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HR Leaders, It’s Your Job to Get them an Audience

Feb 15

HR thought leaders and bloggers laugh at posts like this. The seat at the table post. We’ve been talking and writing about this for twenty years. So, those of us who write about it, are sick of it. But, like all good writers, everything that is old is new again! I declare 2016 to be the year of Get Your Seat at the Table!

Just kidding, no I don’t, that’s stupid. Even though, I’m sure I could have gotten a speaking session at SHRM with that exact title: 2016 The Year of Getting Your Seat at the Table. The session would have been crammed with HR folks still hoping and wishing!

Even though, I’m sure I could have gotten a speaking session at SHRM with that exact title: 2016 The Year of Getting Your Seat at the Table. The session would have been crammed with HR folks still hoping and wishing!

Let’s take it a step beyond and talk about what is the job of an HR leader to their teams.

I’ve been truly blessed to work for some great HR leaders that all understood one thing, it wasn’t about getting their seat at the table. As an HR leader, it was about ensuring their team was able to get an audience, so they could get their own seat.  It was their job to make sure the door was open to the room, once inside the room you still had to fight for your own seat.

The leaders I’ve worked for had their seat at their table, but more importantly, they made sure their team had an opportunity to get their own seat, at the table that was right for them.

Don’t ever think your leader should get you a seat at the table, and leaders don’t ever think it’s your job to get them a seat! The leader creates the opportunity for an audience, it’s your job to prove you deserve that audience’s attention!

 

2 Comment to “HR Leaders, It’s Your Job to Get them an Audience”

  1. Maybe if people started acting like they had a seat at the table, instead of whining about why they don’t have a seat at the table… they’d get invited to the table.

    Dan P
    Feb 15, 2016
    • Yeah, I don’t really see people whining anymore about not getting a seat. Also, I don’t think anyone needs to get invited. Getting invited means someone has power over you, thus, they have the power to invite you or not.

      I still think it comes to you proving you belong. Come in, sit down, add something of value. No invitation is needed. Either you are bringing something of value, or you’re not.

      T

      Tim Sackett
      Feb 15, 2016

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