So, the question is simple – “Who are you hiring as your next HR leader?”
As I meet more & more people, I find lesser & lesser instances of “business” people in the HR departments. There are very few cases of line managers making a lateral entry into HR. So, the HR team remains composed of a group of people exposed mostly to HR and administrative processes. Business leaders are always asking for more ‘value’ from the HR teams and often have unmet expectations around HR’s alignment with the business.
My view – you need new blood to reinvigorate anything.
HR teams need new blood and the new blood doesn’t necessary has to come from just one particular “clan”. HR needs to incentivize bright people from the line / operations to join them, bringing deep understanding of ground realities, business context and strategic priorities. Cross-pollination could work wonders.
And, the line manager might ask “What’s in it for me?”. And, that’s not a tough question to answer. Leaders of tomorrow have to be truly multi-functional and they would find their stint in HR truly rewarding in due course of time.