Almost never be non discrete
I gave a lecture "How to Break into HR and start a wow career" this very morning to a Community College. The audience was a secretarial course, interspersed with a few people from a Purchasing and Supply Chain course.
This was the ideal milieu to lecture to. Milieu is a French word.I delivered the lecture by Skype, as I was driving into work. (I was texting at the same time, on 2 phones!)
Here were the main points of what I said. They are like 10 commandments, although I do not frequent houses of worship.
- Love of people is almost absolutely critical, and pleasing your boss is even more critical, without an `almost``. If your boss views people as spare parts, then he needs to watch a webinar on soft skills.
- Texting is the essence communication. Texting (sending sms) is a mission critical skill for an HR manager. 400 words a minute on a Blackberry Priv is industry standard.
- COPensation and travel policy can be relegated to Finance because no one is ever happy and people need to love HR.
- Big Data, if you ever understand what it is, may, or may not, be important. I think big data is erotic.
- Designing Voice Menus for HR services is more important than texting.
- Practice sitting down at a mahogany table, elegantly but with assertiveness. Sit like a ``lady``.
- Hire someone like Cynthia Axe and pay her well, that your days may be long upon the Earth.
- Don't use buzzwords; use words with impact like ``paperless``, ``stretch goals``, "leverage", "global", "internet-of-things", "sustainable" all the time.
- Be discrete.
- When you hear rumors, text them to your boss, although you must remain discrete.