The overriding theme of this blog will be Human Resources from a strategic perspective. This blog takes a look at current issues facing Human Resources and offer insight on the building blocks needed to create a dynamic, engaged and performance based workforce.
The successful creation and management of talent will be the hallmark of business leadership in the 21st Century
“If they do not like this company, let them leave. We can hire someone else at a cheaper price.”
“The only people who I consider talent at my network are the people on the air. That is all I care about.”
“I’m sick of all this culture stuff. Give me a break.”
All these comments were from senior level executives during conversations concerning engagement, culture, or just their people. The third statement was from the head of a major cable network during a discussion at a dinner party back in New York. That was a very spirited discussion, to say the least.
My wife always tells me to just leave the HR stuff when we go out and lets enjoy the evening. But for some reason if it comes up, I will engage.
Who is in charge now?
I thought of those comments this week during some downtime I had between flights. I once had a former boss tell me that this fancy stuff has no value, but as I travel the global landscape, I am noticing that the pendulum has swung.
As I left a recent presentation at one of our clients, I noticed the design of the hallway leading into the area. My comment was “wow.”
It stopped me in my tracks. The walls were adorned with a blow up of their core values. The other side of the wall were positive thoughts from famous people. I called it a Hallway of Positivity.
With all the talk about culture in organizations today, it makes me proud when I see organizations go all out in trying to create this atmosphere. I sure there are some that will say something like, “yes, but do they live it?”
A visual focus on what your culture is about
Good question, but my take is that during this design process, they could have just agonized over the color of paint and let that be it. But as I walk through their hallways, there are subtle signs throughout that hone in on the same message. That message is, “this is what we are about.”
I replied that I was heading to Dubai and the conversation started (which was eased by the champagne served in business class).
My seatmate was from Russia. As the conversation continued, our other seat mate chimed in, she was from India. The couple sitting across from us was from Cape Town, South Africa. As I looked around the plane, it seems that we had a mini-UN of travel aboard.
Where is Dubai, anyway?
I was headed back from holiday in the U.S. Our first stop was London, and then we all separated as I was headed back home to Dubai.