Actress Thandie Newton says she has been excluded from the Time's Up movement in Hollywood, despite sharing her story of sexual abuse years ago, because she isn't "hot enough." Newton had detailed abuse from a director and had warned of a need to prepare children for danger.
Productive people set out each day to tackle an ambitious project, as opposed to a to-do list of unrelated tasks, leadership consultants Jack Zenger and Joseph Folkman write. They maintain a steady cadence in their work and excel at collaborating and problem-solving.
A strategic chief HR officer should build credibility and serve as a role model, says Donna Morris, Adobe's executive vice president of customer and employee experience. "If you really are going to act as an ombudsman for the effective operation of your organization, you have to feel like you can push back against your peers and even the CEO," she says.
Engage with senior executives, demonstrate strategic thinking and financial literacy, and earn your co-workers' trust to become an HR leader who helps make business decisions, says Karen Gately, founder of Ryan Gately, an HR consulting group. "Being appointed to the role of HR director usually demands capabilities across the broad spectrum of general management responsibilities," Gately says.
Effective HR leaders understand how analytics and a customer-centered approach drive the digital HR transformation, says Ommar Butt, an HR leader for NXP Semiconductors. "They must be able to articulate the business case to invest today without immediate returns," he says.
Make succession management part of the company's strategy and employees' professional development by building a pipeline, deploying mentors and building it into existing management plans, writes Shaara Roman, managing partner of the Silverene Group. "Once there is an assessment of the talent an organization needs, the operational team can budget resources and time to acquire what's missing," Roman writes.
HR becomes a strategic partner by aligning employees' interests with the business, HR leaders say. HR technology "needs to be rolled into a process that is human driven, where you have humans making the decisions," says Aaron Crews, chief data analytics officer at Littler Mendelson.
Be a humble leader by encouraging employees to try their ideas and asking them how you can help them do a better job, writes Dan Cable, a London Business School professor. "To put it bluntly, servant-leaders have the humility, courage, and insight to admit that they can benefit from the expertise of others who have less power than them," Cable writes.
To keep employees engaged with their jobs and invested in the company, look at every role as a learning experience, writes Whitney Johnson, an executive coach. "As you manage employees all along the learning curve, requiring them to jump to a new curve when they reach the top, you will have a company full of people who are engaged," Johnson writes.
Consider factors such as bonuses, relocation allowances, annual leave, professional development and your start date when you're negotiating a job offer. Gaia Vasiliver-Shamis writes that you shouldn't try to negotiate until you've received an official offer.
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