Who Are Your Top Influencers?

I made it on a list of Top 25 HR Digital Influencers. Fairly high up even. You should check out the list because any of them are going to be good resources.

Am I thankful for the recognition? Of course. I just wanted to make sure I got that out of the way.

To me though, it is always a question of priorities. Doing great things is always number one. Getting recognized is secondary. Getting both is great (obviously) but man, I’d much rather be a barely known person who does awesome things. Hell, that’s what I hope I am doing right now.

I am not going to belabor the point though. Laurie has a good write up on her reservations with lists like this that I hope you’ll appreciate.

With that in mind, I’d like to take the time to recognize seven people who didn’t make the list but actively influence the HR side of me and do really great things. Any of these people could have replaced me on the list and I wouldn’t have blinked. That’s not some trite, false modesty bullshit, these folks are really fantastic.

  • Frank Roche – Frank influences my writing. He pushes me to be a better writer. His posts take on a “less is more” quality and are as poetic as you can be about HR issues. Reading him over the past couple of years has probably helped me more than anything.
  • Jason Seiden – Jason influences my thinking. He pushes me to expand my thinking. He helps me think about how to remove boundaries in the way I think about problems and solutions. His books are fantastic too.
  • Trish McFarlane – Trish influences my commitment to community. She pushes me to give back. Through her actions, she’s done more to sustain HR’s involvement in social media than most. She’s willing to give without return.
  • Mike VanDervort – Mike influences my commitment to consistency. He pushes me to make every day count. I have an opportunity to speak to an audience every day and I should be there for them. Mike is someone who does that.
  • Steve Boese – Steve influences my thoughts on technology. He pushes me to look ahead. Not only that, Steve thinks about the human impact of technology more than most technologists. If only there were more like him…
  • Paul Hebert – Paul influences my thoughts on incentives. He pushes me to challenge my views on motivation. Here’s what I know: Paul has been doing this for a long time and still has a strong passion for it. I hope I am only so lucky.
  • Shauna Moerke – Shauna influences my sense of humor. She pushes me to not take myself seriously. The reason why many people are attracted to this blog is because I am not the super serious HR guy. Thank God for that too.

Let’s democratize this a bit more. Who influences you? In what way do they influence you?


  1. Awww! Thanks so much! You are one of the reasons why I try so hard on my blog, you big old influencer you. :)

  2. Lance – I echo your thoughts on the other folks on your ‘influencer’ list and I am really honored to be included with them. I have learned from yourself, and each person on your list immeasurably this year.

    Thanks very much.

  3. Good question. Everyone on this list, many of the digital 25 and more in the HR marketplace are my top influencers.

    Keep in mind that the digital 25 list wasn’t peer reviewed – it was based on social media traffic science that’s always subject to conjecture.

    The survey measured:

    – Reach (size of each person’s audience online)
    – Resonance (a measure of inbound links and references)
    – Relevance (mapping against a cloud of keywords)

    Also of note:

    – Over half of the people on the list have more than one blog.
    – Only 20% actually work in an HR job.
    – 40% work in and around the recruiting industry.
    – 55% dispense some form of career advice as a part of their work.
    – 96% have a Facebook account.
    – 72% are on Twitter.
    – 92% use LinkedIn.

    Whatever the case, it’s you kids who influence me. I’m just a marcom jockey trying to make a livin’.

    Happy Holidays!

  4. @Lance

    Thanks for the mention. It is terrific that you thought of me. I am always somewhat astounded to placed in company like you mentioned. Those are all smart and talented people whom I admire and learn from every day.

    That is the true greatness of our on-line HR community, and I can’t wait to see what gets accomplished in 2010! Thanks for including me, and please enjoy a happy holiday season!


  5. See…that’s why you were recognized. You are a class act Lance, congratulations.

  6. Lance- Thank you for including me on your list. You know, lists are a funny thing, they can be a pain, but also nice to be thought of and recognized when you work hard at something. I am truly honored that I influence you.

    So, who are my influencers? It’s not something that an algorithm can determine. It’s much simpler. My influencers actually make me think, then ACT. The people you mention are all on my list too because each one of them has personally inspired me to take action in 2009. I would also add:

    You- My whole career I’ve said “who is MY HR person”. When I found your blog I knew it was you. You are still the person I turn to if I need HR advice for me personally. And, as an influencer, I need someone with a “no BS” approach.

    Lisa Rosendahl- I know she made the Top 25 based on their criteria. She ranks high on my personal list because this lady makes me think. She’s like the quiet influencer. She doesn’t need to shout from the mountain top at me, she’s this consistent little voice in my ear though. She challenges me to dream bigger. She’s made me question where I am, my goals, and where I’m headed.

    Naomi Bloom- While I’ve only known her a short while, she has made a huge impact on me. She has the longevity that I can learn from. She is helping push me to think about areas of HR I always tried to avoid. She’s also accessible, responsive, and “real”. She has certainly influenced me to focus on HR technology in 2010 (as has Steve Boese, Mike Krupa, and Bryon Abramowitz).

  7. Lance,

    I really enjoy it when people take something and make it better. Thanks for expanding the conversation. I would add Dee Honner (aka The HR Maven). She embodies the “give back” spirit. And she has a wicked sense of humor. I always learn from her.

  8. Once again Lance – this post shows your class and why you made the list in the first place. You are #1 in my program. Thanks for the shout out and congrats on getting recognition for what you do!

  9. i really admire your tackling this and not just saying thanks. your list captures the ppl i felt were missing from the list — and made it less meaningful to me. i would also call out tim sackett. he makes me laugh and think, and i admire anyone who can make me do both at the same time.


  10. Lance, you are a true leader and your post, your approach, just who you are is inspiring to me. I love your list, echo your list and in this very public forum I have to say that we have one of the coolest, most supportive communities this social media space has to offer.

  11. Just wanted to say congrats, and I love that you turned the tables on your blog audience so humbly. I think your inclusion on the list is well-deserved and I was surprised by your surprise to be included on it :)

  12. Lance, this is why I quoted you in my blog post yesterday. When it comes to influence, you are the one I look to for keen and innovative ideas. The list you mentioned above includes people I respect, admire and follow. Thanks for making me want to be a better blogger. Being a relatively new blogger, you gave me confidence to stick my toes in the water and get started. Thanks for being such a great guy. Happy Holidays.

    @HRMargo Margo Rose http://HRMargo.com

  13. When I think of “cutting through the bull” in HR – you are one of the few that I think about. I think it is great that we can be influenced by and influence others!
    Thanks for giving your honesty and pointed thoughts! Never turn that switch off!


  14. So many good people on this list of lists. I echo everyone on this list. All awesome blogs. Here are a few more.

    – Kerry @ Cluewagon. She’s quitting, but she influenced my writing. I’ll miss her. http://www.cluewagon.com

    – HR Lori is always so smart — and I don’t live in California, either, but she’s on my list. http://hrlori.com/

    – Mike Haberman keeps me grounded in the true work that HR does… http://omegahrsolutions.blogspot.com/

    – Whenever I get snarky and pissy, I always ask myself, “What would Tracy do?” Seriously, he’s a kind and thoughtful presence in our industry. http://thispersonstinks.wordpress.com/

    – Kelly Mitton inspires me to be brave. http://thryving.com/

  15. Lance, I can’t tell you how honored I ma to be on your list. That really means a lot to me. It’s funny, no matter how many articles we write, no matter how many words we’ve kicked out over the years, there still is that funny feeling when you hit Publish that it’s going into the ether. It could be read…or ignored.

    Back at you, my friend. Critical thinking is a rare commodity in the blogging world. You have that down bigtime. Thanks!

  16. Wonderful explanation of your list Lance and I like to thank you for helping me get a feature article on Brazen Careerist.

    Also to Laurie, thanks for adding me to your extensive list…and now people will vomit by looking at my blog :)

  17. Kevin,
    Frankly I was waiting for someone to finally come out with this – unfortunately, when one questions the validity of this type of information one is then thought of as “sour grapes’

    Lists like this concern me – yes, even when I have made them – because people count on the information for accuracy, and determine, that since a list like this is out, and a self imposed influencer made the list, then maybe it must be true. Unfortunately what is also not public to many is that there was only about 20% of individuals who are on this list who are actually practicing H.R..

    So, does this mean that because I know H.R law that I can influence a number of lawyers at a convention next week?

  18. To tell you the truth I have no idea of the top influencers you have mentioned here. However, this is my opportunity to explore the list and learn from them. :-)

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