build a suite of accomplishments that real-ly
demonstrate where you’ve added value
to your organization. You may get more
opportunities like that in a small to mid-size
organization, because they tend to
allow for more generalist roles.
HRP: What’s the future of HR?
LTG: As a profession, I think we have to
be really clear about where and how we
add value to our organizations. HR sys-tems
and practitioners need to be really
capable at building high performance cul-tures.
Focusing on engagement, culture
and talent management will be critical.
Those are the areas in an organization that
drive innovation, effectiveness, productivi-ty
and efficiency. ■
really need HR people who are very cul-turally
competent in their organizations,
with outstanding communication and in-fluencing
skills. In HR, we don’t often get
to be the decision-maker, which means
we need to have highly functioning re-lationships
with our internal clients, to
accomplish the best results.
HRP: What tips do you have for new
grads, or those in entry-level HR jobs,
who want to move up the ladder?
LTG: The best advice I can give them is
to worry less about climbing the ladder.
Focus on doing their best possible work,
and always aim to exceed expectations. Let
the work speak for itself. Look for profes-sional
opportunities that will allow you to
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HRP: What’s key to leading
HR during a difficult time
for a client organization?
LTG: It’s an interesting question. I strug-gle
with the notion that leading during a
difficult time is different from any other
time. You’ve always got to know what cre-ates
value. You’d better know the business,
and find out what is the most important
value proposition that can be leveraged by
HR, to meet the business outcomes.
HRP: What skills do you
think are important for
success in an HR career?
LTG: I would say that having a solid
HR generalist knowledge is very impor-tant.
Having said that, it’s not enough. We
I STRUGGLE WITH THE NOTION THAT LEADING DURING A
DIFFICULT TIME IS DIFFERENT FROM ANY OTHER TIME. YOU’VE
ALWAYS GOT TO KNOW WHAT CREATES VALUE.
– LOUISE TAYLOR GREEN, CHRP, SHRP, MBA
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