Thoughts about hr and management in the real world – extra information I couldn't fit in my books!.
It’s the new year but I don’t want to make the usual resolutions. I’ve got a different idea which I hope you might want to try too.
You see, I live in two worlds, and they are very different. One the one hand is my professional life – GM at Elephant, doing HR consulting, speaking at business conferences and facilitating training. Then there’s my other life and that’s writing. Ever since I was 14 and wrote my first novel, I’ve always felt a calling to write.
And here’s the thing – writing is art. I went a fantastic presentation by bestselling author Joanna Penn before Christmas, and she says she has a sign up on her wall saying ‘Have you created art today?’ It’s not ‘How many words have you written’. Musicians, painters, sculptors and writers see what they do as creating art. It’s a calling and while it can be frustrating, lonely, difficult and soul wrenching (which is why many artists are tortured) – there is nothing that compares when you have created something beautiful or meaningful.
Those that create art couldn’t do without it. If you told me I was never allowed to work in HR again, I would cope. If you told me that I could never write another word – I don’t know how I would live.
I feel a deep sense of satisfaction from what I create in my writing life – and the stuff that gets published is my legacy.
But what about everyone else?
What else do people create that is their legacy?
I think it’s about stepping back and thinking about what you create that is meaningful. What will make a difference to people and live on long after you’ve gone? Research has shown that people who give back (volunteering, helping their community) feel much better themselves as well as helping others. Positivity studies have shown that when you’re positive to others, you feel more positive yourself.
So I’m thinking for 2015 I want to work on making sure I create more of what’s important to me because not only will that help others, but it will help me too. And I want to make sure what I’m creating is positive, not negative.
In my professional life I want to continue to build the community of HR people who want to change things. I want to continue to create products and services through Elephant that help businesses, managers and HR people succeed and I want to continue to grow our team.
For me that’s far more satisfying that promising to go the gym and lose weight.
Anyone going to join me and change what you create?