"That's not my job."
"Those issues are outside my scope."
"I don't have authority to address that."
"I'm in HR, that's an Operations issue."
It's About Action
What in the world is happening?
Have we lost our way in HR? Is there something inherent in how we view our roles, that has inadvertently backed us into a position where we feel we are not leaders of the organization?
Check out this recent example of HR in action:
A hospital's laboratory department [not a client] was struggling with turnover, scheduling, and low morale. The HR leader proactively joined in the solutions process and pulled schedules, department financials, and reviewed employee concerns.
The result? She built a new schedule that solved both the morale and staffing problems. The Lab Director was thrown off initially, but once the progress became apparent, was appreciative of the support.
Leadership (Not Just HR)
That my friends, is real HR leadership.
Was that in the HR Director's job description? No.
Was that "old school" HR? No.
Was that taking a risk that the organization could not recover from? No.
Here's the part that so many of us miss, including me, multiple times.
We have the authority as leaders to do any damn thing we need to do. There is no one holding us back. There is no one telling us 'no.' If we are going to earn the respect that we must earn, it is entirely up to us to take action.
Action trumps excuses every time.
How About You
What's holding you back from being a leader, not just the "HR person?" HR means so much more than the HR department, right?
Am I wrong? Should we lead for real...or just keep processing all of that paperwork?
I'd love to hear from you.