I had a great human resources mentor. She taught me how to work with leadership, even if leadership didn’t want to work with me.
When I start a new job, I always communicate with my new boss they will always get the truth from me whether they like it or not. Whether it is good news or bad. I will speak truth to power every time so don’t shoot the messenger. I try not to say no all the time. I would rather say, “here’s how” instead.
I appreciate leaders that invite me to the executive strategy meetings. Any growth they want for the organization most likely includes new employees or positions which I have experience in. Making me a partner in growing the company will help get you to the finish line.
Instead of having me clean up your mess, let me help you build. As the saying goes, “Measure twice, cut once” If you let me and my team in, you’ll save on buying more lumber.
New HR Directors should meet with each of the department heads when they join a company. Sit down for a few hours and find out what their needs are. Let them provide you with feedback of what has worked for them with the last HR team and what didn’t. Give them the opportunity to show you their style, then you can give them a synopsis of yours. This will begin the building of the trust between you. During this initial meeting you may find things that you can fix immediately. Repeat this process with each of the department leaders and you will have started down the path of excellent communication and a trusting partnership with each of them.
Don’t Go Changin’
I never want to walk into a new situation and immediately start changing everything. However, if warranted, a quick fix here and there to maintain order is appropriate. I like to see what each month brings in the cycle of this new organization and take notes. That way when it comes around again, I have new ideas to try or keep things the status quo. Sometimes it is better to leave well enough alone and build on what is already there. I am a fixer by nature, so I tend to be a bit controlling and want to change everything. I have learned over the years to sit back and watch the processes first while asking lots of questions as to why we do it this way. It makes for a much better transition if I do decide to change something down the road.
Look in the Mirror
I always try to look in the proverbial mirror as well. Am I portraying myself as the leader I want to be or am I being a dictator, passive-aggressive, or a controlling jerk? Let’s hope it’s the former not the latter. I analyze everything before sending out to the world. I want to be sure that there are zero to minimal trickle-down effects of my decisions. You can’t please everyone all the time but if decision you are making are well thought out ahead of time, you have a better chance at succeeding.