Whilst preparing for the HR Connexions (Pobol yn Gwaith) Christmas party, I took the opportunity to reflect on the last 2 years of business. As a result, I came up with 5 items that I can only describe as personal passions…
Passionate about people – I really don’t think you can work in Human Resources (the people agenda of organisation) if you do not feel this way. But it is more than this. My friends (you know who you are) have been there for years, they are supportive, they are a fantastic sounding board, they provide great advice and, at the end of the day, they are there for a glass of wine (or 2). I have also worked with an interesting, eclectic, diverse group of people from whom I have learned loads.
Passionate about challenge – I have worked within the HR function of organisations for years and realise that some of the people issues are complex and difficult. It is great and personally fulfilling when I work on a project with an organisation and help make a difference (MAD) to the day to day working environment. When people are happy at work they are more successful and enjoy life more, and as a result the accomplishments of the organisation will and do improve. This is what gets me up and going for it in the morning!
Passionate about getting the right result – You might call this working with integrity. The correct, precisely right answerer can be elusive, particularly when you are working with different types of organisations and cultures; there are so many facets that have to be into consideration. But I enjoy the research, on the subject of good practice, to discover what other organisations are achieving, adapting to the issue in hand. In particular, I relish the discussions with managers, staff, customers and trade unions to ensure that all points of view are taken into account. I make use of the Stephen Covey http://bit.ly/9Mjksg 7 habits of highly effective peolple, particularly Synergize: Combine the strengths of people through positive teamwork, so as to achieve goals no one person could have done alone. Also, when people have the confidence to tackle issues, they are far more likely to get it right.
Passionate about change – Like many people I have approached change with apprehension and sometimes with scepticism. After much research and to-ing and fro-ing, I have really enjoyed embracing the social networking required to ensure HR Connexions Wales has a viable presence on the net. Had you asked me 2 years ago would I be tweeting, the answer would have been a definite NO! But now… I love it! I enjoy the updates, the immediacy, the access and the amount of information that is available – brilliant!
Passionate about fun – …and those of you who know me well will not be surprised to hear about this passion. I do not see the point of work unless it is enjoyable. It does not mean that every day is a bundle of laughs, but there should be a sense of enjoyment, achievement or making a difference in what you do.
I prefer the term personal passions as opposed to values. The latter makes me think of supermarket value for money brands. What do you think? Please let me know your views at firstname.lastname@example.org.