If you weren’t able to attend the session, I’ve added the presentation here. It was so well received and very clear to me that HR practitioners want to contribute as business leaders.
Today, at 1:30 PT I will be presenting at the California HR Conference (CAHR). My presentation is titled: Moving from HR Leader to Business Leader: The Knowledge Every Practitioner Must Have. This is fairly new content for me and I’m excited about delivering it.
As a corporate HR practitioner for eleven years I focused on my tiny little world of HR. Sure, as the opportunity arose, I would learn about the business and try to understand all of the business terms being used. Inevitably though, I had so much to focus on as a practitioner that I didn’t really dive into the business as I should.
And that was a mistake.
Once I opened my own business, I realized how much opportunity I had missed to be a true partner in the business by not learning more about the business. In short, I didn’t know what I didn’t know and that prevented me from being a true business leader. Something I desperately wanted to be and something I think all practitioners should be.
It isn’t enough these days to be an HR leader, we need to be business leaders.
We need to understand the business as well as every other leader. We need to know finance, marketing and sales as well as the individuals running those teams. We need to be able to speak and understand the lingo. We need to know how decisions impact the business and how to create people strategies that help achieve the business strategies.
And we need to do it all without asking for permission.
I didn’t fully understand all of this until I became an entrepreneur. I don’t think many seated practitioners understand it. Not because they don’t want to or can’t, but because they can’t get out of the weeds of the day to day long enough to realize it’s worth.
So that’s what I’ll be covering in an hour and fifteen minutes today. If you happen to be at the conference, stop by and say hello – even if you don’t attend my session. If you aren’t at the conference follow along on the social channels to get the inside scoop.