After some quick coffee I’m in what is one of two sessions I’m particularly looking forward to today. It’s John Amaechi’s session on ethics in people management.
John started by explaining how he had rewritten much of his talk after watching Donald Trump on television last night. Trump’s behaviour raises questions about whether we are led by some regressive leaders and organisations.
He gave a great anecdote about being on a networking cruise and appreciating the value of silence when being with someone. The power of “seeing” people for what they are – human beings, and not vending machines.
Too many leaders don’t see people as individuals, as humans.
And yet, our organisations shout from the highest platform that people are our greatest assets, that we have an inclusive workplace.
Often the problems come from line managers, who are the ones we need to reach most about how to treat people.
Most jobs require people to be technically proficient, but also good with people and living the values of the company.
At what point are we as practitioners going to say that it is not enough to be technically proficient, and hold people accountable for being good with people and living the values too?
This was a very good session but difficult to blog as it required more thinking than I could cope with whilst blogging at the same time.
John concluded by saying that within HR we are in a unique position to influence what happens in our organisations and to ensure they behave in the correct way.
Our leaders are disproportionately powerful, but are not as vigilant as they should be all the time.
But in HR we may be tiny in stature, but we are giants in our influence and we are constantly vigilant when leaders are not.
Sometimes, just giving someone some of our time and attention, is enough to influence behaviour and change people’s attitudes.
Sometimes, just five minutes is enough.
A great session but not an easy one to blog.
Till next time…