All around me are familiar faces and the same coffee places. I will start tomorrow with new faces going places. Next week I am starting a new chapter. What is it? Director of HR at HireVue (email subscribers click through) and we will be moving to Salt Lake City, Utah. The place where I grew up. Family is excited. I am excited. A recipe for success.
HR Lovers, Players, Haters, and Ignorant Ones. The time has come. The time to take our profession to the music industry. After digging through trench HR jobs across the U.S. and Mexico I have experienced the good, the bad and the ugly about our trade. So I did what any good HR Pro would do… I wrote a poem . Then produced a song about it. My vision of this song is to inspire you to think. Maybe even laugh. Okay, definitely laugh.
My other reason for a song is it targets the auditory and visual learners. Listen to the words and watch the photos. Best of both worlds. MTV will call me about this. Sorry MTV. I am too good for you. I work in HR. And Fistful of Talent aired this awesome video already.
To know gives you a brief sense of control. When we know, we often think we are the only ones who know it. We think what we know is our ideas and can help us see into the future and are therefore innovative. The point is not to simply submit ideas, but to build upon one another’s ideas. Your smartphone with its apps used to be a cell phone and before that a cordless phone and before that just a landline. Through intense collaboration people shared and built upon ideas to transition and invent and innovative smartphone. What did HR have to do with the smartphone invention?…IDK.
Tis the season for traditions and to start some new traditions. I once took the reins of an HR Leader job where my predecessor banned all Christmas trees. She did not believe in Christmas, which is totally cool with me, but pissed off 98% (about 790 people) of our workforce with her beliefs. Every employee engagement survey for the next three years slammed our leadership team for that move. Kinda funny if you think about it.
Thursday is Thanksgiving in the good ole USA…a day of family fights, food, naps, laughs, pie, drinks, football, Black Jack and clove cigarettes. I hope covered it all. Also a good day to show gratitude. I’m sure you know where this is going. Yes…my gratitude list. I had to summarize the list or we’d be here until The Days Of 47 Pioneer’s Day parade.
In high school you did not mess with a skinny quiet kid. At least in my life. They will surprise you with a roundhouse kick to your face. Skinny quiet kids grow up and work with us. Us, HR Pros need to get the best out of them. Do you watch the NBC show, America’s Got Talent? Some show contestants are the skinny quiet type. They exist, but nobody knows their talents. See short video of Andrew De Leon on Americas Got Talent (email subscribers click through). Make more sense?
We work with people who have talents like Andrew De Leon. I have. Back in my manufacturing HR life in Arizona we used temporary employees via staffing firms. Technically (thanks to Co-Employment risks caused by Microsoft) I did not “do HR” with temporary employees, but this issue was fun to watch. Goes like this…
I am running 6 miles with a group of marathon runners through an Ohio forest. None of them are SHRM members. More on that part later. We are following Al who wears a blue bandana on his head. I do not run marathons. Al is about 20 years older than me. My clothes weigh extra from sweat. I hear mud splashing, tree leaves rubbing my face and wind in my ears. I am a mess. Thirty minutes ago I did not know Al. Now I am one of his followers. He is leading us on a 6 mile run through the forest. No path. Just landmarks. About 4 miles into the run, I was spent. Al knew this. I was following him. He was in control. He was the leader. He then turned and said something to me I will never forget. He said, “It’s easier to lead than to follow.” So I took the lead.
Yeah we got it. The message has been sent. Your company and job are changing. The calm before the storm is now. Deep breathes. Change, transform or shift happens. It is life. Successful companies have people who know how to change. You want success. Right? You need a little Batman or woman in you.
Odds are you are not at the C-level steering the changes. Rather just a cog in the wheel. So…Here is how to help. First, get mad, cry or laugh or whatever it is you do to release. Do it in a park where nobody can see you. If I see you, it’s okay. More embarassament for you than me. Next, play the role of Batman, but in an informal type of way. No cape or mask needed. Just your Batmobile iPhone and warm smile. A smile is the universal language we understand. Our emotions are high. You have to wade through a sea of emotions to get to the facts. Your smile will get us through it.
Influencing HR leaders to use social technologies for HR and recruiting is a job itself. This is due to the conflicting styles of Stalwart HR Pros (HR Pro who is firm and resolute and steadfastly supports the organization with existing HR solutions) vs. Draftsmen HR Pros (HR Pro who draws plans or designs new HR solutions). The Ying/Yang of HR. Let me give you the breakdown. Which one you are…
Make a decision. You went to a famous business or HR school to improve how you make decisions. Why do you have to “check in” with your 7 bosses to spend $108 dollars? Did you research? Did you use the decision making tools you learned in famous whatever school? Most of these tools involve the “check in”. If so, you are good. Go. The more you check in, the more incapable you are. Make a decision to improve the profit of the company, not for exposure from your 7 bosses. Four types of decision makers…