Monday, October 27, 2014

Why HR Needs to be Influential and Why Now?


At the end of last year, I wrote a blog on HR and Influence.  Since that time, I have been doing a lot more thinking and researching on the topic and why it matters to HR.  I really became interested in influence and why it matters to HR when I spoke to HR professionals in Shanghai, China.  Its a concept that seems to be universal amongst our profession.

I have had the pleasure of working with Angela Alper on our new workshop, "HR Business Leader: Elevating Your Strategic Influence and Impact" this year.  We have learned some very interesting concepts as it relates to influence.

First, its important to understand what we are talking about when it comes to insight, influence and impact and how they relate to one another.

Insight-
-The ability to understand people and situations in a very clear way
-An understanding of the true nature of something
-The power or act of seeing into a situation
-The act or result of apprehending the inner nature of things or of seeing intuitively 

Influence:
-The power to change or affect someone or something without apparent exertion of force or direct   exercise of command 
-A person or thing that affects someone or something in an important way
-The power of capacity

Impact:
-To have an effect on, to influence, to alter,
For me, the relationship on the three concepts above is this:  
You have to be able to use insight to gain influence in order to create impact
Why is influence important to HR professionals today?

  1. The demand for people-related insight is in high demand from the C-Suite
  2. HR is at a professional crossroads again being pressured to show impact, prove impact and demonstrate impact
  3. If HR has influence then the whole discussion about the very tired table would never be an issue
  4. Its about raising our profession to the next level
  5. It's time

Why do you think influence is important to HR?  Maybe it's not...do tell.  


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