On February 15th, the CIPD Ireland HR Awards will see the best and brightest from across the industry gather to celebrate the hugely significant role HR plays in enhancing working lives and creating better workplaces.
The idea makes sense, and it’s not just HR teams who buy into it – as senior executives in some of the biggest companies in the world firmly believe in empowering their workforce.
“People want guidance, not rhetoric,” says Howard Schultz, CEO of Starbucks, “They need to know what the plan of action is and how it will be implemented. They want to be given responsibility to help solve the problem and the authority to act on it.”
“I am convinced that nothing we do is more important than hiring and developing people. At the end of the day, you bet on people, not on strategies.” – Lawrence Bossidy, former CEO of AlliedSignal and Honeywell Corporation.
You’d be hard-pressed to find an HR leader who disagrees with Bossidy. Human development is intrinsic to corporate success, which is why more CHROs find themselves with a seat at the table with the board of directors.
“Run to the fire; don’t hide from it.”
It’s both a quote and a call to action from Meg Whitman, the former CEO of Hewlett Packard Enterprise.
Running towards the fire might be terrifying, but it’s the sign of a brave leader. Meg Whitman is an example of that: she oversaw the explosive growth of eBay and Hewlett Packard Enterprise as CEO over the past two decades.