few things on that list. Vanderkam makes the statement:

Why should you do this? I actually think it’s a great productivity tool. As you start putting things into your life that bring you great joy, you’ll naturally be more focused at work, because you’ll have a compelling personal life that will make you want to leave the office on time. And when you list your professional goals in black and white, you spend more time on these important things at work — and less time goofing off.

That got me to thinking. Can it be a tool in your HR career as well. Can you create your HR Bucket List? What things would you like to accomplish in HR that you have not? What people would you like to meet? What places would you like visit?

I have not spent alot of time, yet, developing my list for HR. But here are a couple items.

  • Although I have occasionally maligned SHRM (but only with love), I would like to give a keynote address at a SHRM National conference. (Now I have to work at getting famous.)
  • I would like to meet and have coffee with Alan Weiss and Tom Peters.
  • I would like to visit SHRM headquarters.
  • I would like to attend a conference in London.

Now those may seem foolish to you, and that is ok, it is my list and I have not done them. But let me ask you what will you put on your bucket list? Share with us. Your list may inspire someone elses.

At the end of movie Morgan Freeman relates that the ancients had a belief that you were asked two questions before you could enter the afterlife. Your answers determined if you were admited. The questions were, “Has your life brought you joy?” and “Has your life brought joy to others?” Substitute HR career for life and ask yourself those questions.

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