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5 loads of HR bollocks

01/11/2010

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1) Social networking and media is the next big thing – Nope, it was one of the last medium-sized things. It is part of business and life as usual. If you have to ask the question whether your organisation is maximizing its use of these technologies – you already know the answer. The next big thing? Well that would be telling.

2) HR needs to be more strategic – Read it again and weep. That is like saying food needs more salt. Depends what you are eating and what you like. HR needs to be right for the organisation in which it is working. Strategy, mission statement, core values……….bleeding eyeballs.

3) There is a war for talent – No, there isn’t. There really isn’t. If you have the right organisation, with the right roles and the right offering, this is one of the easiest times to recruit I can remember in the last 15 years. If you are struggling it is because of you and your organisation not because of external factors.

4) You can train leadership – Nah, not true. You can develop leadership qualities, but they need to be there in the first place. You can train management skills, but leadership? Nope. All great leaders are different. They have strengths and weaknesses. But their key leadership qualities are innate.

5) HR deserves a place on the board – Big bag of balls. HR deserves nothing. HR should earn its place. What right do we have for anything? Stop moaning about injustice and start fighting. Stand up, deliver, be counted. Easy really.

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8 Comments leave one →
  1. NZHRGuy permalink
    01/11/2010 09:49

    Loving your work HRD. Spot on, particularly number 4! Well, all of it to be honest.

  2. Corporate Daycare permalink
    01/11/2010 14:24

    Excellents points – focusing on the up-and- coming next big thing is a great way to procrastinate and avoid dealing with the current situation. I see this with #3 – an organization would rather throw its hands up and say we cannot offer what our competitors do rather than focus on developing what they can.

    As for #4 – if you are looking at “training” someone for leadership – you didn’t do your job properly when you filled the role.

  3. RyanW permalink
    01/11/2010 14:56

    No disagreement with #1, #4 and #5. A few comments on the others…

    HR does need to match the org, but I do think HR generally falls short of their strategic potential and expectations are low as a result. Not disagreeing, I just fall a little further down the spectrum on this one.

    Bravo on #3. The only point I’ll add here is that I don’t think employers are doing the right thing with current openings. A search for talent is different than a search for a “Business Analyst” or a “Java Programmer” etc. Talent has intangibles that you bring into your organization to provide an advantage over your competition’s workforce. Game-changers, if you will. Talent abounds right now, but it may not be in the shape of current openings. So… you let it walk away. It is backwards. Your future leadership is walking the street right now, but you don’t know it because they don’t pass the key word screen against current openings and nobody looks at their database of interested past candidates. Sorry to rant. This one really pisses me off.

    Thanks HRD.

  4. 01/11/2010 20:38

    Hi HRD!

    Wow, I haven’t been to your page for a moment and there has been some changes! I like the new page and also your title… nice! But what I’m surprised at most is that you’re finally on twitter! yay.. Looking forward to see on there..

  5. 01/12/2010 15:56

    @NZHRguy – Thanks and welcome to the site. I hope Alvin and the Chipmunks wasn’t too taxing!

    @Corporate Daycare – We want the ownership, but we are not to blame….a great corporate culture!

    @RyanW – Please feel free to rant. This is a place to rant. Ranting is always welcome.

    @Thuy – Welcome back. I thought you had fallen off the face of the earth after the MBA! I’ve changed my link to point to your new coffee inspired site!

  6. 01/27/2010 15:39

    Alrighty then. Well said.

  7. 01/27/2010 19:22

    @working girl – Welcome and thanks for the comment.

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