HREs Don't Run HR Departments

They don't - they can't. There's just too much shiz going on.

"HR as a profession is in need of a radical transformation." No one can address the Future of HR quite like Mark Stelzner can so take a moment and flip through his presentation below. . .  

What do you think? What path are you on (slide 10) - are you stuck at do nothing, breaking things apart, or radically transforming?

Radical transformation is hard work. The status quo is hard to change. I know - my forehead is bruised from running into longstanding hierarchies, cultural resistance and old habits.

But I continue.

Like Mark, I am encouraged. I am encouraged when I see federal hiring reform, our 2011 MN SHRM State Conference theme develop around Unconventional HR, and I can speak with colleagues about change without getting "pshawed." 

Yes, changing a profession is hard work (sort of like an ant pushing a baseball up a hill) but get this - it can be done. It can't be done by one person (or by one ant). It takes many but it starts with one individual HR pro working in one HR department in one organization whio is willing to make one change. 


My one change? I am changing the perception, actually the reality, of what it takes (skills, gumption, vision) to be a successful and impactful HR professional and hearts are breaking all around. 

I am starting from a great place with an amazing HR staff, national support for hiring reform . . . .

Oh wait, what's that <phone rings> "Who did what to whom? What did they say? What info do you have? Facts please . . ." 

Duty calls and I have to go. But before I do, I leave you with one question - what will you change tomorrow?