One of my very best friends told me that my blog is boring when I write about human resources.
“Where is the human in human resources? I go there for you. You are at your best when you write about politics, cats and running. I don’t want to read about HR technology or employee engagement. Draw your HR lessons from more inspired places.”
So I said, “Uhm, yeah, I didn’t ask for your opinion.”
Which is totally true. If anyone wants to offer an opinion, do it behind my back. I don’t mind.
But since we are discussing feedback, let me get defensive and tell you that all niche blogs are boring. In any industry — including HR — writers use “big boy” voices to demonstrate authority. I hate that. And in the HR space, my colleagues want to boss the audience into believing that HR — which includes recruiting, retention, marketing, compliance, engagement, social media, sales, technology, consulting, payroll, compensation, and benefits — is significant and relevant.
You and I know the real secret about human resources.
None of this is necessary. HR only exists because business leaders are too lazy to do this work themselves. And the trend is to integrate HR into normal business operations, which means a shrinking share of voice and ownership for the traditional HR professional.
But since HR exists — and no one is the face of the HR market — it might as well be me.
But as much as I don’t listen to my friends who want more cat blog posts, I don’t listen to my critics who want me to put on my big-boy-pants and regularly write about boring stuff like big data and HR analytics. Being a human resources leader worth her salt is all about building relationships and meeting the needs of multiple constituencies while staying faithful to a personal belief system shored up by confidence and integrity.
I have a belief system. I have confidence. I have integrity.
And while this blog may be boring at times to some people for a variety of reasons, I think it strikes a balance between relevant HR lessons and observations about work and life.
I trust my readers to see lessons in the cat posts. I trust them to dig deeper on posts about politics and culture, too.
And I still think my blog — HR or not — is more interesting than anyone else’s.
Prove me wrong.