HR HartleyOn 20 Apr 2004 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Table-talk will not lead to strategic HRSitting for lunch at London’s celeb-studded Ivy restaurant for apresentation by Michael Portillo on the future of work (claiming other people’sanecdotes as his own), I turned to an HR consultant and began discussing howgood HR people were at sitting around tables discussing HR matters. More specifically, HR excels at jabbering on about how great it would be ifthe rest of the business allowed it to become a strategic entity. But here’s the hard fact: lounging around debating how unfair the rest ofthe company is being to you really won’t do the HR industry any good. We have to take those nasty bullies on. I mean, you wouldn’t hear a bunch offinance people around a table worrying about how strategic they are. They’d beall action – they don’t have the same inferiority complex that we have. Enough’s enough. Here’s my (and fellow diner, Laurence’s) five-point plan tomake HR a strategic entity: – Have your vision – Find your burning platform (any old boardroom will do) – Articulate that vision nice and clearly – make it relevant and intelligibleto the others because they won’t do that for you – Check your capability – it’s no good if the practice can’t reflect thetheory – Set short-term goals – for example, 90 days, not three years. Job done. Let me know if it works. If it does, the next time I step out ofthe Ivy, I expect the paparazzi to take a blind bit of notice, which last time,they utterly failed to do. Hartley is an HR director at large Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos.