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If You Want to Help HR, Get Out of the Echo Chamber

If You Want to Help HR, Get Out of the Echo Chamber

by Frank Roche on September 22, 2009

in Communication, Creativity, KnowHR

The significant problems we have cannot be solved at the same level of thinking with which we created them.Albert Einstein

Last Thursday, I went to a book signing for The Rookie, a science fiction book by Scott Sigler about an intergalatic football league 700 years in the future.

In addition to getting to listen to Sigler’s process for research and writing his upcoming 37 books (yep, he has that many in the pipeline), I also got to hang out with the gifted graphic designer Donna Mugavero (aka MsInformation) and The Maestro, George Hrab. We talked about business, the creative process, and what it would take to create a colony on Mars. We talked about audiences. About expectations. About communication. And the meaning of “far.” Check out George Hrab’s FAR in the embedded video below to see what I mean.

You know what the really good part was? We didn’t talk about HR.

If you want to help HR, get out of the echo chamber. Complaining about HR is fun. It’s easy. And it’s useless. Doing something about it is something else entirely. I know some real HR superstars. They’re not in the echo chamber. They don’t waste time as disgruntled middle managers. They’re doing things. That includes knowing what’s happening outside HR. Sometimes that means going far, far, far, far away from the echo chamber. Really far.

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