It’s that time of year when we reflect on the past and revise our goals for the future. For many, January 1st represents an opportunity to break free of many of the challenges in our personal and professional lives. After perusing a number of articles describing the most successful techniques for sticking to your newfound goals, one element stood out above all the rest – pick just one resolution.
With that level of focus, here is my 2010 HR New Year’s Resolution…
Listen More/Talk Less
Now don’t accuse me of cheating by squeezing two resolutions into one. I could have said “listen more”, but that wouldn’t have necessarily ensured that my yapping was held to a minimum. I also could have offered “talk less”, but that may not have kept my ears and mind open during the muted periods. Thus, “listen more/talk less” is my realistic hybrid. It should be obvious why this is a good strategy for HR (or anyone), but if it’s not, a few quotes can drive the point home:
- “Nature gave us one tongue and two ears so we could hear twice as much as we speak.” ~ Epictetus
- “It is the province of knowledge to speak and it is the privilege of wisdom to listen.” ~ Oliver Wendell Holmes
- “The greatest compliment that was ever paid me was when one asked me what I thought, and attended to my answer.” ~ Henry David Thoreau
I believe that there is an answer to every question our HR industry faces. It’s out there. It already exists. That’s not to say that innovation is dead, but instead that HR has done a historically lousy job of seeking answers from within. So, in 2010, I’m going to ask a lot a questions, I’m going to speak with hundreds (and hopefully thousands) of you, and I’m going to make it my resolution to document the answers and share them. If nothing else, I’m going to learn, and that’s a resolution I know I can keep.
So in the theme of “listen more/talk less”, what’s your one HR resolution for 2010? What are the questions you’d like to see answered? Share your thoughts below, have a wonderful and safe New Year, and let’s keep the conversation going.