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Three: The Human Resources Emerging Executive by Ian Ziskin

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CHAPTER 2 Balance the Triangle

What? Who? When? Development

One of my favorite sayings is from Lily Tomlin, the actress and comedienne: “I’ve always wanted to be somebody, but now I see I should have been more specific.” HR leaders have been fighting to “be somebody” for as long as I can remember, but the specifics have been all over the place and somewhat out of balance. We talk about having a seat at the table, being business partners, and becoming more strategic and less transactional. At various points along the way, perspectives from “Why We Hate HR” in Fast Company magazine (Fast Company Staff, 2005) to “It’s Time to Split HR,” by Ram Charan in Harvard Business Review (Charan, 2014) have suggested why we should hate, eliminate, split, ...

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