Why Aren’t There More Leaders Than Followers In #HR?

Innovating HR

How many HR people do you know of who ascend to CEO or become an owner? Not many. HR people are trained to be compliant oriented rather than innovative. Last night I watched the Ashton Kutcher Movie “Steve Jobs.” I have never known one company to hire people like jobs. While they laud his accomplishments, salivate over his products … not one company would hire such a person. Not because he couldn’t get along with others. Rather he pushed the envelope to make the difficult simple.

What does this have to do with HR? Companies tend to see HR as just a talent pool who screens “would be’s.” Instead according to your unwritten dictum HR screens out the aberrants, deviants, rebels, square pegs in the round holes. Those are the ones who propel you kicking and screaming to excellence.

Again why does HR perennially remain the same when every iota of inn when business usual innovative thinking is needed today? Oh, because management themselves are the least innovative aspect of the firm. Their thinking is inspired by thinkers who are dead, nearly dead or who penned ideas long before the Great Recession changed forever. Most created ideas in a classroom based only on theory. Covey’s 7 Habits is one example. When it came to implementation in their own firm they sought an outsider. Below are good sensible ideas from HBR:

Have cracking HR functions. The best HR people have a gift for influencing, teaching, and holding executives accountable – this is important because many executives rise through the ranks despite not being very good managers. HR experts teach leaders and managers to stretch and develop employees in accordance with their natural capabilities. By the way, when you find cracking HR leaders, hold on to them for dear life: they are as rare as hen’s teeth.

via  Harvard Business Review.

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