We wish that the world defined us only by our successes, but the reality is we define ourselves continually by our failures. We build monuments to greatness like statues and skyscrapers and sweeping internal processes, while the foundations of each are filled with poor decisions, inefficient planning, half-hearted executions and the shell casings of emotional gunfire.
In fact, we long to point out where the bodies lay lifeless, and we remain excited even after they’re removed. We want to feel better about our failures, but because societal and religious mores force those feelings to be repressed, the feelings seep out and stain like sweat rings on a hot day. Then we cover our eyes quickly as if being forced to look into that same hot sun.
Imagine dealing with this everyday, throughout the entire lifespan of each and every employee. Shatter the glass half empty at your feet and you’ve got wet shards of different sizes, from full-time to part-time to flex-time to contractor. Human resource professionals have to manage all this mess as well as facilitate and mediate the supervisors in between. It’s no wonder we’ve got so many rules and regulations around people management.
Maybe if we explored what it means to be more human on the HR job and how that pays dividends in small business and the enterprise we’d come closer to reconciling the ratio of failure to success. Maybe if we took a more holistic and transparent approach to performance management instead of transactional silos of shame we’d come a lot closer to growth Nirvana, both personally and professionally.
Thankfully that’s the way it begins — change — the movement from one state to another, from a static status quo state to a hopefully more progressive and productive state. Like moving from flat two dimensions to a vibrant three. The change begins in small groups, the sharing of new knowledge of what can be done that hasn’t been done before and the return of that “change” investment. The new knowledge fills the room, some of it permeating each exposed pore, entering the bloodstream and flooding our brains with possibility.
The possibility that our failures truly define our success and understanding the why of it all — that’s where HR can truly make a difference today: to know the business, staff the business, teach the business and grow the business, all predicated on managing the messy yet mingled bad with the good.
Join us for our first-ever World of Work live #TChat Session at the 13th Annual Illinois HR Conference & Exposition, one of the many HR Super Social Hero events that occur throughout the year. We want to personally thank Dave Ryan (@DaveTheHRCzar), Susan Avello (@SusanAvello), Donna Rogers (@DonnaRogersHR), John Jorgensen (@jkjhr), and many, many other friends who have always supported our efforts to make the World of Work more social. We certainly like hanging out with our friends in the trenches, and it all starts with #ILSHRM coming up next week, on Aug. 5-7, 2012. Our live session will be Monday, Aug. 6, from 5-6 pm CST.
In the meantime, did you miss this week’s preview? Go here, and be on the watch for more tweets and slideshows from us. You Rock!
#TChat INSIGHTS: Becoming (Social) HR Leaders
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