Lots of great HR people are out there, on there own as the sole HR professional in an organization, or as a part of a very small team. We will talk to some of those people tonight, people like Franny Oxford, Paul Smith, and Kimberly Roden, and hopefully a more people will call in to share their stories as HR lone warriors.
Listen in tonight on the caller/listener line 646-367-1086 or using the player below, or on the HR Happy Hour show page.
When we announced the show topic and guests, I did see quite a few messages from folks, mostly along the lines of 'Yep, I have been there', and 'That is what I live every day', and 'I'll never go back to a giant company again.'
Small is the new big, in business and in life. Yesterday in the NBA, longtime coach Don Nelson broke the record for most career coaching wins, primarily by implementing a 'small ball' strategy. The theory is in a fast-paced and unpredictable game like basketball, smaller, quicker, more agile players would have an advantage of seeming bigger and stronger teams.
Sounds quite a bit like the modern business world as well. Speed, agility, ability to adapt (the capabilities of many small firms), may well win the day over many of their large, plodding, established competitors.
And these nimble small companies often have a sole 'HR hero' in the trenches, and those are the people we will be talking about tonight.
I hope you can join us.