Great article, and on point. Now is the time!Tom Glasscock
Why do CHRO’s never become CEO’s? Is this HR’s moment?
Global HR Director | Cultural Change & Diversity | Driving Performance by aligning HR to Company Strategy | NED
Since as far back as you can envision, Human Resource experts have needed a “seat at the table.” Which table you may inquire? Well, there is only “one table” to which I am referring and that is the Boardroom table in the C-suite. Numerous HR experts have spent a lifetime in the quest for this esteemed seat.
Yet the least likely person to be the next CEO of any organisation is the one individual who, now more than ever, may very well be the best person to steer it – the CHRO.
Statistics say that the possibility of becoming a CEO from the position of CHRO is unlikely because for most, HR is just too separate from the business operations to easily transfer those skills from C-Suite to CEO.
A recent Harvard Business Review stated that all the skills expected by CHROs are the ones that CEOs should also possess. Further, that CHROs learn critical, valuable skills in judgement, coaching and selecting individuals because of the nature of the work that they do. Another study by David Ulrich, also states that CHROs exhibit leadership qualities that significantly overlap with their CEOs.
So, here’s why HR leaders may be best placed to take on the role of CEO, more now than ever before:
What a great story and illustration. Topical and timeless, it made me reflect not only on what labels do we put on others and they on us, but what labels do we put on ourselves for others to see? And what are the hidden labels we put on ourselves that we are afraid others will see?Tom glasscock
Throughout your life, people will put labels on your back with many bad things written on it to stop your progress.
During a prank, a student stuck a paper on his classmate’s back that said “I’m stupid”; he asked the rest of the class not to tell him.
Thus the students began laughing throughout the day… Shortly after, math class started & their professor wrote a difficult question on the board.
No one was able to answer it except that student. Amid the slight laughs, for he didn’t know why, he walked towards the board & he solved it, the teacher asked the class to clap & remove the paper on his back.
He told him “It seems that you don’t know about the paper on your back that one of your classmates put & the rest of them kept it a secret”.
Then he faced towards the rest of the class & said “Before I give you a punishment, I will tell you 2 things: throughout your life, people will put labels on your back with many bad things written on it to stop your progress.
If he had known about the paper, he would not have answered.
All you have to do is ignore it. Ignore the labels #people give you and use every chance you have to progress, learn & improve yourself.”
“The 2nd thing is that it’s clear that he does not have any loyal friends among you all to tell him about removing the paper. It does not matter how many friends you have, it is the #Loyalty between you and your #friends that #matter.
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