We wear a thousand hats in HR. Developing a good, solid HR strategy is one the hardest things you’ll ever have to do. Most of the time, when I see an HR strategy fail it has to do with the leadership just not understanding what they should be focused on. Then, once the focus is determined, not going deep enough to really understand it fully.
It reminds me of an old writing analogy I was told by one of my professors in college. Imagine yourself in a room that is completely black. You have a flashlight and you shine it on the wall. Within that circle of light, you shine on the wall, you can see some stuff. It’s not clear, as you stand in the middle of the room, the light (your attention) is dispersed.
As you move closer to the wall, the beam of light becomes narrower. You begin to see more detail. Your focus became clear to what you are seeing.
The goal of writing is to make it clear to others what you are seeing. Standing far away, you could give them some sense of what you’re seeing. As you stand closer, you can give them great detail and specifics to what you are seeing.
Great HR Strategy is similar.
You can make a strategy that is focused on everything, but rarely does that go anywhere. Most will fail. Or, you can get very specific with your strategy, ensure everyone sees what you see, and make it happen.
That is the challenge for HR leaders, moving closer to the wall, providing that clarity.