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HR and coaching expert Ian Ziskin covers three crucial tasks that human resources professionals face: knowing yourself; knowing the latest advances and trends in HR; and knowing how to listen to and learn from others. Today’s strongest HR leaders develop “multidisciplinary” knowledge about the business that their department serves. They cultivate relationships with other business leaders, board members and customers. They challenge senior executives and embrace data and analytics. Though Ziskin breaks little new ground, his lively manual is thorough and useful. getAbstract believes that most business professionals and leaders will gain from Ziskin’s guidance, and emerging or experienced HR professionals will benefit the most.

About the Author

HR consultant and coach Ian Ziskin also wrote WillBe: 13 Reasons WillBe’s are Luckier than WannaBe’s.



Crucial Competencies

To succeed as an HR leader, develop your strengths in three important areas: You must know yourself, you must stay current with the most recent HR advances and trends, and you must know how to listen to and learn from others. Build credibility, value and trust by emphasizing service to the people in your firm and to the firm itself.

You want to become a steward for other leaders’ performance and careers while not neglecting your own leadership development. Seek experiential learning, for example, by taking on stretch assignments, participating in HR associations, reading journals and attending conferences. Within a framework of servant leadership, develop a “personal leadership philosophy.”

Work to understand your organization’s business beyond the functions of HR. Align HR’s priorities to the company’s strategies and objectives. That means hiring the right talent; developing people and leaders to deliver the right knowledge and skills at the right time; managing and directing change; providing relevant, useful counsel to firm leaders; and creating and maintaining a high-performance culture. Work with board members to meet their priorities...

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