My friend Abhishek @mumblr asked me to write a blogpost on “Should companies pick an HR leader for CEO” .. I loved the thought and told him I will definitely write a post but with a twist.. So here it is..
I think there’s a one in a 100,000 chance of this happening..
But what I REALLY think companies should do… Is appoint a CEO to the role of HR Head…
I am fed up of seeing tons of research and surveys saying that the MOST important differentiator for an organization is talent and culture. And then not see organizations deploy their best resources to this function.
All the round tables I attend, all my personal engagements as a consultant repeatedly throw up only one issue, that most HR..and I say MOST, not all..are unable to make this happen for them. And organizations still don’t want to do something different.
If this function is so important? And the following are required – Execution. Analysis. Synthesis. Strategic business orientation. Delivery. Accountability. Speed. Ownership. Agility. Flexibility. Ability to influence. Then why not think differently?
I think it is high time organizations got out of stupor and straight line thinking, and equipped this function with a leader who is known for an ability to understand strategic context and delivering results. Ergo, a CEO.
Don’t waste your retiring CEOs, recycle them into HR Heads.
I rest my case.
What do you think? I’d like to know…
- Achieving Sustainable Growth Through Leadership (businessinsider.com)
- Rise to Greatness with These Organizational Strategies! (brighthub.com)
- Four Questions Every CEO Should Ask About HR (bjconquest.com)