Some HR Pros aspire to have a seat-at-the-table. That’s cool. It’s a great ambition to have.
I’ve been at the table, I’ve been off the table, I’ve been at the kids-table (imagine Thanksgiving dinner but at work), so I know from where I speak. But there is one thing better than that seat and some of the real and perceived perks that go with it. Perks like perceived control (none of us has this), better than real power, better than ego-rushes, better than money, better than un-warranted pandering, better than important strategy sessions (truly they are important), better than board-approval, and definitely better than all the negotiating that goes into proving “HR is a more than a cost-center Damn it!”, even when you get your budget approved. Talk about a Purple Squirrel.
Read the whole post over at Dawn H. Burke (an FOT contributor blog).
Dawn Burke, VP of Talent Consulting at Kinetix and founder/advisor for Dawn Burke HR, is an HR leader, speaker, and writer specializing in new HR practices, engagement and workplace culture. Her HR/recruiting/leadership career has spanned the last 20 years, with past gigs including a foundational role as VP of People for Birmingham, AL’s award-winning technology company, Daxko (And yes, Kris Dunn and Dawn are making Bham the HR capital of the world! Who knew?). You can also check her out at DawnHBurke.com and a variety of other interesting places. Google her, it’ll keep you posted on what she is up to.
Most importantly: She is addicted to TV, knows most of the lyrics to Hamilton and West Side Story, loves to cry at movies (check out Cinema Paradiso for a cry fest!), thinks wine, a wheel of Brie and Milk Duds make a well-balanced dinner, and sings in her car daily. Her husband and cat are the Yin to her Yang.