It is said that if you stand too close to something (either physically or emotionally), you’re bound to miss the “big picture.” In a more ethereal way, St. Paul writes about being “in the world but not of the world.” Applying this in a corporate context is no less tricky than in a spiritual one, of course – but I believe this is an important part of HR’s role, to serve as an “internal external consultant.” Because we serve all constituencies in the organization, we’re better positioned than most to help the organization step back and see “the forest from the trees” at those moments when perspective is necessary.
Lessons from a Planning Meeting
I recently witnessed the following during an organization’s monthly management meeting:
- Meeting Leader: “The XYZ line of business is no longer very profitable for us, due to significant changes in the marketplace. In fact, we’re barely breaking even on it.”
- Meeting (sadly): “But we really love the XYZ business – it’s what we’re all about.” Continue reading