I’m often asked how I became successful in HR.
I’ve never viewed myself as such – I know some great people who I consider in a different league to me – but in the spirit of the type of list you’ll find in Inc or on LinkedIn I thought I’d give you my key lessons…
These are all things that are hallmarks of my career. I assume they are the secret to my unfathomable success
- Sometimes just forget to have lunch and then announce to colleagues at about 4pm that you can’t believe the canteen is shut
- Go through periods of insisting to your team that discipline is key and then blatantly ignore some rules due to expediency. Try to explain why it’s different for you
- Have a beard. I’m not being sexist, I’m just observing that I’m more experienced than ever and currently have a beard. It seems likely it’s causal
- Be of combined Welsh and Indian extraction. Or as close to that as you can get. If that seems tricky for you to achieve then adopt more of a ‘growth’ mindset
- Accept every mistake you make is a learning opportunity. Every mistake someone else makes is proof that some people never learn
- Hire people smarter than you whenever you can. Then tell them about how the last people you had working for you were even smarter to keep them in their place
- Talk about big data when you know it’s not and robots when you know people mean AI just because explaining the difference has got a bit tiresome now
- Meet lots of people for coffee
- Recognise that success is a complex amalgam of opportunity, luck, readiness, work, aptitude, environment and timing and the recipe to it can rarely be replicated and is unlikely to be found in a list
- Be able to poke fun at yourself
Best of luck
11 thoughts on “How I Became a Success in HR ”
That last one’s a bit cheeky in the context of the cartoon that follows it. That’s just someone else poking fun at you.
I’m posting it… I’m happy to endorse fun at my expense. Occasionally…
That Simon Heath guy seems to have it in for you
We were friends, but then had a massive falling out and now he spends all his time lampooning me
Next thing you know he’ll be posting irritating comments on your blog under a pseudonym
He’s not that comfortable with tech. I’ll be fine.
Damn. I typed in the alt-code for the winking emoji and thought the text would appear. Foiled again.
This post and this thread are the best thing on the internet today.