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HR Skills

HR SKILLS ALONE ARE NOT ENOUGH TO ACHIEVE STRATEGIC IMPACT

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HR is a phenomenally complex function and demands high levels of technical knowledge and skills. You may well have those HR skills; most HR professionals now do. But, that begs the question.


"WHY DO MANY HR PROFESSIONALS STILL STRUGGLE TO ACHIEVE RESPECT AND STRATEGIC IMPACT?"


Are you an HR Professional who:
  • Is crushed by meeting after meeting with little time to do that all important research and thinking?
  • Is fighting to keep on top of the operational demands from your non-HR stakeholders - who seek simplicity in HR processes over effectiveness?
  • Knows that productivity needs to increase significantly but performance management is not achieving that...and yet everyone seems incredibly busy?
  • Knows that the true potential or most of the staff is not being realised?
  • Suspects (or knows) that the organisation does not have strong enough or truly sustainable talent pipeline?
  • Feels lonely, among a powerful group of non-HR stakeholders?
  • Has excellent HR skills (self and team), and yet doesn't feel that you achieve the strategic impact that you know you could?
YOU ARE NOT ALONE! MOST OF THE HR PROFESSIONALS WITH WHOM WE WORK STARTED OUT THAT WAY.
Often, they:
  • Placed "providing service" above "being strategically impactful." Yes, HR is a service. But, we should never be subservient!
  • Did not appreciate that exceptional HR leaders stand out, above those who are very good, in terms of five critically important competencies which are not core HR skills.

WARNING! THIS PAGE IS NOT FOR THE FEINT-HEARTED


This page is for talented HR professionals who really want to make a strategic impact; to rattle the cage; to slash non-working, bureaucratic procedures; and, to drive cutting-edge/innovative solutions... that work.

WE ARE THE HR ANARCHISTS


We believe passionately in HR. So, why do we call ourselves The HR Anarchists? Because we believe in:

  • Challenging the status quo;
  • Challenging processes and tools that we know don't work;
  • Challenging institutional thinking that trivialises many HR processes;
  • Challenging the view that:
    • Everything should be based on analysis of the past;
    • What most leading companies do must be 'best practice';
    • HR should merely support the organisation's strategy, rather than play a key role in its very development!
  • Positioning HR as a powerful service, not as a mere servant function.


TRULY GREAT HR LEADERS BRING MUCH MORE THAN HR FUNCTIONAL EXPERTISE.

Over 40 years observing, researching, and working with great HR leaders have shown us that they bring real differentiating strength to bear in terms of:

  • Technology Acumen
  • Analytical Acumen
  • Commercial Acumen
  • Courage, and
  • Personal Effectiveness

Please contact us with any questions - email: info@clintonhr.com or call us on +44 (0)1753 415534

TECHNOLOGY ACUMEN


Here we see the most significant differentiation between the good and the great. The great HR leaders:

  • Look out for and spot new technologies, and approach them with an open but curious mind;
  • Understand the behaviour-engineering power of contemporary tools;
  • Understand the analytical, including predictive, power of contemporary tools;
  • Understand how to analyse the cost-benefit ratios of different tools;
  • Understand how to analyse the risk associated with different tools;
  • Understand that the utilisation of new technologies goes through three key phases - Trial, Adapt, and Exploit and make choices appropriately;
  • Hold themselves accountable to determine the right tools to use (being informed by technical experts and early adopter users, but sufficiently technically skilled to make their own decisions). They do not allow procurement, IT, or legal to take the lead - rather to inform;
  • Ensure that selected solutions are implemented in a way that ensures sustainable usage.

We can help you to develop your technology acumen.

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ANALYTICAL ACUMEN


Over the past decade, HR has gone from being bereft of data to being overwhelmed by it.

  • Good HR Leaders assemble data; integrate it, analyse it; interpret it; and then use it to inform robust decisions.
  • Great HR Leaders create an environment in which quality data is generated; assembled; integrated, analysed; interpreted; visualised; and then used to inform robust decisions - in a disciplined and timely manner!
  • And, Great HR Leaders don't merely look backwards; nor do they merely extrapolate. Great HR leaders use analytics to predict and/or to test unproven hypotheses about how human performance and development can be enhanced.

We can help you and your team to develop Analytical Acumen.

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COMMERCIAL ACUMEN


It has been said that,"Your ability to measure anything is directly proportional to your desire to do so." This is also true about HR's ability to justify its proposals for new processes and tools. That demands commercial acumen:

  • Understanding of the very essence of the organisation - Internal (vision, mission, strategy, SWOT); external (market / competition); its lexicon
  • Knowing how the organisation acquires or generates its funds and how it then deploys and utilises those in the execution of its business
  • Understanding the cost/benefit relationships of all HR processes e.g., cost of attrition; cost of disengagement; cost of a bad management appointment; benefit of development initiatives; ...
  • Creating powerful business cases to justify HR initiatives.

We can help you to develop commercial acumen.

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COURAGE


"Without courage, we aspire to mediocrity." Courage is about having a belief, determination, agility, resilience, and persistence.

Great HR leaders understand that we live in a VUCA world but they work tirelessly to make effective HR practices easy. At the same time, they fight against demands to simplify them to the point of trivialisation. "Simplifying" Performance Appraisal processes and forms... to the point where the data generated is not valid; not reliable; not differentiating; not useful; and not defensible is a common trivialisation.

Great HR leaders take a new approach to their roles:

  • They act as Strategic Leaders of their organisations, not merely those who support the other leaders
  • They lead their organisations, not merely their function.
  • They provide exceptional service ... but they are never subservient.

Courage is not the absence of fear but the judgment that something else is more important than fear. The brave may not live forever but the cautious do not live at all. For now you may be traveling the road between who you think you are and who you can be. We can help you complete that journey.

We can't turn you into an instant hero. But, we can help you to be more confident and to demonstrate behaviours that make you appear more courageous so that you can achieve your goals more easily.

Click here to learn about how we help your to demonstrate courage.

PERSONAL EFFECTIVENESS


Great HR leaders:
  • Create powerful business cases;
  • Obtain appropriate air-time to present them;
  • Exert personal power and presence;
  • Create strong relationships and build credibility with their stakeholders;
  • Demonstrate excellent persuasion and negotiation skills;
  • Create buy-in and commitment to their proposals.

Most importantly, they understand that logic does not win arguments or gain commitment. Logic merely earns the right to be heard. They understand that they also have to fight their corner and create sufficient desire for what they propose.

We can help you to develop personal power and presence.

Click here to learn about how we help to
develop your personal effectiveness.

Please contact us with any questions - email: info@clintonhr.com or call us on +44 (0)1753 415534

WHAT WE DO FOR HR PROFESSIONALS LIKE YOU


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WHY SPEAK WITH CLINTON HR?


  • We believe in HR because we know what it can achieve and how to do so.
  • We focus on what we excel at; we don't claim that we can do everything.
  • We are genuinely interested in your challenges and how to help you to succeed.
  • We are not for the feint-hearted - we are the HR Anarchists. We will challenge you and your thinking and inspire you to make a difference.
  • Others tell us that we are motivating to speak with.Why not find out?

IF YOU SHARE OUR PASSION AND WOULD LIKE TO DEVELOP THE SKILLS OF A TRULY GREAT HR LEADER, THEN WHY NOT SPEAK WITH US? YOU HAVE NOTHING TO LOSE AND EVERYTHING TO GAIN.

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