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On Authenticity, Greatness and Truthfulness in HR

On Authenticity, Greatness and Truthfulness in HR

by Frank Roche on August 16, 2009

in KnowHR

The less people speak of their greatness, the more we think of it. — Sir Francis Bacon

You’re not an expert if you call yourself one.

You’re not a guru, either.

You’re not authentic if you say things just because people want to hear them.

Here’s a simple fact about authenticity in HR: It’s about telling the truth. And that truth has to be grounded in something more than the flavor of the month. It has to be based on true experience. You can’t tell employees they’re your most important asset, then let a third of them feel like the axe is going to fall any second. You can’t expect people to believe you if you change your mind with the prevailing winds. And you can’t listen to people who call themselves experts and gurus — if they say that, they’re not.

In these tumultuous days, it’s tempting to grasp onto populism. But we have to watch out for the Sarah Palinizing of HR. And anything that Jack Welch says about performance management, too.

What’s your take? Seen a lot of self-proclaimed gurus and experts around? (Especially about social media, as if that’s an end unto itself.) Would you pay for advice for people who say they do things but don’t have the credentials?

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