Dear Community,

You’ve heard it said, “Your people are your greatest asset”. (ad infinitum). Well, quiet quitting, the great resignation and other trends make clear, they aren’t an asset, you don’t own them.

They are your greatest investment and the leaders that learn to better align talent strategies with business objectives will be better poised for long-term sustainability and growth.

We recently had an insightful conversation with three HR experts on our podcast, Dr. Eric D. Hieger, Jackie Kaweck, and Ian Ziskin. We discussed strategies for HR professionals to establish their value and secure a seat at the executive table.

Regardless of your function within an organization it is essential to understand both business strategy and people strategy.

Here are a few key highlights from our conversation:

  • Develop a deep understanding of business acumen and the organization’s value chain to effectively contribute to strategic decisions.
  • Seek opportunities to collaborate with other functions, learn from their challenges, and gain multidisciplinary perspectives.
  • Advocate for HR initiatives by building a compelling business case and effectively communicating the value proposition to stakeholders.
  • Elevate expectations for HR capabilities and delivery, positioning HR as strategic partners rather than reactive problem-solvers.
  • Embrace a mindset of continuous learning, joining competitive industries to accelerate growth and push boundaries.

The experts emphasized the importance of HR professionals shedding self-limiting beliefs and embracing a strategic mindset. By demonstrating their ability to drive business success, HR can solidify its role as a critical partner in shaping organizational strategy.

Stay tuned for ongoing conversations with business leaders, during which we’ll continue to gain multiple perspectives on relevant issues – personal, interpersonal, and strategic – bringing ideas on how you can cultivate a Leadership Beyond.

To connect with our panelists on LinkedIn:

Dr. Eric D. Hieger:
Eric is a passionate business leader and executive with over 25 years of diverse experience in consulting, executive coaching, organizational development, strategic planning, change leadership and business transformation, talent, succession, leadership development, and employee engagement and experience.
Eric is the CEO & Managing Partner of TransformX Partners, a Hawaiʻi-based management consulting/advisory practice. Eric is also an Adjunct Faculty member for the Master of Arts in Organization Development and Change program at Hawaiʻi Pacific University.

Jackie Kaweck:
Jackie has been working in HR for 20 years in various industries; consulting, digital marketing, investment banking, and now quantum computing. She is business strategy first and most enjoys coaching and employee development to align with that strategy. She has a bachelor’s in finance from the University of Florida and an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

Ian Ziskin:
Ian Ziskin, President of EXec EXcel Group LLC, has more than 40 years of experience as a business leader, board advisor and member, coach, consultant, CHRO, entrepreneur, teacher, speaker, and author. His client base and corporate work span over 25 industries and include Fortune 1000, entrepreneurial, publicly traded, and privately held businesses.
Ian is co-founder of C4C, a community network of independent coaches, consultants, and transformational change experts. He is also the lead author of:
The Secret Sauce for Leading Transformational Change

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