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It seems there is an article every day about “HR won’t get a seat at the table. blah blah blah!!”
I wonder what those writers are on!
I have written my own blogs about “HR doesn’t get it” but I feel I can legitimately say that having been in the profession and seen the kind of people the profession continues to attract. However I also know many more who come into HR do a great job in spite of the naysayers!!
Don’t generalize makes you look stupid!
There is little doubt that the perception of what HR was (and is?) continues, “to dog” those of us who “get” what we need to do for a business.
I for one never wanted to be at any table. Mostly because there is too much damn talking and not enough decisions made and actions taken.
I always wanted to build a successful and thriving business. So happens I made the connection that unless we are a “one man band business ” there is no way I could achieve that without having lots of superb people who want to be there and give their hearts minds and soul.
Oh by the way…I have also consulted with the sole trader. They need people too!!
Perhaps the perception still lives on because many in the HR profession are not:
Creative; or have little if any business sense; don’t understand a P&L from a Balance sheet; not strategic blah blah.
Well I have found there are many folks in other profession who lack these fundamentals. Some run the corporation!!
What I do know is that whatever profession you are in, you’re in business to add value so you better know what the fundamentals are.
It is not about legal constraints or economic or technological constraints’. Every business has those to face.
It is those of us who have a clear idea about strategic positioning (not planning) that will create a business that will beat the crap out of our competitors.
We are in business to achieve our mission but remember there is no mission without margin!
Business is pretty simple as a wise production manger once said to me. “Peter you need to concentrate on only two things revenue and expenses!” Simple may be but work it out!
So lay off HR and let me ask you what did you ever do to create wealth and economic growth for your business and community.
I for one know what that is like and oh by the way I am in HR…never did it from sitting behind any table either! And I get offended by those who throw out blanket statements about my profession. Go figure out something useful to write about, build a company never lay anyone off, build a brand new state of the art automotive factory and more. I did all of those now what were you saying?
It is an oft-repeated principle that an organization is only as strong as its people, and this holds true whether the organization is a profit-based multinational or a community-focused non-profit agency. But it is not enough to attract and retain top caliber talent. The organization must have the business fundamentals, the culture, the structure and the leadership to ensure that quantifiable, bottom-line results can be delivered now and over the long term.
That is where I come in. I have helped organizations in a wide range of sectors become more competitive, more productive, more creative, and more client-focused, by building teams that are strategic, value-driven, business-savvy and partnership-modelled. I am a passionate believer that a company that lives and breathes its vision, mission and values is not only stronger and more agile on a business level, but is a place where people and teams are naturally inclined to deliver to their maximum potential. My strength as an HR Executive is my ability to recognize and challenge ingrained assumptions and patterns of operation that aren’t productive, and offer practical, cost-effective and value-based solutions.
I have steered hundreds of organizational changes, from small procedural shifts that immediately improve efficiency, to the complete build-out of a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility that not only required all new equipment and workflows, but called for a complete re-engineering of employees’ ways of thinking about their work. As such, I know what it takes to rally employees and stakeholders around an innovative concept or vision, and to translate it into a pragmatic, workable on-the-ground solution that makes good business sense.
Peter is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development, Has a master degree in Human Resources and a Bachelors in Business Administration and Human Resources.
Peter is working on leadership and engagement projects and is available for relocation.
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His blog : http://hrmexplorer.wordpress.com/
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