I’ve got a bit of a problem.
I love buying new clothes, jackets, and shoes. You see, I’m kind of built like a fire hydrant. Picture a fire hydrant in your mind right now. Not very sexy is it!
So, I compensate, not by eating a great diet and working out constantly! Hell, no! That’s really hard work. I compensate by buying more clothes that I think will make me look skinnier than I really am!
Do you do this?
We do this in HR and Talent Acquisition all the time!
Just replace ‘clothes’ with ‘technology’. Yeah, we suck at HR, so instead of going out and fixing our foundational issues, let’s go buy a new pretty technology to cover up all of this
fat, err incompetence!
Yeah, baby, with this new shiny technology no one will ever suspect we really suck as bad as we do!
The new stuff we buy screws with our heads. Every new shirt and sports coat I buy, I look at myself, and go “oh yeah! you’re going to look so awesome when you wear this!” Then I get on stage and someone tags me in a picture and I want to starve myself for a year!
Buying new stuff to make us look better than we are is the biggest lie we tell ourselves, ever.
So, before you go buy that new technology to fix all of your problems of why you suck at HR or TA, you have to know one truth. That truth is technology doesn’t fix why you suck. If you suck, great technology will make you suck faster. Bad technology will still make you suck, you just won’t be as fast as sucking!
Just like clothes won’t make me skinnier, new technology won’t make your function perform better.
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Excellent Sackett! No one occupation is more guilty of this than HR. Whether it is new software, new training, new titles, new organization structure…it is often an attempt to disguise a lack of competence or, even worse, desire to change and excel.