Classic line from the movie Blues Brothers, that is used more than once as Jake and Elwood good around and visit past band mates in the attempt to – well – put the band back together. I was reminded of this concept last week when I got a call from a former peer I worked with at another company. This peer just got a new position as an HR Executive for a large company – and he was attempting to put our “HR Band” back together!
I’m not sure if I was the first call or 5th call – doesn’t really matter – what matters is the concept of how you build a great HR Team.
Here are the ingredients:
1. Great Leader – this is someone who has organizational influence (hopefully right or left hand of the CEO) and has a vision of what makes an organization a great place to work, and the desire and passion to take the organization there. The last part is important – I’ve worked for leaders that had the vision, but didn’t have the passion to get it there – you need a leader who is going to carry that flag!
2. A Talent Guy/Gal – If you only have money for 2 ingredients -I’m spending my money on someone who understands how to bring great talent into an organization, and has shown in their past the ability to do this. Again, this is about getting leaders aligned under a talent-mindset where everyone is working under one guiding principle – To Increase The Talent of the Organization. You don’t get to great (your leaders vision) with average talent – it just doesn’t work that way.
3. Top HRIS Pro – Every organization has limited resources, and a great HRIS person is worth their weight in gold – for the simple fact, they’ll help you do more with less better than any other person you hire. If you are building a top notch HR team – you need the best HRIS person you can find!
4. HR Brand Manager – Many organizations let Marketing do this – on my team, I’m not giving this away – it’s to important. Don’t get me wrong – this person must be aligned with my marketing department – I don’t want to go off the reservation on my messaging between my employment brand and corporate brand – but I also don’t want marketing controlling my employment brand completely. Great places to work, get there by attracting the kind of person your organization seeks to make it great – and this happens through marketing.
5. HR Process Manager: I don’t want my leader to be a process person – they are the visionary – but I need the details, I need the process – I need this baby running like a clock! That takes a special personality to dig into and perfect all those details – I need a process person. A person who isn’t going to roll over, but fight for every dotted “i” and crossed “t”. A person who is going to make me sit through a 3 hour process flow meeting on my hiring process – so that we know every piece is going to work perfectly. Why? Because that gives you high credibility within the organization.
You give me these 5 individuals and I’ll change your organization into a great places to work in 12-24 months – depending on how screwed up you are!