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From the HR director’s perspective, get a seat at the
executive table (or leave it), understand the business,
provide strong counsel to the CEO and your peers,
lead from the front, drive high performance culture
and engagement initiatives, develop execution and
implementation skills throughout the business and deal
with poor performers more quickly. Never forget that
culture eats strategy for breakfast! If you don’t have
the right cultu re in the office, your strategy will never
The main challenge for H R is the ability to understand
the constantly changing business needs and be able
to continuously adapt to meet those needs. Change
is inevitable in today’s organisation – and managing
people during change can be extremely difficult and
complex. H R professionals need to take responsibility
and play an active role in helping people negotiate
change in their organisations.
On page 37, Ted Bradshaw reflects on the mentor/mentee
relationship after participating in AHRI’s mentoring program.
John Akuak knew that he wanted to help people. On page 38, he
details his incredible journey from ‘Lost Boy’ to HR professional.
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For H R, it’s having the required level of business
acumen. Understanding the business’s objectives
and being able to add value in the commercial space.
Clients that I have worked with who are doing this
well, have a clear concept of ROI, knowing that the
work we are doing in that people space will contribute
to the commercial results of the business.
If you are curious about the neuroscience of leadership or starting
your own HR business, meet Belinda Brosnan on page 46.
We need good leaders, particularly good change
leaders and HR should be at the forefront of
developing good leaders – not just good managers.
Being able to recognise people with leadership
potential within an organisation and support them
and develop their skills is hugely important for HR.
On page 33, Lyn Roberts discusses the challenges and rewards of
taking AHRI’s professional certification program.
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