Have you noticed that whenever someone disrupts the regular flow by discussing thought-provoking approaches to human resources, be it recruiting, retention or training and development, that it does not take long before a small bunch of naysayers pop up and try to blow up any attempts at change or even discussion. For some reason the tendency for some in human resources is to turn adversarial, not supportive or inquisitive but adversarial. Instead of listening and trying to move the conversation forward with positive comments or to discuss the issue some tend to stifle the conversation or try to marginalize the speaker. Many times these negative people are our supposed stars, that are quite happy thank you with the current HR status quo.
Is it because they are afraid of hearing the truth? Is it because they are afraid to adopt transformative change? Or is it because they realize they are dinosaurs ready for the graveyard. For whatever reason they love to fuel a breeding ground ripe with cynicism and veiled attempts at discrediting individuals that have unique and intriguing thoughts.
We need to encourage positive discussion of all types so that we can help our businesses be more successful. As HR leaders we have to be at the forefront of this change and embrace discussions, innovation and hire individuals that are none standard HR material. The gals and guys who are entrepreneurs, visionaries with operational moxy. They should be armed with a can do attitude, a thick skin able to absorb criticism and attempts by colleagues to undermine them.
HR needs change and a new vision to support the dynamic business models that are currently evolving. So support innovative and disruptive discussions and comments by your team members. You will be surprised that many members of your team having been held back for so long by aging dinosaurs are right there with you embracing change. The ice age is over, it’s time for HR to embrace a new beginning and say goodbye to the dinosaurs.