Tales from the Strange World of Human Resources
Most of you know that I feel that HR is an unnecessary function. The transactional stuff is better done on an outsourced basis, and the transformational stuff is too difficult for the usual denizens of HR, who have little credibility and fall victim to every academic and training firm fad ever invented. I often ask skeptics: Can you name me two top HR executives in the last five years who went on to become CEO of Fortune 500 organizations? (You’ll find COOs, CIOs, Actuaries, General Counsels, even Vice Presidents of other functions, but not the top HR person.)
David Fields has kindly donated the following true story:
“Amidst a conversation with the CEO of a large advertising agency yesterday:
” ‘My first job was in HR for
“His comment also speaks volumes about the people who choose to stay in HR.”
I once wrote an article for a magazine suggesting that no one should ever be allowed to spend a career in HR. We were bombarded with letters—from career HR people, and no one else!
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