Innovative organizations are staffed by innovative people. As we experience economic evolution, and the emergence of the “new economy”, we need to understand that our business attitudes and approaches must evolve accordingly. Many of us already accept that achieving profitability and organizational growth will be a challenge in this increasingly competitive global economy. But the all-important question remains; “what are you going to do about it”? Those organizations that ignore the new realities of the evolution, and who return to past “old economy” thinking, will fall behind. Those who adapt to the changes, reluctantly or otherwise, will keep pace. But those organizations that embrace and facilitate change will take the lead in the new economy.
Surrounding yourself with exceptional Human Resources (HR) people will directly contribute to both your organization’s success and your personal career progression. While poor organizational performance is never totally the fault of HR, they nonetheless do play a significant role due to their organization-wide involvement. If you are not experiencing the organizational performance results that you expect or require, a key area that you will need to evaluate for effectiveness is your HR department. Doing so will help you to ensure that you are not mistakenly relying on the wrong people to perform this essential business function.
Whether hiring external managers and staff, promoting internal people or deciding on who is best to receive developmental funds, it is important to have sufficient, appropriate, and accurate, information to help you to make the right decisions. Too often the wrong people are hired, promoted, or developed for the wrong reasons. The subsequent productivity and financial implications of making these wrong decisions can be quite profound. To compete and grow on an organizational level, it is essential to have the right people in place. On a personal level, “you are only as good as the people who surround you”, so having and keeping compatible managers / staff who perform well will directly impact your own career.