Let’s Fix Work Episode 83
Kris Dunn’s book, 9 Faces of HR, is awesome. I hope to have him as a guest on the podcast in the future. In the meantime, let me tell you briefly about his book. He has broken up the world of HR into 9 personas using a nine-box grid. It is a great book for personal development, professional development, self leadership, and to understand who you are and what you have to offer. I love Kris, his framework, and his model. I also think the concept of nine HR personas is really interesting.
Not to steal Kris’s thunder, but I think there are three personality types when it comes to HR professionals. Today, I am going to dive into who they are and how they view organizations like SHRM. So if you want to hear about the three personality types of the HR profession and hear some talk about SHRM, then sit back and listen to this episode of Let’s Fix Work.
In this episode, you’ll hear:
- The three personality types of Human Resources
- Why some think the world’s largest HR management association doesn’t do HR very well
- How SHRM can be relevant to all three personas
- The idea that if you work in human resources, you have to love HR
- The importance of developing a network of people who know how to play the HR game
- A reminder that you need friends outside of HR
WHAT ARE THE THREE PERSONALITY TYPES OF HR AND THEIR VIEWS OF SHRM?
We can summarize the three personality types as follows: The Fan, the Hater, and the Oblivious.
The Fan: They love their profession and feel like HR makes a difference through an organization like SHRM.
The Hater: They dislike SHRM and basically hate everything about it. There are some reasons why they’re right. There are some reasons why they’re wrong, but they are definitely a persona.
The Oblivious: The third type of HR professional doesn’t really know anything about SHRM. They are too busy and have all sorts of stuff going on. They just don’t have time for SHRM.
HOW CAN SHRM BE RELEVANT TO ALL THREE PERSONAS?
I think the way SHRM can be relevant for all three personas is to put out big and bold ideas about the future of work. Currently, their SHRM is not really fixing work.
IF YOU ARE WORKING IN HR, WHAT IS THE ONE TRAIT YOU MUST HAVE?
If you work in human resources, you have to love HR. You have to love it. You have to embrace it for what it is and say this is a function that’s going through a lot of change and with that comes a lot of opportunity to set the course of the future of the world of work. Maybe SHRM is relevant to you and maybe it isn’t; wherever you fall on that persona scheme, you have to love human resources.