Be forewarned. I am experiencing writer’s block. It’s so bad, I just poured myself a glass of bubbly and then proceeded to leave it in the kitchen.
Which meant I had to get up, lost my train of thought once again, but brought back the bubbly.
Why do I have writer’s block? I’m totally uninspired by pop culture, current music, “news” feeds, the state of our country and the pointless point-counter-point on Facebook. I usually find at least a few nuggets to ponder in those venues, but not this week.
HOW am I going to turn ‘nothing’ into a humorous or inspiring piece about HR?!!
My daughter is six. Kindergarten. She says to me tonight, “Mommy, the Minions are fiction. They don’t really exist. But New York does. And (pointing at the t.v. screen) New York really looks like that, doesn’t it”?
I look up to see the Statue of Liberty.
She’s not been to New York (yet). But her grandfather grew up there and her ‘aunt’ Katy brought her a souvenir Statue of Liberty…and then proceeded to tell her it was really in New Jersey even though New York likes to claim her. Now there’s something you guys can go argue over in your Facebook posts!
Point being – a six-year-old knows fiction from non-fiction.
I started thinking about what I know is true – and how that relates to HR of course.
- Roger Federer and Serena Williams kick ass. Both “old” in tennis years; both continuing to rack up the titles. HR Translation: Don’t equate younger with better. Don’t assume runway or energy or creativity only exist under 35.
- Chris Stapleton proves that songwriting, authentic vocals and humbleness can still sell music. HR Translation: Don’t be fooled by smoke and mirrors. Some candidates, vendor promises, competitor’s intel and engagement scores are yes, too good to be true. Seek authenticity.
- Conference calls longer than an hour suck. HR Translation: Please. None needed.
- Animals lower your blood pressure and make you smile. HR Translation: Everyone should want to work at Petco.
- Breaking a sweat and being mindful of how you eat will make you healthier and happier. HR Translation: If you want to lower your benefit costs and increase productivity, REALLY incentivize your employees to do those things.
- If people harnessed their time and energy around epidemic stuff – like curing cancer – we’d all be a lot better off. HR Translation: Focus on the big rocks.
That’s it. That’s all I’ve got this week. Simple, yet visceral. Succinct, but requires thought.
So please, go break a sweat, hug your pet, fund cancer research and turn up some Tennessee Whiskey.
Kathy Rapp is the CEO of hrQ where she helps companies find groovy HR Talent for permanent or project roles across the country. Prior to joining hrQ Kathy booked more than 15 years of diverse HR leadership experience working in F500s and start-up organizations. A connoisseur of the intersection between pop culture and business, Kathy believes many talent insights can be gleamed from the succession planning lessons experienced by Van Halen and AC/DC.